Bass Drum Of Death
‘Bass Drum Of Death’ (Innovative Leisure)
Whilst John Barrett and his band’s chosen moniker may imply ballsy, no-holds-barred punk hedonism (and indeed, a large majority of their eponymous second album finds its peers in the Ty Segall Black Lips school of bratty garage kicks), there are nuances here that prove there’s more to BDOD than just three chords and a load of cheap beer. The opening guitar lines of ‘Way Out’ are almost Beach House-esque, prettying up the scuzzy chords and no-fi vocals to perfection, whilst ‘Fine Lies’ deals in glam rock-recalling sleaze. Sure, this is a great garage rock record – but it’s dreaming even bigger.