Dead Meadow Plays Tonight at Red 7
LA trio Dead Meadow was born in 1998 from the disbanding of two D.C. indie groups, The Impossible Five and Color, and featured vocalist Jason Simon on guitar, bassist Steve Kille, and drummer Mark Laughlin. Their mix of ‘60s psychedelia and ‘70s hard rock on their first self-titled release and their second album, Howls from the Hills, got a lot of attention from critics, and eventually landed them a session with John Peel in late ’80s punk quartet Fugazi’s home studio – the first Peel session recorded outside of the BBC.
Then, some line-up changes shifted the direction slightly, notably with the departure of Laughlin, who left to pursue a career as a lawyer. The band began exploring more acoustic avenues, but the connection to psychedelic sounds never dissipated.
Last year, Dead Meadow released the feature length live film and soundtrack, Three Kings, and launched a tour with their original drummer. A new album is reportedly in the works, and they’ve just launched a fall tour that includes a stop in Austin. You can see Dead Meadow play tonight at Red 7, 611 E. 7th St. The bill includes performances by LA-based spaghetti western psych band Spindrift and local psych outfit Rings Band. Doors open at 9 p.m. Check it out. Trippin’.