Initially forming nearly two decades ago by guitarist and vocalist Jason Simon, Dead Meadow fuses psychedelic soundscapes with fuzzy rock and drone meditations to make for a transcendent aural experience. Drawing influences from classic acts like Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath, the three piece take things a step further by incorporating their own musical forces into the mix. Their self-titled album, released in 2000 on Joe Lally (of Fugazi)’s label Tolotta Records, was followed a year later by Howls from the Hills. Post-completion, the band recorded a Peel Session in Fugazi’s home studio, marking the first time a Peel Session was recorded outside the BBC studios. Dead Meadow produced a live album entitled Got Live if You Want It in 2002 with Anton Newcombe of Brian Jonestown Massacre and signed with Matador Records a year later. With an eclectic mix of acts on the label, Dead Meadow didn’t feel strictly confined to a bland genre-box and continued to instill a vast array of genres, including Middle Eastern sitar and drone arrangements. In early 2010, the band released Three Kings, a feature length live film and soundtrack released on bassist Steve Kille’s New York City’s label Xemu Records, highlighting psychedelic dream scenarios with their stage show performance. Dead Meadow’s most recent album Warble Womb marks their seventh studio release and the return of their previous drummer, Mark Laughlin. Warble Womb takes on a gradual and experimental sound, a subtle journey into the haze into their sprawling psychedelia.
For those of you in Austin, Texas for SXSW, you can catch Dead Meadows live at Grizzly Hall tonight at 11:30PM, Saturday at Valhalla at noon as well as Saturday night at 11:45PM at Hotel Vegas. Be sure to follow us on Instagram on Saturday for the band’s all-day takeover, capturing the sights and sounds of their fest experience!