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After years of playing music that wasnt quite loud enough with 4 or 5 other musicians, Brandyn James Aikins and Daniel Brandon Allen decided to just do it themselves the way they wanted to. The pair calls themselves Indian Handcrafts.
Aikins and Allen have been making music together for nearly a decade. It started with their band Doris Day, formed in 2003 (later renamed Fox Jaws), releasing two full lengths with Toronto indie label Nevado Records. In December 2009, Aikins (drums and vocals) and Allen (guitar and vocals) began writing songs as a duo to satisfy their need for volume and velocity, and Indian Handcrafts was born. In the spring of 2011 they released an 8-song cd recorded in their hometowns of Barrie and Alcona Beach, Ontario by long time friend and recording engineer, Liam Montgomery. The self-titled release contains songs developed over the first chapter of the boys duo experiment, bearing songs about life, strife, mental health, rebellion, and space traveling dope dealing beagles.
A little help from their friends
One winter night, Indian Handcrafts was playing the El Mocambo. Lucky for them, a great photographer/oyster-shucking friend of theirs convinced two special people to be in the crowd that night former A&R hero Jennifer Hirst, and songwriting guitar man of the famed Billy Talent, Ian DSa. Jen and Ian really liked what they heard and saw, and took the boys under their wings. Only great things have happened since. In March 2011, the band was selected to open for SUM 41 at a sold out show at the Opera House in Toronto... Later that month they shared the stage with Black Lungs, Cancer Bats and Billy Talent at the benefit concert F.U.MS a charity event organized by Billy Talent drummer Aaron Solowoniuk to help raise money for youth battling MS. In June 2011, Indian Handcrafts played the NXNE festival to rave reviews, garnering ChartAttack magazines second-highest NXNE report card score, and proving to many critics and fans alike that they are a serious two-man rock and roll wrecking machine.