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Austin Texas Trio Being Dead Premieres Debut Album and Shares “The Great American Picnic” Video

Updated: Jul 19, 2023

Austin, TX trio Being Dead shares the new single/video, “The Great American Picnic,” from their debut album, When Horses Would Run, out today on Bayonet. The album’s opening track gallops in with a rush of Western rhythms and chanting vocals, cementing the album as some sort of slap-in-the-face call-to-arms. “The Great American Picnic” is “a song about violent self-improvement,” the band says. Its gargantuan video — directed by Kai Winikka — is a larger-than-life translation of Being Dead’s weirdo-best-friend vibes. “With this video we’re really trying to bring back pillaging and total carnage,” they continue. “Our biggest fear is that people will think we were in costume — like hair and makeup — but the reality of the situation is that those were our real abs and arm muscles.”


When Horses Would Run — the debut album from best friends Falcon B*tch, Gumball, and Ricky Moto — propels listeners into vivid landscapes: desert planes, dirty basements, and lush rolling hills. They began writing what would eventually become When Horses Would Run back in 2017, with Falcon B*tch likening the album to a kind of collage of Being Dead so far. “This is definitely a collection of songs from different versions of ourselves,” she says. Recorded at Radio Milk with producer/engineer Jim Vollentine (Spoon, White Denim), When Horses Would Run spit-shines Being Dead’s sound without diminishing their unique bond.

“Our music is really a slice of our friendship,” says Falcon B*tch. “We've lived together and we're always together and I feel like it's a palpable thing.” The nurturing foundation of these platonic soulmates urges Being Dead to be their full, freaky selves, prodding at the absurdity of the world with slick n’ dreamy strums, gritty percussion, and kaleidoscopic harmonies. At their renowned live shows, Falcon B*tch and Gumball both sing and swap duties on baritone guitar and drums, commanding the attention of even the most passive concert-goers. Underlined by bassist Ricky Moto, the band prances merrily into the hearts of everyone from the roughest and toughest barbarians to the most angelic little babies. This spontaneous, gung-ho approach marks a refreshing originality in Being Dead. When Horses Would Run celebrates the nourishing merriment of friendship, the importance of enjoying the here and now, and creating simply for the hell of it. Here we have a reminder that we can not only move through the burdens of our past, but we can have company —and fun —while doing it.




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