The Death Set
Sounds Like: The Aussies turned Brooklynites spew spastic punk-flavored electronic hype music with screamy vocals and fist-pounding mosh pit energy.
Free Association: These guys must be slamming Five Hour Energy drinks non-stop.
For Fans Of: Go! Team on speed, Bow Wow Wow x Buzzcocks, Monster drinks.
And You WIll Know Us by the Trail of Dead
Tao of the Dead
Sounds Like: Those cooky Austin prog-rockin’ dweebs who disappeared (rightly so) for a while are back with a shockingly good effort on this not-awful seventh LP.
Free Association: If you can see past all the fantastical crap it sounds pretty badass.
For Fans Of: Unwound x Superchunk, Foo Fighters + Mastodon, fantasy metal tools.
Going Out In Style
(Born & Bred)
Sounds Like: Their first in four years is just like all the others—vaguely Irish rhythms, instruments, themes and accents with a fratty punk feel perfect for State Fairs.
Free Association: Assholes around Boston are so effing pumped for this.
For Fans Of: Guinness, the Celts and Sox, Colin Quinn, St. Patrick’s Day.
PW's Music Issue 2014