Formed in 1998 in Washington D.C. from the remnants of other DC bands, Dead Meadow gained recognition with their combination of ’70s heavy metal and ’60s psychedelic rock. It was like a musical exploration of the unbelievable and fantastical journeys that writers like J.R.R. Tolkien and H.P. Lovecraft wrote about. Dead Meadow's music is heavy, spacey and probably some of the best psychedelic rock out there, which is sort of saying a lot considering there are a million psych-rock bands in the industry.
They've recently announced a new album The Nothing They Need, and have shared the album's first single, "Keep Your Head," which perfectly exemplifies the band's unique marriage of Sabbath riffs, dreamy layers of guitar-fuzz, and singer Jason Simon's melodic croon.
What's most celebratory about the album is that guitarist Steve Kille and Jason Simon are commemorating twenty years of the band with The Nothing They Need's eight songs, which 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.
Listen to the lead single "Keep Your Head," below.