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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

deadCAT unveils full-bodied 'Sleepfighter' single

This week, the arrival of deadCAT’s new “Sleepfighter” single brought with it some pretty significant growth for the group, not the least of which are Eric Grantham's (ex-Vegan Coke/Babar) contributions.

Grantham has been playing live with deadCAT for a while, but "Sleepfighter" is the first recording the group has released that features his production and programmed drums. In the grand scheme of deadCAT’s small but growing world, his influence brings a full-bodied sound to “Sleepfighter,” albeit a heavy-handed take on the beat dynamic the group reveled in with the weareinaCULT EP, and the “Delicate Daughters” single.

Here, the energy doesn’t rely on the slow build per se, but it does draw strength from the wind-up as the beats leap into the action with lacerating intensity. Unless you’ve spent some time digging into the group’s prior offerings, there can be a subtle learning curve when it comes to deadCAT. Britt Teusink and Gage Gilmore have always relied on their own grimy and somewhat corroded sense of internal logic that stands somewhere between hip-hop and noise. But when all of that pent-up tension gets released, “Sleepfighter” is quite powerful — maybe more so than anything they’ve done before, in its own twisted ways. And if there's one word that sums up deadCAT's MO, it's twisted.

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