Ears Wide Open: The Dead Ships


Sometimes all it takes is one great pop hook to reel in some attention, and Echo Park-based the Dead Ships have certainly perked our ears up. Their self-titled EP offers no-nonsense garage rock featuring pop choruses that soar and stick long after listening. For a fairly new duo, Devlin McCluskey and Christopher Spindelilus have refreshingly accomplished a sound that has the accessibility of Best Coast and minimalistic flair of the Black Keys. However, McCluskey’s’ Eddie Vedder-esque vocals go nowhere near abuse with his usage of “Ooohs,” and his cheeky guitar lines are perfectly propelled by Spindelilus’ clean drumming, giving the pop just enough grit for a balanced lo-fi rock song.

||| Download: “You Were Young”


||| Live: The Dead Ships play July 4 at Silverlake Lounge with LA Font.

Photo by James Ferrell