Australian-bred and NYC-based punk band The Death Set release the single and video for “Elephant” from their upcoming LP, How To Tune A Parrot [COBRASIDE/BEHEMOTH (US) / THIS CHARMING MAN RECORDS (EU) / NIW! (JPN)], set to drop on September 10, 2021. The band is prepped and ready to reignite the hell-bent energy of their once-famous warehouse shows. Directed and edited by The Death Set’s Johnny Siera, the video for “Elephant” is a satirical exploration of his brain’s twisted desire to self-sabotage after seven years of sobriety, meditation, and a plethora of self-care routines. With nods to favorite films such as Wild Strawberries, Blue Velvet, and Psycho, “Elephant” is a glimpse into The Death Set’s absurdist world that when you scratch a little deeper presents a dark, introspective stream of consciousness.
It’s been a long time since we’ve heard from those weirdos, The Death Set; their last full length came out in 2011. Ten years ago times were the opposite of quiet for these romper-stompers, with festival appearances all over the world, songs on soundtracks, video game features, two full-lengths on Ninja Tune’s Counter Records, a release on Steve Aokis’ Dim Mak label plus a support for The Beatsteaks arena tour. A decade later, Dan and Johnny unleash How To Tune A Parrot, and it’s a real rager. As the mighty DZ Deathrays says: “It’s as close as you can get to taking amphetamines audibly.”