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L.A. Unheard: The Dead Ships' Pacific blues

October 10, 2011 |  7:27 am

The Dead Ships

The band: The Dead Ships, an Echo Park duo.

The sound: The two-man crew's music is a bluesy wrecking ball, ranging from the throaty '50s-style ballad "You Were Young" to the riff assault of "Amaze." The group's no-frills drumming and smoldering guitar tones nod toward the White Stripes and the Black Keys, but their tuneful charisma separates them from the legions of garage-rock imitators.

The random: Although the band may encourage fist pumps, we didn't expect to hear them on "Jersey Shore." Nevertheless, demo track "You Were Young" soundtracked our favorite guidos' Italian misadventures in an August episode.

The details: The Dead Ships wrapped up a residency at the Central Social Aid and Pleasure Club last month and will be among the L.A. representatives at the upcoming CMJ Music Marathon in New York next week. The group's debut, "7"," is out now.

The music: Download “Amaze” below.


The Dead Ships - "Amaze"


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Photo: The Dead Ships. Credit: James Ferrell