Review: Bass Drum Of Death – “Bass Drum Of Death”



Bass Drum Of Death
Bass Drum Of Death

Innovative Leisure – June 25th 2013
By Joshua Khan (@blaremag)
Find it at: iTunes | Insound | HMV Digital





Jumping off of Fat Possum to taste Innovative Leisure, John Barrett has refurbished his Bass Drum Of Death project to deploy a split personality. The band’s way more wary of their Cats Purring roots with the self-titled collection cruising down a two-way street, shredding muscles and pushing pop to dames a la  Booth Jonathan on HBO’s Girls (“I want you to know, the first time I fuck you, I might scare you a little. Because I’m a man, and I know how to do things”). Stocked full of fuzz crawls (“White Fright”), skuzzy blues (“Way Out”), and headstrong re-ups of 11’s GB City (‘I Wanna Be Forgotten”), Barrett shows off his garage pedigree without losing his taste for hashing out his yelp in a wall of noise. “Fine Lies” and “Bad Reputation” spark their own respective Rubber Factory and Road To Ruin vibes, even contemplating if expansion will make the BDOD project suicidal or cloud-nine impressive. Considering we’ve yet to witness the “full” Bass Drum Of Death sound, it’s hard to say if Barrett and co. teeter in either direction as they’re more hell bent on pressuring you to funnel unmissable hooks until you wake up, ready for another round.

Listen: “Crawling After You”, “(You’ll Never Be) So Wrong”, “White Fright” || Watch: “Shattered Me”

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