Dead Meadow is a stoner rock/psychedelic rock band originally from Washington, D.C..
Dead Meadow formed in 1998 from the remnants of two local DC bands, The Impossible Five and Colour. Dead Meadow bio at Matador Records The band started as Jason Simon on vocals and guitar, Steve Kille on bass, and Mark Laughlin on drums. They attempted to combine 70s hard rock and 60s psychedelic rock with themes from authors such as J.R.R. Tolkien and H. P. Lovecraft. Dead Meadow bio at Matador Records The first album, Dead Meadow, was released in 2000 on Tolotta Records, a label run by Fugazi bassist Joe Lally. The LP version was released by Planaria Records. This was quickly followed by 2001's Howls from the Hills, also released on Tolotta Records.In Spring 2002, Laughlin parted ways with the band in order to pursue a career as a lawyer. He was replaced by Stephen McCarty. A live album, Got Live If You Want It, was released in mid-2002, which was followed by a Peel Sessions recording in
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