- 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.