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Dead Meadow Announce New Album “The Nothing They Need” and Spring Tour; Share “Keep Your Head”

Dead Meadow are happy to announce they will be releasing a new album, The Nothing They Need (Xemu Records), on March 2, 2018.

LISTEN to “Keep Your Head”

In support of The Nothing They Need, Dead Meadow will be touring the US with dates kicking off March 2 and hits, among others, Brooklyn, Philadelphia, Boston, Toronto, and Chicago before concluding at Levitation in Austin, TX on April 26. Further, Dead Meadow will be playing in Los Angeles at Orpheum (Night on Broadway) on January 27. The full tour is listed below and tickets are on-sale now.

With the release of The Nothing They Need, Dead Meadow’s Steve Kille and Jason Simon celebrate twenty years of the band with eight songs that feature everyone that has been musically involved with the band over the years. They’re joined by original drummer Mark Laughlin, Stephen McCarty (the drummer throughout the Matador years), and current drummer Juan Londono. Cory Shane joins them on guitar for some Feathers era dual guitar interplay.  The album was recorded in Dead Meadows’ studio/rehearsal space, The Wiggle Room.

As with the rest of their catalog, Dead Meadow assert The Nothing They Need is meant to be an escape –  “a surreal journey.” Yet Kille notes, “I think there is a touch of apocalyptic vibes to the new album especially with the cover art that is being assembled. There is so much rhetoric and negative energy in the bigger picture of the world it is hard to not to have that show through in art. Though in the small world of people I know and we meet on tour everyone is still just as optimistic though it gets harder every day.. I think a lot of the album’s lyrics mirror that sentiment.”

While Dead Meadow met in and around Washington, D.C.’s punk/indie scene, the trio draws more of its sound from such classic rock legends as Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, and Black Sabbath. The trio formed in the fall of 1998 and their widely-acclaimed self-titled debut album was released in 1999. Within a relatively short period, the D.C. trio received offers to tour with everyone from local D.C. acts like The Make-Up and Fugazi to psychedelic rockers Brian Jonestown Massacre. What has followed since are seven studio albums – three via Matador records (Shivering King and Others (2003), Feathers (2005), and Old Growth (2008)) –  two live albums which includes Three Kings, a feature length live film and soundtrack and more tours across the USA and Europe than the band can count.  And while the person behind the drum kit has changed over the years, the core of Dead Meadow –  Jason and Steve –  have continued to play together throughout. Since 2007 they have been based in Los Angeles.

TOUR DATES

1/27 Los Angeles, CA @ Orpheum (Night on Broadway)

3/02 Tucson, AZ @ Flycatcher

3/03 Albuquerque, NM @ Sister

3/04 Oklahoma City, OK @ 89th Street Collective

3/05 Ft Worth, TX @ City Tavern

3/06 San Antonio, TX @ Period Modern

3/07 Houston, TX @ White Oak

3/08 Little Rock, AR @ White Water Tavern

3/09 Nashville, TN @ Springwater

3/10 Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn

3/11 Birmingham, AL @ The Firehouse

3/13 New Orleans, LA @ Santos

3/14 Pensacola, FL @ Chizuko

3/15 Tampa, FL @ Crowbar

3/16 Miami, FL @ Gramps

3/17 Orlando, FL @ Will’s Pub

3/18 Jacksonville, FL @ Nighthawks

3/20 Wilmington, NC @ Reggie’s 42nd Street

3/21 Asheville, NC @ Mothlight

3/22 Raleigh, NC @ Kings

3/23 Washington D.C @ Black Cat

3/24 Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter

3/25 Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts

3/26 Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade

3/28 Boston, MA @ Sonia

3/29 Quebec City, QC @ la Source de La Martinière

3/31 Toronto, ON @ Velvet Underground

4/01 Rochester, NY @ Bug Jar

4/03 Detroit, MI @ Deluxx Fluxx

4/04 Chicago, IL  @ Beat Kitchen

4/05 Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room

4/06 Denver, CO @ Globe Hall

4/07 Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban

4/08 Las Vegas, NV @ Bunkhouse Saloon

4/26 Austin, TX @ Levitation

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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