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The Dead 60's | Middlesbrough Music Live / TFM Stage | 31/05/04

The Dead 60's

Gig Review and Photos by Ally

I'm not into dub - never have been - but given that the Dead 60's have risen from the ashes of what was previously pop-punksters Pinhole, I felt that I ought to give it a chance. It's been so long since I last saw this band and, after a name/total direction change, this is what they've become.

It took about five listens of their debut single You're Not The Law for me to form some sort of coherent opinion and I won't deny it took some getting used to. But I did get used to it and this sound is good. Their live performance more than backed this up. It's just a shame they weren't higher on the bill.

The rhythm section is always the core of a band but it's even more so in the Dead 60's. Both bass and drums were spot on and with guitarist Ben now doubling up on organ for certain tracks, the sound is anything but regular. I believe they opened with Control This and pretty much every song has some sort of crazy anthemic chant that gets you moving. There was a song that I'm sure echoed a track from their previous incarnation, but totally reinvented for the new sound. There are few words for me to use here other than I was simply blown away. I can't think of anyone else doing this type of thing right now, let alone out of Liverpool. And for that I am glad. The Dead 60's are at the forefront of this and I hope it's something they can use to get their message across even more. I love this band.

Visit www.theDead60s.com for more info.

 

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