O’Death (3 stars)


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(City Slang)


O’Death are five guys with barely a shirt between them, who, despite hailing from New York, evoke the deep south in their punk country songs: toothless yokels and moonshine-fuelled barn dances. Greg Jamie’s weathered vocals swings from drawl to roar and has earned him comparisons to Tom Waits and Shane McGowan. On ‘Allie May Reynolds’, they are a stomping battle of banjos and fiddles, fit for saloon brawls, while ‘Travelin’ Man’ is a southern lament in the storytelling tradition. Vagabonds or punks, you decide. O’Death move the folk-revival from twee strums to whisky-soaked Americana.

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