A new track from Mississippi band Bass Drum of Death is today’s GIGsoup ‘Track of the Day’. The excellent ‘Black Don’t Glow’ was written, performed and recorded by John Barrett (aka Bass Drum of Death) and is garage-rock, with a touch of punk, at its absolute best.
Barrett formed Bass Drum of Death, and performs and records his own albums. Until 2008, he performed as a one-man-band, playing bass drum and guitar. He now takes his material on the road with the assistance of other like-minded musicians. In addition to the new track Barrett has also announced a set of Bass Drum of Death live dates. These are…
29th January 2014 – St. Louis, MO – Firebird
30th January 2014 – Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle
31st January 2014 – Lakewood, OH – Mahall’s
1st February 2014 – Toronto, ON – Silver Dollar
2nd February 2014 – Montreal, QC – Casa Del Popolo
3rd February 2014 – Boston, MA – Great Scott’s
4th February 2014 – Brooklyn, NY – Union Pool
5th February 2014 – Brooklyn, NY – Union Pool
6th February 2014 – Washington, DC – Black Cat
7th February 2014 – Boone, NC – Boone Saloon
8th February 2014 – Jackson, MS – Martin’s Lounge
If you’re a fan of the ‘Track of the Day’ and want to hear more material from this exciting artist then check out 2013’s self-titled album (Innovative Leisure) or the 2011 debut album ‘GB City’ (Fat Possum Records).
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The 2013 album is somewhat of a masterpiece. No pretence or over-production but eleven tracks of infectious raw music (check out ‘Bad Reputation’). He wrote, re-wrote, played, re-played and recorded each of the songs and then took them out for vigorous testing: “My car has the worst sound system ever,” he says. “If I can get it to sound good in my car … that’s pretty good.”
The short story of Bass Drum of Death, says Barrett, is simple: “It’s just me in a room with a bunch of shit, wrestling with myself trying to figure out if it sounds good.” And after all that, don’t worry-it sounds good.