John Barrett’s Bass Drum of Death – ’Stain Stick Skin’ 7″

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A:Stain Stick Skin
B:Ballad of Bandit X
Label/Buy: Fat Possum
Listen: Myspace

John Barrett’s Bass Drum of Death is one guy, John Barrett coming from the musical hotbed of Oxford, Miss (also home to Color Revolt). Both of these songs are in Black Lips wing of modern garage rock – retro blues rock with the faint whif of modern production. “Stiain Stick Skin” is the stomper, while “Ballad of Bandit X” is the slow burn, nasty lead guitar over acoustic guitar strumming and bass drum/tamborine back beat. “Ballad of Bandit X” is the highlight for me, a song that has managed to work its way under my skin.  We’re not foraging any new territory here, but that isn’t always the point, is it?

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