Saturday, August 6, 2016


Mal McBeath, Jim Carden, Hugh Martin

The Dead Beat Daddios are based in Mebourne, Australia. They play a blend of guitar driven alt-country and melodic blues based pop, with lashings of vocal harmonies and solid grooves to get even the laziest toes tapping.

With nods to Gram Parsons, The Band, Wilco and The Stars among others their music draws on a lifelong love of great songwriting.

Having suffered their fair share of slings and arrows and some outrageous fortune, the Daddios draw on personal experience and keen observation for their character driven, story based material on love, loss and the cycle of life.

The Daddios formed in 2010 as a three-piece around the songwriting team of Jim Carden and Hugh Martin with ace bassist Magic Mal McBeath doubling on production duties.

After years of playing with Melbourne names such as Overnight Jones and The Warner Brothers, Jack Howard, Lisa Miller, Neil Murray, Paul Cumming and The T-Bones the trio felt the urge to strike out on their own.

Their debut album, Dashboard Elvis, received critical acclaim on release in early 2011 and was picked up by ABC612 and 4ZZZ supported by extensive gigging around SE Queensland.

The Dead Beat Daddios are:

Malcolm McBeath played bass with the Warner Brothers and Overnight Jones and was a one of Melbourne’s most in-demand session bassmen, playing with people like Joe Camilleri amongst others.

Jim Carden was the original drummer with the Warner Brothers before joining Melbourne alt-country band the T-Bones where he and Hugh played together for many years.

Hugh Martin played bass and guitar with a number of other bands in Melbourne, including the Bootless and Unhorsed, a short lived outfit led by Paul Cumming, aka Elroy Flicker.

1. [2011] Dashboard Elvis

Melodic grooves and country rock stylings charting an array of grand (or not so grand) male obsessions and their consequences.

01 Belly Tanker Blues
02 It Had To Be Done
03 Just Can't Get Angry With You
04 House For Sale
05 Incoming Call
06 If That's What It Takes
07 Map 58
08 Flatline
09 Swamp Chicken Boogie
10 Common Ground
11 Lost
12 He's Got A Way With Women

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2. [2015] Third Time Around EP

Following 2011’s Dashboard Elvis they moved back to their hometown of Melbourne and immediately set about playing with a range of other bands and players. But they couldn’t ignore the call of the Daddios, so over a couple of weekends they sneaked this 5-track EP out between lunch and dinner.

01 Third Time Around
02 Box Of Moonlight
03 Fragile Truce
04 Homegrown Suburban Blues
05 A Little Love

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