Release Date: Feb 26, 2013
Record label: Dischord Records
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Post-Hardcore, Indie Rock
Bands made up of D.C. scene alumni often have the built-in stigma of either the bands' the members used to be a part of or the overarching punk history of the city they come from. Deathfix, originally a collaboration between ex-Fugazi drummer Brendan Canty and Blowoff member Rich Morel, is anything but punk. Much like Ian Mackaye's decidedly gentler explorations with the Evens, or the electro musings of French Toast, Deathfix's debut album is an eclectic journey through different styles from D.C.
Brendan Canty played drums in Fugazi; Rich Morel's a singer-songwriter with a side-hustle remixing Nelly Furtado songs for the club. The two met when they both joined Bob Mould's touring band (Morel and the ex-Hüsker host a monthly DJ night in D.C.). The stylistic gap between a post-punk legend like Canty and a song-and-dance man like Morel might seem a bridge too far, but Canty and Morel's pedigrees, impressive as they are, don't really loom all that large on Deathfix, their new band's self-titled debut.
The Dischord Records logo, with its simple, scrawled white lettering set against a stark black backdrop, has served as an unrivaled seal of punk rock and hardcore quality for more than 30 years. It makes the debut release from Deathfix all the more surprising. Led by Fugazi drummer Brendan Canty and rounded out by Devin Ocampo and Mark Cisneros of Medications and frequent Bob Mould collaborator Richard Morel, the record is decidedly non-Dischord in its approach.