Music by Bergman: Dead Poet Society 

LA quartet Dead Poet Society deliver some captivating pop-rock highs on -!- but, as that abstract album title portends, they have little interest in providing listeners an easy way in. Sporting a band name sort-of taken from the Academy Award-winning 1989 teen drama that saw Robin Williams’ inspirational Vermont teacher preaching nonconformity through poetry, their history as college friends from back in Boston remains apparent. Where previous releases like provocatively-titled 2014 single Sinn Féin and 2015 EP Axiom bulged with the aggression and gang-vocal-infused Celtic bravado of Massachusetts, however, these 16 tracks unfurl with the enforced self-reflection and cutting modernity of life back on the West Coast.

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