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What’s ma­genta and sounds like King Par­rot? Dunno. “Pink Car­rot,” is the an­swer, ac­cord­ing to lead­ing lad of King Par­rot, Matt ‘Youngy’ Young.

Mel­bourne’s “thrash and grind mis­cre­ants” King Par­rot are not your av­er­age metal band.

They’re funny bug­gers who just hap­pen to be one of the loud­est, teeth-gnash­ing groups in Australia.

Their sec­ond al­bum Dead Set dropped last week via EVP Record­ings for Australia and they’ve just signed up with Housec­ore in the US and Ago­nia for Euro­pean ter­ri­to­ries.

It fol­lows on from de­but Bite Your Head Off.

Think Richard Mercer’s Lovesongs and Ded­i­ca­tions circa 2002, then flip it 180 de­grees.

Lead growler/screecher Matt Young sur­vived “walls of death” at Sound­wave Fes­ti­val and took his band over­seas to record with Phil Anselmo (Pan­tera/Down) at Nos­fer­atu’s Lair stu­dio in New Or­leans.

The busy Mel­bourne band spent close to a month hi­ber­nat­ing in the woods in Ver­mont writ­ing ma­te­rial for the record.

They set­tled on nam­ing it Dead Set.

“The other ti­tle in the run­ning was Flamin’ Galahs but we didn’t want to con­fuse peo­ple and have them think that was the ac­tual band name. It’s called Dead Set ’cos we are dead set leg­ends,” Youngy states mat­ter-of-factly.

King Par­rot spent more than five min­utes alone on the road with Lucky Phil.

“We par­took in many a conga line train dance party,” he says.

“If you’d gone back­stage you would never have thought it was a heavy metal tour. It looked more like a soul-funk tour from the 1970s.”

Be­fore they came home, King Par­rot hit the CMJ fes­ti­val in New York and Housec­ore Hor­ror Fest in Austin, Texas.

The band say they are ex­cited to show­case the “bru­tal” new ma­te­rial.

King Par­rot have put out their sec­ond al­bum.

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