Exposé Online banner

Ded Ringer — Wanted Ded & Alive
((Not on label) , 2013, CD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 2013-09-27

Wanted Ded & Alive Cover artThe three outlaws from San Jose just rode back into town, the fresh smell of gunpowder following them, and the law is probably not far behind. Back to a trio again, guitarist and singer Bob Maddoux leads the gang, with Julio Garcia (bass) and Steve Lafond (drums, vocals) supporting, leaving seven previous albums at various landmarks along the dusty trail. Throughout we hear the band doing what they do best, straight up classic rock driven by catchy riffs and peppered with invention. And do not be misled by any part of the title – this is a studio album beginning to end. Ded Ringer has tricked us before too, by titling their third album Seven. “So Cliché” opens the show with maximum firepower and memorable riffage, with lyrics brilliantly comprised exclusively of tired cliches. “As Good As It Can Be” chugs along nicely leading up to a classic refrain that might just get stuck in your head for weeks, along with a blistering guitar mid-section. Not far up the road is “Julio’s Place,” a snarly rocker with swagger and attitude, and some great slide guitar licks going down at the break. “Daily Grind” is an anthem for all those who spend their lives working for a living and not liking it much: “Every day I wake up, I find it hard to take, pushin' to the limit, for the pennies that I make...” The requisite instrumental “OMG!” starts off deceptively slow, then breaks into an all-out guitar assault sporting hints of Rush. One cut of special note is the bluesy and soulful “I Cried for You,” where Maddoux’ daughter Samantha guests and belts out some mighty impressive vocals. The band has their direction under control again after some stylistic experimentation last time out, and Wanted... could easily be their best effort yet.

Filed under: New releases, 2013 releases

Related artist(s): Ded Ringer

Latest news

2018-06-05
Koenjihyakkei Seeks Funding for New Album – It's been quite a few years since the last new studio album by the amazing Koenjihyakkei. Now they are preparing Dhormimviskha for worldwide release, and they're asking fans to pre-order via a Kickstarter campaign to help it happen. » Read more

2018-05-14
Glenn Branca RIP – Experimental guitarist and composer Glenn Branca has died at the age of 69. He was known for compositions featuring large ensembles of guitars, and for the use of feedback. He founded his band Theoretical Girls in the mid-70s as an art-punk answer to what he saw as the increasing commercialization of punk music. His compositions were highly influential, with such figures as David Bowie, Thurston Moore, and John Lurie among his fans. » Read more

2018-04-05
OBEY Convention XI Set for May 24-28 in Halifax – As the 2018 festival season rapidly approaches, we’d like you to be aware of a real treasure of diverse and creative music that’s going to take place in Halifax, Nova Scotia, next month. The OBEY Convention is on its 11th outing, and features a wide range of artists from around the world. From avant-industrial noise to experimental takes on Classical Chinese music, from chamber jazz to doom metal, from ambient soundscapes to Canadian First Nations drumming, you’d be hard pressed to find a festival with more variety in sound anywhere in the world. » Read more

2018-04-04
Close to the Rain Festival in Bergen Announces Lineup – Now in its second year, the Close to the Rain Festival of progressive music is scheduled to take place in Bergen, Norway, on June 7 - 9. They've got an amazing slate of bands lined up, including such powerhouses as Anekdoten, Major Parkinson, Arabs in Aspic, Tusmørke, and many more. » Read more

2018-03-01
Seaprog 2018 Artist Announcements Raise Festival's Profile – Seattle's Seaprog festival has been going since 2013, and the 2018 edition features a slate of artists that's sure to bring more attention to the event. Cheer-Accident, Bubblemath, and Free Salamander Exhibit are in the first round announcement of performers. In keeping with their tradition of focusing on regional artists, they will also present a number of artists from Washington and Oregon. [Edit: Just added: Inner Ear Brigade] » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Colour Haze - Burg Herzberg Festival 18.Juli 2008 – This double disc set commemorates over two hours of Colour Haze’s amazing performance at the July 2008 Burg Herzberg festival in Germany. A psychedelic hard-rock trio of guitar, bass and drums, with...  (2010) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues