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Hooded Fang’s TicketWeb Interview

 

Last week we ran up a massive phone bill speaking mobile to Canada with Dan from Hooded Fang ahead of their UK tour, but it was worth it.

 

Check out Hooded Fang’s tour dates here http://bit.ly/Pf7Ovo and read our interview below…

 

TW: Alright Dan, how’s it going?

 

D: Yeah, good.

 

TW: Where are you now?

 

D:Erm…we’re in the van, driving from Montreal to Toronto, then we’ll be driving back to Montreal …then in a few weeks we’ll be driving back to Montreal.

 

TW: Is there quite a bit of that then, back and forth from Montreal to Toronto for you guys?

 

D: Yeah, a little bit, it’s okay though.

 

TW: The first album had a pretty British C-86 indie-pop sound, where as the new album (Tosta Mista) has a more mature 60s garage vibe, is that what you guys have been listening to recently?

 

D: Well I don’t think the first album sounded that British, we were probably listening to more British stuff for this album, Joe Meek (ed: legendary 60’s producer – check him out), people like that.

 

TW: Everyone’s drenching everything in reverb these days but you guys seem to be, dare we say it, the funkier side of the garage rock coin. Is that a conscious thing?

 

D: Not really, it’s just how it comes out. We just like the songs that are fun to play live so those are the ones that go on the record.

 

TW: Where does the name Hooded Fang come from by the way?

 

D: It’s just the title of a book by a Canadian author we all like (ed: Mordecai Richler). There’s nothing particular about the book other than we all liked it.

 

TW: Tell us about Dap Records (ed: Dan’s own record label).

 

D: Yeah, there’s 3 of us in it together, it’s pretty cool putting out records by people you like.

 

TW: Here’s your chance then, which Canadian bands should we be listening out for?

 

D: Oh there’s loads of good Canadian bands Odonis Odonis, Beta Frontiers, Hellaluya, The Soup Cans, Young Mother, John Mills – You’re So Boss….

 

TW: Cool…Do you ever getting bogged down in the business side of it all?

 

D: Well, you know, you gotta go through the motions, get it recorded, get it printed…but it’s worth it.

 

TW: Does it get tough balancing that with Hooded Fang commitments?

 

D: Nah, like I say we share it out…

 

TW: You were over here last in May, just a few months ago – is there anything that you missed from last time or something you definitely want to catch this time around?

 

D: The big ferris wheel in Brighton, definitely want to get on that. Apart from that…er…meet more people?…dress up more?

 

TW: Do you have any tunes you always bring with you on tour?

 

D: Yeah, Joe Meek – Sleep. There’s always some rap on the bus, Wu-Tang, something like that, our drummer always brings the rap and Lane ( lead guitarist) always plays Deer Hoof, I mean I love Deer Hoof, but it’s like, Deer Hoof again?

 

TW: But it never comes to blows?

 

D: No, we’re alright.

 

TW: Anything you always run out of on tour?

 

D: Clean clothes, I used to be a lot happier to wear dirty ones than I am now. Food, there’s never enough food,  gas.

 

TW: You need to stick more of that on the rider!

 

D: Yeah, maybe we should!

 

TW: Okay just 4 question we ask everyone now, 1st gig?

 

D: Probably Bruce Springsteen, I was about 8 to 10 years old, I remember smelling weed for the first time.

 

TW: Last gig?

 

D: Ariel Pink in Montreal, that was great.

 

TW: Best gig?

 

D: Aw I don’t know, basement shows I guess.

 

TW: And the worst?

 

D: Oh those all just blur into one.

 

TW: Okay cool thanks for that, good luck with the tour and everything.

 

D: Thanks, really looking forward to coming over again, see ya!