Dead Meadow

Thursday 26 September 2013 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
£10 Adv / £8 Conc.

Dead Meadow – Worble Womb tour

Dead Meadow met while attending all-ages punk shows in and around the DC punk/indie scene, though the music draws more from the sound of such rock legends as Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix and Black Sabbath. The band formed in the fall of 1998 from the ashes of local indie rock bands The Impossible Five and Colour, by singer-guitarist Jason Simon, bassist Steve Kille, and drummer Mark Laughlin. The three members set out to fuse their love of early 70’s hard rock and 60’s psychedelia with their love of writers J.R.R. Tolkien and H.P. Lovecraft. With these fantasy visions of strange lands – as well as a heavy dose of punk energy – they created something even more esoteric than mere comparisons can conjure.
Dead Meadow released their six-song debut in 2000 on Fugazi bassist Joe Lally’s Tolotta Records, and a joint vinyl release on D.C. indie label Planaria Records. In 2001 the band released its second album, ‘Howls From The Hills’, on Tolotta. Where the first self-titled album was recorded in their practice space for a couple hundred dollars and plenty of learning curves, ‘Howls From The Hills’ was born in a barn in Liberty, Indiana. Their sound fuller without being overcomplicated or losing any of its live organic essence, the band grew to encompass everything from ambient guitar drones to surging psych-funk sludge, sparse blues-folk ballads to distorted barbiturate space-rock, and a sprinkling of southern slow boogie thrown in for good measure.

In spring 2002 Dead Meadow had a bit of a shakeup; with the pressures of touring and his own personal issues, drummer Mark Laughlin reluctantly quit the group, replaced by old friend and previous collaborator Stephen McCarty. McCarty had in fact been a part of Dead Meadow since the beginning, adding extra instrumentation from time to time and even the use of his grandfather’s farmhouse in Indiana where the band recorded ‘Howls From the Hills’. Also in mid-2002 the band would also get an unlikely patron in Brian Jonestown Massacre’s Anton Newcombe, who recorded, produced and printed Dead Meadow’s recent live disc ‘Got Live if You Want it’ on his “Committee to Keep Music Evil” imprint of legendary garage/psyche label Bomp. Last year, they had the honor of being invited to record a John Peel Session for BBC Radio One, though this was recorded in the states at the Fugazi practice space – the first time the BBC recorded a Peel Session outside their own studios.

Shortly after signing with Matador in 2003, Dead Meadow went back to the drawing board for their third album, self-producing ‘Shivering King And Others’ in the basement studio of the DC Pirate House over five months and during a busy schedule of touring. Since then they released Feathers in 2005 and Old Growth in 2008, both also with Matador.

Warble Womb was released in January this year.

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