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Dead Rider, Axis:SOVA, Solid Freex

  • Frequency 121 West Main Street Madison, WI, 53703 United States (map)
Photo by Brad Casey.

Photo by Brad Casey.

Off-kilter Chicago outfit Dead Rider have created a peculiar personality and an extraordinarily original sound by drawing on a number of styles—noise, rock, electronic, dub, R&B. Ahead of their next full length, Crew Licks, due out on Drag City later this month, Dead Rider released a cover of Grateful Dead's "Ramble On Rose." The cover is as anomalous as anything else the band has ever done, but expands on the earnest R&B element of the band's sound. Vocalist and guitarist Todd Rittmann sleazily croons under glitchy effects and a deep, silky bass line, before introducing a short guitar interlude that harkens back to his days in noise rock project U.S. Maple. The second single off Crew Licks, "The Ideal," bends time in broken phrasing framed by Rittmann's erratic voice. Twisted electronics and an almost-steady drum line are situated over cacophonous steel drums before opening up into a period of freaky freeform vocals. Psychedelic jammers and Dead Rider's Drag City labelmates Axis:SOVA play here as well as local mutant punk outfit Solid Freex. —Emili Earhart

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