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Life on the road will play havoc with your head. If anyone can vouch for that it’s Canadian garage outfit Hooded Fang. Coming over like a spate of incurable sleep paralysis where fantasy and reality meet, the band’s unreal tour bus lifestyle is revealed through ‘Gravez’ – their equally mind-bending brand new album.

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Product details

  • Audio CD (12 Mar. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Full Time Hobby
  • ASIN: B006ZJTOM0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 438,842 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Big Blue
2. Clap
3. ESP
4. Brahma
5. Tosta Mista
6. Big Blue II
7. Jubb
8. Vacationation
9. Den of Love
10. Big Blue III

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BBC Review

Blurring the lines between album and EP, this second ‘full’-length from Canadian collective Hooded Fang rocks to a meagre 23-minute running time, and once shorn of a trio of interlude-y cuts called Big Blue (I, II and III respectively) features just seven songs ‘proper’. But by focusing on the sweetest of hooks amid some wonderfully retro-twanging surf guitar and licks from dusty Tijuana barrooms, it really clicks with immediate effect.

Hooded Fang features five to seven members dependant on what the situation at hand is; but it’s the pair of Daniel Lee and April Aliermo that comprises the project’s songwriting heart, and Tosta Mista is inspired by the couple’s real-life break-up. But anyone demanding a set of songs front-loaded with misery had best redirect their listening gear, for this is quite the upbeat treat.

Parallels with the likes of Black Lips and The Drums present themselves in no time at all, and while there’s the faintest whiff of pastiche these arrangements, in the vocals of Lee one hears real soul. In the simplest couplet – "I don’t care what the neighbours say / I wanna love you anyway," opens ESP – he nails universal emotion with a ruthless editor’s sharpness. Around him guitars crackle and pop with a lo-fi fuzz heard a hundred times over, but familiarity never once breeds contempt. How can anyone get tired of a collection that’s so cannily concise? Tosta Mista is around half the length of The Drums’ Portamento LP 2011, but twice as impressive to these ears.

Previously issued on the band’s own Daps Records, and picked up by Full Time Hobby some months after its first release, Tosta Mista is the follow-up to a Polaris Prize-nominated 2010 debut (titled, Girls-style, simply Album). It’s hard to hear this disc’s award ceremony appeal, but it’s undoubtedly a treat all the same. Alliermo contributes additional lyrics to Vacationation and Den of Love, but this is really something of a one-man show: Lee was alone post-split to focus on writing, as his ex escaped to the Philippines, and it benefits from the focus such a gestation can bring. The lovelorn Den of Love is perhaps its strongest turn, as sweet as the ripest fruit but as bitter as the darkest chocolate – and everyone knows how brilliantly those ingredients combine.

However it’s racked – as an album or an EP – Tosta Mista does enough with its brevity to point towards some pretty significant potential. This won’t be the last the UK hears of Hooded Fang.

--Mike Diver

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Kinsley on 23 May 2012
Format: Audio CD
This short album was my first introduction to the Hooded Fang, recommended to me by a barber during an opportunistic quick trim on the way into work recently. Their eclectic influences shine out not only from the music but also the album artwork. The album is punctuated by haunting interregnums of the "Big Blue" jangling guitar refrain that maintains the slightly unsettled feel of the album throughout. The rock n roll melodies are juxtaposed with a rawness in the recordings and the occasional unexpected chord progression that really keeps you listening. This album is both joyful and slightly unsettling. The shortness of the album definitely left me wanting more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By RJ on 17 Aug. 2012
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What brilliant music. I found the cover a bit disconcerting but the contents far out-does it. Would recommend it to all.
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Great Album.
Very interesting mix of influences.
Recommended if you like Vaccines, Django Django, etc.
Will look out for other albums from this band.
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This CD is Awesome 26 Jun. 2014
By Kasey Clark - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This CD is awesome just playing it in my room and car has turned on so many people to this amazing band
great retro sound 28 Jan. 2013
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I discovered this band on Spotify and was pleasantly surprised. The have a sixties garage rock sound with jangly guitars and clever pop songs disguised under guitar crunch and dead pan vocals. I also like the fact this album is short, and keeps you wanting more. I like this album, hope to hear more from the Hooded Fang. My favorite songs are Jubb and Den of Love, both outstanding. You won't be disappointed by this at all.
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