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After a three-year hiatus that saw Baltimore noise punks The Death Set overcome the sudden death of founding member Beau Velasco, ‘Michel Poiccard’ is an impressively on-track tribute to their much missed friend. Opener (if you can call five seconds that) ‘I Wanna Take This Tape and Blow up your Fucking Stereo’ sets out the bands typical brattish punk stall early on, before single ‘Slap Slap Slap Pound Up Down Snap’ introduces dubstep to the trio’s sonic arsenal, in keeping with the record’s loud, riotous and addictive ethos. It’s hard to pick a highlight (or where one track ends and another begins) when the noise is flying at you this fast, but Beastie Boys-like anthem ‘A Problem is a Problem, It Don’t Matter Where You’re From’ is a contender. So is the bass-heavy ‘Too Much Fun For Regrets.’ All 90 seconds of it. Add to that a 30-second Jurassic 5-style interlude of remixed meowing (yes, cats meowing), and The Death Set return to their unique, nutty, possibly silly best.

By Laura Davies

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