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Albums Of The Week: The Death Set | How To Tune A Parrot

The Aussie psychos assult you with a mighty mish-mash of high-voltage lunacy.


THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “It’s been a long time since we’ve heard from those weirdos The Death Set — their last full length came out in 2011. Ten years ago, times were the opposite of quiet for these romper-stompers with festival appearances all over the world, songs on soundtracks, videogame features, releases on Steve Aoki’s Dim Mak label and a support for The Beatsteaks arena tour. A decade later, Dan and Johnny unleash new work with How To Tune A Parrot, a real rager of an album where the present glimmers in bent rainbow colours.

Listeners will hit the ceiling while wetting their pants when they listen to opening tracks Set For Death and Nowhere Is Here. These punk-rock songs are like having ants in your pants — or as the mighty DZ Deathrays say: “It’s as close as you can get to taking amphetamines audibly.”

But is it only punk rock? Nah, it’s not so easy with The Death Set. How To Tune A Parrot is a magnificently messy mish-mash of electro, noise, punk and artsi-fartsiness. But to get the full effect of these maniacs, you’ll have to take in one of their shows, where they deliver 102% supernatural high-energy power complete with moshpits, dives, jives and hi-fives.

A mean and bitter person may think that this kind of music had its time. But those who know the truth say: “What the fuckin heck — let’s have the best Death Set times of our lives!”

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