Kindred spirits: David Bowie, Beach Boys, LCD Soundsystem
Show: With Dubpixel, Robin Bell and Pull My Strings on Sunday at the Black Cat. Show starts at 8:30 p.m. 202-667-4490. www.blackcatdc.com. $10.
There are only seven songs on Deathfix’s self-titled debut, but they encompass more than that many styles. “Playboy” is a samba-tinged pop-rocker; “Hospital,” a glam-rock brooder; and “Transmission,” a nine-minute prog-rock pilgrimage, complete with jazzy saxophone climax. And then there’s “Dali’s House,” a tribute to LCD Soundsystem that’s either charming or tiresome, depending on how much the listener wants to revisit that band’s mix of dance-rock and talking blues.
Deathfix includes three stalwarts of Dischord, D.C.’s flagship punk label: Brendan Canty, best known as Fugazi’s drummer, and Devin Ocampo and Mark Cisneros, both members of Medications. But the dominant sensibility seems to come from Rich Morel, a local electro-rock performer and producer who is Bob Mould’s partner in the “Blowoff” DJ nights. (Morel and Canty have toured together in Mould’s band.)