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Arcade Fire – “Signs of Life”

We’re always on board with a music video about alien visitation (this one in particular reminds us of a Doomsquad vid from a couple years back).

As we all know, there’s no such thing as a day off when you’re working the X-Files desk. Maybe you’ll fit in one art gallery, but it’s never long before a UFO shows up and you’re forced to trudge back to the office. It makes the job easier, of course, when the aliens drop a USB key for you.

Arcade Fire’s Everything Now is out at the end of the month.

-Scott Bryson

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Doomsquad – Total Time

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This is messed up in all the best ways.

We’ve seen proof the Doomsquad siblings are UFO nuts, and they’re either still on that beat—song titles like “Pyramids on Mars” and “The Very Large Array” would suggest yes—or they’ve moved on to channeling otherworldly spirits at a drum circle. “Fire in the sky, dance though me,” they plead in the opening track. And later in the album: “This is the [look?] the fire gave me, you motherfuckers! Total time!”

Total Time was recorded, as it happens, at a cabin in New Mexico, and its two halves play like a night/day division in the desert: the first half a drug-induced dance around a campfire; the second, the sound of a desolate world waking up—an idyllic, organic comedown.

It’s not clear whether Doomsquad have managed to top their 2014 effort with this one, simply because there’s little about this record that could be termed “clear.” Take “Pyramids on Mars” for a spin, below.

-Scott Bryson

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NXNE 2015 Preview: Doomsquad – “Two-way Mirror”

It’s that time of year again, Toronto: North by Northeast 2015 is nearly upon us. As usual, the Telescope is pleased to be your principal source for NXNE previews and reviews.

Doomsquad wants to believe.

This teaser for the Toronto trio’s upcoming full-length was recorded and shot near Roswell, NM; no little green men running around, but conspiracies run deep. Candy bars that reveal the alien agenda? Similar tools have aided mankind in the past. And who are the white-coats? Agents of a complicit government? Trust no one.

“Two-way Mirror” comes from the Pageantry Suite EP. You can catch Doomsquad twice at NXNE: Wednesday, June 17 at Lee’s Palace at 11:00 PM and Saturday, June 20 at the Garrison at 2:00 AM.

-Scott Bryson

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2014 Albums of the Year: Doomsquad – Kalaboogie

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The Telescope presents: the top albums of 2014. We gathered best-of lists from staff and contributors, crunched some numbers and came up with ten records that unanimously wowed us this year.

We remarked earlier this year that Doomsquad’s Kalaboogie (named after a lodge on Lake Huron, perhaps?) sounded like someone took a chainsaw to a room full of hippies and wind chimes, and we stand by that evaluation.

These eight tracks run deeper than murderous racket, though; at its core, Kalaboogie is an exotic and ominous dance album. It references trailblazers like Andrea Parker, Death In Vegas and Plastikman, while nesting comfortably in the current electronic milieu. Add spooky, cult-like (for lack of a better term) imagery—the sibling trio is often seen wearing cloaks and wandering through the woods—and you’ve got a record that draws with one hand and repels with the other. Shouldn’t a satisfying album make you feel uncomfortable, half the time?

Check out an anomaly, the celebratory “Head Spirit (For Our Mechanical Time),” up above.

-Scott Bryson

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Doomsquad – Kalaboogie

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It was only a matter of time before a Canadian band made an album that sounds like the lunatic hockey game from Strange Brew (crashing beer bottles and all).

Here as well, mind-control is the primary objective. Part shamanic ritual, part industrial march, Kalaboogie entrances and tramples in equal measure. It’s like taking a chainsaw to a room full of hippies and wind chimes.

You’ll be hard-pressed to recall encountering a stylistic range of this fortitude since GusGus’ This Is Normal, in 1999 (everyone did encounter that album, right?). Doomsquad are as comfortable crafting lyricless drone as they are building rhythmic dance parties full of Isaac Brock rants; check out “Waka Waka,” down below, for a sample of the latter.

This’ll give your kids nightmares.

-Scott Bryson

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