Double Dagger – “More”

 Double Dagger – More

The marriage of Lightning Bolt and Fugazi in a Baltimore basement was donned the title Double Dagger. This is what a couple of Art College nerds who spent the better half of their high school years locked in their rooms with Jesus Lizard albums should sound like. They do it loud and they do it well. They also do it with just a bass, microphone and a lot of broken drumsticks.
More is the third full-length effort from Double Dagger, but their first for prominent label Thrill Jockey (David Byrne, Fiery Furnaces, etc.). More proves the Dagger’s ability to create a sound too vast and deep to be contained on a compact disc, even if it is just coming from a bass amp and some skins. They created a monster of sound heavy enough to skip your record players needle. The best part is: there is no filler. The album is so well rounded—it’s no wonder every review you read on this album has a different “favorite track” from the author. Mine are the MacKaye channeled “Vivre Sans Temps Mort” and the simplistic backbone post-punk closing anthem “Two-Way Mirror.”
Double Dagger seem to be more of a double threat, spreading their creative endeavors out past the musical medium of DD: Members Bruce Willen and Nolan Strals have recently had their lettering and type design book, appropriately titled Lettering & Type, published by the good people at Princeton Architectural Press. The book covers everything from classic print design to Wham City show flyers and looks extremely visually appealing.
Double Dagger has scattered tour dates in the New England area including the Pi Lam house Oct. 22nd with The Death Set and Future Islands. [By: EJ Binns]
Rating: 4/5
Release Date: May 5, 2009

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