Dead Man Winter, a local outfit fronted by Dave Simonett of Trampled by Turtles, is a quaint and quirky combination of bluegrass, rock, roots, and
DMW, while relatively new on the scene, is quickly gaining cred with the in-crowd, as evidenced by their much-lauded performance at The Current’s 7th birthday party last weekend.
I spoke to Simonett on an unusually balmy afternoon in what should have been the dead of winter.
My first question is one you’ve probably answered several times before: where did the name Dead Man Winter come from?
Dave Simonett: I haven’t answered it before because I don’t have an answer. It just popped into my head. It’s probably from years of freezing in
I figured it had something to do with the Minnesotan obsession with weather.
DS: It probably did, but it was not conscious.
Is Dead Man Winter a continuation of, or a departure from, the music you were making with Trampled By Turtles?
DS: A little of both. I hesitate to say it’s a departure because it’s not so different from Trampled By Turtles, but it's not hip-hop either. It’s a continuation as far as song writing goes. If it’s a departure, it would be of instrumentation. Trampled By Turtles is string instruments and Dead Man Winter is electric guitar and amp.
For those who aren’t familiar with
and its music scene, how does it compare to the scene in the Twin Cities? Duluth
DS: I lived in
, where have you felt most accepted? Minnesota
DS: That depends on what we’re talking about. Dead Man Winter hasn’t really gone anywhere. We went to
Who are you excited to hear more from on the local scene?
DS: I’m really digging Caroline Smith and the Goodnight Sleeps. We also just played The Current’s birthday party with Night Moves and I’d like to hear more from them.
When you’re not making music, what do you do to entertain yourself?
DS: [Laughs.] That’s a good question. What do I do for fun? I try to keep my one-year-old daughter from hurting herself.
Your next opportunity to be blown over by Dead Man Winter is on Feb. 23 at the
when the band takes part in the Real Phonic Radio Hour with Randy Weeks. Trampled By Turtles' next gig is April 11 at First Ave--but it's already sold out! Cedar Cultural Center
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