Comprised of Brandyn James Aikins (vocals, drums) and Daniel Brandon Allen (guitar), the Barrie, Ontario-based hard rock duo Indian Handcrafts formed in 2010 and by the next year, they had written and recorded a self-titled, self-released full-length album for which they went on tour and subsequently caught the attention of Sargent House‘s Cathy Pellow, who quickly signed the band to her management company and record label.
With the release of Civil Disobedience for Losers, the band saw a growing profile across North America, as the album was released to critical praise and the band toured with the likes of Billy Talent, Red Fang and Deafheaven and played at the Heavy Montreal music festival. And building upon the buzz they’ve already received, the band recently released their sophomore effort Creeps last Friday, and as drummer and frontman Brandyn James Aikins joked in press notes, the album is their “80s” album.
Certainly, from the release of the album’s latest single “It’s Late Queeny,” the generalization seems pretty apt as the song is consists of huge, arena rock-friendly, thrashing power chords reminiscent of long hair-era Metallica and Megadeth, thundering drums and howled lyrics while also drawing deeply from Queens of the Stone Age — in particular, I’m reminded of “You Think I Ain’t Worth A Dollar But I Feel Like A Millionaire” as both songs are incredible, ass-kicking, drink too much beer and headbang all night anthems. (I’m surprised that I haven’t heard this song in my regular bar yet; but I suspect that I will soon!)
The duo will be embarking on a lengthy tour throughout October and November, including two NYC area stops. Check out the dates below.