Hear Brendan Canty's Deathfix Broadcast Explosive Prog 'Transmission'

The Fugazi drummer and Richard Morel team up for a self-titled LP, due this February on Dischord

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Brendan Canty and Rich Morel are Deathfix / Photo from Facebook
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That the two men who founded Deathfix boast such disparate musical backgrounds suggests that the resulting project would sound nothing like either's previous work. Guitarist/singer Brendan Canty, of course, hails from post-punk pioneers Fugazi and emo forefathers Rites of Spring. Keyboardist/singer Richard Morel is a dance producer who's remixed everyone from the Killers to New Order to Mariah Carey. But together, and with a little help from Devin Ocampo (drums) and Mark Cisneros (bass), they're capable of formidable prog-rock epics powered by rip-roaring instrumentation and informed by early '70s glam.

Their self-titled LP debut is out February 19 on Dischord, and the first taste comes in the form of "Transmission," a nearly nine-minute slab of forceful psych that takes the listener on a seismic journey through varying terrain. There's chiming glockenspiel, motorik drum crush, swirling vocal harmonies, desolate wordless passages, loud-quiet dynamics, actual saxophone and an explosive finish. Check out the entire Deathfix track list below along with those upcoming tour dates — transmissions like this are born to be witnessed live.

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Deathfix, Deathfix track list:

1. "Better Than Bad"
2. "Low Lying Dreams"
3. "Hospital"
4. "Dali's House"
5. "Playboy"
6. "Mind Control"
7. "Transmission"

Deathfix tour dates:

March 8 - Pittsburgh, PA @ The Mr. Roboto Project
March 9 - Cleveland, OH @ Now That's Class
March 10 - Chicago, IL @ Schubas Tavern
March 11 - Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick Lounge
March 12 - Toronto, ON @ Wrong Bar
March 13 - Montreal, QC @ Il Motore
March 14 - Cambridge, MA @ TT The Bears
March 15 - Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda's
March 16 - Brooklyn, NY @ Knitting Factory
March 17 - Washington, DC @ Black Cat Backstage

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