Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Violent World of Bad Breed comes to The Velvet Underground Thursday

After a few years recovering from the effects of the Killer Elite, malevolent microphone ripper Mike Gribben is back with an equally badass soul-punk combo, Bad Breed. This time our man is trading screams with SPHINXS' fearsome frontwoman Siânteuse Siantist backed by the wicked wallop of bassist Ben Boles, keyboardist/percussionist Mark Hundevad and two other dudes who prefer to be known as Ox and Coco for reasons known only to their next of kin.

The group's hard-pummeling debut The Violent World of Bad Breed (Lizard Snake Records), enhanced by the brass blast of the Devil's Horns (aka Christopher Butcher, Bryden Baird, William Carn and Richard Underhill), revels in the paranoid psych scree of Betty Davis-era Miles and the bumpin' freakishness of Free Your Mind-period Funkadelic with a fist full of Goblin-esque grime slopped on for good measure. Yep, it's a keeper. Check it out on itunes or stream it on Spotify.

As for the LP itself, the gruesome grey swirl 180 gram vinyl comes housed in a skull-tastic sleeve painted by Deb Inglis in the style of a 70s Spanish/Mexican horror flick poster. If you can't pick up the album when Bad Breed plays the Velvet Underground (510 Queen West) on Thursday (March 26), copies of the record will be available at Parkdale Platters (1614 Queen West) starting Sunday (March 29).

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