If you’ve ever had bedbugs, or know someone who has, you can relate to the new single by Death Crow, “Burndt Couch,” out January 31 on their EP Pioneer via Fire Hazard Records.
“The Adventures of Sacramento Jones” began in 2016 as a prospective book about a bovine ravaging towns, written by renowned Nebraska teenage author Connor Worden. But he decided soon after beginning the writing process that a novel was not the best way to tell the story of Sacramento Jones; instead, he formed a band. He named it Death Cow.
Now in his early 20s, Worden is as strange as they come. He’s the kind of guy who makes a lot of hand gestures when he talks or will freestyle a rap verse at the dinner table just because he can. Sometimes, his hair grows in ways only Einstein’s could have. He’s also a pretty damn impressive songwriter.
Taking inspiration from 60s psych, 90s punk, and 2000s garage, his weird-punk style is all his own. His raw, untrained wisdom provides firm foundations for members Reed Tiwald (guitar), Mari Crisler (bass), and Sam Crisler (drums) to cement the songs into organic expressions.
Nearly two years removed from writing the songs on their 2018 debut, Slow Drown, Death Cow is a much different band—one that has toured much of the country and packed basements around the Midwest. Without too many spoilers, Worden’s songwriting (aided on a few tracks by the sibling rhythm section) has only been further refined since Death Cow’s previous release and is as heavy, anthemic, and catchy as ever.
You might want to stay out of their path—Death Cow is a bull you won’t want to mess with.