- Dead Men Talking is a rock band from Portland, OR. Formed in 2014, the members are songwriter Corey Distler of The Martyrs and Zinnie for Short, multi-instrumentalist Casey Becker of Project Eldridge, organist/guitarist Paul Hasenberg of Sallie Ford's band and Shores of Oblivion and drummer Max Lilien of The Fourth Wall and Southern Belle. Their first release, a self-titled EP, drew 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. The single "Lord Knows I Don't Care" was described as "an addicting sound wave of a ride" by Girl Underground. After their first national tour the band released a music video for the single "All Into Gold" (watch it here: https://youtu.be/vZA3GAhf45c) about which No Depression wrote “Slick, soulful and tempered with swanky melodies, this track is a stellar sampling of one of indie rock’s more provocatively stylized acts…” This was followed by a second single entitled "A Letter". They have shared the stage with the likes of: Sallie Ford, 1939 Ensemble, Months & Foxy Lemon and are at work on their first full length album to be recorded at Jackpot! Studios (Elliott Smith, Quasi, Built To Spill, Sleater-Kinney, Sonic Youth, R.E.M., The Decemberists, M. Ward) with Engineer David Pollock (Cake, Portugal. The Man, Tango Alpha Tango).
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'