It’s been nearly five years since L.A. garage rockers The Dead Ships set sail on their own impassioned course, and 2015 is an acceleration point for the trio. A little bit Strokes & a little Black Keys, singer-guitarist Devlin McCluskey and bandmates Alex Moore and Christopher Spindelilus made a strong first impression with their 2012 debut Electric Ahab – which led to a collaboration with Broken Social Scene’s Brendan Canning, who captured the band’s live blues-built intensity on record through the guitar-driven EP1.
The mentorship opportunity was a serious motivator and morale boost. In McCluskey’s words, “Getting to work with Brendan Canning on your guitar-driven indie rock is like getting to work with Barry Bonds on your steroid regimen (allegedly).” Gathering steam from their original Studio Wishbone sessions, the band EP II is soon to follow, a companion piece to the first in the EP series, also produced by Canning.
For our September Band of The Month run, Crave hosted The Dead Ships at United Recording in Hollywood, the legendary recording studio complex originally named United Western Recorders and then Ocean Way Recording. An astonishing recording history fills the space, with the original incarnation hosting Frank Sinatra’s entire Reprise recordings sessions, in addition to Elvis, Elton John, The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton and countless others. More recently, the complex hosted album sessions for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Tool, Rage Against The Machine, The Mars Volta, Weezer and so many more.
Watch below as The Dead Ships rock the impassioned jagged beauty of “Tomorrows Crashes” in an exclusive CraveOnstage performance: