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The Death Set

Though Beau Velasco and Johnny Siera were both aware of one another growing up in Gold Coast, Australia's relatively small music scene, it wasn't until Siera saw Velasco playing his guitar and thrashing about in the local band Black Panda that he knew he wanted to be friends. But it was Velasco, in fact, who asked Siera to join Black Panda on guitar, and when the other members dropped out because of other commitments, the two decided to continue on as a duo. After touring on Australia's East Coast with the similarly minded Brooklyn duo Japanther, the two were inspired to move to Sydney, where they worked on writing and recording their own music, which consisted of their guitars, keyboards, and tinny laptop beats, the vocals sung through microphones Velasco had rigged up. Calling themselves the Death Set, they eventually decided they should move to the U.S., and after a brief stint in Brooklyn, settled on the city of Baltimore. Their self-released debut EP, To (the majority of which was written in Sydney), caught the ear of Morphius Records, which reissued it in 2006. The following year Rad Warehouses Bad Neighborhoods came out, and in the spring of 2008 the Death Set, which at this point consisted of Siera and guitarist/vocalist Peter O'Connell with the help of a rotating cast of drummers, issued Worldwide (which Velasco did appear on) on Ninjatune's rock imprint, Counter Records. The following year the band was shocked by the news that founder Velasco had passed away. Jahphet Landis was recruited to fill the gap left behind, and the band set to work on their third album, Michel Poicard, which was released early in 2011. ~ Marisa Brown
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  1.   Song
  2.   Soar Away
  3.   Yo David Chase! You P.O.V. Shot Me in the Head
  4.   Think Shank
  5.   Negative Thinking
  6.   Superzero
  7.   Can You See Straight?
  8.   Around the World
  9.   Heard It All Before
  10.   Spaz
  11.   Snap
  12.   We Are Going Anywhere Man
  13.   I Miss You Beau Velasco
  14.   Selective Memories
  15.   Had a Bird
  16.   MFDS
  17.   Day in the Wife
  18.   Solve It
  19.   Fighting for Herself
  20.   Impossible
  21.   Moving Forward
  22.   Paranoia
  23.   This Song
  24.   On The Street
  25.   Slap Slap Slap Pound Up Down Snap
  26.   Distressed
  27.   Peak Oil
  28.   Boys/Girls
  29.   Lite the Fuse
  30.   Once You Know You Know
  31.   Grinding Halt
  32.   Been Too Long
  33.   The Enemy
  34.   Intermission
  35.   Listen to This Collision
  36.   Cold Teeth
  37.   Bla!

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