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The Death Set on the Lower East Side

July 30th, 2012


The Death Set has had a bit of a journey. Originally the band formed in Australia’s Gold Coast when Johnny Siera and Beau Velasco, each a singer and guitarist, began making art-punk music together and playing chaotic, high-energy shows. The two moved to Sydney before making stops in Philadelphia and Brooklyn before settling in Baltimore. Their first album, the well-received Worldwide, came out in 2008. The BBC called it a “bull-in-a-china-shop riot of thrashing guitars, Day-Glo melodies, jerky rhythms, furious beats, bleeping synths, punched fists, inspired slogans and impulsive—nay, unhinged—shouting.” Velasco passed away the next year and he heavily influenced the following album, Michel Poiccard. But with Daniel Walker taking his place, the group continued to thrive. Since then the Death Set (above, doing “Impossible” for unartignyc.com) and their distorted guitars haven’t looked back. They continue with a heavy touring schedule, and they play The Bowery Ballroom tomorrow night.