Toronto pop-rock outfit Hands & Teeth are now more than two years removed from their debut album, Hunting Season, and they've announced plans for a busy 2014 that will include a new EP and a tour. Before the Light is due out on March 11 through Underground Operations as a 7-inch and digital download.
The new material was created during downtime in 2013, when Hands & Teeth rejigged their sound following the departure of a band member. The tunes included on the five-track mini-release were recorded at Ill Eagle Studio with Zeus members Carlin Nicholson and Mike O'Brien.
According to a press release, this pop-friendly batch of songs provided an "escape from the family deaths, crippling breakups, psychotic landlords and other hardships all four members had endured over the last two years."
Singer-guitarist Kevin Black explained in a statement, "Hands & Teeth has always been about pushing to the forefront in a city where standing back is the norm. We've been having fun just MOVING. No more standing still — dance, pulse, move your head. No one else is gonna do it for you."
That's the EP's cover art above. At the bottom of this page, hear the crunchy, poppy post-punk cut "Not the Same," which you can also download over here on Noisetrade.
Also below, check out the band's tour schedule. It includes a scattering of shows in Ontario and Quebec during February, March and April.
Before the Light:
3. Not The Same
4. Sunset Park
5. In The Eyes
02/27 Hamilton, ON - This Ain't Hollywood
02/28 St. Catharines, ON - Detour Music Hall *
03/07 Kingston, ON - The Grad Club
03/12 Toronto, ON - The Dakota ^
03/22 Montreal, QC - L'Escogriffe ^
03/28 Wakefield, QC - TheBlack Sheep Inn ^
04/04 Windsor, ON - Phog Lounge ^
04/05 Guelph, ON - Van Gogh's Ear ^
*with the Years
^ with Amos the Transparent