Imagine you’re marooned in some lazy beach town and are desperate for an icy beverage. You wander around nondescript storefronts, faded cars parked on vacant streets, and a feeling of zombie despair suddenly overwhelms you. In the distance you hear what sounds like be-bop but with driving guitars and a refrain—”why you lookin’ at me?”—and instead of running from it you’re drawn closer. There, through the squeaky doors of a blacked out bar, three guys and a beanie-topped girl are churning out pop-fueled, surf psych rock that forces you to tap your toes and nod your head into a frenzy. This is what it’s like to be sonically invaded by Hooded Fang.
Hailing from Toronto, with the new album Gravez due to arrive on May 28, I’m predicting Hooded Fang will feature prominently in your summer music rotation. They’re the perfect dose of sunshine cut with a smirk rather than a smile. Check out “Ode to Subterrania” and “Graves”, both new tracks from their forthcoming album.