Bass Drum of Death Sign to Golden Robot Records
Golden Robot Records will now represent Bass Drum of Death in Australia and New Zealand.
The signing comes as the garage punk band prepares to release its fifth studio album, Say I Won’t, on April 14th. To ready the album, singer John Barrett returned to his small Mississippi hometown during the pandemic, and also worked closer with his touring band than ever before.
“My first two records were made entirely by me alone with my gear,” he explains. “They were just made quickly, cheaply, as an excuse to tour. I wanted to take my time with this record.”
Bass Drum of Death recorded their upcoming album in Nashville alongside The Black Keys’ Patrick Carney. “It’s basically Pat’s house,” adds Barrett. “It was like a playground.”
The first single from the album, ‘Say Your Prayers/Everybody’s Gonna Be There’, is out now, and can be heard below. It’s a collaboration with Royal Blood’s Mike Kerr that finds Bass Drum of Death on snarling form.
“That song is about seeing somebody at a party and knowing it’s bad news,” Barrett says, “a kind of Medusa-like situation. It’s about temptation and succumbing to it, and the consequences of that. I guess in a way it’s a breakup song.”
The flipside and double A, ‘Everybody’s Gonna Be There’, meanwhile, is an almost pop punk blast of energy that is an ode to Barrett’s seven years spent living partying it up in New York City.
Bass Drum of Death join a strong coterie at Golden Robot Global Entertainment Group, containing just under 500 bands across over 12 record labels.
Founded by entrepreneur Mark Alexander-Erber, the label enjoyed a strong finish to 2022, the culmination of the sterling efforts of a global team over the last few years.