Concert Preview: Bass Drum of Death and Hanni El Khatib


Bass Drum of Death

Bass Drum of Death, hailing from Oxford, Mississippi, and California performer Hanni El Khatib, will be playing a show at the Rock & Roll Hotel on Oct. 13, an event that will satisfy any music aficionado’s cravings for some seriously fantastic garage rock.

Considering their other performances, this show is sure to involve head-banging jams, mosh pits, and fist-pumping crowds, full of eager punks, rock and rollers, and probably a dozen or so hipsters. Vox has some good news for those you who may be in serious need of gut-deflating drumbeats and electric guitar riffs this weekend: tickets are still available and only cost $15 in advance or at the door.

Both bands arose out of a DIY mentality. Bass Drum of Death, which began in 2009 as a one-man band, was just John Barrett, a guitar, and a large bass drum. Today, the band, which just released a new self-titled album, travels with two other players when doing live shows, although Barrett is still the singular creative force behind the music, as he created and recorded every song by himself.

Now touring across the U.S., Barrett, in an interview with WGTB radio, said, “I would say the songs on the second one are more fun to play right now just because they’re newer. We’ve been playing the songs off the first record for three or four years now. The new ones are definitely more fun to play.”

San Franciscan native Hanni El Khatib also started out as a one-man musical project. He made his debut in 2010 with a pair of singles entitled “Dead Wrong” and “You Rascal You” that sound like a mixture of Jon Spencer’s Blues Explosion and The Black Keys. In 2013,in fact, Hanni El Khatib paired up with Dan Auerbach to create his new album Head in the Dirt.

Hanni’s music can be described as a combination of several genres, from psychedelic, punk to a more bluesy, soulful garage rock. His new album, in particular, achieves a balance between these aesthetics, which will translate brilliantly at a live performance.

Both Bass Drum of Death and Hanni El Khatib are on Innovative Leisure Records and have been touring together for a while. They will definitely provide garage rock lovers with a fantastic show, one that Vox  can ensure will be difficult to forget. Buy your tickets here.

Photo: Bekah Cope via Flickr 

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