Deadbeat Poets


SXSW Platters

Deadbeat Poets

Notes From the Underground (Pop Detective)

Rare is the power-pop act that doesn't allow veneration to sap vitality. Led by former Blue Ash/Stiv Bators bassist/guitarist Frank Secich and ex-Backdoor Men guitarist Terry Hartman, Youngstown, Ohio's Deadbeat Poets intertwine Byrds/Tom Petty jangle with strategic swatches of Dead Boys mayhem to create a whole new balloon animal. Whisking fellow travelers from the back roads of Ohio to the streets of Paris, Secich and Hartman create a palpable, Ray Davies-style sense of place both strange and wonderful. "The Truth About Flying Saucers" recasts space aliens as restless miscreants on the prowl for Coca-Cola, drive-in movies, and girls, while "No Island Like the Mind, No Ship Like Beer" celebrates the sweet release of introspective carousal with a bumper-sticker-ready refrain. Secich's "The Stiv Bators Ghost Tour" is a ringing, acoustic journey through Bators' life and death that achieves poignancy without having to cloy. With no filler in earshot, Underground is a living, breathing exemplar of power-pop's most endearing qualities. (Thursday, March 13, Lamberts Patio, 9pm.)


A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for over 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

Gas Prices Just One More Nudge in the Shift to Cycling
Gas Prices Just One More Nudge in the Shift to Cycling
Riding up that hill

Benton Graham, Aug. 5, 2022

SXSW Film Changes the Channel With a New Name
SXSW Film Changes the Channel With a New Name
Festival gives TV content co-headline billing

Richard Whittaker, July 28, 2022

More Music Reviews
Texas Platters
... And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead
X: The Godless Void and Other Stories (Record Review)

Alejandra Ramirez, Feb. 21, 2020

Texas Platters
Daniel Johnston
Chicago 2017 (Record Review)

Raoul Hernandez, Feb. 21, 2020

More by Greg Beets
Best Live Music Performances of 2018
Best Live Music Performances of 2018
The bands and venues that kept our critics on their feet

Dec. 28, 2018

Our Music Critics Pick Their Top 10 Austin Albums of 2018
Our Music Critics Pick Their Top 10 Austin Albums of 2018
80 local picks from Molly Burch to Brownout

Dec. 28, 2018


Deadbeat PoetsThe, SXSW

One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

Eric Goodman's Austin FC column, other soccer news

Behind the scenes at The Austin Chronicle

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle