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Aug 09, 2013

Local Astoria Band Another Dead Clown Hands Out Ukeleles at Some Shows

Arts correspondent Megan Green reviews a recent show by Astoria-based band, Another Dead Clown.

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Recently, Sweet Afton showcased two live bands—one was Astoria-based Another Dead Clown. With a name like that you might immediately think goth or juggalo, but no; they perform mostly original music on a large variety of instruments.

With good harmonies and a celtic- and indie-influenced medium tempo set, Another Dead Clown not only performed, but invited the crowd to participate in the music-making by handing out extra ukeleles. Christopher O’Keeffe says, “We’re always trying to find ways to develop the interactive aspect of the shows. Our philosophy is that music should be inclusive and we try to offer audience members chances to participate throughout the show. The Uke-Along is one of our favorites.”

Songs from their two CDs (also available to download here on Bandcamp) are at times wistful (Pyramids) and bittersweet (Akashic Field), yet catchy enough to involve the crowd in a sing-a-long (Holy Fuck!!!). The four members—Meagan Brus, Christopher O’Keeffe, Ian Deming, Gerad O’Shea—switch between vocal duties as well as a number of more traditional instruments as well as the aforementioned ukelele, accordion, and tiny keyboard. For the final song, Drinking Song #4, the band passed around the lyrics so everyone could join in.

Another Dead Clown have some more shows coming up, so keep your eye on their site, http://www.anotherdeadclown.com, or follow them on Twitter at @AnotherDeadClwn to make sure you catch them the next time they perform in Astoria. They are also working on some interesting side projects, one of which is The (Mostly) Astoria Local Music Sampler, with the goal of raising awareness of some of the great local talent.  More submissions from local musicians for the project are welcome; for more information, contact Christopher O’Keeffe: christopherokeeffe@gmail.com

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Gerad

Thanks for the kind words Megan.
Another Dead Clown would like to extend a promotion to all of your readers. If you click the “buy” link above and enter “weheartastoria” as the discount code, you will get 50% off the album.
See you around Astoria!
-ADC

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