The Dead Betties

Nightmare Sequence

by Dara Kartz

22 July 2007

 

The very fact that “art noise” and “punk” aren’t really thrown around as band descriptives so much these days should be enough to garner at least some initial curiosity about these guys. The natural comparisons to others before them like Sonic Youth and My Bloody Valentine will likely have a hand in attracting a few more listeners. Formed in Brooklyn in 2002, The Dead Betties’ early performances at venues such as CBGB’s earned the band a loyal following in New York City, just as their first EP and headlining gigs at shows including Homo A Go-Go and SXSW betweeen 2004 and 2006 earned them initial critical interest. Now signed to Warner Brothers’ digital imprint, Cordless Records, The Dead Betties offer their second full length LP. Vocal lines of lead singer/bassist Joshua Starr continues to interestingly waver on the line of androgyny, while the heavy drumming of Derek Pippin and guitarist Eric Shepherd alone could earn the band their “intense” reputation. The combination of all three is enough great “noise” to this art certainly. Since this is a digital-only release, you won’t find the album in your local record stores, but a download of album highlight track “Demoralizer” is a must.

Nightmare Sequence

Rating:

 

We all know how critical it is to keep independent voices alive and strong on the Internet. Please consider a donation to support our work as independent cultural critics and historians. Your donation will help PopMatters stay viable through these changing and challenging times. Thanks everyone.

//comments
//Mixed media
//Blogs

Violin Virtuoso L. Subramaniam Mesmerizes in Rare New York Performance (Photos)

// Notes from the Road

"Co-presented by the World Music Institute, the 92Y hosted a rare and mesmerizing performance from India's violin virtuoso L. Subramaniam.

READ the article