DEAD MAN’S BONES is music for when MY BODY’S tired, feeling like A ZOMBIE, or FOR YOU to enjoy at Halloween!


i can’t fit in this skin
it’s worn and used and thin

♫ Dead Man’s Bones – My Body’s a Zombie for You

In April I saw this video. It was a new band performing their only song in a cemetery. It was fantastic. Considering that the only mp3 available was a rip off the video (below) I figured I would a wait a bit so I could share a proper recording with you all. Well now their debut LP has finally come out and the damn song isn’t even on it! I don’t think Dead Man’s Bones ever recorded a studio version. I would be pissed, except that what they did record is a fantastic album. The collaboration between Ryan Gosling (yes, the actor) and Zach Shields began as a”theatrical monster ghost love story for the stage” but quickly evolved into an album. Keeping those themes, they learned a bunch of instruments, brought in a children’s choir (brilliant), and recorded the perfect Halloween album. (Read the pretty interesting full story here). Considering it’s origins (monster-theater, Hollywood actor) the album is surprisingly not-corny, and considering it’s themes (ghosts, death, cemeteries) it’s surprisingly not-scary. The music is at times haunting (“Dead Hearts”), dancey (“In The Room Where You Sleep”), and catchy (“Pa Pa Power”), but always solid and has a surprisingly universal appeal for such a niche concept. I know you don’t have your shit together for Halloween so get this album and get to work! Just don’t let the rhythm take control of your pumpkin carving hand or you could end partying with real ghouls! AAHHAahaaa… Oh boy, that may have actually had some weight if the guy in their awesome promo video had said it.

♫ Dead Man’s Bones – Name In Stone (Live Version)

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5 replies
  1. Cara
    Cara says:

    Dead Man's Bones is the best album I have heard in a long long long time. I absolutely adore it and listen to it on repeat. It is so haunting and beautiful, catchy and happy yet melencholic at the same time, I love it. I am especially in love with Young and Tragic and My Body's a Zombie for you but the one which really gets me is Pa Pa Power, there is something so fantastic about those children singing 'please make me better' and 'we won't destroy you, we will not destroy you'. I can't get enough of it. Now I just need them to come to the UK and tour here, I need to see them!!!

  2. Brandon @ TBE
    Brandon @ TBE says:

    Well said. Their use of the children's choir is excellent, and to such a different result than on Passion Pit's great use of one on Manners. Thanks for your thoughts!

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