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Formed in 1996 in Dirt City, Michigan (a.k.a. Grant) by members of the Nitemare RxCo music and art collective, The Dead Alives have evolved and adapted into various incarnations as the years have progressed, each fronted by Duke Hellington Killthoft and meticulously built off the previous group's experiences. While the band currently resides in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the project has also relocated to Tucson, Arizona - and more recently to Portland, Oregon, where Duke and B.C. Perkins performed as a mostly-acoustic two piece band. The Dead Alives have opened for several nationally-recognized acts, including The White Stripes, The Pattern, Federation X, and The Narrows, and are recognized locally in the Western Michigan music scene as a seminole member and leader in the necrobilly genre.
The Dead Alives have officially released three full-length albums. Their debut recording, Two Beat Creeps, was released in 1998, followed by Harper's Requieum in 2001, and their latest work, Theatre Macabre, in 2008. In 2009, some of the recordings from Harper's Requieum were also re-released by the band to promote their new line-up as Harper's Resurrection. Each album was recorded, produced, and released by Nitemare RxCo - a testament to the band's commitment to DIY principles.
Currently, the band is actively playing in the Grand Rapids, Michigan area. The Dead Alives are recording in several West Michigan locations, with plans to release a new, full-length album both in CD and LP formats, before the end of 2011.
The current line-up includes:
Duke Hellington Killthoft - vocals, guitar
B.C. Perkins - bass
Bones Killmaker - drums, percussion
The band's influences are many and varied, by include The Mummies, The Cramps, Link Wray, and The Squirrel Nut Zippers.