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Dead Feathers conjure up some trippy grooves

Psychedelic rock band rolls into Taos on their 'All Is Lost' tour

By Ariana Kramer
tempo@taosnews.com
Posted 9/3/19

Sometimes a little good will go a long way.In 2016, the psychedelic rock band Dead Feathers released their first EP on YouTube for free, making it available to the world. As a result, the band was …

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Dead Feathers conjure up some trippy grooves

Psychedelic rock band rolls into Taos on their 'All Is Lost' tour

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Sometimes a little good will go a long way.

In 2016, the psychedelic rock band Dead Feathers released their first EP on YouTube for free, making it available to the world. As a result, the band was discovered and picked up by the British label Happy Psych Records. The label printed the EP on vinyl and launched Dead Feathers onto the European music scene. The Chicago-based band has been gaining ground internationally, and nationally, ever since.

Now, it's time for Taos to steep in the psychedelic glory that is Dead Feathers, complete with their incense-soaked atmosphere. They perform for free at 8 p.m. Wednesday (Sept. 11) at the Taos Mesa Brewing Mothership, 20 ABC Mesa Road, off U.S. 64 west.

Dead Feathers just came out with a full-length album, "All Is Lost" and their show will emphasize songs from their new release.

Toni Wold told me the start of Dead Feathers can be traced back to when he and his good friend Rob Rodak began playing guitar and bass together in high school in 2010. They were walking home from school in the suburbs of Chicago, mulling over band names, when a hawk flew over their heads. "Dead Feathers" was one of the names the two were considering. They took the soaring bird as a sign.

Wold and Rodak invited lead singer Marissa Allen and guitarist Tim Snyder to join them as part of the original band, and they began performing around the Chicago area. Drummer Joel Castanon joined the group in more recent years.

Dead Feathers draws inspiration from classic bands such as Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Jimi Hendrix and Jefferson Airplane and more contemporary bands such as The Black Angels, Black Mountain, Night Beats and Radio Moscow.

"All Is Lost" consists of songs written in the three years since Dead Feathers' EP was released. During that time Happy Psych Records went out of business, and the band signed on with Ripple Music. Wold noted that you can hear the changes that the band went through in that time frame.

"The changes in our own lives that we were all going through show up right in the music. It wasn't written in one time period. Some songs were written in summer and some in the dead of winter in Chicago. I think you can really feel the difference in mood and the way we were feeling at different times," he said.

Wold also pointed out that the album was recorded at Treehouse Records in Chicago, and mixed with the same mixer that Pink Floyd used to make "The Wall."

"It was really special to have that music history there," Wold commented.

Response to the Dead Feathers latest project has been largely positive, according to Wold.

"We've had quite a few reviews from international blogs, and a well-written critique from an Australian blog. The fans are really happy that this album is finally released. And the label is loving the record. Everyone has been giving pretty positive feedback," said Wold.

Wold told me that he and his bandmates are excited to play in Taos for the first time. They are especially looking forward to performing at the Taos Brewing Mothership, which they first heard about through friends who took part in the Monolith on the Mesa festival.

"Our music, I think, fits quite well with the whole high desert atmosphere," said Wold. "People like to describe our music as desert rock … and to connect the desert landscape with our music - [even though] we're from Chicago."

When I asked Wold what Taos can expect to experience at their live performance, he replied, "We try to set a type of mood and atmosphere when we play our music. We have a lot of reverb and droning and our singer Marissa brings everyone in with her movements … usually we light incense onstage. We try to get people into a certain mindset before we start playing."

For more information and song samples, visit deadfeathersmusic.bandcamp.com.

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