A chorus of gyrating nudists lead the charge as we dive headfirst into Indian Handcrafts‘ last album “Civil Disobedience for Losers”. But this is only two guys? The sporadic funk of this album bleeds into the room as you are instantly transfused into the stale air of the studio. You can smell the folded beer caps. These are creative beings returning to earth at very angry speeds with the fury, the funk and the riffs crash-landing hard.
Bruce Lee‘s new video features a dialogue between rivals in the language of nunchaku, 70′s aesthetic and kung-fu mastery! Pay homage to the masters and Spread it.
Equal parts beer and LSD, Civil Disobedience For Losers, released last year, holds a piece of your soul in escrow on this anti-placating road-trip. The alien imagery strewn throughout makes perfect sense in the context of the goddamned MESSAGE of these riffs. The cocktail of motifs in this album somehow have been heading towards each other through uncondensed pure idea only to collide perfectly in this release. Bruce Lee, kill-the-clutch-riffs and rustic rudimentary psychedelic dirt play at home here together in your mind. Indian Handcrafts are the travelling landscape, filling us as listeners with speeds that warm our bodies flush as the rush is superimposed into our skulls.
Here’s a sweet exclusive: the gritty new video for Indian Handcrafts’ latest single, “Bruce Lee.” As an homage to their late hero’s sick Kung Fu skills, the Canadian duo pretty much kicks the crap out of each other with high kicks, uppercuts, and nunchucks, plus that ultimate display of testosterone-fuelled masculinity, the staring contest. All of this is set to a soundtrack of gnarly, drive-faster riffs and stomach-socking beats. It will make you want to roll around and get raw and then watch Kill Bill.
Indian Handcrafts’ album, Civil Disobedience For Losers, is out now on Sargent House.
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Indian Handcrafts, Civil Disobedience for Losers (Sargent House). Given the amount of airtime the likes of Kyuss, Queens of the Stone Age, Fu Manchu and Big Business enjoy in perpetuity chez Reasons to Live, it constitutes a criminal sin of omission to have neglected calling attention to Barrie duo Indian Handcrafts’ late-2012 sophomore LP until now. Suffice it to say, though, that if the preceding sentence has belatedly called your attention to CivilDisobedience for Losers, you should probably investigate in that direction right now. And while I feel unconscionably lazy in pimping these low-end-lovin’ riff merchants on the basis of a handful of kinda-lazy stoner-rock references, Indian Handcrafts did get two Melvins drummers (Dale Crover was one of them, yes) to contribute to the new record and convinced perennial Melvins studio collaborator Toshi Kasai to work behind the boards. I don’t think they’re hiding where they’re coming from, and nor should they apologize for it. Indian Handcrafts opens for Billy Talent at the Air Canada Centre on Friday.
Indian Handcrafts will headline a run of their own Canadian shows with Black Mastiff joining them before they head off to the arenas where they will be opening for Billy Talent . So, Canada get in early and get your dose of the Craft…
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Mar 7, 2013 - Winnipeg, MB @ Pyramid Cabaret
Mar 8, 2013 - Regina, SK @ O’Hanlon’s Pub
Mar 9, 2013 - Edmonton, AB @ The Pawn Shop
Mar 10, 2013 - Lethbridge, AB @ The Slice
Mar 12, 2013 - Calgary, AB @ Palomino Smokehouse & Social Club
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Mar 14, 2013 - Vancouver, BC @ Pacific Coliseum
Mar 16, 2013 - Kamloops, BC @ Interior Savings Centre
Mar 18, 2013 - Dawson Creek, BC @ Encana Centre
Mar 19, 2013 - Red Deer, AB @ Westerner Park / ENMAX Arena
Mar 20, 2013 - Calgary, AB @ Stampede Corral
Mar 22, 2013 - Edmonton, AB @ Shaw Conference Centre
Mar 23, 2013 - Fort McMurray, AB @ Syncrude Sports Centre
Mar 25, 2013 - Moose Jaw, SK @ Mosaic Place
Mar 26, 2013 - Saskatoon, SK @ Credit Union Centre
Mar 28, 2013 - Winnipeg, MB @ MTS Centre
Apr 3, 2013 - London, ON @ Budweiser Gardens
Apr 5, 2013 - Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
Apr 6, 2013 - Kitchener, ON @ Kitchener Memorial Auditorium
Apr 8, 2013 - Sudbury, ON @ Sudbury Arena
Apr 9, 2013 - Kingston, ON @ K-Rock Centre
Apr 11, 2013 - Quebec City, QC @ Colisee Pepsi Arena
Apr 12, 2013 - Ottawa, ON @ Scotiabank Place
Apr 13, 2013 - Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
Apr 15, 2013 - Moncton, NB @ Centre at Casino New Brunswick
Apr 16, 2013 - Halifax, NS @ Cunard Centre
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Canadian hard rock duo Indian Handcrafts take a whirlwind of sonic goodness and meld it into a rock-solid collection of hard and heavy tracks that will melt speaker wires and headphones into puddles of electronic goo. The whole sound is a tour de force of shredded riffs pulled out of ’90s grunge with electronic influences from Death from Above and Prodigy, to modern metal like The Dillinger Escape Plan and the Melvins (whose drummers make guest appearances on the album). The end result is the best piece of hard rock to come along in years.
This album is unequivocally loud — but aside from the overwhelming volume, each track is a masterful piece of work. “The Jerk” is the one track where everything falls into place, with the loudness melding into a great song construction and the catchiest chorus ever recorded on a metal record. Now, this is the point in a review where I try to find a flaw in an album to make it not seem like it’s the greatest thing to be recorded since Thomas Edison shouted “Mary Had a Little Lamb” into a wax cylinder. But Civil Disobedience for Losers is incredibly good — it’s tough to find any significant faults. reviewed by Garrett Lyons
The Loudness Award - INDIAN HANDCRAFTS
We’ve had a few heavy acts in our intimate studio, none as punishingly loud as the duo Indian Handcrafts. While it may not be apparent from the video their sound created an almost physical experience for our crew, who scrambled around for ear plugs and noise-canceling headphones to beat back against the decibel levels. It was worth it, and I don’t believe I was more impressed by a band’s performance this year.
Indian Handcrafts Civil Disobedience For Losers
Y’know when you’re sat there late at night watching The Wartime Farm or a very old episode of Columbo in the sign zone, does anyone else get the distinct impression that the person doing the signing is sometimes taking the piss as they’re signing the dialogue? Noticed that one guy who seems to do a sarcastic face every time Columbo mentions his wife, yeah? Either I’m cracking up or the dude is just getting some fun out of his otherwise serious occupation. I get exactly the same feeling, in a good way, with Indian Handcrafts. A power-duo in the most hellacious and heavy sense of the word; although overflowing with sun-grazed yet sludgy riffs that sit somewhere between Tweak Bird, Torche and Death From Above 1979 at their driving best, there’s a lingering air of pure, unashamed fun and knowing ridiculousness at its core – they might be laughing at a joke we don’t get, but who gives a shit when it at no moment compromises the quality of the songs.
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Back in November, Barrie, ON’s noisy rock duo Indian Handcrafts set up in a tiny corner at Toronto bar Unlovable, where they ripped through a version of “Worm in My Stomach” from their debut album, Civil Disobedience for Losers. Enjoy that video here.
A quick look through the Exclaim! TV vaults unearthed another performance, too. The band riff heavy and loud on “Zombies,” another track off Civil Disobedience for Losers, from the same session they did back in November. Watch that performance below.
Indian Handcrafts - Zombies (Live on Exclaim! TV) by ExclaimTV