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Take his song, "Be My Little Widow," where his gritty vocals scrape across the sound of boot-stomping and incipient heartbreak; or the jangling, gallows defiance of "Summons Song" - each song ripples with Americana, harkening back to a time when music mattered, when it was often the only thing the poor had left, and therefore it had to be done right.
The Lustkillers, featuring former Lords of the New Church frontman Adam Becvare, have an upbeat and stripped-down post-punk sound, harkening back to the glory days of NYC punk.
Seriously, Mindset X has a classic feel, harkening back to the heyday of prog-rock and heavy metal, attacking songs with a near-mechanical precision and thinly restrained fury.