The Mohawk Lodge are currently releasing their 4th album, Damaged Goods, in the US this May.. It’s their take on punk, and at 30 minutes even, is their rawest, shortest and most visceral record to date. Previous records included their Smog-tinged Rare Birds-’04, Wildfires-’07 (featuring Dan Boeckner Wolf Parade/Handsome Furs), and Crimes ‘10 (featuring Dan Mangan).
A blurry mix of Springsteen, a teenage Swervedriver, a Repeater-era Fugazi and Neil Young circa Ragged Glory all come together in Damaged Goods, along with the raw, urgent atmosphere of early-nineties lo-fi rock and roll. This is the music of one man’s disjointed route on planet earth, and when focused into music, it becomes one cathartic, epic voyage.
With a record in the can, Havdale packed up and moved to Berlin. He currently resides at the infamous Schokoladen punk venue/artists’ squat.
The Mohawk Lodge have shared the stage with the Constantines, Apostle of Hustle, Handsome Furs, Les Savy Fav, Chad VanGaalen, Athlete, Japandroids, Besnard Lakes and Adam Franklin, to name a few, and showcased at such fests as SXSW, Liverpool Sound City and CMJ.
“short sharp and blistering punk salvos from the mercurial Ryder Havdale–led band. Mesh the grunge fried sound of Neil Young with Nick Cave at his most feral and tempestuous and you have an indication of the sonic territory this group alights on. Prepare for scorch marks on the soul at every listen” UK’s Daily Mirror
“Now residing in Berlin, Ryder Havdale and his ever-shifting Canadian collective headily mix a splash of Springsteen with Gun Club rage and the vigour of the Hold Steady” UNCUT Magazine – Covermount CD Feature.