Dance Halls PImps "The Dead Don't Walk" Out November 5
With their power vocals, strong guitars, horns and organ the Dance Hall Pimps emerged from the Los Angeles underground scene in 2010 and immediately became something of a cult favorite. They were soon signed to Lakeshore Records where they released their debut LP, Beast for Love. But it’s on their second studio LP, The Dead Don't Walk to be released on November 5, the band really comes to life.
“We come from a tradition of melodic blues rock with horns, but we make it our own. It's blues that rocks. It's fiercely independent but it's not 'indie' in the sense of genre,” frontman RJ Comer explains.
The Dance Hall Pimps bend genres flawlessly, leaving it nearly impossible to classify their sound among many different styles, but it is sure to please pretty much any ear.
On the title track and first single—“The Dead Don’t Walk”—horns pipe through a surf-rock rhythm, as the song’s vocal harmonies, Hammond organ and Jack Marshall guitar sound deliver the band’s signature groove. The subject matter of the new album explores a range of emotions. There is true love in the heartfelt “Safe Place to Land,” heartbreak on tracks like “Can’t Play That Game” and “The Dead Don’t Walk,” and triumph in the anthemic “Ain’t Dyin’ in My Sleep” and “No Survivors,” which was inspired by Sons of Anarchy. Keeping up a tradition of Pimped-out covers, they tackled David Bowie's famous cover of “Sorrow” (originally by The McCoys). The stars aligned for the Dance Hall Pimps—as their album release coincides with the 40th anniversary of Bowie’s release of “Sorrow” on the Pin Ups album.
For The Dead Don’t Walk the Dance Hall Pimps enlisted the help of a few friends. Jimmie Wood lends his unmistakable pipes to “Voodoo Bar” and plays harp on three other tracks. Terry Ilous of Great White and XYZ and James-Paul Luna of Holy Grail add metallic tenor to songs such as “Can't Play That Game” and “No Survivors,” creating a killer blend with RJ’s powerful baritone.