Wednesday 30 March 2011

The Death Set - Michel Poiccard

Album review by KevW

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“I wanna take this tape and blow up ya fuckin' stereo.”
That's the line that kicks off the second album from US based Australians, The Death Set. Cripes.

They give it a darn good go too, hammering their way through shouty second track 'Slap Slap Slap Pound Up Down Snap' (they have great song titles) and the third 'Can You Seen Straight?' (sic). Hardcore electro-punk-pop isn't all that's on offer, with things getting a little more anthemic on the likes of 'We Are Going Anywhere Man' and 'Is This The End Again?'.

As much high-octane fun as this album is, we're reminded of the tragedy of founder member Beau Velasco's death from an overdose at the beginning of recording in 2009. He features on one track (here we go with the song titles again) 'Is That A French Dog?' which is followed by an undoubted highlight – 'I Miss You Beau Velasco'. You won't hear a better piece of scuzzy shoegaze all year.

Cramming in 17 tracks in under 40 minutes, you can guess that Michel Poiccard is intense, and given the circumstances surrounding its inception you have to admire the band for sticking to their guns and producing a record of such calibre – an album that cries out to be heard. It's eclectic, it's hectic, and it's great. My stereo is quivering.

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