Dead Meadow Howls From The Hills on Limited Edition Import LP
Dead Meadow met while attending all-ages punk shows in and around the DC punk/indie scene, though the music draws more from the sound of such rock legends as Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix and Black Sabbath. The band formed in the fall of 1998 from the ashes of local indie rock bands The Impossible Five and Colour, by singer-guitarist Jason Simon, bassist Steve Kille, and drummer Mark Laughlin. The three members set out to fuse their love of early 70's hard rock and 60’s psychedelia with their love of writers J.R.R. Tolkien and H.P. Lovecraft. With these fantasy visions of strange lands - as well as a heavy dose of punk energy - they created something even more esoteric than mere comparisons can conjure.
Dead Meadow released their six-song debut in 2000 on Fugazi bassist Joe Lally's Tolotta Records, and a joint vinyl release on D.C. indie label Planaria Records. In 2001 the band released its second album, Howls From The Hills, also on Tolotta. Whereas their self-titled debut was recorded in their practice space for a couple hundred dollars and plenty of learning curves, Howls From The Hills was born in a barn in Liberty, Indiana. Their sound fuller without being over complicated or losing any of its live organic essence, the band grew to encompass everything from ambient guitar drones to surging psych-funk sludge, sparse blues-folk ballads to distorted barbiturate space-rock, and a sprinkling of southern slow boogie thrown in for good measure.