Entries tagged with: Deadkill
by Doug Moore
Like a lot of music fans who cut their teeth by listening to Black Flag albums, I've got a soft spot for rock'n'roll-inflected hardcore. The trouble is that most bands who play this style tend not to last very long. (Fucked Up, who have now lasted two years longer than the real Black Flag did, are a notable exception.)
Seattle's Deadkill will hopefully hang around for a while. Their debut LP, No, Never!, scratches that punk'n'roll itch -- they nail the barroom singalong/barroom fight vibe, and their songs are almost obsessively efficient. (Their press release quotes guitarist Michael Stubs saying: "Trim the fat. Are we getting to Point A to Point B as efficiently as we can? A lot of songs are so much more complicated than they should be.") No, Never! also benefits substantially from the work of Northwestern heavy-music engineer par excellence Matt Bayles (Botch, KEN mode, Mastodon, Pearl Jam), whose mix renders Deadkill in big, clear tones.
No, Never! comes out on January 21 via Good To Die Records, who also did last year's excellent Sandrider album. Stream "Ghost Out" from the album (and check out a couple of West Coast live dates) below...
Total Control at Fun Fun Fun Fest (more by BBG)
Total Control's Henge Beat was a favorite around these parts, and now the band recently released a split 12" with Thee Oh Sees. Check out a video for Total Control's "For Lease" from that split below and order your copy via Castle Face.
Total Control currently have no US dates scheduled. Thee Oh Sees, on the other hand, will spend their summer abroad and have a handful of appearances in the US. The band, who recently played Austin Psych Fest, will play a gang of festival dates including the previously discussed Pitchfork, Outside Lands, Hopscotch, ATP I'll Be Your Mirror and the sold-out Woodsist Festival in Big Sur.
In addition, the band just signed on to be a part of the Capitol Hill Block Party in Seattle WA, joining names like Neko Case, Major Lazer, Fitz And The Tantrums, Phantogram, The Lumineers, Grimes, Aesop Rock w/ Rob Sonic & DJ Big Wiz, Youth Lagoon, Diplo, Cloud Nothings, The Psychic Paramount, Twin Shadow, Dam-Funk and so many more across six-stages and as many city blocks during three days in July (7/20-7/22). Current lineup is below and tickets are on sale.
All tour dates, the Capitol Hill Block Party lineup and that "For Lease" video is below.