Of all the bands on Daps Records, it's Phèdre, with its woozy psychedelic dance-pop, who've enjoyed the quickest explosion of buzz, thanks in part to their disturbing yet sensual NSFW video for In Decay.
The oddball collaboration between Hooded Fang's Daniel Lee and April Aliermo and Doldrums' Airick Woodhead has resulted in an acclaimed self-titled debut album and a just-announced tour with Ariel Pink.
We're hoping the band's NXNE gig will be as theatrical as their decadent, glitter-covered Toronto live debut in February, but, as Lee and Aliermo cryptically explain via email from a Hooded Fang European tour, anything can happen at a Phèdre show.
"One should never keep expectations. You just get disappointed more often."
A similarly mischievous quality characterizes the music. Whereas Hooded Fang's jangle pop is honest and a touch earnest, Phèdre take on characters and embrace the magical and mythical. Considering that much of their material came out of casual 2010 recording sessions, their success seems to have taken them by surprise.
"It was like a surprise party that you knew was being planned. Now we travel the world eating oysters. Sometimes we get food-poisoned, sometimes we don't. Food poisoning by oyster hits you the next day. Now that is a surprise."