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A ruptured eardrum, a broken foot, two hernias, a fractured rib, being kicked out of rehearsal spots, as well as various other self-induced “ailments” can’t stop The Dead Tricks. Despite all odds, the NYC-based punk rock n’ roll quartet managed over a 100 shows in two years, including gigs in Connecticut, Boston, New Jersey, and Albany. The band has shared the stage with such diverse and respected punks as Stigma (featuring Agnostic Front’s Vinnie Stigma and Mike Gallo), Jesse Malin, The Fleshtones, rockabilly legend Robert Gordon, The Waldos (featuring Walter Lure from Johnny Thunders and The Heartbreakers), Electric Frankenstein, 1970s punk legends Pure Hell and Victims, Texas Terri, Born Loose, The Bullys, Refuse Resist, Beantown Boozehounds, among many others.
The group’s recently-released debut 5-song EP, You Should Have Worried About It, was produced by Agnostic Front’s Mike Gallo. Jersey Beat reviewed the EP thusly: “Bursting forth from your speakers with an infectiously furious blast of gloriously raw and rattling unpolished energy, this five song EP from a pleasingly scrappy New York City punk rock outfit hits the stirring scruffy spot somethin’ sweet.” Faster And Louder enthused: “If you like big, sing-along choruses, well-orchestrated backing vocals, and memorable, finessed guitar lines, you’re gonna want these tunes on your iPod yesterday!…this supremely talented, rapidly up-and-coming punk group. You hear a Dead Tricks song, and you know it’s a Dead Tricks song.” AMP Magazine noted: “Trashy rock n roll with more than a bit of spunk.” Maximum Rock N’ Roll had this to say: “Fans of the likes of D Generation will dig this amped up Heartbreakers/Dead Boys fare.” NY Hard Times praised TDT saying: “They remind me of the way punk used to be back in the late 70s when CBGBs and Max's Kansas City were hopin'.”
The EP celebrates and laments getting high, hatred, capitalism, greed, sex, and gummy worms. All the ruminations at the forefront of today’s youth. It’s punk rock n’ roll stuff, but ah…so much more. Hints of rockabilly, new wave, UK ’82 punk, polka (okay, I’m full of shit) and classic NYC sleaze abound. Studio nerds can take comfort in the that the EP was fastidiously and pristinely recorded and mixed at the esteemed Big Blue Meenie Studios (S.O.D., Agnostic Front) and mastered by the renown Alan Douches.
The Dead Tricks came together with a shared commitment to the punk scene, keeping the passion of the way things used to be in New York in the late 1970s and the 1970s-loving 1990s, but without slavish nostalgia or jaded revisionism. This is a gang that obsesses over The Dead Boys, Johnny Thunders, The Dictators, as well as The Stooges, The Damned, MC5, Link Wray, The Cramps, The Gun Club, Hanoi Rocks, Dead Kennedy’s, and The Misfits, but also realizes, hey it’s 2012— best way to show you love your influences is to try to equal them in songwriting quality and musicianship. It’s called inspiration.
The band features the real-deal frontman talents of James Donovan—melodic vocals with attitude and a he-eats-his-own-snot/he’s a psycho stage presence—the big-ego of Lorne “The Professional” Behrman on guitar, break-your-heart looks and break-your-face bass of Manya Kuzemchenko, and the seizure-inducing power drumming of Larry Gorman. At live shows there is spit, snot, blood, feedback, “we love you/we hate you” interaction, unplugged guitars, screaming, jumping, precision, chaos (with precision), and the catchiest, grimy sing-a-longs you can’t stop singing no matter how get you drunk, erm, drunk you get.