Twelve time zones away from Seattle, SONIC DEATH have been churning out garage-a-la-60s-Los-Angeles-rock for a few months now. Formerly Padla Bear Outfit (jangley, sparse, decidely bizarre-oddball), this St. Petersburg, Russia based duo composed of Arsenij Morozov and Nikita Krikunov are now SONIC DEATH. They have made an elegant transition from Padla Bear Outfit to dusty, musty moody pop-rock.
Their sound typifies garage aesthetic. At times their sound is sparse but it often joyfully strays into walls of noise and clamor. They are rough around the edges but they don’t shy away from strong riffs and hooks. They sound as if they have been unearthed from a time capsule from the 1960s. By focusing on the dark, romantic and isolation-themed lyrical content the duo has trained in on thematic urban despair. With songs titles such as “Streets,” “Floor” and “Marzipan,” their irreverence stands in contrast to theirsimple beautiful melodies.