|Written By: Jason: Thursday, 5 November 2009|
Artist: Dead To Me
Album: African Elephants
Release Date: Nov. 10th
The purveyors of what has been playfully referred to as Crust-Pop (by Dan Yemin of Paint It Black) are back with their 2nd full-length. From day one, Dead To Me has never been the conventional sort of band that most touring acts are and African Elephants will be no more conventional.
Dead To Me started as a 3-piece punk(ish) band fromSan Francisco. it's member s were comprised of bay area punkers from previous bands: Western Addiction and One Man Army. Combining smooth, heartfelt lyrics with heard-hitting punk riffs, the band instantly carved their niche out of the local musical landscape and it's apparent on their deut album, Cuban Ballerina.
By the time the began writing new songs for a seocnd album, the band decided to take on a second guitarist, thus giving them a more full sound and chaning their look and approach. However, halfway through the writing process, lead guitarist and singer, Jack Dalrymple discovered he was going to be a father. Writing got cut short and the band released their second effort, 2 5-song EP entitled Little Brother.
With a collection of half-written songs Jack decided to take a leave of absence from the band he helped create -- to spend crucial time as a father (see pic below). As a result of his choice, Dead To Me was back to being a 3-piece....but the kept on truckin'. With second singer and bass player, Chicken taking on the sole singing responsibilities, African Elephants will be the band's 3rd release featuring their 3rd lineup.
for most band's the constan evolution would be disastrous but not for these guys. In fact, DTM hasn't lost a step. I will even be bold enouhg to say that they sound as good as ever and have even grown but don't take my word for it, see for yourself.