O'Death

WRITTEN BY
SPIN Staff

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?

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