What I Heard This Morning: Indian Handcrafts

So, the question is, how do you feel about Death From Above 1979? If your response is positive, there’s a good possibility you’ll find something to enjoy via the two-man rock sounds of Indian Handcrafts. The band recently signed to Sargent House and will be releasing the follow-up to their self-titled, self-released debut album in March of 2012. All info comes courtesy of the ever-awesome Us/Them Group.

Indian Handcrafts sign to Sargent House, recording new album in March 2012

Canadian power-duo Indian Handcrafts have signed with Sargent House to release their next album. The Toronto band begins recording in Los Angeles this March with engineer Toshi Kasai (Melvins, Big Business, Red Sparowes). The album is expected to be released in late 2012.

Until then, check out a free MP3 for "Red Action" (download/stream HERE) from the band's self-titled 2011 self-released debut (stream the full album via Bandcamp). Watch the official video for "Red Action" HERE and a blistering live performance of "Starcraft" HERE.

Indian Handcrafts' well honed, massive melodic heft seems to belie the simplicity of instrumentation between drummer/vocalist Brandyn James Aikins and guitarist/vocalist Daniel Brandon Allen. While their songs feature hints of heavy, technically skilled bands like Big Business and Hella, there are also strong melodies and a vocal intensity inviting comparisons to bands ranging from Trail of Dead to Death From Above 1979 to Big Black.

Aikins and Allen have played music together for nearly a decade, but it wasn't until the two began writing as a duo in December 2009 in order to satisfy their need for volume and velocity that Indian Handcrafts was born. In Spring 2011, the pair released their 8-song debut filled with songs about life, strife, mental health, rebellion and space-traveling dope-dealing beagles.

01/14 Hamilton, ON @ Casbah Lounge
01/18 Peterborough, ON @ Red Dog
01/19 Barrie, ON @ The Port
01/20 Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern
01/21 London, ON @ Call the Office

07/14 Toronto, ON @ Downsview Park (Edgefest 2012)

Artist: Indian Handcrafts
Album: S/T
Label: self-released
Release Date: May 1st, 2011

01. Drop Out

02. Red Action (MP3) (VIDEO)
03. Starcraft (VIDEO)
04. Microwave Lunch
05. The Jerk
06. Jacklord
07. Centauri Teenage Riot
08. Leary vs, The Wolfman

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brighteyes said…
So are they Indian?

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