Under the Hooded Fang

Ok so, it’s Wednesday today.
Which means, if you can follow my logic – yesterday was Tuesday.

But it wasn’t just any old Album Release Tuesday Day. Hooded Fang, from Toronto – put out their new record. In spite of the impending fame and glory that’s surely coming their way, Lane Halley took the time to sit down with me in Internetland to answer some questions about the band, the album, and Billy Bob Thornton.

Hooded Fang stole their name from the title of a children’s book that I’ve never read.  They formed, according to Halley, “after one of the members had a near death experience and decided it was time to focus on the important things in life, namely, starting a pop band with a bunch of friends.  At first we relied heavily on melodica and auxilliary percussion but now we also use guitars and toy accordion.”

Although this is their first album, Hooded Fang have been busy busy busy. They recorded an EP in 2008, and have even made some fancy videos:

When I asked Halley about what he thinks about the Harper government’s support and funding of the arts in Canada in, he answered my question with another question, and one that I think is far more important:

“This depends on whether or not singing ‘Hey Jude’ with Yo-Yo Ma  is considered supporting the arts. Did he get a grant for that?”

When not having funding parties, they’ve been touring through Ontario and Quebéc, and recently returned from their first east coast tour. The great reception they had on the coast has led Halley to begin musing on a theory that “people seem to dance more the further you get away from Toronto.” 

Dancing aside, Halley stresses the positive force of the Toronto music milieu:  “There really are a lot of great bands here and the community is very supportive. It’s been a genuine help to us.”

That help has led to the recording of a great new album. Recording and producing credits goes to Daniel Lee, who also handles lead vocals and principle songwriting duties. “He is a real workhorse,” Halley attests, and a “Robocop aficionado.” 

They’ve also made a video for one of the songs, “Highway Steam,” which was shot on 8mm by their friend Craig Orrett. It reminds Halley “of the old Canada Film Board videos and the intro to The Edison Twins.”

And speaking of videos – a while back the band was on Q with Jian Ghomeshi. When I asked him why nobody in the band took the opportunity to pull a Billy Bob Thornton, Halley responded with these significant points:

-Playing there was a lot of fun.
-Everyone at the studio was really nice
-The questions Jian asked us didn’t upset anyone.

Hopefully Thornton will act more like this next time:

So since their album came out yesterday on Album Release Tuesday Day, THEY’RE heading out on another tour soon. And if YOU’RE lucky enough to live out in the more eastern (but not most eastern) part of Canada, you might be able to catch a show in one of these places:

3 Nov Montreal – Divan Orange
4 Nov Ottawa – Zaphod’s
5 Nov Toronto – The Horseshoe Tavern w/ Forest City Lovers
11 Nov Guelph – Ebar
21 Nov Hamilton – The Casbah
26 Nov London – APK Live 

And their CD RELEASE PARTY! will be
Thursday, December 9 
The Drake Hotel, TO
with Doldrums, Santa Guerilla, DJ’s Benny Ben + Ted

Do yourself a favor and check out their myspace page. (http://www.myspace.com/hoodedfang

You should also check out their CBC 3 page. And I ain’t no gosh darn critic, but reviews of their album can be read here and here.

Oh and as for buying their album? You can do that right here!

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3 Comments on “Under the Hooded Fang”

  1. Ming Wu Says:

    Loving their album
    Here is my review http://wp.me/pQmiL-2ze

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