The Dallas, TX-based quartet Dead Flowers have developed a reputation both locally and regionally for a boozy, blues rock sound that also possesses elements of punk rock in a way that arguably owes a debt to the likes of The Black Keys, Them Crooked Vultures, The Shouting Matches but also is extremely reminiscent of The Old 97s, the forefathers of the alt-country movement. They’ve also developed a reputation for a live sound that hews as closely as humanly possible to their recorded sound – and vice versa. As the band’s frontperson Corey Howe mentioned in an interview with Central Track, “if you don’t see an instrument onstage during one of the Dead Flowers’ live performances, you’re not going to hear it on their record either.”
And as a result, within a year of the release of the band’s debut, For You, the quartet opened for the likes of nationally known acts, Delta Spirit, J Roddy Walston and The Business, Murder City Devils, Reverend Horton Heat and The Whigs. Their latest effort, His Blues may put the Dallas, TX-based quartet on the national map and set them apart from a very crowded indie blues, alt country, Southern rock scene– especially since they’ll be embarking on a national tour during April and May, which will include a May 16 stop at Piano’s.
The album’s latest single “Anyone But Me” is an interesting song because it’s kind of a passive aggressive tell off and a bit of an admittance by the song’s narrator that they may be too much of a problem to deal with – it’s in a certain way a song from the perspective of a heartbroken loner, who’s a bit of a fuck up. But more important, the song is a loose, boozy song full of piss, vinegar, vitriol and regret, thundering drums, layers of blistering guitar and Howe’s anguished vocals. Interestingly, pay attention to the song’s structure – there isn’t a discernible chorus or a hook; in fact, the song is comprised more along the lines of an A,B,A structure with segments held together by the tight rhythm section.
Recently, the band released a lyric video for the song which features the band’s frontperson Corey Howe, sitting on a backyard bench insouciantly smoking to the song and its lyrics. At one point, Howe is sitting on the bench in a dress, drinking tea or coffee and smoking before returning to stare directly into the camera. It’s weird but it’s actually much more original than just seeing lyrics thrown out on to the screen without anything behind it.