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'The Rat' by Dead Confederate

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Dead Confederate: The South Does It Again

Dead Confederate: The South Does It Again

'The Rat' by Dead Confederate

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Wednesday's Pick

  • Song: "The Rat"
  • Artist: Dead Confederate
  • CD: Dead Confederate EP
  • Genre: Rock

Dead Confederate's wall of sound feels cinematic and atmospheric, loud and beautiful. Doron Gild hide caption

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Doron Gild

The Georgia rock band Dead Confederate gives new meaning to the line from the Charlie Daniels Band classic: "The South's gonna do it again." But rather than falling back on slick Southern-rock tropes, Dead Confederate creates a brooding, intense mix of guitar-rock that wails like Neil Young's "Like a Hurricane," with a little Sonic Youth and The Verve thrown in for good measure.

"The Rat," from Dead Confederate's new self-titled EP — an album arrives next year — opens with a throbbing guitar blast over tribal rhythms before settling into a seductive but riotous groove. Like Radiohead's "Creep" or U2's "Bullet the Blue Sky," "The Rat" builds and bursts with passion, combining the highly charged delivery of frontman Hardy Morris with volatile guitar work and an incendiary rhythm section. Dead Confederate's wall of sound feels cinematic and atmospheric, pummeling and beautiful, built around loud-quiet dynamics, '90s grunge and Southern-rock angst. In the process, it packs a sonic wallop.

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