After months of packed houses and enthusiastic reviews, Dead Rock West will wrap up their U.S. tour in their newly-adopted home of Los Angeles with performances at Safari Sam’s on Saturday, August 25th with John Doe, and then at the Summer Strummer Music Festival in Santa Monica on Sunday, Sept. 2nd.
Seamlessly merging together sounds of rock with garage, power-pop jangle and country influences, DRW transcend being labeled as one genre and instead, create a kaleidoscope of sounds as bold and daring as they are soft and warm. The band will be performing songs from their forthcoming album, Honey and Salt due for release in August 2007 by Populuxe Records.
Critics are raving about the new album. “Honey and Salt is a seamless mix of rock and country where perfectly pitched harmonies tug at your heart strings, grainy guitar solos serenade your soul, and blends of pop get your toe tapping. Their sound is eclectic, like a high powered X and Wilco all blended into one.” - Red Tram International
“Dead Rock West have packed a career’s worth of potential hit songs onto a single disc. Honey and Salt spans the history of rock, from Elvis to post-grunge.” -Tom Semioli, Amplifier
Although this is DRW’s debut album, it seems as if the band has been together for decades due, in part, to their impressive credentials. Founded by vocalist Cindy Wasserman and singer/guitarist Frank Lee Drennen, Dead Rock West is also made up of electric and double bassist David J. Carpenter, drummer Bryan Head and mandolin, octave mandolin, Hammond organ and Vox Continentalist Phil Parlapiano. This amazing array of talented musicians have previously toured and recorded with Grant Lee Buffalo, Rod Stewart, John Prine, Abandoned Pools and Social Distortion, among others. Now on a national tour with John Doe (acting as opener and backing band), DRW is gathering new fans in droves, due to their incredibly catchy tunes and volcanic stage show.
Songs from Honey and Salt have been rotated heavily on XM Satellite Radio, featured on ABC’s hit series “Men in Trees” and have been “hot picks” in LA Times.
“Mixed by the well-traveled Richard Dodd, Honey and Salt oozes the well-crafted country rock feel of some his former employers: early Wilco, Tom Petty and The Traveling Wilburys.” -The San Diego Union Tribune
“...the tracks have that big, wide-screen muscle you want in a crowded, sweaty bar or on the radio during a long road trip.” - Houston Press
When: Saturday, Aug 25
Where: Safari Sam’s
5214 W. Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, Ca 90027
When: 8:00 PM
When: Sunday, Sep 2
Where: Summer Strummer Festival Bergamot Station
2525 Michigan Ave.
Santa Monica, CA
When: 2:00 PM