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Monday, March 7, 2016

Show review: Deadbeat Beat at Temptation Lounge Saturday, March 5

Posted By on Mon, Mar 7, 2016 at 11:23 AM

click to enlarge PHOTO BY MIKE MCGONIGAL
  • Photo by Mike McGonigal
The Temptation Lounge filled up close to capacity Saturday night as Deadbeat Beat played the last set in a full night of groovy acts as part of the Seraphine Collective's second showcase night at Hamtramck Music Fest 2016.

This trio, who've been together at least six years already, cagily mines some of the best guitar-based indie-pop sounds of the 1980s. What matters is that a band in Detroit can sound like this. (Let's call it power-twee? No, on second thought, let's definitely not.) Zak plays bass, Maria drums and sometimes sings, and Alex sings and plays guitar. This is music that could easily have been released on K Records, Sarah, or Flying Nun.

One song sounds like 14 Iced Bears but with a bridge worthy of Kleenex, another like the Clean meets the Pastels, and that fourth song sounds exactly like the moment when My Bloody Valentine morphed from a twee jangle-pop act into the heaviest buzzsaw shoegaze act ever. Or was it the fifth song? It doesn't matter. I have to remember to not miss them when they play.

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