Photos by Christopher Vigue // Written by Eben Benson //
Rounding out a tour that’s taken them across most of the country, Dead Meadow returned to SF last Wednesday to play their face-melting, stoner-psychedelic jams at The Chapel after an impressive set from ex-Brian Jonestown Massacre guitarist Matt Hollywood and his band The Bad Feelings.
Matt Hollywood’s current project is a refreshing take on classic psych-rock, emphasizing the slower, ballad-type songs while still offering some high-energy rock ‘n’ roll elements as well. Their set served as a tasty appetizer for the full-blown, psychedelic assault that the evening’s headliner delivered.
Dead Meadow arrived onstage accompanied by fog and a production that included visuals of monks in black robes and tripped-out videos which flashed bizarre patterns in a multitude of blues, greens and reds. The next two hours were a journey through their long, loud and trippy catalog of powerful psych-rock that’s influenced heavily by their stoner-rock predecessors.
Barely a moment passed where the crowd wasn’t entirely in motion, collectively entranced by vocalist/guitarist Jason Simon’s relentless shredding. Dead Meadow are a tried-and-true Bay Area favorite, drawing big crowds in a region of the country well-known for its interest in all forms of psychedelia.