Dead Larry

Dead Larry

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A delightful blend of psychedelic rock, funk and pop offers a look into the new generation of musicians and fans. Dead Larry spreads a positive message to bring out a renewed feeling of passion and hope for anyone who listens.

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Biography

A delightful blend of psychedelic rock, dance and funk offers a look into the new generation of musicians and fans. Based out of Iowa City, IA, Dead Larry spreads a positive message to bring out a renewed feeling of passion and hope for anyone who listens. A group of 4 guys in their early twenties, Dead Larry loves to party and encourages the crowd to get up and moving. With a vast range of influences it's hard to pin down the sound, but comparisons have been made to Modest Mouse, The Talking Heads, Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd. Dead Larry encourages a community of friends and family (known as "The Family of Funky Friends") that continues to support and grow with Dead Larry througout their adventures. Touring relentlessly across the country, Dead Larry is a psychedelic force to be reckoned with.

"An all too short set by psychedelic funk pop band, Dead Larry, from Iowa City, Iowa, was all I needed to realize where the great music truly was. Lead singer/rhythm guitarist Mark McGuiness screamed his lyrics with rock 'n' roll conviction to the raw and dark simplicity of the musical compromise that is the rest of the band. Each member worked their musical niche to create something greater than themselves that is Dead Larry." - Travis Beck (The Daily Nebraskan) on Dead Larry's set during 10,000 Lakes Festival 2008.

Lyrics

Mr. Wishing Well

Written By: Mark McGuiness

Hey Mr. Wishing Well
I wish you well
All this time you've served us
only asking for a
nickel, penny, dime or two
Hey Mr. homless man
laying in the sand
all this time you've asked for
nothing more than a
clean and healthy helping hand

Just like a wishing well, oh
I can never tell

Hey Mr. Wishing Well
You sent me straight to hell
and I curse you!
Your shallow pool
has stole my dreams
Hey Mr. homeless man
laying in the sand
stopped to take you a sandwich
then I started a band
and I bless you

Just like a wishing well, oh
I can never tell

Hey Mr. Wishing Well
How much do I need to pay?
You know I walk on down this road
most everyday
Hey Mr. Homeless man
drinking vodka from a can
sing and dance
till he can barely stand

Just like a wishing well, oh
I can never tell

Now all the leaves
are turning to cash
and all my change
is turning to ash

The World's Smallest Violin

Written By: Joe Scarpellino

I've got the world's smallest violin
Playing a sweet song just for you
Toss in the towel, pull the plug, pack it in
they'll never know what you've been through
But if people are just people, equals
through and through
Then that makes us all the same
So everyone you know in everything they do
Must be carrying a similar pain

Oh come along dance with me
Eat and drink be merry
'cause you know there's no way to forsee
When we're dying
Make a list check it twice
Perfect plan, very nice
Purly profit pay the price
Oh we keep trying
You have yours I have mine
Seperated by a line
it's all in your mind
telling tall tales
decision makers risk takers femur breakers mr. maker
a true fakin' forsaker
for when all else fails...

I've got the world's smallest violin
Playing a sweet song just for you
Toss in the towel, pull the plug, pack it in
they'll never know what you've been through
But if people are just people, equals
through and through
Then that makes us all the same
So everyone you know in everything they do
Must be carrying a similar pain

You're wanting the attention
Well i got the invention
It's one that mends the rips and The tears
And causes the expansion
Of the mental comprehension
An alternate dimension
That rids the mind of it's cares
But feeling makes us human
Yes I know the illusion feels like truth when you first hear
But don't trust it
Just accept the current moment
One and only thing permanent
Everything else is changing
If you don't get it...

I've got the world's smallest violin
Playing a sweet song just for you
Toss in the towel, pull the plug, pack it in
they'll never know what you've been through
But if people are just people, equals
through and through
Then that makes us all the same
So everyone you know in everything they do
Must be carrying a similar pain

But don't worry
Everything will be alright
What's your hurry?
Get out and enjoy your own life
'Cause now is the time
When we all must decide
Do we want to live or do we want to die?
There are people
That are corrupted through and through
You just make sure
That those people aren't YOU
There's beauty in the world
All you boys and girls
Who make it all worthwhile
But if you can't break a smile...

I've got the world's smallest violin
Playing a sweet song just for you
Toss in the towel, pull the plug, pack it in
they'll never know what you've been through
But if people are just people, equals
through and through
Then that makes us all the same
So everyone you know in everything they do
Must be carrying a similar pain

Discography

"The Wishing Well" EP 2008 Fuse Recordings

"Story Time" LP 2009 Minstrel Studios - released 6/19/09

Set List

Originals:
Where Wolves are on the Moon
Groove-a-Tron Radio
Freak Out
She Goes
Your Funky Friends
Wake Up and Rage
Time and Space
The World's Smallest Violin
Dead Man's Clothes
Carpe Diem X
The Rocks
Medicine Man
The Rook and The Russians
Useful Information
Mr. Wishing Well
Soledad
Sixexix
Molly Knows It's True
Reno
Box Of Crayons
3 Cheers 4 the Wicked
The Existance Room
To You, About You
QueetLyd
GO!
Runnin' Away
It's Time to Revolve
I'm Cool
Christopher
Sit and Stare
Pedestrian
Beautiful
Oh How Badly
VuJa De
Father O'Mally

Covers:
The Immigrant Song - Led Zeppelin
Folsom Prison Blues - Johnny Cash
Crazy - Gnarles Barkley

Our sets range from 30 mins to 3 hours, mostly originals and spliced with covers. Our staple songs are GO!, Christopher, Mr. Wishing Well, Reno, Dead Man's Clothes, Your Funky Friends and The Rook and the Russians