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Introducing Dermabrasion – Announce Debut Album “Pain Behaviour” out January 26th via Hand Drawn Dracula & Share New Single “Halberdier”

October 17, 2023



Announce debut album ‘Pain Behaviour’ out January 26th via Hand Drawn Dracula
Share first single & video “Halberdier”

Toronto-based duo Dermabrasion, made up of Adam Bernhardt and Kat McGouran. are set to release their debut album ‘Pain Behaviour‘ on Jan 26th via Hand Drawn Dracula. 

A fascination with the corporeal form and the occult thread through the record. With allusions to Roman Catholicism, LaVeyan Satanism and genre fiction, the songs investigate shame, power, duty and inhabiting a human body. Produced by Josh Korody (Fucked Up, Nailbiter, Breeze, Beliefs, Vallens), the album’s statement is honed to a menacing edge with a sound swinging in the directions of first wave and contemporary post-punk, industrial, and NWOBHM. To go alongside the album announcement, the band are sharing the first single & video from the record “Halberdier“. 

The video “Halberdier” is a frenzied series of clips captured by members of the crowd at a generator show in Toronto’s east end this past summer. Under a single bulb’s light the band and crowd writhe among a pile of industrial dirt from more than 10 different perspectives pasted and strung together in a kaleidoscopic mess. 

Firstly, prepare to be blown away by the sheer weight of this release and the fact the duo has delivered one of the most audacious arrangements yet. This electrifying release proudly captures this deviant attitude and defiant blazing tones.

As the colossal creation evolves and adapts throughout this essential course, always consuming the audience’s full attention, this immense soundscape hits on every level- through the vast structure, the piercing tonalities, shifting drum shuffles, vivid textures and explosive energy.

With the brooding vocal notes sparking further aggressive actions into the heavy journey, the lyrics simply soar through the abrasive tones and cutting guitar passages. But that bass tone impresses, the notes drive through the raucous density and flirt intently with the sonically penetrating soundscape. Angular lead rhythms kick in and further emphasize the crushing depth of this release. It’s dark, it’s dynamic and it captures this brash boisterousness that only Dermabrasion exudes.

Scrape the scum and grime off the floors of every bar and basement in so-called Toronto that dared host a mob of unruly hardcore kids or sweaty, undulating goths and you get Dermabrasion — in sound and spirit.

For just over a year, the duo have peddled their fleshy post-punk in and around their home town with a deceptively ferocious live show that has landed them supporting slots for the likes of Lydia Lunch Retrovirus, Special Interest, Pixel Grip, Nox Novacula and Front 242’s Patrick Codenys.

Dermabrasion’s 2021 demo EP Lunate marked a return to form for members Adam Bernhardt and Kat McGouran who started writing and performing together in 2015 with defunct Toronto punk band WLMRT. The five tracks on Lunate with a low-fi production that smacks of early Sisters of Mercy recordings offered only a haunting, shadowy outline of what the pair now bring forward with their full-length debut, Pain Behaviour.

Set to be released on Toronto-based Hand Drawn Dracula, Pain Behaviour chews up and spits out sonic motifs across 10 tracks that piece together a collection of influences reflecting the years both musicians have spent skulking around their city’s nightlife. The beer-flavoured ghouls smoking outside venues that no longer exist; the backed-up toilet smell hanging in the nightclub air together with fog, lasers and Siouxsie.

Produced by Josh Korody (Fucked Up, Nailbiter, Breeze, Beliefs, Vallens) and mastered by Noah Mintz, Pain Behaviour completes the baleful statement Dermabrasion first uttered with Lunate. Korody’s experience with electronic music helped hone the band’s sound to a menacing edge they call “death rock and roll,” swinging equally in the directions of first wave and contemporary post-punk, industrial, NWOBHM and meathead rock.

Brooding grooves like album opener “Halberdier” and “Goblin Dance” want to allure like a California darkwave fest poster while primitive progressions like those of “Proving Grounds” and “Sleepless” betray a willful lack of discipline for the sound to ever fully wrest its claim to punk. Hardcore riffs dressed for goth night at the sports bar.

A fascination with the corporeal form and the occult threads through the lyrical subject matter in what McGouran describes as a “mid-concept.” With allusions to Roman Catholicism, LaVeyan Satanism and genre fiction, the songs on Pain Behaviour investigate shame, power, duty and the responsibility of simply inhabiting a human body.While needling, existential questions appear on several tracks, the full pastiche of the band’s ersatz dogma is best demonstrated in the wicked anthem heralding the album’s halfway point, “Magic Missile.” Over a thunderous kick drum and snare hits that crack like a whip, the query curls like smoke: When the gods falter, what size are the faults?

Pain Behaviour tracklist:
01. Halberdier
02. Grim Sister
03. Goblin Dance
04. Proving Ground
05. Betrayer Moon
06. Magic Missile
07. Sleepless
08. Psychic Event
09. In the Time of Queens
10. Blight

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