American Pop Rock Band.
Formed by Emily and Siouxsie Medley, when Emily was 16 and Siouxsie 15, the name evolved from "Epiphany" to "Dead Sara" in mid-2005. The name comes from the Fleetwood Mac song, "Sara." There's a part in the song where Steve Nicks sings, "said Sara," or "that's Sara." But Siouxsie Medley and Emily Armstrong always thought that she was saying "dead Sara" instead.
“The first time I saw Shannon my heart was broken into a million pieces. I had known her from her wonderful punk band Feels as the lead guitarist who shouted back up, but I wasn’t sure what to expect from her performing solo. But there she was – at a small bar in Los Angeles to maybe 15 people watching while she sat in a chair with an electric guitar on her knee, orange hair covering her face and a picture of Bart Simpson projected behind her. She began her set and my heart stopped the moment her voice leaped into the air – and I did what I do in those rare situations – I recorded it. I pulled out my phone, opened up the voice memos and recorded her whole set (the last time I had done this was three years earlier while watching Kris Kristofferson and Harry Dean Stanton do duets set at Cinefamily). After her performance I was in complete awe and wasn’t sure how to approach her to convey how much I loved it. Suddenly Shannon, an acquaintance from around town, had exposed her super power and I felt instantly star struck in her presence. “I recorded your set so I could listen to it again” I told her, and then to my surprise I found myself saying “let me put out your record” and after convincing Jeremy at Woodsist to do a collaborative release with me, here it is.
Living water is an instant classic. Recorded by Emmet Kelly (Cairo Gang, Bonnie Prince Billy, Ty Segall) in his Los Angeles home studio, this is an album where you can hear the room reacting to the music taking shape around it. Shannon has a voice that transcends time and space. You can’t tell if she’s old or new, if she’s sitting next to you, on a mountain top, or down in some canyon. Already her second LP to be released in 2017, Shannon is a prolific songwriter, one who lives and breaths melody and with guitar skills to boot. Despite it’s 14 tracks, Living Water comes in well under 40 minutes, but like Pink Moon or Just Another Diamond Day before it, this is music so potent it exists outside the realms of time – but in a world specific only to itself and the new feelings it creates.
Shannon has been dominating the local scene in Los Angeles over the past two years, leaving everyone who witnesses completely breathless. Having just finished a tour with Ty Segall, Shannon is set to support Kevin Morby on a national tour this fall.” – Kevin Morby, Birmingham, Alabama, June 8th 2017
Photo by Abby Banks
1965. Five boys, ages 15 and 16, stepped onto the stage of the legendary PANDORA'S BOX on Hollywood's Sunset Strip.
THE SLOTHS were born.
Most were students at Beverly Hills High School, others were dropouts. They rehearsed in their parents' garages playing the music of The Rolling Stones, The Yardbirds, Them, The Who, and the rhythm & blues musicians who had inspired those groups; Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, and Muddy Waters.
The Sloths played virtually every venue in Hollywood; The Palladium, The Stratford, Sea Witch, The Hullabaloo, Bito Lidos, The Galaxy, and The Whiskey. They shared the bill with The Doors, Love, Iron Butterfly, The Seeds, The Electric Prunes and British icons Pink Floyd and The Animals.
THE SLOTHS recorded two original songs for Impression Records; 'MAKIN' LOVE' and 'YOU MEAN EVERYTHING TO ME'. Taking the vinyl 45 themselves to local radio stations, 'Makin' Love' was considered way too controversial for 1960s airplay. By the end of Summer 1966, the group disbanded. A few members joined other rock groups, the others left the music profession entirely.
Unbeknownst to them, during the 1980s, their record of MAKIN' LOVE was discovered and added to a collection of garage band music entitled BACK FROM THE GRAVE. It was now covered by many bands including The Gories. By 2011, the scarce remaining copies of their 45rpm of MAKIN' LOVE and YOU MEAN EVERYTHING TO ME was selling on eBay for $6,550.00.
Hearing of this, rock fanzine UGLY THINGS decided to do an article this unique occurrence and wanted to solve the mystery of 'Who Were The Sloths?' Editor Mike Stax tracked down original guitarist JEFF BRISKIN. Ironically at same time, Mike Dugo of60sgarageband.com found bassist MIKE RUMMANS. Slowly others were found… STEVE DIBNER then DON SILVERMAN. Sadly, singer HANK DANIELS and drummer SAM KAMRASS had passed away.
Now for the first time in almost 45 years the guys rejoined other 1960s Sunset Strip rock musicians and…
THE SLOTHS were re-born.
The Sloths are performing their garage punk set list in the exact 'show band style' as they did in 1966.
Their original single MAKIN' LOVE has just been re-released on vinyl.
Over the last two years they've headlined at over 60 venues including The Bullet/Hollywood Studio Bar, Johnny Whiteside's Messaround, The Soda Bar in San Diego, the Rockit Room in San Francisco, and The Stork Club in Oakland, garagerock festival 'Debauch a Reno', Norton Records Benefit at the Echo and New Orleans' 'Ponderosa Stomp Music Festival'. This December 2013 they headlined the PURPLE WEEK-END in Leon, Spain.