The Dead Coats

June is Pride Month and all month long we’re spotlighting queer Austin musicians of today and the legends who paved the way.

Pride Month Profile: The Dead Coats Host: Taylor Wallace; Producer: Art Levy

The psych-punk quartet the Dead Coats is now an established part of Austin’s punk scene, but the group’s roots stretch back ten years to the East Coast. Formed in 2013 in Baltimore by frontwoman Lauren V Warner and guitarist Josh Jones, the group, along with former bassist Joe Osteen, took a leap of faith to move to Austin. Here, they re-established the band and quickly found themselves at the center of the city’s punk underground.

The Dead Coats got popular really fast. They started on the no-rules stage of Kickbutt Coffee. One memorable show featured the band dressed as nurses, dragging Lauren Warner on stage in a body bag. For the 2021 debut album ‘Big Wish,’ the Dead Coats sold out Empire Control Room. The band took home the award for Best Rock Group at the 2022 Austin Music Awards and made their SXSW debut in 2023 with their current line-up of Warner, Jones, Alex Scneider, and Robbie Mueller. While the Dead Coats calls its sound psych-punk, the band explores a varying menu of sounds, but even when they’re not melting your face off, they’re always spitting a little venom in your eye.

You can catch the band at the Be Gay For Spite showcase kick-off on Thursday, June 8th at Swan Dive.


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