Indie Garage For Your Sweet and Angry Sides
Name: Death At Sea
Where They’re From: Liverpool, England
Genre: Messy indie garage
Most Similar: The Strokes
Sounds Like: …like they SHOULD have shaggy mop ‘dos, but that might be too obvious
Favorite Lyric: “When he’s with her, she bleeds glitter”
When you hear Death At Sea’s two singles, there’s no denying a sonic relationship to The Strokes between the pleasant melody and steady wall of sound rhythmic guitar jangle and all those familiar symbols of the early 2000s. But the Liverpool fivesome displays some tried and true grit that hearkens the MC5, or even grunge music.
There are more cursewords, for one, and darker lyrics, as well as anthemic builds, unfiltered vocals, and a hard garage sound. There’s also a verse in their new track “Selfless” that chants “You’re f*cking bringing me down” at a punch-in-the-gut snail pace that’s decidedly Velvet Underground-y. It’s as if they’re not disaffected, but actually angry, which is a lot more interesting, especially when wrapped in lovely major chords.
It’s hard to say a whole lot more about them yet, but UK residents can see them on tour, and in November they’ll opening for the Los Angeles darlings Haim on their UK stint.
In the meantime, the two singles are available on a limited edition 7″ AA side on October 22 on Kissability/Transgressive records. You can stream them below.
What do you think?