Staff Pick: Bass Drum of Death at The Basement

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From the June 14, 2012 edition

Any garage rock band that collaborates with Odd Future has to be genuinely dangerous, right? Or at least genuinely reckless?

Like spiritual kindred Jay Reatard before them, Bass Drum of Death keeps things orderly enough to match the raging rhythms with memorable melodies, but their breed of noisemaking feels designed for chaotic live readings.

“White Fright,” the first taste from their upcoming new album, is an infectious leather jacket rump-shaker that makes it seem like a wise decision to pick up their split 7-inch with tourmates DZ Deathrays. They’ll share the stage Wednesday at The Basement.