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Down-tuned axes and a thirst for experimentation fuel the rootsy indie-rock band’s sound.

Billet Cello

Sarah Balliet plays a Zeta electric cello re-housed in a wooden body to give the visual aesthetic of a traditional cello with the practicality of a Zeta.

Murder by Death’s bassist Matt Armstrong managed to squeeze in a quick interview and walk us through the band’s gear before their show in Nashville. The band’s spacey-meets-gothic vibe is powered by low-tuned axes, effect-laden cellos, and a unique approach to tone.

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