HEAR THIS: The Dead Ships
The three-piece bluesy garage pop band The Dead Ships first won our hearts over when we ducked into the Echoplex during Los Angeles’ 2012 Echo Park Rising music festival to catch their set. 2012’s Electric Ahab showcases the band’s eclectic blend of scratchy guitar, Chris Spindelilus’ marching rhythms, and frontman Devlin McCluskey’s raspy voice.
Originally existing as a duo, McCluskey and Spindelilus brought bassist Al Moore to cover two Levon Helm songs; “When I Go Away” and “Ophelia,” released as the 7” A Ramble For Levon. With this addition of Moore, The Dead Ships really hit their stride and remain one of our favorite Los Angeles bands.