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Catch the Buzz: Past Lives

Ex-Blood Brothers stay noisy, get groovy.

Larry Fitzmaurice // August 12, 2008

Who? Hardcore’s dearly departed, perennially under-appreciated Blood Brothers might have had a taste for breakneck speed and hyper-accentuated yelping, but lurking underneath their sonic skin was a glammed-out, glitter-flecked monster waiting to rear its head.

It makes perfect sense, then, that Past Lives — consisting of ex-Blood Brothers members Jordan Billie, Mark Henderson, Mark Gajadhar, and Devin Welch — let their hips swing with tinkling electronics and funky synth squelches while their throats still remain blissfully raw. Add a dash of orchestrated mayhem reminiscent of early Les Savy Fav, and you’ve got a band that, despite what their name implies, sounds as if they’re staring down the future with eager eyes and an evil smile.

Their Latest: Past Lives’ debut EP, Strange Symmetry, drops November 4 on Suicide Squeeze.

Recommended if You Like… Blood Brothers, the Rapture, Les Savy Fav

Now Hear This: Past Lives, “Strange Symmetry”