Where I Swarm: Bass Drum of Death On Oxford, Mississippi

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John Barrett, possibly better known under moniker BASS DRUM OF DEATH, crafts an authentic take on raw American garage rock. For his second album, ‘Rip This’ – out November 17th on Innovated Leisure – he’s been joined by drummer Len Clark.The first single from the album, ‘Left For Dead’, was named NME’s Track of the Week shortly after release, hinting at big things to come.

As part of our guide to some of the world’s most interesting places by some of our favorite artists, we asked Barrett to guide us around his hometown of Oxford, Mississippi – the art center of the South and one of America’s most prolific college towns.

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WHERE I DRINK

City Grocery
“Literally my Cheers. I am friends with people I otherwise probably wouldn’t be, because of this place. No matter how crowded it is, I can get a beer in ten seconds. Last place I go before I leave and first place I go when I get back.”

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WHERE I EAT

Mama Jo’s
“This is my lunch spot when I’m super hungry. Two pieces of fried chicken, two vegetables and cornbread with sweet tea is seven dollars. Super greasy and excellent. Also, sometimes they put the sweet tea in the same container that the Kool-Aid has been in so it’s extra sweet.”

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WHERE I RELAX

End of All Music
“The only record store in Oxford, but also one of the best-curated record stores I’ve ever been to. David Swider [owner] does a great job. Plenty of new stuff but, if you wanted to do some digging, you’d be rewarded as well. Also, when they have events they offer free beer which is very tight.”

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WHERE I IMPRESS A DATE

The Grove
“I guess this qualifies as a tourist spot. Oxford pretty much revolves around Ole Miss football in the fall and the Grove is the tailgaiting spot that people party at before and after games. People get all dressed up… Kinda hard to describe, but it’s a scene, man.”

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WHERE I CREATE

Dude ranch
“So, I used to live here for a while and we still practice here. It’s basically a sprawling, shitty ranch house out in the country. Bars close early here and usually the next move is to grab a beer and head to the ranch.”

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Words by Cheryl Billman.

SEE OUR HOMETOWN GUIDES HERE

SEE ALSO:

WHERE I SWARM: SAMMY BANANAS ON BROOKLYN
BASS DRUM OF DEATH ‘SHATTERED ME’
INTERVIEW: DZ DEATHRAYS

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You may or may not know Cheryl as the girl who’s unhealthily obsessed with Yves Klein Blue. I also swear a lot, and I promise, I’m working on that. Just for you guys. Because I love you.