The only good bug is a Ded Bug! So sayeth the members of Ded Bugs, a punk band from DeSoto, Missouri (a small town of less than 6,000 50 miles south of St. Louis).
Ded Bugs are a foursome; Matt Bug (guitar and lead vocals), Jeff Bug (guitar and vocals), D-A-V-E (bass and vocals), and BassAmp (drums).
While their music is pop-punk and the lyrics very tongue in cheek, don’t let that fool you. They are all accomplished musicians who love what they do, and it shows through their performance. The band has been around for a long time, 25 years, and have toured throughout the US and Japan during that time with numerous bands such as Japan’s power punk trio, Guitar Wolf.
This year’s tour is highlighted by the band playing a different release in its entirety at every show. At Plush, they played their 2004 release, Stop and Smell the Stinking Corpse Lilies, which includes many songs not previously performed live. This out of print release is available now on their Band Camp site. Throughout the year, the band will be releasing its complete library as downloads, including other out of print releases.
This year marks the band’s 25th anniversary. It is also a bit of a farewell for Matt Bug. He will be dedicating more time to playing with Thunderhead (a Rush tribute band from St. Louis), teaching, mixing, mastering, and producing material for others, including a band of precocious tween/teens he mentors.
Also rounding out the night were other St. Louis area locals, Rat Heart. They are a punk foursome comprised of Jake (guitars), Brice (vocals and guitar), Martin (drums), and SeanO (bass).
Formed in 2012, the band itself might be young, but their sound hearkens back to the garage days of punk and its members are no slouches when it comes to their music and performing. True to their roots, the band played a less than 30 minute set, but with songs lasting less than 3 minutes each, the set list was packed.
Opening was a third St. Louis local punk foursome, Better Off Damned. True to the overall theme of the evening, the band, Ronnie (guitar), Heob (bass), Dustin (vocals), and CVD (drums), played a short, but sweet set with songs clocking under 3 minutes each.
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