"Van Tan"

BY Cam LindsayPublished Apr 30, 2008

Toronto's lovable crew of attention-deficit chord-changers follow up last year's well-received sophomore record, Are They Masks?, with a terse but nonetheless thrilling EP.

Released as a seven-inch on Sydney, NS-based indie label Out of Touch, and a digital EP on Toronto's We Are Busy Bodies this Friday (May 2), 777 continues the manic prog fun of dd/mm/yyyy.

EP standout "Van Tan" traps and releases all of the band's chaos, spilling like the purge of a beehive, after it's been shaken by a bunch of bratty kids: sirens roar, guitars burn their notes, drums scatter like cockroaches in light and a breakdown hammers home their discombobulating nature before launching into a riveting climax that ends with a calming plateau.

The band will be on tour throughout May and June playing gigs with Video Hippos and Crystal Castles. Word has it we can expect a new LP in October.

dd/mm/yyyy tour dates:

5/2 Toronto ON, Whippersnapper Gallery - Over the Top Fest, 777 release party
5/3 Guelph ON, Shadow w/ Let's Build A Boat
5/11 Montreal QC, Black Dot w/ Video Hippos
5/12 Quebec City QC, La Casbah w/ Video Hippos
5/13 Charlottetown PEI, Back Alley Music w/ Video Hippos
5/14 Truro NS, TBA w/ Video Hippos, Medium Mood
5/16 St. John's NF, Masonic Temple w/ Video Hippos, Judge Dread, Crusades, Narrators
5/17 St. John's NF, The Ship w/ Video Hippos, Swords
5/19 Sydney NS, TBA w/ Video Hippos
5/20 Halifax NS, North St. United Church w/ Video Hippos, Dog Day, Windom Earle (early all-ages)
5/20 Halifax NS, Gus's Pub w/ Video Hippos (late 19+)
5/22 Moncton NB, Paramount Lounge w/ Video Hippos
6/5 Victoria BC, Element w/ Crystal Castles
6/6 Vancouver BC, Richard's On Richards w/ Crystal Castles
6/21 Vancouver BC, TBA
6/23 Edmonton AB, TBA
6/24 Lethbridge AB, The Last Resort
6/25 Calgary AB, Broken City - Sled Island Festival

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