My newest record is out, from my new band MEET YOUR DEATH.
Fronted by national treasure Walter Daniels, with founding member of The Strange Boys and OBN IIIs Matt Hammer on drums, Hapal Assi of the Wiccans and Video on bass, and me on guitar, this is my first record with a full band since 2003.
You can order the album directly from 12XU by itself, in a package with new albums by our 12XU labelmates Musk and Manhunt, or together with Dead Mall Blues, the acoustic Walter/Schooley LP released by 12XU in 2015. The record is also available in finer retailers nationwide as of today.
Though a record that sounds like this is anathema to all that the average contemporary music writer in 2016 stands for, a few brave souls have stepped up to praise the Meet Your Death LP:
“If you want this Meet Your Death record to be the second coming of Jack O’ Fire, the unstoppable combo that frontman Walter Daniels coalesced with Tim Kerr and a handful of stalwarts in the ‘90s, then it shall be. Certainly this new ensemble follows the same approach – all covers, which Kerr took into his follow-up project, the Lord High Fixers – and the essence of the project is almost entirely intact, Meet Your Death veers away from punk to meta-punk, a very saucy but extremely compelling rolling blackout of corrosive slide guitar (thanks be to John Schooley), an in-the-pocket rhythm section of drummer Matt Hammer and bassist Harpal Assi, and Daniels tearing down the pulpit up front with his distinctively charismatic voice and harmonica talents.” – Still Single
“Daniels hollers righteous vocal fury, while huffing the harmonica into submission. Hell, he destroys it. It’s really good to see Daniels take the lead again, he’s been missed. Schooley kicks his legend up a notch, as well, burning tires into molten globs of gassed out napalm, deep dirty and delta seared, Goddam, brothers and sisters! Shout hallelujah!” – Outhouse Moon
“A rock-solid lineup, and it’s no surprise that they sound like a total force when they come together” – Brooklyn Vegan
“Superb…and undoubtedly one of the BEST REASONS TO WRITE A FUCKIN’ RECORD REVIEW IN 2016.” – Fuckin’ Record Reviews
“The best rock and roll album of the year?” – Living to Listen
You can even stream the entire LP via Impose Magazine.
Despite warnings that “much of the media/biz will instantly be turned off by any references to bands they don’t know or the general tone of ‘this stuff is great, fuck you for not agreeing'”, having spent my formative years reading promo copy from Tim Warren at Crypt and Larry Hardy at In the Red, I don’t know any other way to do it. It is fitting that the cover art (by Rob Jones) came out like a garish stab to the eyeballs.
We couldn’t even get the local pennysaver to cover our record release show, so I’m pretty sure ain’t nobody inviting Meet Your Death to play any Tiny Desk Concerts. It will be word of mouth among those who actually like rock n’ roll that will mean the difference between selling a few copies, or unsold boxes becoming doorstops in Cosloy manor. Anything you can do to spread the word is appreciated.
With the obligatory sales pitch out of the way, you might ask why I’m in a band again after over a decade of recording and performing as a solo act. Well, I gots my reasons. More than you wanna know below!