Dead Beats

Indianapolis, IN

Dead Beats couldn’t be any more broadly influenced if they claimed Dvorak and Death Metal as inspirations. The Indy quintet draws equally on Tin Pan Alley Pop like Harry Nilsson and The Kinks, populist Rock like The Beach Boys and ELO and left-fielders like Brian Eno, Ween, Tom Waits and Frank Zappa. On paper, it seems impossibly unworkable, but Dead Beats stitch it all together with a surgeon’s skill and a conductor’s elegance. Weird and cool and beautiful.

You’ll Dig It If You Dig: The Polyphonic Spree with the exquisite Pop sensibility of Harry Nilsson, the avant absurdism of Captain Beefheart, the Glam heart of David Bowie. (Brian Baker)