Detroit Trio Tart Premiere “Little Death” Single and Music Video

The Detroit-based trio are releasing “Little Death” in support of their new album “Better Luck Next Time,” out later this year.

Detroit-based trio Tart have perfected the three-minute tremor-ballad, best exhibited in their new single “Little Death.”

The danceable indie, pop-punk band is comprised of singer Zee Bricker, guitarist Adam Padden, and drummer Donny Blum. The group blends a composite of rocket-fast garage rock with a heavy groove to break loose any winter blues. 

Their new album “Better Luck Next Time,” comes out in June 2020, via Indianapolis based Romanus Records. 

Click on the player above to hear Tart’s new single “Little Death” and watch the music video below.


Padden and Bricker first started writing songs together several years ago, honing their knack for melodic hooks and electro-rock dynamics. Tart took off a couple years ago when they added the hard-hitting percussive energy of Blum. 

Producer Zach Shipps captured the trio’s signature surging liveliness, making it sound like you’re right there in the room with them.

The track opens with an industrial howl from the guitars before tightening into an urgent riff over the speeding drums. Then that aforementioned groove falls in and Bricker starts a swaying melody that soon increases velocity of delivery, with lyrics like post-apocalyptic poetry: “…she’s coming now, just like thirsty vultures and a black corvette…”

Tart’s next show is on Friday, Feb. 21st at the LoFi bar or Saturday, March 7th at Outer Limits.

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  • Jeff Milo
    Jeff Milo is a Reporter for CultureShift. He's a longtime music journalist documenting the Michigan scene for 15 years.