The Death Set - To Review
by Eric Bodrero
My goodness, I've never come across a band that I so quickly fell in love with like I have The Death Set. This quick little ten-minute EP simply titled To has more substance and bizarre, attractive instrumentation and songwriting than a lot of full length albums that run over an hour. The Death Set combine punk riffs with spazzy, experimental indie math rock and sharp, biting lyrics that are mostly yelled to give you the most energetic, raucous and untamed ten minutes of your life.
Check out the ultra-catchy, burned-on-your-mind forever "Negative Thinking" that will have you mindlessly singing the chorus for days after hearing it. Or delve a little deeper into the eccentric and out-of-control "Snap", which mixes a semi-decent drum beat and bass line with sporadic explosions of machine-gun drum beatings and keyboard grinding throughout its whopping one minute and thirteen seconds. For a tamer listen try the closer "Around the World", which reminds me of early Sigue Sigue Sputnik and is one of the softer things you'll likely hear from this band.
Yet despite all the spasmaticism (yeah, I made that one up), The Death Set has this uncanny ability to rock you gently with a user-friendly and supple synth beat throughout. I dare you to give these guys a try. As for me, I'll be the first in line at the record store when they release new material, which, at the quick pace they're rocking to on this EP, should be often. For fans of Animal Collective and Deerhoof.
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