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The Death Set

Death Set partners Johnny Siera and Beau Velasco are pros at getting fans onto the dance floor and keeping them there — not that their songs sound anything like the stuff usually heard on the nightclub scene. Take "Intermission," from this year's Worldwide full-length. The tune's a collection of hammering riffs, feverish percussion fills and high-pitched yelping about the "motherfuckin' Death Set!" that's over in less than two minutes — making it a bracing sonic jolt as opposed to a drawn-out beatfest. Granted, these Baltimore-based partners are open to longer forms. Believe it or not, "Negative Thinking" and "Collision," a couple of remixed songs on a new twelve-inch single, both reach the five-minute mark. But the players, currently touring with Girl Talk and CX KiDTRONiK, are at their most effective when they get in and out as fast as they can. It's a recipe for bad sex, but great, if unusual, dance music.

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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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