Dead Bars – Oct 31 in Pittsburgh @Howlers

Wed Oct 31 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Howlers
Dead Bars just announced that they will release a new album next year on AF Records. Dead Bars are an anthemic punk rock band from Seattle, WA. Founded by vocalist and songwriter John Maiello in 2013, and joined later by C.J. Frederick, Jon Oddo, and Elliot Thordarson, the band has released five 7-inches in five years, as well as their first LP “Dream Gig” with No Idea Records in 2017. Dead Bars have toured with Iron Chic, After The Fall, The Tim Version, Garrett Dale, and more.

Photo: Eden Kittiver

“I love a good pop hook with a bunch of bashing and screaming over it; what’s not to like?” – Jack Endino (Nirvana/ Soundgarden Producer)

“If Bruce Springsteen took a wrong turn at the New Jersey Turnpike and ended up joining a gang of chain-smoking bikers, he might sound a little like Seattle’s Dead Bars.” – Seattle Weekly

“Like it or not, hardcore punk is now classic rock. So with John Maiello’s jarring, gravel-gargling vocals and C.J. Frederick’s full-throttle guitar, Dead Bars’ debut carries a Rainier-scented whiff of nostalgia for more aggro, string-busting times. “Dream Gig” is a feel-good epic about feeling bad, the self-described “aging rocker” of its chorus the musical missing link between then and now.” – City Arts Magazine

“But then some dudes who called themselves Dead Bars got on stage, and when they played a pop punk love song about sharing earplugs in the mosh pit, my heart exploded. The singer sounded like Tim Armstrong trying to sing like Blake Schwarzenbach (or vice versa, I can’t decide) and the band ripped through about 30 minutes worth of songs that carried the same bittersweet but upbeat energy as bands like the Menzingers and Iron Chic.” – The Stranger

“At a glance, it’s a lot like what the Ramones did—make something impossible to duplicate look so simple and attainable.” – Razorcake

“Dead Bars play punk rock like it means something to them, like it should mean something. Dream Gig is an ode to the dreamers and the music that keeps their head in the clouds.” –

“Recommended for fans of bands like Dear Landlord and Iron Chic.” – Noisey/ Vice 


    Founded in Seattle, WA by vocalist and songwriter John Maiello in 2013, Dead Bars had a very specific plan to play one show, record a demo, and tour only Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico. After four years of playing more shows, recording five seven-inchs released on three different labels in three different countries, and never touring outside the continental United States, Dead Bars released their first LP titled Dream Gig on No Idea Records in 2017. Sometimes things don’t always go as planned, and sometimes you don’t get what you want.