DEAD DEAN AND THE LIVING HELLS - s/t
Reviewed by: Dave Wolff
NYC street punk/RNR for enthusiasts of Dictators, Dead Boys and Murder Junkies. I met this band’s vocalist in the city sometime during the 90s and happened to run into him again at a Sewage show last year. This is not the punk people today are accustomed to hearing. While the relentless anti-societal energy is clearly evident, it’s tinged with 1950s outlaw rock (especially in the guitars and vocals). Perhaps country and bluegrass from that era is there as well. This makes Dead Dean and the Living Hells simultaneously aggressive and catchy. From what I know of early punk, it should provide education for modern punk rockers about the reason punk caught on Stateside to begin with, when CBGB and Bleecker Bob’s first opened to the public. It’s good that someone is reawakening this long gone time for today’s audiences, and it’s not done for the sake of nostalgia. It really feels as if the era never actually passed. I have yet to see the band live, but I’m certain they can project onstage the energy they captured on this release.