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Photo by Andrew Paul

For Fans Of: No Age, Bleached, King Tuff, Jacuzzi Boys, Ty Segall, Jeff The Brotherhood

When Bass Drum of Death (BDoD) started touring the rock club circuit outside Oxford, Mississippi, several years ago, there was a legitimate concern that the band’s appeal might be limited to fans of the garage scene. With a seemingly never-ending series of tour dates, BDoD nonetheless transformed rooms full of normally too-cool-to-rock indie crowds into a mob of sweaty, stage-diving maniacs. Meanwhile, Madison Avenue, eager to cash in on hip cachet, took notice. Since the release of 2011’s GB City, “Get Found” has been featured in FOX promos for the NASCAR season. Rockstar Games’ megaseller Grand Theft Auto V. helped to promote last year’s self-titled album. Gamers terrorized the freeways of Los Santos, living out their cops-and-robbers fantasies, as “Crawling After You” blasted through their car stereo speakers. Bass Drum of Death are teetering on the brink of reaching a mainstream audience, and Rip This is their attempt to record an unapologetic rock album for people outside their normal fan base.

In the past, BDoD brainchild John Barrett wrote and recorded all the material and toured with a revolving lineup of hired guns on drums and guitar. This time around, drummer Len Clark joins Barrett as a full-time member and collaborator. The duo began discussing plans for a new record when touring with Unknown Mortal Orchestra in 2013. Barrett and Clark then convinced UMO bassist/Blouse member Jacob Portrait to take on the role of producer when the band booked a session in March at Prairie Sun Studios in Sonoma County, California. With a few rough demos, Barrett, Clark, and Portrait hunkered down for two weeks and cranked out the band’s first proper studio album. Rip This retains BDoD’s trademark sorry-for-partyin’ swagger while scrapping the crackling hiss and lo-fi fuzz. The result is a record that still relies on an obliterating attack of heavy guitars, danceable hooks, and kinetic drumming, but will appeal as much to KISS fans as the music freaks and geeks who worship Nuggets. Both a challenge to music critics and a rock call-to-arms, the title says it all. You’re not going to hear many records this year that rip like this, so shotgun a beer, tune in, and turn up.

Their new album Rip This is out October 7th via Innovative Leisure. You can hear their brand new song “Left For Dead” below, and tour dates are listed under that. In January, they released a new song called “Black Don’t Glow” (listen here), but we don’t yet know if it will appear on the new record or not. Their third album follows their self-titled one from 2013. 

Update: Hear another brand new song “For Blood” below!


” A perfect form of release — it heaps up mounds of high tension, but in the most cathartic and enjoyable possible way.” – NPR

“A punk-fired garage tinkerer handy with all the tools one needs to jury-rig some tasty rock nuggets” – SPIN

“Original Rock n’ Roll Swagger at its finest” – Hypetrak

“A pungent, effective collision of garage rock- bashing and Ramones sneer” – NY Times

2014 Tour Dates

08/23 — Belem, Brazil – Festival Se Rasgum
09/04 — Nashville – The Basement
09/05 — Athens, Ga. – 40 Watt
09/06 — Hattiesburg, Miss. – The Thirsty Hippo
09/07 — Chattanooga, Tenn. – JJ’s Bohemia
09/09 — New Orleans – Siberia
09/10 — Mobile, Ala. – Alchemy Tavern
09/11 — Baton Rouge, L.A. – Spanish Moon
09/12 — Birmingham, Ala. – Bottletree
09/13 — Jackson, Miss. – Martin’s Lounge
10/01 — St. Louis – The Demo
10/02 — Chicago – Subterranean
10/03 — Toronto, Ontario – Horseshoe Tavern
10/04 — Ithaca, N.Y. – The Haunt
10/05 — Burlington, Vt. – Signal Kitchen
10/06 — Cambridge, Mass. – Middle East
10/08 — New York – Santos Party House
10/09 — Philadelphia – The Barbary
10/10 — Baltimore – Metro Gallery
10/11 — Washington, D.C. – Comet Ping Pong
10/12 — Asheville, N.C. – The Grey Eagle
10/13 — Atlanta – 529
10/19 — Los Angeles – The Echo
10/20 — San Francisco – Great American Music Hall