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Published on April 2nd, 2012 | by Newt Rayburn


Oxford, Mississippi’s Bass Drum of Death releases new track online

BASS DRUM OF DEATH Announces Tour and New Single


Bass Drum of Death is a two piece band from Mississippi composed of John Barrett on guitar and vocals and Colin Sneed on drums. Together they make blown-out, blazing songs. Their debut LP was released last spring on Fat Possum Records. John wrote and recorded the whole record himself using drums, a guitar, a USB microphone, and a computer before teaching Sneed to play drums for the live show and beyond. The songs are about drugs, religious girls, panic attacks, mild to severe depression, Elvis appearing in your dreams and giving you advice, gravity bongs, and the devil living inside your brain.

Now, with Spring kicking into full gear, Bass Drum of Death is gearing up to release a 7″ as well as a split 7″ with DZ Deathrays through 3|4 (3qtr). Then on the precipice of Summer, Bass Drum of Death and DZ Deathrays are hitting the road bringing a dose of the things we love about summer — long nights, adolescent debauchery and rock and roll — to a city near you. The two bands won’t stop until they’ve completed a lap around the country and Canada too. Don’t miss this grungy party when it hits your town.


Listen: “I Wanna Be Forgotten” – http://soundcloud.com/3qtr/i-wanna-be-forgotten-bass-drum/


Bass Drum of Death 7″ 

A. White Fright

B. I Dunno

Bass Drum of Death / DZ Deathrays Split 7″

A. I Wanna Be Forgotten (Bass Drum of Death)

B. No Sleep (DZ Deathrays)



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6/8 Raleigh, NC – King’s Barcade

6/9 Washington, DC – Red Palace

6/10 Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s

6/12 Brooklyn, NY – Glasslands

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6/14 Montreal, QC – Quai Des Brumes

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6/21 Bloomington, IN – The Bishop

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6/24 Milwaukee, WI – Cactus Club

6/25 Minneapolis, MN – 7th Street Entry

6/28 Seattle, WA – Sunset

6/29 Vancouver, BC – Biltmore

6/30 Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios

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7/10 Austin, TX – Mohawk (Small Room)

7/11 Dallas, TX – Club Dada

7/12 Houston, TX – Fitzgerald’s Downstairs

7/13 New Orleans, LA – One Eyed Jacks

7/14 Oxford, MS – Proud Larry’s

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About the Author

Newt Rayburn founded THE LOCAL VOICE in March of 2006. Previously, Newt was Editor of PROFANE EXISTENCE in Minneapolis, and Art Director for Ole Miss' LIVING BLUES magazine. Newt won a National Magazine Award in 1999 for his SOUTHERN MUSIC ISSUE with THE OXFORD AMERICAN. A seventh-generation Lafayette County, Mississippian, Newt Rayburn's alter ego—Neuter Cooter—lead the Mississippi band THE COOTERS to Rocknoll Glory across the USA from 1993-2018. Newt is a family man who also is a publisher, photographer, writer, musician, landlord, and Civil War enthusiast.

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