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When you think of a band called the Living Deadbeats, you might expect howling psychobilly. What you get, though, is distorted guitars and cranked up garage rock with grrrl attitude. The Vancouver-based punk band simply oozes classic influence: a sort of violent collision between Detroit and late 70s era L.A. punk, with a healthy dose of Pacific-Northwest swagger.
Vocalist Lindsay has been compared to Mia Zapata (The Gits) and Penelope Houston (Avengers), and has a little of that Exene Cervenka (X) thing going on; the rest of the band picks up somewhere between the Stooges and the Detroit Cobras. Other members of The Living Deadbeats include London-born, Pete Fiend (previously the lead singer for legendary 80s powerpoppers The Finks, and former bassist of The Fiends) on Bass/vox, Geeza on Guitar/vox; and drummer, Nadja (East Vamps).
The Living Deadbeats self-released two EPs in 2010, and in August, two songs - 'Hey Girl' and 'Liar Liar' - were released as a digital single by Dirty Water Records (U.K.).
In 2011 the song 'Time' from the 'Hey Girl' EP was included on 'The Best of the GaragePunk Hideout' compilation series from GRGPNK Records (USA).
2012 had the band self-release their debut 12" LP, followed by a 27-city Canadian tour. The song 'Control Freak' from the LP was picked up by German label F.A.M.E.D. Records for inclusion on a 12" compliation in support of Russian punk band Pussy Riot.
2013 (so far) has had the Living Deadbeats complete a successful tour of the U.S. West Coast, and an upcoming June tour of Western Canada. A new recording is planned for summer release.