Posts Tagged ‘The Dead Girls’

2012 Preview: The Return of the Indomitable Field Music and Then Some

December 21, 2011

Memphis Industries

After years of documenting 365-day periods of music releases and listening to anything I can get my hands on, it is starting to become apparent when a good music year is on the horizon. For instance, 2011 started very mildly, and it took me a few months to find a handful of albums to which I could wholeheartedly commit. Twenty-ten wasn’t like that at all, though – right off the bat in January, there were three or four records I adored, a couple of which ended up making my top 10 for that year. As of now, 2012 is looking even more exciting than that.

Almost a month ago, the new Field Music record, Plumb, leaked to the internet, and I nearly shit myself. Not to gross anyone out, but I really love this band and can’t help but revert back to 2-month-old excitation whenever they release something. (more…)

Dead Girls Do Air

April 15, 2011

All four Dead Girls will be competing in this year's championship being held in KC May 19.

For those of you who do not know, I play in a band called The Dead Girls from Lawrence, KS, and we appreciate good rock and roll. That’s the music we want to make, plain and simple. Sure, we have our little hoo-ha’s here, and our whats-its there, but all in all, to make a good and steamy rock product is what we try to do. And I would be remiss if I didn’t say that our drummer Eric Melin – or Mean Melin to the Air Guitar Nation – is our golden chariot to the promised land in that respect.

Not only is Melin one of the best, most solid drummers on the planet, but he is brimming with the knowledge and passion of glorious, lick-drenched guitar rock. Present since a very early age, it has allowed him to develop his own art of Air Guitar (see his instructional video) and to effectively spread his love of it to others.

Photo by Emily Henson

Thanks to his contributions of Aireoke and his championing of the Air guitar Nation to his local followers and peers – not to mention two consecutive appearances at the National Air Guitar Championships – Mean Melin has become a world-renown air guitar hero.

In the world of the Dead Girls, Melin is still the drummer – but he has also begun to merge his double life into one brand new organic ball of awesomeness by integrating the Dead Girls with the bourgeoning world of Air Guitar. The Dead Girls’ first experiment of this merging has already been blogged about on – an Air Guitar video collage set to our song “Hair Trigger”, from our new album Out of Earshot out on Rocket Heart Records. It features the four Dead Girls in our much sought-after Air Guitar personas – Eric as Mean Melin, JoJo as Das Auto Bomb, Nick as Peter Stiffdickens, and me, Cameron, as Pork Sword. The footage was taken from an Air Guitar competition last February in Topeka, KS. None of us won that night, but Das Auto Bomb placed second. Who would win in your competition?

The Dead Girls and Erik Voeks Live at The Brick 9/4/2010

September 6, 2010

Here is a recently uploaded YouTube video of The Dead Girls backing up Erik Voeks, creator of the 1993 power pop classic Sand Box (I posted a link to the album on this blog–find it here.) The show took place last Saturday at The Brick and was part of the Indie Pop Alliance series, which is becoming a very cool thing all around. We did three songs with Voeks (“pronounced VAKES, like SHAKE and BAKE”):

“Throw Me Out A Line”, from a single released on Bus Stop Records.

“My Dentist” and “Finger-Painted Cat” from Sand Box.

A big thanks to Erik Voeks for letting us do this, and for making such great music. Cheers!

Dead Girls to Back Up Power Pop Prince Erik Voeks at The Brick this Saturday Night!

September 4, 2010

Rockville 1993

In 1993, Erik Voeks released an album called Sand Box. (Read my review of it here.) It’s one of those many great records that slipped through the cracks over the years, but has remained championed by a small and fortunate few. Fortunate enough to hear it, that is. Voeks recorded the album in St. Louis, the city in which he used to live, and it features some stellar guitar work from the late, legendary Jay Bennett (Wilco, Titanic Love Affair).

Since then, Voeks has relocated to Kansas City. In addition to a variety of projects that include a meticulously faithful Guided by Voices tribute band, he also started his own band, Miss America. My friend Randy Paske turned me on to Sand Box, and I was like “Who IS this guy?”, and Randy told me the story, while also throwing in the fact that Voeks is an appreciator of my band, The Dead Girls. Right away, I started thinking, “Man, some of those Sand Box tunes would be really fun to play live…”

Now, in partial thanks to Randy, Jesse Kates of the Sexy Accident and Indie Pop Alliance, and Voeks himself, this little party is coming to fruition tomorrow night at the Brick for the next Indie Pop Alliance show. Along with Atlantic Fadeout, Making Movies, and the Sexy Accident, Erik Voeks will perform songs from Sand Box with The Dead Girls as his backing band. Voeks will also be performing solo as well.

If you haven’t been fortunate enough to hear Voeks yet, I am doing you all a favor—here is a download of Sand Box. Please, listen to it, love it, and come out tomorrow (Saturday, Sept. 4) to hear some of these songs live, Voeks/Dead Girls style!

The Music Journal: Entry #11

November 27, 2009


Thanksgiving Day—a day of food, family, and football. The latter is currently happening in our living room as I write this, Texas vs. A&M to be exact. I have the other two on the brain a little more right now, though. (more…)

The Music Journal: Entry #10

November 19, 2009


Brendan Benson

Lots of cool stuff is happening here at the end of the year. This month alone, my band The Dead Girls has two amazing gigs—one we already played, which was this last Saturday opening for Brendan Benson at the Bottleneck. Here’s a video of us from that show performing “Don’t Change” by INXS.

the Dead Girls – “Don’t Change” (INXS cover) from Nick Spacek on Vimeo.


The Music Journal: Entry #3

August 2, 2009


Didn’t have a song for today. It’s hard to know how to do this music journal thing, because I feel like if I am consciously thinking about what song to put in here, that takes away from the spontaneity of doing it in the first place. However, I feel like if I don’t think about it consciously, I won’t remember to write about it. The double edged sword begins. (more…)

The Music Journal: Entry #2

August 1, 2009


St. Vincent “Actor Out of Work”
Animal Collective “Brother Sport”
New Pornographers “Mass Romantic” (more…)

The Music Journal: Entry #1

July 31, 2009


The Dead Girls played a great show at the Taproom last night…well, a fun show. Whether or not we actually performed that well is probably debatable (what is not debatable, however, is that it was LOUD). It was a Wednesday night, and people showed up, so right there, we have a winner! (more…)

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