Who? O’Death is a pack of humble Brooklyn scruffs who raise the dead with haunted Appalachian punk and go by the handles of Greg Jamie (vocals/guitar), Gabe Darling (vocals/ ukulele/guitar/banjo/ piano), David Rogers-Berry (drums), Bob Pycior (fiddle/guitar/piano), Jesse Newman (bass), and Dan Sager (trombone/ euphonium/keys). Their self-released debut, Head Home, is 15 tracks of heartfelt, full-moon devilry.
What’s the Deal? This is the sound of the Pogues madly slurping mothers’ milk and brothers’ blood at Gettysburg — banjo and fiddle ballads turned berserker by Greg Jamie’s bullfrog bleat. But don’t mistake O’Death for preservationists. The high-lonesomes of Bill Monroe and Bonnie Billy may be unmistakable in their arsenal, but these bushy-faced boys are a reincarnated cavalry charge, and they’ll be damned if they take the hill the same way twice.
Fun Fact: O’Death take their name from an old spiritual, re-popularized by Ralph Stanley on the O Brother, Where Art Thou soundtrack. DANIEL ARNOLD
Now Hear This: O’death – “Down to Rest” DOWNLOAD MP3
On the Web: O’Death at myspace.com
Talk: Do you say “Oh brother” to O’death?