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Albums Of The Week: Bass Drum Of Death | Live…. And Let Die

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE:Bass Drum Of Death (John Barrett, Jim Barrett and Ian Kirkpatrick) have just released their first live record Live….and Let Die. Recorded in April 2023 in Chicago, it fully captures the band’s dynamic sound — at high volume and high speed.

Singer and multi-instrumentalist John Barrett says “When we heard the test pressing, we were like, ‘Shit, we are playing these QUICK’. It’s fast, loose, but not too loose, and fun. We had a blast at the shows we recorded it at, so I hope that comes through.”

Hailing from Oxford, Mississippi, Bass Drum Of Death initially started out in 2007 as the one-man-band solo project of John Barrett, releasing the Stain Stick Skin EP on Fat Possum in 2008. The debut album, GB City, featuring the single Young Pros, followed in 2011. Barrett also began touring, working with a varied lineup of musicians for live performances. Moving to Innovative Leisure for 2013’s sophomore release, Bass Drum Of Death, with a second album, Rip This in 2014, Barrett announced the following year that the group would be going on hiatus due to “personal issues.”

The band returned in 2018 with Just Business, and by 2020, Barrett had put together a new lineup, collaborating with his younger brother Jim on guitar, and drummer Kirkpatrick. The trio released the 7″ single Too Cold to Hold / Wait and spent much of the pandemic working on new material, culminating in 2023 when they delivered the group’s fifth full-length, the Patrick Carney-produced Say I Won’t.”


Photo by Steve Gulick.