Don’t be intimidated by the name…

Formed by siblings Allie, Trevor and Jaclyn Blumas, this Toronto-based band uses their musical powers for good by channeling earthy rhythms and atmospheric melodies to create their rich, cosmic sound.

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Photo courtesy of the Grickle Grass Festival

Widely regarded as one of Canada’s most notable indie bands, DOOMSQUAD released their debut album, Kalaboogie in 2014 and have shown no signs of slowing down with Pageantry Suite (2015) and Total Time (2016).  Read on to find out the mystical source of their success.

Why do you play the music you play?

We play music together because we all have the same idea about the musical language we speak. We play music because music builds community. We like to play music we can dance to, move through and through repetition and trance, help us move through change.

What does your style represent? (As in, your clothes and hair)

Tricky Question. We all have different styles I would say. But I think our style mostly represents resourceful thrifting. We LOVE colour, and mixing colour with different patterns and textiles.

I often think our clothes represent our songs. Some songs are in them minor keys, long expansive vocal harmonies, or on the contrary, upbeat dance tracks, with tons of layering of sonic textures and bright colours.  

Or maybe you could just say we are confused with our fashion styles and we just try a bunch of stuff till it works.

What is your live music ritual?

We enjoy animal chanting with each other to get things started. Or sometimes we use repetition as a tool for songwriting, until we are in an open space for contemplation or have ideas for songwriting.  Ritual is important to us.  We had a 4th sibling and sacrificed him in fire under the Northern Lights, soon after the birth of DOOMSQUAD happened.

The term Grickle Grass is pulled from a line in Dr Seuss’ The Lorax. If you had to rename your band to sound like a Dr Seuss book, what would it be? Do you Grickle?

“Don’t Grickle me, I’ll Grickle you…yeee seeee,”  shouted the band Culdrumhumha from the tall grass of the Gurgle Forest.

You can check out more DOOMSQUAD on Facebook and Twitter. And while you’re at it, stay up to date on what’s happening and who’s playing at Grickle right here on LondonFuse with #Grickle Talks, every day leading up until the festival.

Get your tickets right here and we’ll see you on the May 27!

Feature photo via Facebook / DOOMSQUAD, by Brad Casey

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