The Dead Ships (7")

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Devlin McCluskey (vocals/guitars) Christopher Spindelilus (drums)
Music by The Dead Ships | Lyrics by Devlin McCluskey

Recorded & Mixed by Donny Newenhouse @ Center of the Mile in San Francisco, CA
Design by Joel-David Chevallier
© 2011 Electric Ahab (ASCAP)


released September 30, 2011

" “Amaze” is the definition of passion - recklessness captured and bottled in under three minutes, guitars crunching and blaring like sirens over the manic beat. It loads up quick as a gun, diving headfirst into Devlin McCluskey’s yearning vocals and not letting go. You’ll find guitars squealing like a maniac pulling out after robbing a liquor store…performed live I imagine it incites a crowd to start dancing and jumping like fools to the chaotic sounds of The Dead Ships.

The second track, “Friends By Default”, is a little more somber and subtle. It possesses a sing-a-long quality with every word being repeatable by the second listen. The vocals are a throwback and the intermittent guitars remind me of the piano contained in any standard rock ballad.
{"The streets are cold and lifeless, the sewers are all backed up, and everyone’s out fucking somebody elses’ first love. I guess this is me at my most bitter."}
The words are poignant and truthful - you’re not gonna find well crafted lyrics like these in just any old rock anthem and this is what sets The Dead Ships apart from the rest.
Both of these songs were recorded live in two takes and the sound is unrestrained - there is no pomp, no attempt to dress anything up - The Dead Ships are true garage rock; two men beating your brains in with serious rock riffs and a striking ability to craft and deliver an unbelievably catchy chorus that you don’t often find in this style of music."
- Jason Harrison, Sirens of Decay


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The Dead Ships Los Angeles, California

The Dead Ships became the most talked-about live show in L.A., picked up airplay on KROQ, were hand-picked by Goldenvoice to perform at Coachella 2016 and LA WEEKLY named them the city's best band. Their latest album, CITYCIDE, produced by Broken Social Scene’s Brendan Canning, tackled subjects like fascism's return, fake news, the Soviet resurgence, suicide and the death of American cities. ... more

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Track Name: Amaze (7")
Tonights gonna be a maze
Tonights gonna be a maze
The walls have reached the end of the line
and i've got an axe to grind

Tonight is the end of days
Tonight is the end of days
The walls have reached the end of the line
and i've got an axe to grind
Track Name: Friends By Default (7")
the streets are cold and lifeless
the sewers are all backed up
everyone's out fucking
somebody else's first love
and I guess that this is me at my most bitter
but someone should've said I take no fault
to point out brutus and judas playing catch there on the outskirts
singing we were just friends by default

and i met peabody at the funeral
for a dually acquainted man
ho-hummed of lies and better times
nodding heads and shaking hands
truth be told I never liked him
truth be told I know he hated me
but for our dual acquaintance on his deathbed
i was best friends by default with old peabody

no i never should've loved you
deep down you despise me
we crossed our swords at the right time
and thusly made a peace
but i guess if this is me at my most honest
you brought a beggars poet out of me
and now that we're ending it's clear
we were best friends by default you and me