Premiere (stream) and FREE DOWNLOAD via The FADER.
“GET THERE”, an outtake from the LEAPER recording sessions, features vocals by fellow Toronto musician Jonathan Rogers (Elsa, The Seams), and describes “a road trip that feel like it will never end, running from your life and having no idea where you’re going.” ~ Jesse Crowe.
“Beliefs Share “Get There,” A Lucid Shoegazing Odyssey ~ the sensation of getting lost in a current, the kind of zoning out commonly associated with this kind of shoegaze. But the propulsion driving it is benevolent and calming” ~ The FADER
“Get There is a starry collaboration between them and fellow Toronto band Elsa’s Jonathan Rogers, and it makes it sound like life’s all about the journey.” ~ STEREOGUM
04/22/16 Toronto ON : Adelaide Hall – Toronto ON w/ Casper Skulls, SUUNS
“Even 40 years on from the dawn of punk, shaving your head can still be a rebellious move. For a woman, it’s an especially profound gesture. It’s the complete removal from a capitalist hierarchy, from the monetisation of female beauty. Don’t want to partake in the endless beauty chase? Shave it all off and let the world stare.
Thankfully, director Ivy Lovell captured the process, and an oddly intimate experience – matched to the searingly truthful music of Beliefs, it’s a coruscating listen and an addictive watch” ~ CLASH (UK)
04/22/16 Toronto ON : Adelaide Hall – Toronto ON w/ Casper Skulls, Suuns
“Leave With You” video, directed by Sean Cartwright, premieres via CLASH Magazine (UK) and STEREOGUM (US). LEAPER has been popping up on numerous end of year lists including #3 on Sound Better With Reverb‘s “SHOEGAZE AND DREAM POP ALBUMS OF 2015”. Out now and selling fast on limited green translucent vinyl — order HERE.
“Dream pop viewed through a prism of distortion… build up into an atmospheric and deeply unique world. New album ‘Leaper’ emerged at the tail end of last year, matching sumptuous sonics against some of the band’s most developing songwriting yet. ‘Leave With You’ is an apt introductory point for those new to the charms of Beliefs.” ~ CLASH (UK)
* Beliefs “Leaper” at #46 on CMJ Radio 200 in the USA for the week of Jan 11th 2016
02/13/16 Toronto ON : WAVELENGTH 16 – The Garrison w/ Soupcans, Duchess Says
“Colour Of Your Name” video (directed by Alex Earl Grey) premiered on Under The Radar Magazine. LEAPER is available now on limited edition of 300 translucent green vinyl worldwide… order HERE soon!
“Leaper, a fine album that blurred all distinctions between dream pop euphoria and warped shoegaze disorientation – “Colour of Your Name,” one of the record’s more concise, pop-leaning highlights” ~ Under The Radar Magazine
“Shoegaze is alive and well with Canadian band Beliefs. It comes as no surprise that the duo of Josh Korody and Jesse Crowe were united by their love of My Bloody Valentine and Sonic Youth after intially meeting at a mutual friend’s birthday party.
On the title track of their sophomore full-length, Leaper, the band push through the shimmering washes of reverb with their guy/girl harmonies, setting off a swoon with Kevin Shields-influenced guitar effects. A spoken-word part towards the end truly calls to mind Kim Gordon in “Kool Thing.” If you’re gonna wear your influences on your sleeve, might as well have the best influences.” ~ KEXP
* Beliefs “Leaper” #5 Most Added album at CMJ Radio 200 the week of Nov 24th
* Beliefs “Leaper” debuted at #94 on CMJ Radio 200 in the USA for the week of Dec 1st
Head to KCRW, Southern California’s National Public Radio flagship, to preview BELIEFS album new “LEAPER” in it’s entirety! In stores and available online Friday November 13th. Limited translucent green vinyl available now… order HERE soon!
Watch our new video for the title track of our upcoming album Leaper. The Adam Leon directed video premiered on STEREOGUM (US), EXCLAIM (CA), and FILTER (MX). LEAPER is out November 13th on limited translucent green vinyl with pre-orders going fast (almost half way through the first run!) … PRE-ORDER HERE.
“a propulsive midnight rocker accented by ominous whispers and gorgeous noise” ~ STEREOGUM
“On November 13, Hand Drawn Dracula will release Beliefs’ Leaper, which has to be one of the year’s more
solid shoegaze/dream pop records.” ~ UNDER THE RADAR
11/05/15 Toronto ON – RELEASE PARTY – The Garrison w/ Rolemodel, Nailbiter, Vallens – EVENT INFO
1992 video premiere on NOISEY (US), STEREOGUM (US), FILTER (MX), EXCLAIM! (CA) and announce the release of their new album LEAPER on November 13th. The video was directed by Joe Roth & Ivy Lovell and stars Robyn (VALLENS) along with a lot of friends. Limited to a run of 300 translucent green vinyl ~ PRE-ORDER.
“Leaper ~ a ten track killer that creates a landscape of strange disassociation from everything around.” ~ NOISEY (US)
10/08 Toronto ON – The Horseshoe w/ Algiers
10/14 Brooklyn NY – Palisades CMJ/Hand Drawn Dracula/Bella Union w/ Landshapes, Doomsquad, Vallens, Chastity ~ INFO
10/15 Brooklyn NY – Alphaville w/ Dead Leaf Echo, Nailbiter, Vallens, Lazyeyes, Ringo Deathstarr
BELIEFS is pleased to launch the video for new song “Tidal Wave” via the fine folks at STEREOGUM. The video, directed by Trevor Blumas (DOOMSQUAD) and Laura Lynn Petrick, perfectly complements the song evoking an atmosphere of pre-digital age, public access late-night music television. The track is a preview from the forthcoming album Leaper, scheduled to be released in spring 2015.
“Beliefs hail from Toronto and make the kind of fogged-in shoegaze that stands the test of time — I could have seen this band play last weekend in Brooklyn, but my mom could have seen them the year I was born.” ~ STEREOGUM
BELIEFS cover “Sound of Thunder” for Making Patterns Rhyme: a tribute to Duran Duran released via Manimal Vinyl with all proceeds going to Amnesty International. The comp features Warpaint, Little Dragon, Moby, Austra and more.
“The synth-punk cheese that helped put the New Romantics’ music videos in heavy rotation would, at first glance, appear ill-suited to mesh with the Beliefs’ shoegazing Wall of Sound atmospherics, but this cover proves otherwise, retrofitting the original’s danceable drama with ghostly vocals and tidal waves of fuzz to craft a version that’s far more eerie than its inspiration.” ~ SPIN Magazine