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Dead Stick Landing

Atlanta, Georgia, United States | SELF

Atlanta, Georgia, United States | SELF
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"Equal part Panic, Rush and Tool"

Did you ever wish ’90s bands such as Soundgarden, STP and Faith No More jammed out and had more proggy elements in their music? If so, you should check out the Georgia-based trio Dead Stick Landing. The band just put out their debut album, which was skillfully remixed and mastered by Tom Lewis (R.E.M., Gov’t Mule, Sonic Youth). This eponoymous release contains 49 minutes of intense rockers that are equal part Panic, Rush and Tool. That’s quite a combination, but these guys pull if off really well.
-Scott Bernstein - glidemagazine.com/hiddentrack


"CD review: rhythm and technicality are superb"

With lots of electric guitar, a hint of swing and smooth, deep vocals, local band Dead Stick Landing paints a vivid picture of '90s-era pop-punk.

The band's self-titled album has a very finely tuned sound. What it lacks in quantity (there are only eight tracks), it makes up for in quality.

Most of the group's songs are reminiscent of a "something for everyone" characteristic.

However, a chart-topping band it is not. Not yet, at least.

The potential is there - perhaps less guitar and drum solos and more ear-catching hooks.

The band is comprised of University alumni, with John Parrott on guitar and vocals, Greg Surratt on bass and Matt Ephgrave, on drums.

If the trio's next three show dates are any indication, the members are promoting their music close to their alma mater.

They are set to play at Terrapin Brewery on Saturday.

As summarized on their MySpace Web page, the band members say they "span a spectrum" of musical decades and eras, from "hula-hooping to head-banging."

This debut album has been two years in the making, and the band has seen some difficult times - the drummer was recently replaced.

The trio is unique in the sense that it has taken direction from many different bands and musical legends (mainly from the '90s and '70s) - they list nearly 30 musical influences on their Web page.

One cannot help but wonder how far "eclectic" goes before it becomes a form of haphazard copycatting.

At some point, the sound stops sounding "influenced," and the eight tracks twang into unoriginality.

Several tracks sound chaotic. "Quicksand" begins with a Hendrix-esque guitar solo then rockets into a frenzied Incubus-like chorus.

It gives the impression of many different songs in one. The head-banging aspect does not flow into the song but rather interrupts it.

"13" is one song of many that contains an exasperatingly long guitar solo.

I commend the musicality of the band, and the rhythm and technicality are superb. Unfortunately, the overall sound is altogether too familiar.

It claims inspiration, yet we receive imitation.

If it's popularity and fame Dead Stick Landing searches for, perhaps a more cohesive identity is the solution, not a laundry list of influences.
-Jessica Brown - Red & Black


""Awesome""

Not sure what you are hearing as you play back all these beautiful
layers of sound and then you hear the vocals come in? Do you say "awesome"? Dead Stick Landing can play with the best of them, and at least the foundation to write with the best of them is there. - Atlantis Music Conference 2007 Listening Committee


Discography

Pace of Change EP
Live @ The Georgia Theatre
Debut LP - Dead Stick Landing

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"Did you ever wish ’90s bands such as Soundgarden, STP, and Faith No More jammed out and had more proggy elements in their music? If so, you should check out the Georgia-based trio Dead Stick Landing. The band just put out their debut album, which was skillfully remixed and mastered by Tom Lewis (R.E.M., Gov’t Mule, Sonic Youth). This eponoymous release contains 49 minutes of intense rockers that are equal part Panic, Rush and Tool. That’s quite a combination, but these guys pull if off really well."
-Scott Bernstein, Hidden Track
2008 Webblog Award Winner, Best Music Blog

Dead Stick Landing’s creative soul carefully exists between the unimaginative redundancies of radio-friendly schlock, and the high-minded elements of progressive rock music. Their complex sound is proof of this unique perspective; a blend of technically-minded prog and melodic rock, that instead of being merely accessible, actively engages a wide variety of fans in their music.

John Parrott has honed his skills as a guitarist and songwriter since the age of fourteen. He has spent countless hours aspiring to be like his guitar heroes; namely Frank Zappa, Trey Anastasio, Robert Fripp, and Jimi Hendrix. Playing rhythm guitar in his first handful of musical ventures (Casey Jones, Zarakotus), John began fronting his own projects (Cat5E, Fall Line Trio) in an attempt to find other musicians that shared his love of all music. John now holds down lead vocals, as well as lead/rhythm guitar positions in the band. He is also the primary songwriter of the band.

Greg Surratt began learning music theory and piano at the age of five. He picked up guitar and trumpet in middle school, eventually concentrating on bass. Cutting his chops on the works of his idols such as Victor Wooten, Jaco Pastorius, and Les Claypool, Greg began playing in bands ranging from jazz, country, and bluegrass to funk and progressive metal. As a former member of the Patrick Connell Band and Flat Broke & Busted, Greg has performed in several states across the Southeast and has also recorded albums with other Athens artists. In 2006, he joined Dead Stick Landing (formerly Fall Line Trio), promptly jumping into the recording sessions of the debut album.

Matt Ephgrave has been inspired by a multitude of bands, from the Allman Brothers to The Raconteurs. He began playing drums in 2000 and developed a rhythm-section chemistry with Greg Surratt in their former band, Mama Shug. During those early stages Matt discovered a passion for playing music that carries with it a never dying spirit. Prior to joining Dead Stick Landing as their permanent drummer in 2008, Matt had attended many of their shows and occasionally worked as their sound man.

Brett Bennett joined the band in late October 2009. He started playing guitar in his early teens and has since progressed in the arts through inspirational players such as Stevie Ray Vaughan, Kirk Hammett, Billy Gibbons, David Gilmour and Brad Paisley. Playing in bands ranging from death metal to country, he doesn't incline to any genre but prefers to work with skilled musicians. Brett also worked at several local recording studios (GT One Studios, Real World Studios, and Tree Sound Studios) for almost two years before joining DSL's ranks.

Dead Stick Landing has solidified a catalog of more than twenty original songs, and is constantly working on new material. DSL has also put their own spin on songs by some of their favorite artists, a diverse group of bands ranging from Frank Zappa and Talking Heads to Soundgarden and Ween. The band has performed in venues around the Southeast and is currently working to build a fan base within the region. The band will also continue efforts to record albums and document their extensive song repertoire.

In addition to several EPs, Dead Stick Landing released their eponymous debut LP in 2008. Tom Lewis, who has worked with REM, Govt Mule, Allman Brothers Band, Sonic Youth, and Bonnaroo, remixed and mastered the album, which showcases DSL's ability to balance technical and complex passages with more traditionally arranged song structures. Whether on a studio recording or in a live environment, a stripped-down acoustic set or an unapologetic electric rock show, Dead Stick Landing offers a musical experience that’s not to be missed.