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Moving forward: Dead Meadow continues to take music to a new level

Jason Simon always runs behind schedule.

And he’s perfectly fine with that.

In fact, it’s an reality he’s embraced.

“The band always runs behind too,” he quips during a recent phone interview. “Right now everything is hectic because we’re getting ready for tour.”

Simon is a member of the rock psychedelic rock band Dead Meadow.

The band is touring in support of its album, “The Nothing They Need,” which will be released on March 2.

The album took a year for Simon and Steve Kille to complete.

“It wasn’t a solid year of working on it,” he says. “We’d take breaks between tours. It really took awhile and during Christmas we were finishing the mixing and sending it off.”

With a tour already booked before the album’s released, Simon says there was a deadline of sorts.

“We wanted to have the new material available for the fans at some point on the tour,” he says.

With the tour starting on March 1, there will be plenty of time.

The pair brought in the band’s former drummers to play on the album.

“Steve and I work well together,” he says. “When we started the band years ago, we never had this grand idea of a huge band. It seemed interesting enough for us to pursue. We’re really lucky to be doing this for a living.”

And Kille also contributed to the production of the album.

“The album is produced and mixed by us,” Simon says. “Steve’s gotten quite good at engineering.”

As far as the set list goes, Simon thinks there will be about four new songs in the set.

“Trying to strike a balance of all of our songs is difficult,” he says. “People like to hear the old songs as well. And the album is going to be brand new for everyone. We’d like to give the fans more time to digest the songs before we play more.”

Dead Meadow
With Black Unicorn
WHEN: 9 p.m. Saturday, March 3
WHERE: Sister, 407 W. Central
HOW MUCH: $10, plus fees at holdmyticket.com

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