Haunted Party Tapes Will Catch You A Ghostly Death
Whilst Death Cassettes aren't the first band to send me something to listen to in 2013 - I'm still trawling through 700+ emails - they were the first ones to grab me. Their Ghost Party EP is six songs of solid gold. The Viriginian band have a an immediacy, inhabiting the garage rock format that SF alumni Thee Oh Sees and Ty Segall make their bread and butter, yet with a laconic, slacker vibe that bands closer to home can identify with. So where faster paced tracks like 'I Don't Care' are great albeit interchangeable with any number of great garage rock bands of 2012, the slack-jawed amble of 'The Fool' and 'Upset' offers another sardonic edge. Usually when bands of this ilk take their foot off the pedal their focus shifts - with Death Cassettes, you feel even more at home. They claim Jay Reatard and SM faves Spook Houses as reference points - enough said. A promising introduction indeed.