Review: 3:17/Exude – Dead SchoolTweet
Cork’s Dead School are here! With a truckload of gigs under their belts during the past year, not least of which in support of The Minutes and Whipping Boy, the band seem set to take over the country. Following in the still warm footprints of bands like The Minutes and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Dead School brandish a cacophonous mix of rock and alternative and they ply it with remarkable style and edge. Their new double A-side ‘3:17/Exude’ is the first new release from Cork’s FIFA Records, and the label’s first release since Fight Like Apes several years ago, and Dead School are already looking to live up to the organizations past ventures.
They’ve been kicking up a fuss and causing some controversy down South, but ‘3:17/Exude’ serves as a perfect defence as they strive to overcome the naysayers. The single captures the ferocity of their live show, and this is particularly clear from ‘3:17’. It’s all crashing cymbals, wailing guitars and wavering yet strong vocals on the track as the band seem eager to jump out of your speakers. ‘Exude’ is a different kind of track completely with deep, visceral drums and James McDonald’s preaching. All in all it’s a strong gambit from the band, and a perfect accompaniment to their storming live sets. If you’re in to thrashing BRMC-esque tunes, Dead School are a band for you.