I saw the Deadly Syndrome for the first time in late February and have spent the last 6 weeks or so telling everyone I know about the band. The first time I saw them, I had heard of them from the various other LA bloggers, but what happened on stage blew me away. Their live show, particularly "I Hope I Become A Ghost" and "Eucalyptus" blew me away.
"Eucalyptus" is perhaps one of the best songs I have seen performed live in years. The song, about a group of friends who plant a row of eucalyptus trees to protect them from the weather (and possibly many other fears) is beautiful. With the entire group singing, the xylophone button on the keyboards, a great guitar loop and incredible percussion, I would be happy to just have the recorded version of this song. But, the band doesn't stop there.
As the song reaches a climatic drum solo, slowly, the 3 other band members surround the drum kit and the song transforms into this tribal/Animal Collective-esque drum circle. Slowly, the band members go back to their instruments and beautifully (and perfectly) bring the song back together. It is a sight to see live and I would see the band many times over to see them perform just this song again. It's that good.
See them next Saturday night open up for the Klaxons at the EXPLEX (underneath the Echo). Advance tickets are no longer available, but will be for sale at the door.
(NOTE: Both of these are from their EP. A proper full length comes out in August on Dim Mak)