Here at Backseat Mafia, we can never get enough of the kind if Garage Rock that made something of the Strokes, and continues today in the shape of The Black Keys, Alabama Shakes and the like. So step forward LA-based trio The Dead Ships, who’s new EP, EP1 contains, certainly on the evidence of ‘Big Quiet’ which the band are streaming now, a good slab of the aforementioned genre.
What’s more, the band managed to persuade Broken Social Scene’s Bernard Canning to produce it as well, the first time he has taken on another band as producer other than his own. Fired into life by this flurry of drums, it travels along, covered in this blanket of jangly guitars. Its the vocals that ally sparkle, Devlins wisened voice dragging you along with its melancholy through the song, with harmonies drifting in and out as it ebbs and flows to its conclusion.
Mark The Dead Ships down in the Ones to Watch Out For category, would you.
Check the band out this May @ CMW:
5/7: Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace (w/ King Tuff, Twin Peaks)
5/8: Toronto, ON @ Bovine Sex Club (w/ Together Pangea)
5/9: Toronto, ON @ Cameron House