Vancouver, Canada's DEADCATS are true cult legends in the genre of Rockabilly & Psychobilly. The band has a long and sordid history, dating back to 1984, of pumping out raucous trashed-out rockabilly & psycho to rabid crowds in the Northwest. The band rarely ever has ventured out of their home turf, yet has managed to ink record deals to labels in Japan, Germany, and England. Members of the band have included former members of Canadian icons such as D.O.A., Ray Condo Band, SNFU, Personality Crisis, Big John Bates, Real McKenzies, and the Pointed Sticks.
The original Deadcats originaly formed in 1984, highly influenced by whacked-out garage and rockabilly groups such as the Sonics, Hasil Adkins, The Cramps, and Billy Lee Riley & his Little Green Men. The band broke up in 1986, after recording a few tracks which were only released on the very collectable 'It Came From Canada' compilation LPs put out by OG Records, run by Montreal's DEJA VOODOO. The Deadcats reformed in 1995, with original drummer BEEF and new members MICK TUPELO, SCOOTER, and GOREHOUND, who played their first show to a packed club on a Friday the 13th at the now-closed NIAGARA. They knew they were on to something when the dance floor filled up on their very first song. A very strong debut album, the 'Bucket O'Love' CD (1996) met with rave reviews around the world. The Deadcats now only play about 6 shows a year in the Northwest, recently venturing out to sold-out shows in Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver, Seattle, and Victoria. Plans for 2010 are to get out of Dodge during the 2010 Olympics and hit the West Coast of the USA, and the U.K. and Europe. Maybe even Japan, where they are huge with Japanese schoolgirls.