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Hooded Fang – Gravez Review

  • May 6, 2013
  • 2 min read

Toronto-based indie rock outfit Hooded Fang are on the cusp of releasing their 3rd album, Gravez. However, in many ways this is a first for the band as it’s the first time they’ve recorded live on the floor together and the first time with this line-up. Hooded Fang’s enigmatic album title plays well with the dark, yet sprite energy that this album exudes.

Gravez immediately kicks-off with a surf-rock meets garage-rock anthem “Graves.” It’s hard to ignore the Beach Boys influence on this track but in a much more punk-drenched way. The carefree, IDGAF “ba ba ba” towards the end is a prime example of the free-spirited fun that is to come on the rest of this album. “Ode To Subterrania” is the highlight of this album with its mind-bending mixture of genres including surf rock, post-punk, tropicalia and all with a very modern twist. Segway into the grunge rocker “Bye Bye Land,” the crooning here is heavy but the nifty guitar picking here will entrance the listener. Stepping right out of the dreariness of “Bye Bye Land” and right into the pumping sun-soaked “Wasteland”, whose title may come off as a red herring to the listener. The marching drum-like chord structures on “Trasher” and kitschy lyrics are undeniably infectious. “Genes” ends the album on an idiosyncratic note with a twist of synth, a plethora of guitar and a hypnotic bass line.

Hooded Fang has crafted an imaginative album that seamlessly ties several musical genres together piecing a cohesive and expressive album. You really can’t go wrong listening to this album, it has everything.

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Chris Ryan is an accomplished promoter, event planner, producer, activist, counselor, poet and blogger. Within the course of two and a half years Chris Ryan has worked with some of NYC's most established promoters/event planners, been named 2007′s GaySocialite of the year, granted a promoter of the year award from NYC's most famous gay establishment, Splash. He's worked in some of NYC's top venues including; Avalon, Capitale, Cipriani, Cielo, Pacha, Element, Le Poisson Rouge, XL, G Lounge, Plumm, Hilton Hotel, Indigo Hotel, Spirit, Myst/Quo, Splash, The Ritz, Vlada, Roseland Ballroom, Heaven, etc. In 2008, Chris Ryan has begun to unveil some of the most innovative & unique parties New York City has ever seen. The Fusion events "fuse" together all disciplines of art into an event that remains diverse yet cohesive at the same time. won best gay promotions website from NYC Event Patrons in 2008 & he was granted an award from the Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club, Gov. Patterson & Michelle Clunie (QAF) saluting him for his hard work in nightlife. Chris Ryan has also begun working with many renown companies, including; doctors, lawyers, physicians, modeling agencies & more. Chris Ryan has been responsible for wide-scale promotions for all these companies & generating tremendous business. Chris Ryan has even started to become National with events taking place in LA & Miami this year. In May of 2009 Chris Ryan received the very prestigious honor of being named a "40 Under 40″ Gays in America by the Advocate Magazine. He also created three successful parties that generated over 1,500 patrons each. In January of 2010 Chris Ryan was featured as one of the top promoters to look out for in Noize Magazine Chris Ryan joined forces with legendary promoter/event producer, Lee Chappell and created one of the most talked about events of all 2010, Desire @ Capitale. Chris Ryan and Lee featured one of the most outstanding artists NYC has ever seen, "Oh Land." Her performance coupled with an exquisite and unforgettable set design added to this extravagant event that held over 1,000 patrons in one of NYC's most successful PRIDE events! Chris Ryan then joined forces with legendary Pacha promoter, Rob Fernandez in addition to Jake Resnicow and Tommy Marinelli to bring one of the largest and most successful parties worldwide to NYC, MATINEE. The event on Governor's Island saw over 2,000+ attendees and one of the most ambitious productions ever. In 2011 Chris Ryan started Emerge Music Promotions with business partner Darren Melchiorre. Emerge Music promotions began signing artists with plans to develop and market the artists to the community at large. Emerge Music promotions has big events planned for 2012 and 2013. Chris Ryan debuted the IMAGE events which took place on top of two of NYC's most beautiful rooftop venues, Rare View and Indigo Hotel. The events were blogged everywhere and featured the fashion designs of several clothing designers, artists and photographers. Chris Ryan felt that fashion and art should be displayed at every event and attracted the likes of Malan Breton, Calvin Klein and even Katy Perry. Chris Ryan began an extremely successful event which incorporated the concept of a house party into a nightclub atmosphere. The event Twist'D at G Lounge has been one of the most talked about events in NYC and allows it's audience to play nearly-naked Twister, beer pong, flip cup & more with other attendees. Chris Ryan was granted an excellence in volunteering award from AVP (Anti-Violence Project) for all his efforts in supporting the organization. 2013 has a very promising landscape on the horizon and Chris Ryan is complacent in saying "you haven't seen anything yet!"

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