Hooded Fang

Hooded Fang

 Toronto, Ontario, CAN
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Biography

Hooded Fang’s second album, Tosta Mista, marks another big step forward for a band that has already gained considerable momentum in the past year. Their first full-length, the critically-acclaimed Album, was released just nine months ago and support has reached every corner of Canada. From a cross-country tour with The Rural Alberta Advantage to being the most blogged up-and-coming band on The Hype Machine to a 2011 Polaris Prize nomination, Hooded Fang are headed for big things in 2011.

The band has oft been described as a “fuzzy” indie-pop ensemble, comparable to the 2000’s-era bands that helped define the “Toronto sound” in the wake of Broken Social Scene. But on Tosta Mista, Hooded Fang trades in one kind of fuzz for another: while songwriter Daniel Lee’s keen sense of melody remains, Album’s smooth harmonies and orchestrations have been swept away in a tide of scrappy, surf-influenced guitar work, ‘verbed out vocals and fully danceable 60’s drum breaks, conjuring up images of sweaty patio parties and hot summer nights. Tosta Mista is the perfect compliment to Album’s wintry Canadiana; taking aim at the United States with a sound that could have easily come from sun-drenched Southern California.

After the success of the self-released Album, Hooded Fang are taking the next logical step and releasing Tosta Mista on their newly minted Daps Records imprint. The label will see 2011-releases from Doldrums, Odonis Odonis, Moon King, Hut and Phedre; in keeping with the strong sense of community and collaboration that lies at the core of Hooded Fang.

*****

"It takes effort to write songs that sound this effortless, and a 12-song record without a single weak link is a serious feat for a young band." - Richard Trapunski, NOW (Album; 4 out of 5 stars)

"Suddenly, frontman Daniel Lee is shaping up to be one of Toronto's most formidable popsmiths." - Ben Rayner, The Star (Tosta Mista: 3.5 out of 4 stars)

"Hooded Fang’s UK debut is one of those brilliant albums that does exactly what is says on the sleeve… the sound is evocative of summer sunshine and parties on the beach – clean, bright indie pop mixed with ‘60s garage and a whiff of Tiki kitsch." - Polly Rappaport, Loud & Quiet (Tosta Mista; 8/10)

"This sun-drenched release only reiterates the Fang’s position as one of the best indie-pop Canadian bands of the moment." - Guillaume Moffet, The Hour (Tosta Mista)

*****

Management & label: ian@riceandcheese.com
Label (UK/EU): nigel@fulltimehobby.co.uk

Booking (Canada): robzifarelli@theagencygroup.com
Booking (UK/EU): ed.thompson@13artists.com

Publishing (UK/EU): cathi@rough-trade.com
Publishing (NA): mike@thegreatergoodsco.com

Press (UK): will@inhousepress.com
Press (Canada): bobby@dapsrecords.com

Discography

June 2008: E.P. (Independent)

October 2010: Album (Daps Records)
* 2011 Polaris Music Prize long-list nomination
* Reached #6 on earshot! (independent/college radio) album charts
* Single Promise Land reached #1 on the CBC3 Top 30

July 2011: Tosta Mista (Full Time Hobby, Daps Records)
* Reached #4 on the earshot! album charts
* Single Tosta Mista reached #1 on the CBC3 Top 30