BELIEFS at the Garrison (1197 Dundas West), Saturday (March 30). 416-519-9439. See listings.
There's a line in the Pitchfork review of the song Gallows Bird by Toronto dream pop band Beliefs that describes how its unexpected progression gives the illusion that the group were "in the process of figuring out where to go next." It turns out that was more accurate than the writer probably realized.
"When Pitchfork posted one of our songs, that was insane for us," gushes co-founder Josh Korody. "It's seven minutes long and the first song Jesse [Crowe] had ever written in a band."
The duo just returned prematurely from their first U.S. tour due to illness, but you don't get the sense that they were disillusioned by playing for an average of 50 bodies a night shortly before the release of their self-titled debut album.
"We could have just stayed in Toronto and felt like we were bigger than we actually are because of the international press. But [the tour] was a good way to eat shit: play for a bunch of people who are probably there to see a different band."
The strong response they've been getting from blogs and audiences suggests that their next tour will be a different story. Even the frequent labelling of the band as a shoegazer revival act doesn't bother Korody. After all, is it still nostalgia if you didn't experience it the first time around?
"Me and Jesse were both born in 1985, and we each got into this spectrum of music when we were around 19 or 20. We just really like a lot of early 90s and late 80s music. I try to be as original as possible, but it's fine if it's all within a certain sound, because that's the sound I like. We're trying to create something that's our own, but this is our first record. We're still really new."
Whisper vocals and walls of guitar aside, nothing about Beliefs could be accurately described as a full-fledged imitation of anything from the Loveless era. After all, sometimes the photocopy-of-a-photocopy effect ends up as something new by accident.