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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 2017 and 2019 they teamed up with UK-based indie label Pink Dolphin Music Ltd. 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 Music Ltd. 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.
On December 11, 2020, they released their fourth full-length, "DA4."
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by Stu | Posted on May 7, 2021
DA4 by Dead Amps
It’s in the nature of an exercise like this, that you expect much of what you hear to be a bit average – after all, you get very little for nothing these days. So it’s been a pleasant surprise just how good everything I’ve listened to so far has been – at the very least listenable and often much better than that. Now and again, though, if you’re lucky, you come across something which is excellent in every respect; this is one such album.
Dream pop meets space rock, with echoes of everything from Ladytron to Galaxie 500, bursts of shoegaze and post-rock guitar, moments of art rock archness – it’s got it all. This is a band whose back catalogue I need to visit very soon.
Portrait Of Our New Storm
David Bowie Cover
Modern Garbage Remix Trash
Dead Amps are Erin O’Toole & Jonathan Payne, a wife and husband duo. As midwestern transplants, they met in Southern California and are currently living in Colorado. They’ve been developing music together since 2005.
Their music can be described as an imaginative, imagery-inducing fusion of space rock, electronic indie-pop, dream-pop and post-punk, with an overarching artrock aesthetic.
Brighter Clarity 2:240:00/2:24
- Ascension (EP) - 2007
- Reloader (LP) - 2008
- Blades (EP) - 2011
- Cacophony Spectre (EP) - 2012
- Satellite Country Ghosts (LP) - 2012
- Sleeper Haze (EP) - 2015
- Modern Garbage (LP) - 2018
- Modern Garbage Remix Trash (EP) - 2018
- Portrait of Our New Storm (EP) - 2019
- Witchhunters (single) - 2011
- Hollow (single) - 2011
- Lies Like You (single + remix) - 2011
- Hang the King (single) - 2018
- Fashion (Dead Amps cover) - 2019
- DA4 - December 11, 2020
Satellite Country Ghosts (2016 REMASTER)
Weapon On Me 1:590:00/1:59
Honey Venom 4:180:00/4:18
The Broken Knows 3:190:00/3:19
Walk With You 3:210:00/3:21
Rampage Ballad 3:400:00/3:40
Starting To Talk 2:160:00/2:16
Reset Fracture 3:110:00/3:11
You Know More 4:180:00/4:18
Settle Down 3:060:00/3:06
Rough & Tumble 2:560:00/2:56
Hymns and Myths 3:380:00/3:38
Partner In Crime 2:590:00/2:59