Dead Amps are Erin O’Toole and Jonathan Payne. They met in southern California in 2004, and started playing music together shortly after that.
During those first few years, they played lots of venues throughout Los Angeles and Southern California, won a few local music awards, and cut their teeth producing their own music in the first studio they built.
As it happens, bands often come to an end, and this one was no exception -- but Jonathan and Erin knew their relationship was just getting started. The foundation for Dead Amps was already laid. They had other musical territory to explore.
Jonathan built the next incarnation of their studio and they released their first batch of songs (Ascension EP) in 2007. The following year, they put out their first full-length album, Reloader, which saw a handful of songs on the college and electronic music charts, and their track “Storms” was named a Hot Pick by acclaimed UK publication Future Music.
After moving to Colorado in 2009, they continued to create and put out a number of releases.
Between 2015 and 2019 they teamed up with UK-based indie label Pink Dolphin to put out their next releases: EPs Sleeper Haze and Portrait of Our New Storm, and the full-length album Modern Garbage (along with its counterpart, Modern Garbage Remix Trash).
In 2019, Pink Dolphin put out a tribute to David Bowie’s 1980 classic Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps), with Dead Amps’ distinctive vision of “Fashion” being a highlighted track on the album.
In 2020, they’ve wrapped production on their fourth full-length album, DA4, to be released this fall.