Death Becomes Even The Maiden becomes Parlour Tricks
The Columbia post-punk trio Death Becomes Even The Maiden has been quiet for some time. The band’s last recorded output, the Pink EP came out in 2008; a video for “Control,” off 2007′s Arrangement EP was released in 2009. The band has played intermittently since, as drummer Chris Powell left the band to focus on fronting The Fishing Journal, and guitarist W. Heyward Sims developed his electronically-tinged Devereaux.
Following Powell’s departure, drummer Logan Goldstein (Coma Cinema, The Choir Quit) joined Sims and bassist/singer Eric Greenwood to keep the trio operational. But, Greenwood says, it didn’t feel right to continue under the same banner. So, Death Becomes Even The Maiden has changed its name to the much more concise handle Parlour Tricks.
The newly christened trio has a new album in the works for a Nov. 3 release, coinciding with the annual Free Times Music Crawl in Columbia. A limited run of the new album will be available to festival-goers, and a proper vinyl minting will follow. “Radio Out,” the first song released from Parlour Tricks maintains the crisp interplay between Sims and Greenwood, and adds a driving, dance-rooted rhythmic sensibility while diminishing the role of Greenwood’s formidable grunge screams for a more melodic vocal. Stream the track below. —Bryan C. Reed