Toronto band Hooded Fang is never quite the same from one album to the next. On 2013’s Gravez, they wore all the trappings of pleasantly low-fi indie rock while chilling on the beach with semi-surfy vibes. Those crunchy confines have been almost completely shed in favor of a more anxious and hyperactive electronic sound on their latest record, Venus on Edge.
Due May 13th via Daps Records, the new album shows a band willing to break free of past habits and evolve. You can hear it on lead single “A Final Hello”, and once again on new song “Impressions”. Frantic guitars zig-zag like a runner escaping the chugging bassline that stalks behind them. The track winds and twists around the insecurities of new encounters as frontman Daniel Lee delivers the choppy lyrics. “Dust/ Smoke/ Gone/ No life to live,” he sings on the chorus. “Lost/ Drift/ Air/ And feel nothing.”
“You know in E.T., how when he came down, everyone aside from a few got scared and paranoid and basically ruined what could have been a beautiful mutual learning relationship?” the band explains to Consequence of Sound. “This song is about those types of encounters. When people come from a different place and get treated awfully out of fear, jeopardizing possibilities of positivity. This song is written about the visitors that get shunned, and what a loss that is for everybody.”
Take a listen below.
In support of Venus on Edge, Hooded Fang will head out on a Canadian tour. Find those dates below.
Hooded Fang 2016 Tour Dates:
05/31 – Montreal, QC @ TBD
06/01 – Kingston, ON @ The Mansion
06/02 – Hamilton, ON @ This Ain’t Hollywood
06/03 – Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern
06/04 – Guelph, ON @ Kazoo! Anniversary
06/04 – London, ON @ TBD