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Once you discover Michael Poiccard (see: Godard’s “Breathless”), you’ll have a hard time forgetting it. One of the two founding members of the Death Set, Beau Velasco, died only a year after their thrilling 2008 debut Worldwide, and not only is Velasco here in spirit (“I Miss You Beau Velasco” is a wash of shoegazey melancholy), but his voice opens the collection with a jolt on the first track, and he’s the storyteller on “Is That a French Dog?” Founding partner Johnny Siera channels Velasco’s energy throughout the record, and the Death Set’s everything-and-the-kitchen-sink, electro-punk mix carries on, as irreverent, funny, hard-hitting and electrifying as ever. The Death Set’s ancestral roots reach way back to early Beastie Boys, but they take that duo’s super-charged and fearless brattiness to new heights, fueling their songs with blistering blasts of punk energy. With cool guests like Diplo and Spank Rock (XXXChange is the producer here), savvy sequencing, tasty interludes of electronica and soft indie pop, Michael Poiccard is a beautifully conceived and exciting record, from beginning to end.

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I don't really know what genre this is but I love it. Its not like anything I've ever heard before.


Moving it forward. Really good!

Fresher than fresh

The Death Set have really evolved their sound from the previous album to "Michel Poiccard." All the amps and vocals are cranked up, eliminating some of their previously notorious lo-fi sound, but evolving it into a beautiful mess of cyberpunk. Using elements of pop and genre-mashing, this is easily their most accessible album.


Formed: 2005 in Gold Coast, Australia

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Though Beau Velasco and Johnny Siera were both aware of one another growing up in Gold Coast, Australia's relatively small music scene, it wasn't until Siera saw Velasco playing his guitar and thrashing about in the local band Black Panda that he knew he wanted to be friends. But it was Velasco, in fact, who asked Siera to join Black Panda on guitar, and when the other members dropped out because of other commitments, the two decided to continue on as a duo. After touring on Australia's East Coast...
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