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Album Review

Mark Edwards has made great records since the '80s on beloved Cleveland co-op imprint St. Valentine (Offbeats, Reactions, Mice, Death of Samantha, etc.), Homestead, and Scat. But listening to A New Clear Route, you'd think he was an irascible Joe College, he's so wound up and kickin'. Now based in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, the veteran singer/songwriter misses his old base, as affectionately admitted in "Carolina Blue." But he's transplanted Cleveland's industrial grit in these dense, unremitting guitars, an exemplary '80s indie rock cacophony that nearly obscures his gruff, articulate singing. Damned if Edwards' voice isn't starting to sound exactly like the Wedding Present's David Gedge, too, especially with this louder, faster backing. It's plenty good. ~ Jack Rabid, The Big Takeover, Rovi

Biography

Formed: August, 1984 in Cleveland, OH

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

Formed by drummer Mark Edwards in August 1984 after the breakup of the Cleveland band Riot Architecture, My Dad Is Dead has remained his solo project -- with occasional help from a revolving-door cast. Edwards learned to play guitar during late 1984, and played his first show the following year with a backing band consisting of a drum machine. He recorded his first LP, And He's Not Gonna Take It Anymore, at a friend's home studio, and released it in May 1986 on St. Valentine Records. After a lengthy...
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