Michel Poiccard
by The Death Set

— Released 28th February 2011 on Counter Records

The Death Set’s new album, 'Michel Poiccard', comes prefigured by tragedy. For their first record 'Worldwide', the core of the group had been the two Aussie ex-pats who moved together to Baltimore in the early noughties – Beau Velasco and Johnny Siera. Just as the pair were about to embark on writing a new album together, Velasco, who had struggled with drug addiction on and off throughout his life, died of an overdose. 

The band were shattered, so much so that Johnny...

The Death Set’s new album, 'Michel Poiccard', comes prefigured by tragedy. For their first record 'Worldwide', the core of the group had been the two Aussie ex-pats who moved together to Baltimore in the early noughties – Beau Velasco and Johnny Siera. Just as the pair were about to embark on writing a new album together, Velasco, who had struggled with drug addiction on and off throughout his life, died of an overdose. 

The band were shattered, so much so that Johnny still finds it almost impossible to talk about. It wouldn’t have been surprising if the group had decided to call it a day. Instead, Johnny Siera, with long time band members Daniel Walker and Jahphet Landis decided to make the record a celebration of Velasco’s life. Relocating to Brooklyn and enlisting long time friend and Baltimore associate XXXchange (Spank Rock, Kele, The Kills) to man the desk, they created 'Michel Poiccard', an album which loses none of the charm of their previous “punk spazz” work but adds considerable depth, both in terms of the punch and bottom end that XXXchange brings to the table, and in terms of a sense of desperate loss or longing, which permeates everything on the record and reaches a considerable pinnacle on 'I Miss You Beau Velasco' and the closer 'Is It The End Again?'

There are songs here about mammoth Ecstasy binges ('Chew It Like A Gun Gum'), Beasties-like celebrations of arcane handshakes (first single, 'Slap Slap Slap Pound Up Down Snap') affirmations of relying on positivity thoughout the roughest of times 'We Are Going Anywhere Man', a celebration of one of the stars of A Bout De Souuffle ('Michel Poiccard (She Yearns For The Devil)'), tales of smashed equipment and angry promoters ('Can You Seen Straight?'), with a dose of familiar, snotty, punk anthems about French girls with a penchant for taking it up the shitter ('I Like The Wrong Way'). Diplo drops in for a fight and ends up giving them a keyboard line for 'Yo David Chase!' Spank Rock guests on '7PM Woke Up An Hour Ago'. Yes, all of them are instilled with the same manic Ritalin-and –Sunny-D-induced energy of their earlier records, but it feels like something deeper has happened here, too. 

Above it all floats the spirit of Beau Velasco, amused and laconic. Words of his were rescued from samplers and old ProTools sessions so that it is his voice that opens the record with words which could serve as the group’s mission statement, perhaps never so fully realised: “I wanna take this tape and blow up ya fuckin’ stereo!”

Michel Poiccard
by The Death Set

— Released 28th February 2011 on Counter Records

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LP (COUNT036)
 
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Japanese CD

*JAPANESE CD RELEASE - INCLUDES BONUS TRACKS*

£9.00
 
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£8.00
 

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MP3 (COUNTDNL036)
£5.00
 
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Buy physical

Buy digital

LP (COUNT036) MP3 (COUNTDNL036)
£5.00
CD (BRC-283)

Japanese CD

*JAPANESE CD RELEASE - INCLUDES BONUS TRACKS*

£9.00
16-bit WAV (COUNTDNL036)
£7.00
CD (COUNTCD036)
£8.00

Tracklist

  • CD
  • Japanese CD
  • LP
  • MP3
  • 16-bit WAV
  1. 1
    I Wanna Take This Tape And Blow Up Ya Fuckin Stereo
  2. 2
    Slap Slap Slap Pound Up Down Snap
  3. 3
    We Are Going Anywhere Man
  4. 4
    Can You Seen Straight
  5. 5
    Chew It Like A Gun Gum
  6. 6
    Is That A French Dog?
  7. 7
    I Miss You Beau Velasco
  8. 8
    Michel Poiccard Prefers The Old  (She Yearns For The Devil)
  9. 9
    I Like The Wrong Way
  10. 10
    A Problem Is A Problem It Don't Matter Where You From
  11. 11
    Too Much Fun For Regrets
  12. 12
    Kittens Inspired By Kittens
  13. 13
    7PM Woke Up An Hour Ago
  14. 14
    It's Another Day
  15. 15
    Yo David Chase! You P.O.V. Shot Me In The Head
  16. 16
    I Been Searching For This Song Called Fashion
  17. 17
    Is It The End Again?
  18.  
    Play All (17)
  1. 1
    I Wanna Take This Tape And Blow Up Ya Fuckin Stereo
  2. 2
    Slap Slap Slap Pound Up Down Snap
  3. 3
    We Are Going Anywhere Man
  4. 4
    Can You Seen Straight
  5. 5
    Chew It Like A Gun Gum
  6. 6
    Is That A French Dog?
  7. 7
    I Miss You Beau Velasco
  8. 8
    Michel Poiccard Prefers The Old  (She Yearns For The Devil)
  9. 9
    I Like The Wrong Way
  10. 10
    A Problem Is A Problem It Don't Matter Where You From
  11. 11
    Too Much Fun For Regrets
  12. 12
    Kittens Inspired By Kittens
  13. 13
    7PM Woke Up An Hour Ago
  14. 14
    It's Another Day
  15. 15
    Yo David Chase! You P.O.V. Shot Me In The Head
  16. 16
    I Been Searching For This Song Called Fashion
  17. 17
    Is It The End Again?
  18.  
    Play All (17)
  1. 1
    I Wanna Take This Tape And Blow Up Ya Fuckin Stereo
  2. 2
    Slap Slap Slap Pound Up Down Snap
  3. 3
    We Are Going Anywhere Man
  4. 4
    Can You Seen Straight
  5. 5
    Chew It Like A Gun Gum
  6. 6
    Is That A French Dog?
  7. 7
    I Miss You Beau Velasco
  8. 8
    Michel Poiccard Prefers The Old  (She Yearns For The Devil)
  9. 9
    I Like The Wrong Way
  10. 10
    A Problem Is A Problem It Don't Matter Where You From
  11. 11
    Too Much Fun For Regrets
  12. 12
    Kittens Inspired By Kittens
  13. 13
    7PM Woke Up An Hour Ago
  14. 14
    It's Another Day
  15. 15
    Yo David Chase! You P.O.V. Shot Me In The Head
  16. 16
    I Been Searching For This Song Called Fashion
  17. 17
    Is It The End Again?
  18.  
    Play All (17)
  1. 1
    I Wanna Take This Tape And Blow Up Ya Fuckin Stereo
  2. 2
    Slap Slap Slap Pound Up Down Snap
  3. 3
    We Are Going Anywhere Man
  4. 4
    Can You Seen Straight
  5. 5
    Chew It Like A Gun Gum
  6. 6
    Is That A French Dog?
  7. 7
    I Miss You Beau Velasco
  8. 8
    Michel Poiccard Prefers The Old  (She Yearns For The Devil)
  9. 9
    I Like The Wrong Way
  10. 10
    A Problem Is A Problem It Don't Matter Where You From
  11. 11
    Too Much Fun For Regrets
  12. 12
    Kittens Inspired By Kittens
  13. 13
    7PM Woke Up An Hour Ago
  14. 14
    It's Another Day
  15. 15
    Yo David Chase! You P.O.V. Shot Me In The Head
  16. 16
    I Been Searching For This Song Called Fashion
  17. 17
    Is It The End Again?
  18.  
    Play All (17)
  1. 1
    I Wanna Take This Tape And Blow Up Ya Fuckin Stereo
  2. 2
    Slap Slap Slap Pound Up Down Snap
  3. 3
    We Are Going Anywhere Man
  4. 4
    Can You Seen Straight
  5. 5
    Chew It Like A Gun Gum
  6. 6
    Is That A French Dog?
  7. 7
    I Miss You Beau Velasco
  8. 8
    Michel Poiccard Prefers The Old  (She Yearns For The Devil)
  9. 9
    I Like The Wrong Way
  10. 10
    A Problem Is A Problem It Don't Matter Where You From
  11. 11
    Too Much Fun For Regrets
  12. 12
    Kittens Inspired By Kittens
  13. 13
    7PM Woke Up An Hour Ago
  14. 14
    It's Another Day
  15. 15
    Yo David Chase! You P.O.V. Shot Me In The Head
  16. 16
    I Been Searching For This Song Called Fashion
  17. 17
    Is It The End Again?
  18.  
    Play All (17)

The Death Set’s new album, 'Michel Poiccard', comes prefigured by tragedy. For their first record 'Worldwide', the core of the group had been the two Aussie ex-pats who moved together to Baltimore in the early noughties – Beau Velasco and Johnny Siera. Just as the pair were about to embark on writing a new album together, Velasco, who had struggled with drug addiction on and off throughout his life, died of an overdose. 

The band were shattered, so much so that Johnny...

The Death Set’s new album, 'Michel Poiccard', comes prefigured by tragedy. For their first record 'Worldwide', the core of the group had been the two Aussie ex-pats who moved together to Baltimore in the early noughties – Beau Velasco and Johnny Siera. Just as the pair were about to embark on writing a new album together, Velasco, who had struggled with drug addiction on and off throughout his life, died of an overdose. 

The band were shattered, so much so that Johnny still finds it almost impossible to talk about. It wouldn’t have been surprising if the group had decided to call it a day. Instead, Johnny Siera, with long time band members Daniel Walker and Jahphet Landis decided to make the record a celebration of Velasco’s life. Relocating to Brooklyn and enlisting long time friend and Baltimore associate XXXchange (Spank Rock, Kele, The Kills) to man the desk, they created 'Michel Poiccard', an album which loses none of the charm of their previous “punk spazz” work but adds considerable depth, both in terms of the punch and bottom end that XXXchange brings to the table, and in terms of a sense of desperate loss or longing, which permeates everything on the record and reaches a considerable pinnacle on 'I Miss You Beau Velasco' and the closer 'Is It The End Again?'

There are songs here about mammoth Ecstasy binges ('Chew It Like A Gun Gum'), Beasties-like celebrations of arcane handshakes (first single, 'Slap Slap Slap Pound Up Down Snap') affirmations of relying on positivity thoughout the roughest of times 'We Are Going Anywhere Man', a celebration of one of the stars of A Bout De Souuffle ('Michel Poiccard (She Yearns For The Devil)'), tales of smashed equipment and angry promoters ('Can You Seen Straight?'), with a dose of familiar, snotty, punk anthems about French girls with a penchant for taking it up the shitter ('I Like The Wrong Way'). Diplo drops in for a fight and ends up giving them a keyboard line for 'Yo David Chase!' Spank Rock guests on '7PM Woke Up An Hour Ago'. Yes, all of them are instilled with the same manic Ritalin-and –Sunny-D-induced energy of their earlier records, but it feels like something deeper has happened here, too. 

Above it all floats the spirit of Beau Velasco, amused and laconic. Words of his were rescued from samplers and old ProTools sessions so that it is his voice that opens the record with words which could serve as the group’s mission statement, perhaps never so fully realised: “I wanna take this tape and blow up ya fuckin’ stereo!”