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The Death Set, ‘Worldwide’ (Counter)

Spencer Kornhaber // May 15, 2008

Like seemingly everyone emerging from Baltimore’s pogo-stick-and-glow-stick indie music scene, Australian natives the Death Set rock out à la Looney Tunes — maniacal, colorful, and giddy. They’re punks with lo-fi drum machines and keyboards, crafting spastic sing-alongs that channel the Blood Brothers and rarely top two minutes. When the duo hit on a catchy melody (“Negative Thinking,” “Peak Oil”), they’re unstoppable, but that’s not quite enough to keep their sound from feeling repetitive by the end of this 26-minute debut.

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