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Undead Revolution

It may simply be an interesting coincidence, but I choose to believe that it’s providence. Three artists are playing this Saturday at Chelsea’s, and all three depict the supernatural. It seems that the punk underground is beginning to focus on the literal underground.

The first band to play is the Louisiana-native Ghost Foot. Hailing from Shreveport, the band consists of Jacob Disedare and Dacota Montana. Disedare handles lead vocals and guitar, and Montana heads up the drum department.

They make a lot of noise for just two people, and that’s exactly how it should be.

The duo pervades garage rock at its purest, with intense, occasionally-screamy vocals from Disedare and steady, heavy, southern drum beats from Montana. Their music occasionally becomes dark and intense, but more often than not it’s just plain head nod-inducing rock.

Ever since their inception in 2012, Ghost Foot has solidified their position as a touring band. After completing their first-ever tour in the (early) winter of 2013, they embarked on another tour during its spring, with shows all along the west coast, from Texas to Oregon and back again. The latter tour was with another Shreveport native and fuzz folk Neutral Milk Hotel look-alike Gashcat.

This year, they’ve already played more than 25 shows across the country, and they’re planning on embarking on another tour in June.

The band has two EPs and a full-length under their belt, and Disedare has released two solo EPs of his own. They’ve expressed some versatility in their recording, which has been handled exclusively in Shreveport.

Their full-length, Bad Blood, is a mesmerizing record. Released in February of 2013, it features not only the noisy and full sound of a good garage rock band, but also some acoustic-based folk that’s been more prominently featured on Disedare’s solo work.

The opening track, “Shakes,” is very dancable, and displays the versatility and range of Disedare’s vocal chords, as he screams down the harsh slope of rock chord progression and Montana’s well-executed drum breaks.

The first half of the record does much of the same, but fret not, this is no emo; Disedare sings more than screams. “Last Call” is the most screamy of the tracks, and “Antichrist” is the most lyric-oriented of them. The latter showcases the aformentioned acoustic sentiment, and does so very, very well.

The guitar fuzz and distortion lends itself well to the album’s overall sound; it’s very full, sometimes unbelievably so.  The riffs are awesome, and the finale, “Dig It,” is something special.

Featuring screeching rock breakdowns and garage-y guitar effects, the rockers from Louisiana’s third-largest city are finally coming to its second. Ghost Foot will be followed by Paper Ghost, who, in turn, will be followed by Dead Talk.

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