There is a problem. Something has been missing for a while. You know what it is. You can't define it exactly. But you want it back. Dead Meat is one band that has got it. The heft of Killdozer and Scratch Acid, the swampland shudder of Scientists, the dead-eyed stare of Joy Division, all bonded together by some piss and vinegar and delivered at high volume. That's what Dead Meat offer those of us bored to death by indie rock anemia. A trio of transplanted Floridians, Dead Meat live in San Francisco. FSS released their debut 7 inch single, accompanied with a nine track digital album compiling their recordings to date, in the fall of 2010. Touring followed and many more people beccame converts. A new album is being recorded.
"I could name the current 'noise-rock' bands that this beats the living piss out of, but why rattle a genre that I believe should actually exist?"
Andrew Earles Still Single Dec. 23, 2010
The band seem to be honing in on the earlier days of noisy rock, however give it a bit of a hazier/psych twist than some and it's all the better for it I'd say. ...Dead Meat paint a bit of a different picture with these tracks that, while still reeking of sleaze, don't necessarily lumber along like others but rather still carry a feeling of disconnect and apathy that gives them a colder more effective sound.
Built on a Weak Spot
...two chord stomps of the hung-over and on-edge. All give you dread and catharsis.
Ben Ratliff New York Times March 14, 2010
The kids love their Pissed Jeans, but Miami-to-S.F.-newcomers Dead Meat are an excellent way to hear some local Am-Rep-ing noise rock. Gotta love the singer's hateful howl, the way the guitars slide like suicide blades across the ear holes, and beats that throw you into a high-volume pummel.
S.F. Weekly January 22, 2010
Dead Meat remind me of what I imagine the 60's was like. "The King" is a bold, psychedelic hazy statement of a song, opening up with a scummy riff and with reverb sodden blase vocals. This band scream out "I couldn't give a fuck," which I like.
Herbal Music June 17, 2010
The band's name suggests hostility, while signifying mortality, and rightly so: This is not happy music. Droning heavy psych-rock with sociopathic undertones might describe their sound as they seem to dwell in the dark recesses of the mind. For those of you with some demons to exorcise, Dead Meat might be your go-to shaman.
Ryan Villarreal S.F. Gate January 22, 2010
Joe Santarpia - vocals, guitar, bass
James Mcneal - bass, guitar, vocals
Roberto Pagano - drums
Sun. March 18 San Francisco, CA Hemlock Tavern with Feedtime
Sat. April 7 Los Angeles, CA Echoplex with Feedtime
Available from FSS
7 inch Single plus Early Recordings Digital Album
Early Recordings Digital Album
Buy 7" Here or Digital Album Here
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