Toronto's Odonis Odonis is not the sort of band that can be easily pigeonholed. Their forthcoming album 'Hard Boiled Soft Boiled' (out April 15 on Buzz Records) is split in two distinct halves - the first contains their unique brand of industrial noise rock, the second showcases their dreamier, more melodic side. Stream the album in its entirety one-week ahead of release over at Noisey. The album is available for pre-order on Bandcamp.
Tomorrow Odonis Odonis embarks on the first leg of their upcoming US/CAN tour. Full tour dates listed below, more TBA.
April 10 Hamilton, ON - The Baltimore House +
April 11 Québec City, QC - Les Nuits Psychédéliques de Québec @ Le Cercle *
April 13 New York, NY - Baby's All Right ~
April 14 Washington DC - Black Cat
April 16 Durham, NC - The Pinhook
April 18 Athens, GA - World Famous
April 19 Atlanta, GA - Mammal Gallery
April 20 Baton Rouge, LA - Mud And Water
April 21 Austin, TX - Mohawk (Inside)
April 22 Dallas, TX - Club DaDa
April 23 Little Rock, AR - Vino's
April 25 Chicago, IL - Bottom Lounge
+ w/ Weaves
* w/ Hellshovel, PyPy, Tonstartssbandht
~ w/ Yamantaka Sonic Titan
MORE DATES TBA
Born out the same Toronto DIY scene that spawned Metz/Soupcans/HSY/Greys, Odonis Odonis cut their teeth at the now defunct Buzz Garage, where they built a solid foundation as a crushing live band.
Onstage, Tzenos (vocals, guitar) is flanked by Denholm Whale (bass) and Jarod Gibson (drums). The live show is the point where their diverging influences and hypnotic visual aesthetic collide.
2011's Hollandaze showcased the band's ability to create something that was uniquely theirs out of a patchwork of influences as disparate as surf, industrial and old b-movie horror films. No one label fit, so "industrial surf-gaze" was coined.
The group returned in 2013 with their Better EP, upping the intensity of their frantic post-punk by focusing in on their talent for tuneful abrasion.
Hard Boiled Soft Boiled finds Odonis Odonis pushing their sound into new territory, because much like the hypnotic spiral that came to be associated with the band's debut record Hollandaze, Odonis Odonis do not follow a linear path.
Buzz Records was founded in 2011 as a garage venue that hosted mostly local punk and noise bands, and soon grew into a cross-genre hub of local and touring acts like White Lung, Doldrums, Mood Rings, and Odonis Odonis. Since the demise of the venue in late 2012, the Buzz crew of Ian Chai, Dean Tzenos, and venue co-founders Denholm Whale and Jude have been dedicated to releasing music that has come out of this small, dirty pocket of Toronto. Buzz has recently released music by Weaves, Odonis Odonis and HSY.
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