The Dead Pens
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The Dead Pens

Annapolis, Maryland, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2018 | SELF

Annapolis, Maryland, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2018
Band Alternative Americana


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The best kept secret in music


"The Dead Pens stand apart in the local music scene."

“Smart and revealing lyrics. Great musicianship and fearless arrangements. Danah Koch’s powerful vocals. The Dead Pens stand apart in the local music scene.”
–Athena Hiotis, PopRiot Music Group - PopRiot Music


Still working on that hot first release.



The Dead Pens are a (mostly) acoustic trio. Unabashedly dark, all original music. All three members are pro musicians from different genres, who met while working on other projects.

"We play songs about love, and death, and tacos." 

Guitarist Ryan Abbott was founding member of the surf-punk band The Phantom Limbs, who many albums available on all venues and formats. He has performed live with a variety of well-known bands over the years, touring and working as a session guitar player; lending guitar and piano tracks at major DC area studios, including Omega Studios and Sheffield’s Audio. Abbott has written and recorded five albums and has appeared as a guest on several more. He brought the other two members together to form the group. 

Vocalist is Danah Koch. The singer-songwriter-musician from Stevensville, MD has gone from unknown to a high-demand performer in a few short years. Not only does Danah have solid songwriting skills, her pretty and petite exterior hides a BIG voice and emotional power that is sought-after, and has propelled Danah onto center stage of the local music scene. Danah is a classically-trained pianist, and self-taught guitarist. 

Cellist is Sally McGee. She trained as a classical musician who has played in a local orchestra, quartets, and toured worldwide with the Washington Women's Chorus. She took a break from classical music, until Ryan talked her into doing some unusual studio work on the Phantom Limbs final studio album. He enjoyed the different sound and they began writing music together and working on unusual versions of current songs, eventually recording the first Chick Habit together. 

The Dead Pens just released (Oct 2019) their first EP "Unaddressed" which has entered both the CDX Nashville Americana chart (#223, debut #277) and the College Radio Charts (#305, debut #700), and are recording their first full-length studio album, and are in high demand for live performances. The Dead Pens play their own dark blend of alt-folk, post-pop original music, along with (very) occasional covers.