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"It was 15 beers ago, I might have just called you a ho, but what I meant by bitch, was darling, don't you know." OK, so Deaf Pedestrians aren't the sort of band to write profound lyrics, but while finding their niche writing songs that specialize in lowbrow wit, they successfully found a home with Virgin Records and were added to the playlists of active rock stations around the nation. With song content specially tailored for perpetual adolescents, topics vary from getting busy in a back seat, an infatuation with beer, being a downtrodden geek, and playing Dungeons & Dragons. By grasping at punch lines like an attention-starved comedian, their songs fall into a Weird Al jokester brand of comedy, while their sad-sack sentiments could be directly traced to radio of the early '90s, when Beck's "Loser" and Radiohead's "Creep" dominated the alternative rock airwaves. The music of And Other Distractions could easily be of that era, falling somewhere between the Toadies and the Presidents of the United States of America. Luckily for Deaf Pedestrians, their songs are melodic enough to be catchy, and the production quality is modern enough as well.

Biography

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

Embracing a sound and style that fit midway between contemporary hard rock and the '90s alternative sound, the Dallas-based Deaf Pedestrians began playing out in 2001. The group featured Charlton Parker on lead vocals, Garrin Walker and Jason Hall on guitars, Eric Hartis on bass, and Russ Dignam on drums, all of whom were veterans of the Dallas hard rock scene. After making a name for themselves on the Texas club circuit, Deaf Pedestrians made their recording debut with a self-released EP called...
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