Dead Shades

Dead Shades

 Brisbane, Queensland, AUS
BandRockBlues

Australia’s menacing garage-blues trio Dead Shades play bourbon-soaked, panty-wringing rifferama dirtier than your drunken stepfather.

Biography

Blood in the sand, saloon doors swinging in empty bars, cowering women and children, a lone gunman strides towards a mounted posse, grizzled and readied for his fate. One last desperate lunge from the one woman that still cares for him shrugged mercilessly to the ground. Dead Shades play like a concept album, of jaw-dropping machismo, desert-blues, and a pre-peyote blues explosion, but there’s is a universe inhabited by haunted darkness, by the anti-hero’s of Eastwood, the femme fatales of Hitchcock; they are the western where the good guys don’t wear white.

Renowned for electric live shows, shandies and late night hypodermic noodles this band of Rock ‘n Roll outlaws from Brisbane reads like a who’s who: Lovers Of Modern Art frontman Brian L’Huillier (ex-The Daybridges), [A:M] constituent Crystle Fleper (ex-Hot Rubber Glove), and Rolling Stone photographer and Le Fricken Hecks bassist Dane Beesley.

Sex, sand and wah pedals may sound oh-so-LA with Wavves and Best Coast setting blogs wagging but the Dead Shades are less concerned with on-shore winds and left-hand breaks and set their sights on the wide open spaces of death valley, it’s tall shadows and abandoned gas stations, it’s howling winds and tumbling weeds, it’s crumbling infrastructure and merciless heat. If solitude is bliss, the Australian trio have captured the hiss, moans and torment of its uncertainty.

A motley crew of the good the bad and the kooky, the Dead Shades play their brand of menacing cow-blues with hip-shaking, bourbon-soaked, pantie-wringing rifferama. Dirtier than your drunken stepfather, the Dead Shades are a Nick Cave revenge fantasy gone rogue, a Tex-as Perkins fronted Beasts of…Shandy.

There Will Be Riffs. - DAN GILL

Dead Shades are the type of band that inspire writers like Dan Gill to spew forth magnificent, Hunter S Thompson- esque prose to conjure up what the band might sound like if they’ve not yet trampled onto your musical radar.

Debuting their scuzzy garage blues rock at Byron Bay's Great Northern Hotel in February, the trio have since crashed a bunch of house parties with Velociraptor, played Paddington Fair, Valley Fiesta, supported the inimitable Black Cab, were showcased on a guerrilla Big Sound showcase and created buzz in their hometown and abroad.

The Brisbane trio were together for all of five minutes before heading into the studio with Skritch Trembles at the helm to produce their Sea Shandies EP. It’s as if Dan Auerbach wrote songs for the Dandy Warhols. It's a little psychedelic and 60s rock rooted in the blues. It's grunge without the flannel. It's a neat little debut from a Brisbane trio who love a good shandy and a cranking tune, with stunning artwork by boutique Brisbane designers Harper's Got Milk.

Sea Shandies and the infamous DS tees and hoodies are available online now at deadshades.com and will be officially released through Bird Fire Records in November, before the band hit Los Angeles for shows in December.

Lyrics

Early Morning Eyes

Written By: Brian L'Huillier

I want a girl with a diamond ring
I wanna see you shake your thing
Out on the dancefloor next to you
Tonight, tonight, tonight

Girl I want to take you home
Give me the numbers of your telephone
So I can wake up next to you
Tonight, tonight, tonight

And see
Early morning eyes
Early morning
I said early morning eyes
Eyes

She’s just a girl that’s digging the scene
I think I saw you in a dream
You got the right kind of remedy for me
(Yeah for me)
Come on baby drink my wine
There’s plenty more and it’s mighty fine
So I can wake up next to you
Tonight, tonight, tonight

With your
Early morning eyes (Early morning eyes)
Early morning (Early morning eyes)
I said early morning (Early morning eyes)
Eyes (Early morning eyes)
Eyes

Early morning (Early morning eyes)
I said early morning (Early morning eyes)
I said early morning (Early morning eyes)
Early morning (Early morning eyes)
Eyes (Early morning eyes)
Eyes (Early morning eyes)
Eyes (Early morning)
Eyes

Running

Written By: Brian L'Huillier

Well she comes over to my house
Sits on my balcony
Tells me one thing to my face
Says another when I leave

Like a banshee screams
Like a dog on heat
Like a banshee screams
Like a dog on heat

You got me running, running, running
Running, running, running
Running, running, running
Running, running, running

A smile painted on with lies
A sweet red bow in her hair
A face I’d like to forget now
I close my eyes and she’s still there

Like a banshee screams
Like a dog on heat
Like a banshee screams
Just like a dog on heat

You got me running, running, running
Running, running, running
Running, running, running
Running, running, running

You got me running, running, running
(You got me now)
Running, running, running
Running, running, running
(You got me now)
Running, running, running

Discography

Sea Shandies EP - released November 2010 through Bird Fire Records