Brothers O'Malley with drummer Dex Fontaine, bassists Curt Schmelz and David Elliott are The Safes. These boys have that unique chemistry that comes when talented siblings form a band (think Kinks, The Breeders, JAMC, Redd Kross...). The band’s “smart, melodic music” ( NPR) is rooted in ‘60s-70s inspirations such as The Who, Rockpile, Big Star, Elvis Costello – artists who knew how to deliver big on record &!on stage. Contemporary comparisons such as Thee Oh Sees, Guided by Voices, Generationals & New Pornographers make a whole lot of sense, too.
The brothers have recorded themselves at their own StudiO'Malley & have also worked with some top record producers like Steve Albini (The Breeders, Cheap Trick, Nirvana), Brian Deck (Modest Mouse, Iron & Wine), Keith Cleversley at The Playground (Flaming Lips), Jim Diamond at Ghetto Recorders (Dirtbombs), Jason Ward at Key Club Recording & Prole Arts (Arcade Fire, Kid Congo Powers), David Suycott (Spies Who Surf, Machines of Loving Grace) in Chicago at IDIGMusic.
Touring since 2003, The Safes have established large, loyal fanbases across the USA, Japan & Spain on the strength of their songs and live show which is a sweaty explosion of energy & melody.