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Best creepy new band: deadCAT

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When deadCAT unleashed "Rosie O'Donnell" via Bandcamp last October, the song seemed like the kind of noisy side project that might result from a late night A. Grimes recording session turned manic. But after releasing a steady stream of singles and EPs over the year, it's become clear that something interesting, and kind of creepy, is brewing deep inside deadCAT's mutant soundscapes. Britt Teusink — the creative engine behind the group's haunted-house din — sings, produces, and plays guitar, bass, synth, and banjo alongside bassist Gage Gilmore and drummer Eric Grantham. Teusink claims that most of deadCAT's songs are his stab at writing hip-hop. In a wicked way it makes sense, but each song is driven by washing-machine rhythms that create a soundtrack for head-nodding beats and toxic dance floor dirges. There's no comparing deadCAT to any of its Atlanta peers. The group's songs willfully flourish outside the tide of Atlanta's traditional indie fare. www.deadcat.bandcamp.com.

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