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"The songs themselves are full of soul and edge, with McCluskey’s gruff vocals sailing over the snappy drum lines provided by Spindelilus, creating what sounds like the lovechild between Alabama Shakes and the Black Keys"
It was during graveyard shift smoke breaks at a Los Angeles TV post-production house, where guitarist/vocalist Devlin McCluskey and drummer Christopher Spindelilus discovered their shared musical interests. With Chris picking up his first drum kit and Devlin spilling his heart out as a singer/songwriter – the pair decided to intermix and transform their styles into what is now The Dead Ships; crisp, pop and soul inflected garage rock.
The duo's demo's trickled out in 2011 which spiraled into packed shows and sold-out events at legendary LA venues The Troubadour, The Echo and The Echoplex with King Khan, Anthony Greene, and Girl in a Coma. Garnering blown-away reviews from the LA Times, Buzzbands.LA and OC Weekly, the band was deemed “one to watch” before they put out an official release. They ended the year with their first US Tour in support of a 7” release that The Vinyl District called “Spectacular”.
With a “Best New Emerging Artist, LA” nomination from Deli Magazine under their belt, the band went to work on their first full-length album – Electric Ahab. Called “a bluesy wrecking ball” by the Los Angeles Times, this album is filled with stripped down guitars and catchy pop-inflected hooks that reconnect garage rock with its soulful R&B roots. True to the garage rock ethos, the band used vintage analog gear to record the tracks over one weekend, in two takes to 2”-tape.
The beginning of 2012 saw the release of their 1st full-length record, Electric Ahab, with a successful 6-show run at SXSW and performances at NXNE to support it. This fall, the band hit the road in support of Electric Ahab again and brought along bassist Alex Moore to inject a fresh, rich sound to the strong 2-piece. Hitting 33 shows in 41 days in cities across North America, the band recently performed with Yo La Tengo, Childish Gambino, She and Him and The Soft Pack, toured with Two Gallants & PAPA and performed in Canada’s Indie Week and New York City's CMJ Music Marathon with Sea Wolf & JJAMZ.
The Dead Ships ended 2012 on an exclamation point with a wildly successful residency at Los Angeles legendary indie music hub - The Echo/Echoplex and a video for "You Were Young" that premiered on MTVu, reaching as high as #2 most viewed on MTV.com
Electric Ahab is available now on Bandcamp.com and iTunes.