Dead Meadow – “Nobody Home”


Dead Meadow are music lifers, cranking away at their distinctive psychedelic hard rock for… Jesus, has it been twenty years?? I like to think of that kind of commitment as a welcome mat for newcomers — after all, it’s not like you can’t get up to speed on the story so far rather quickly. On that note, there’s no better place to jump in than Dead Meadow’s excellent new single “Nobody Home,” wherein a grizzled boogie in 9/4 time teases your ears before melting into a sweet, Dark Side of the Moon-style coda.

More where this comes from can be found on The Nothing They Need, the tenth album by Dead Meadow. There’s intelligence in the band’s sound — no Washington, DC group gets to open for Fugazi or the Make-Up without it — but of course you can just rip bong-hits to this record as well. As the droopy, sad-eyed “Keep Your Head” illustrates, The Nothing They Need has an appealing, eccentric character that makes Dead Meadow well suited as a musical companion for road-trips and long nights alone.


The Nothing They Need is out now on Xemu Records.

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