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Lots has been said about Death in recent years, especially when compared to how much was said about them at the time. The past few years have seen a succession of reissues, celebrity endorsements, and of course the documentary 'A Band Called Death', which poignantly charts the could-have-been career path of these maverick proto-punks. These two tracks were recorded after their defining 1976 LP 'For The World To See', with the A side recorded in 1980 and the B side a rare cut recorded in 1992.
'North St' is a paranoid romp through late '70s Detroit, driven by a drumbeat which focuses on a thumping bass drum and machinegun hi-hat shiver, along with piercing lead guitar that meanders threateningly and a righteous urgency to the vocals. The hi-hat action gives it a really sinister feel, like the soundtrack to someone being stalked.
'We're Gonna Make It' is some of the last music David Hackney ever recorded, a soulful country shuffle which he brought to his brothers a decade after the band split. It's quite a beautiful and uplifting number in the vein of Tom Petty, all lovely jangly guitars and rousing vocal harmonies. It's especially poignant in the context of this visionary who didn't live to see his music fully appreciated like it is nowadays.
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