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- Posted on Mar 12th 2012 3:00PM by Melody Lau
"We're glad that people are attracted to the decadence and enthusiasm that the project exudes," singer Daniel Lee tells Spinner. "It's never been serious, though it is always a point of pride; it's an imagination project combining spectacle, found sound, anything-goes and pop music."
Lee, one of the players behind Toronto's ever-expanding Daps Records, is one third of Phèdre with Hooded Fang bandmate April Aliermo and long-time friend Airick Woodhead (Doldrums, Spiral Beach). He admits that he and his friends have musical ADD, which might explain why they're a part of so many bands, including Hut and Tonka Puma.
"We don't fight it," Lee tells Spinner. "If it feels right, we'll do something, and we don't hold back but if it feels wrong, we'll shelve it. No biggie."
That being said, Lee assures everyone that Phèdre is its own beast and that "it will follow whatever path is best," regardless of where Hooded Fang and Doldrums go in the future, both of which are still in full swing simultaneously. "Phèdre will run its own course but will definitely be a morphing entity."
That amalgamation of descriptors is appropriate for the band's NSFW video for their first single 'In Decay.' Members are covered in gold paint and chains as they drizzle honey over each other -- "a mix of decadence and decay, with a heavy mix of friends." (Toronto indie artist Maylee Todd also stars in the clip, naked.)
In Lee's world of Daps Records, friends are key.
"We've never done anything with people who are not in our circle and whom we don't respect," explains Lee. "It just so happened that our friends are doing amazing things and we want to promote their art as much as we can. We want Daps Records to be a strongly curated label, first and foremost. Promote the community around us, engage people and promote good music and personalities. We are into the family vibe, working with people who are honest and believe in each other."