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Albums Of The Week: Dead Best | Second

Two turns out to be the magic number as the Philadelphia duo double down on their punchy riffs, poppy hooks and stellar songwriting for this memorable second album.

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE:Dead Best’s fittingly titled sophomore album Second takes the raw pandemic expressions of two punk veterans and refines them into a ripping 13 tracks. Exhuming deep anxieties through pummeling guitars and frantic, distorted vocals, the LP is a brief but clear profile of this duo’s combined creative voice.

Longtime friends Adam Goren and Brian Sokel followed interwoven paths through the Philadelphia punk scene in the late ’90s and early 2000s. While Sokel brought riffs to the dub and hardcore blending Franklin and was the primary songwriter and multi-instrumentalist for AM/FM, Goren was playing in punk bands Fracture and Armalite, and exploring the use of sequencers in his eccentric solo project Atom and His Package. Second is the followup to their 2021 self-titled debut LP.”