When I was a kid the eerie theme music for shows like Unsolved Mysteries and The X-Files always had me scurrying for the remote. I scared easily then, but as an adult I can see the campy value of those odd synth melodies and startling kick drums. Toronto's DOOMSQUAD strike me as those kids—the band is made up of three siblings—that would stay up to watch the shows I found freaky. Their prior releases document an obsession with fantasy worlds and languages, and the immersive, psych-pop of their new track hints at more otherworldly ideas to come on their upcoming LP Total Time. "Pyramids On Mars" is filled with echoey effects, rapid-fire percussion, and a warbling, ominous bass synth melody—the hallmarks of quirky sci-fi sonics.
In an e-mail to The FADER the band describes it as a kind of protest song. "It's an inner rebellion against imposed systems of thought, a kind of internalized inquiry into the overall failure of language, and an attempt to break out of our extreme dependency on systems of order and logic. The song attempts to express that intimate conflict and tense opposite between gut and mind. It's also very Fox Mulder: THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE!"
Check out the band's creepy new website, 666hell.net, and tour dates below. Total Time is out April 29 on Bella Union in the U.S. and Hand Drawn Dracula in Canada.
03/15-19 - Austin, TX @ SXSW
03/20 - Hot Springs, AK @ Valley of the Vapors Festival w/ RONiiA
03/21 - Nashville, TN @ Charlie Bob's w/ RONiiA
03/22 - Chicago, IL @ The Empty Bottle w/ RONiiA