Dead Child is a heavy metal band from Louisville, KY. The members that make up Dead Child are five friends whose lives have musically intersected each other’s for years.
Guitarist David Pajo (Slint, Zwan, Stereolab, Tortoise, Early Man, Will Oldham, Aerial M, Papa M, Pajo) and drummer Tony Bailey (Anomoanon, Lords) worked together on Pajo’s solo projects Aerial M and Papa M. Bailey was in the band Crain with bassist Todd Cook (Shipping News) and the band Brothers of Conquest with vocalist Dahm. Cook had also been involved with Pajo’s Papa M, as well as Matador/Touch and Go band The For Carnation with guitarist Michael McMahan. McMahan and Dahm were both members of the band Starkiller, and in addition to Dead Child, McMahan and Dahm are both currently in Louisville’s Phantom Family Halo.
In the spring of 2005, the seminal post-rock band Slint reformed for one incredibly anticipated reunion tour. The tour featured original members Brian McMahan, Britt Walford and David Pajo, but also included Todd Cook on bass and Brian’s younger brother Michael McMahan on guitar.
During the course of the tour, Pajo, Cook and McMahan (Michael, that is) realized that they wanted to continue playing music together, albeit a decidedly more aggressive style of music. They conceived an idea for a band that reflected the music that influenced them: Iron Maiden, Judas Priest and early Metallica…and Dead Child was born.
Soon enough, Tony Bailey and Dahm were added to the mix and the band wrote the driving, old school metal anthem “Never Bet the Devil Your Head” which they performed and filmed for the DVD series Burn to Shine produced by Fugazi’s Brendan Canty.
Dead Child‘s self-titled EP, recorded by Chris Owens (Lords) in Louisville, will be released on Cold Sweat Records on Feb 6, 2007.
Official Website: http://www.myspace.com/deadchildmusic
Added by Nationalrobot on November 8, 2006