Following the recent release of their LP Total Time on Bella Union, DOOMSQUAD have announced a run of North American tour dates with Holy Fuck, as well as an NYC performance supporting Wolf Parade. To celebrate, they have shared a remix of track “Solar Ass” by Sano. Alongside this comes the announcement that they have expanded their lineup, welcoming twin brothers Josh and Jesse Hasko (also of duo North America) into the band.
The band’s debut LP, Kalaboogie, was a self-recorded album made in the woods of Northern Canada. Released in 2014 on Toronto label Hand Drawn Dracula, Kalaboogie was a meditative survey of the Canadian landscape. Desiring connection with a national dialogue, the album was an explicit attempt to create uniquely ‘Canadian’ music by drawing on modes and myths from the wilderness.
This year will see the release of DOOMSQUAD’s sophomore album, Total Time, out April 29th on Bella Union and Hand Drawn Dracula. Inspired by some of their favorite artists — Georges Bataille, Richard Tuttle, Tanya Tagaq, and Genesis P-Orridge — the band travelled to the New Mexican desert to write and record. Moving through their own circadian rhythms, they fell into aural harmony while experiencing the passage of time solely as beats per minute. Total Time is all time.
Sonically, DOOMSQUAD embrace their roots; on Total Time they offer dark, pulsating beats interspersed with hypnotic, incantatory jams. The album opens with the enticing dance of “Who Owns Noon in Sandusky,” which was written to inspire the nakedness in us all, a song to wake up our inner clocks and reclaim our circadian time. “Solar Ass” was written as a love song to a donkey, a song for paying respect to the smaller, underappreciated elements that carry us through our contemporary lives. The songs on Total Time are meant to lead you through a genderless experience of transition to owning time, losing time, and becoming timeless, while providing a platform for you to dance through your consciousness.
Upon returning home from New Mexico, the band continued to draw inspiration from the Toronto arts community, which is vast but extremely supportive and close-knit. Their friendships and connections led to some fortuitous collaborations, including one with Canadian avant-garde legend, Mary Margaret O’Hara, whose otherworldly vocals grace ‘The Very Large Array.” The driving, dirty bass lines, and analogue layers of effects come care of Graham Walsh (Holy Fuck), who produced and mixed the album.
Total Time Tracklisting:
1. Who Owns Noon In Sandusky
2. Pyramids On Mars
3. Collective Insanity
4. It’s The Nail That Counts, Not The Rope
5. Solar Ass
6. Farmer’s Almanac
7. The Very Large Array
8. Eat The Love
9. Russian Gaze
DOOMSQUAD NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES
5/17 – New York City @ Bowery Ballroom +
6/12 – San Diego @ Casbah *
6/13 – Los Angeles @ Club Bahia *
6/14 – San Francisco @ The Independent *
6/16 – Portland @ Doug Fir Lounge *
6/18 – Seattle @ The Crocodile *
7/14 – Chicago @ Lincoln Hall *
7/15 – Detroit @ Shelter *
7/18 – Boston @ Brighton Music Hall *
7/19 – Brooklyn @ Music Hall of Williamsburg *
7/20 – New York City @ Bowery Ballroom *
7/21 – Washington DC @ DC9 *
7/22 – Philadelphia @ Boot & Saddle *
8/20 – Ottawa @ Arboretum Festival
* With Holy Fuck
+ With Wolf Parade