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”[audio:http://www.mediafire.com/file/d50b13sduxq54us/The%20Dead%20Ships_You%20Were%20Young.mp3]
||| Live: The Dead Ships play July 4 at Silverlake Lounge with LA Font.
Photo by James Ferrell