With a solid footprint within Los Angeles’ developing music scene, indie-rock trio The Dead Ships are now seeking broader horizons. For their new EP, the aptly title EP I, which was released a couple of weeks ago, they’ve teamed up with Broken Social Scene co-founder Brendan Canning. And while you can hear traces of Canning’s touches, the five-song album is all The Dead Ships, who make infectious, southern-style, indie rock in the mold of The Districts and The Whigs. The music is anthemic and occasionally cathartic, and their live shows are reportedly epic.

“Big Quiet” is the showstopper on the EP. The roaring guitars and the euphoric climaxes are retained, but where Canning’s influence can be heard is the numerous melody shifts within the song, where the pace slows down slightly before building up again. “Canyon”, which is below, also demonstrates the band’s infectious sound. More shoegaze-y than their past efforts and a nod to Interpol, the fast-paced song is a hopping number but retains the transitions of “Big Quiet”.

EP I can be purchased on iTunes. Take a listen to this excellent EP and get to know this band. Oh, the video for “Big Quiet” is below.

Take the opportunity as well to listen to the May 22nd Edition of the Weekend Showcase, a playlist of new songs from around the world that includes “Big Quiet”.



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