- Dead Men Talking is a modern soul band from Portland, OR. Formed in the summer of 2014 by songwriter Corey Distler of The Martyrs and Zinnie for Short, drummer Max Lilien of The Fourth Wall and Southern Belle, and multi-instrumentalist Casey Becker of Project Eldridge, the group released their self-titled, debut EP in the summer of 2015. Drawing from the classic bands of the 60's and 70's as well as Distler's jazz piano and composition studies at Portland State University, their sound is described as "an addicting sound wave of a ride" by Girl Underground. After their first national tour, the band began work on their second release and has added keyboardist/organist Paul Hasenberg of Sallie Ford's band and Shores of Oblivion to the roster.
They say dead men tell no tales, but Dead Men Talking are telling their story to Millennial Magazine. Hailing from Portland, Oregon, this cadaverous crew continue the legacy of their city’s creative cauldron of amazing artists.Read More
September 8, 2015 - Vintage indie-rock has resurfaced and is presented in a refreshing light, with unique tempo switches, on the track, “Lord Knows I Don’t Care,” by Dead Men Talking, from Portland, OR. Indie-rockers- Corey Distler (piano, guitar, vocals), Max Lilien (drums), and Casey Becker (bass)- provide one of the best singles to display their sound, that is a little rough on the edges, but properly showcases how talented the individual’s creativity can range from.
Audible influences come from an earlier generation, such as the 60s and 70s, yet Dead Men Talking, provide their modern take that allows their sound to not drown amongst the rest. “Lord Knows I Don’t Care,” is an addicting sound wave of a ride, with smooth blends between their tempo switches, and adds a splash of funky blues to a modern indie-rock sound.
- Janette Ayub - DJ on KSPC 88.7 FM & Host of 'Girl Underground'