Ded Bugs Celebrate 25 Years as a Band With a Series of Shows Starting Tonight

Tomoyuki Harada
Matt Meyer (second from the left) and the rest of Ded Bugs on the streets of Japan.

Matt Meyer, guitarist of Ded Bugs.

What I like most about St. Louis is...
Lots. But just to name a few:
It's a nice place to visit for a DeSotonian.
It's not too big, not too small.
Thee mighty Mississippi and the Arch and all the magnificence and history attached to each.
Lotsa good eats -- places like Crown Candy.
Very strong arts community.
Three of the four distinct seasons: Blossoms/storms in spring, turning leaves in fall, snow in winter (let's not talk about summer!)
It's the best baseball city in the world.
Its rich rock 'n roll history.
Vincent Price.

What I like most about DeSoto is it's a sleepy little railroad town. Very quiet (except when we're rehearsing) and you can see a basquillion stars in the sky when you come home from a gig at three in the morning.

I make music because... it's my No. 1 passion. I continue to make music because I've seen, first-hand, its remarkably positive effect on other humans, except for that time in grade school when little Georgie Bumpus attacked Ms. Winnie when she tried to teach us a Phil Collins song.

I'm most productive when... I'm focused on an interest and not focused on being productive.

The best post-show food in St. Louis is... whatever sounds good -- usually junky or breakfast food. I've had a power bar or a protein shake after a show, but more often it's tacos or pizza (if I'm with a group) or a boston creme donut or a peanut butter-topped waffle or blueberry pancakes.

The most difficult lesson I've learned while playing music is... to check the grounding of a microphone before you decide to sing into it. Being a human lightning rod may sound fun, but in reality, it is not. Also, very important: Don't feed the hippies. They will come crawling back, smelling up your back yard with patchouli and littering it with Birkenstocks, lava lamps and Phish CDs from the 1990s. Nobody wants that. If this unfortunate scenario happens, do "Mother Earth" a favor, "man." Rent a bulldozer and put hippie garbage in its proper place: six-feet under on your meanest neighbor's property.

The St. Louis music scene could use... The STL Punk Page resurrected! Facebook hates bands. MySpace liked bands, but it wasn't the same as good old STL Punk. Somebody get Jerome Gaynor on the horn post-haste!

Follow Ded Bugs through its official website and Facebook page.

Ded Bugs 25th Anniversary Show
Friday, May 2, 8 p.m.
w/ Rat Heart, Better Off Damned
@ Plush Saint Louis

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Previously from our Fill in the Blank series:
- Stonechat
- Les Gruff and the Billy Goat
- Nato Caliph
- Jah Orah & KD Assassin
- Zagk Gibbons
- Britches
- The Maness Brothers
- Con Trails
- This City of Takers
- Syna So Pro
- Eric Hall
- Pink Sock
- Scrub
- Pet Rock the Musical
- The Glass Cavalry
- The Blu Skies
- Animal Teeth
- Popular Mechanics
- Brotherfather
- Bad Dates
- Beauty Pageant
- Pillow Talk
- The Tennis Lesson
- The Funs
- Brothers Lazaroff
- Quaere Verum
- Sarah Bollinger
- Little Big Bangs
- Everything Went Black
- Lions Eat Grass
- Kevin Harris
- Laika
- Heavy Horse
- Barely Free Partial Prisoners
- The Defeated County
- Lizzie Weber
- Kenshiro's
- B.E.L.L.A.
- Superfun Yeah Yeah Rocketship
- Humdrum
- The Blind Eyes

Location Info


3224 Locust St., St. Louis, MO

Category: Music

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