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The Dead Licks


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    New Era
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    What Happened
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    The Stroke
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    Stay Away
The Dead Licks formed at the University of Dayton, where they bonded over a shared love of bands like Radiohead, The Strokes and Pearl Jam.
Comprised of close college buds Jack Grbac (guitar), Tom Inzinga (guitar, vocals), Jimmy Gallagher (drums) and Johnny McNamara (bass, keys), The Dead Licks owe their existence to a happenstance Internet exchange—Grbac’s unsuspecting email to their college recording studio and a reply from Inzinga. After recruiting Jim and Johnny Mac to complete the band, The Dead Licks played their first show in 2016 and quickly became a staple in Dayton’s live music scene.
The now Chicago-based rock quartet released their self-titled debut EP in 2016 and dropped their debut full-length album, Stay Away from the Aliens, in 2018. In 2019, the band has released two singles, What Happened and New Era, proving the band’s continuous improvement in their songwriting abilities. With rollicking guitars and warm, hearty vocals, the band captures the kind of infectious, unspoken electricity and unrelenting joy that can only come from a group of close friends.
The Dead Licks’ live shows, characterized by extended jams and spellbinding guitar solos, have landed them gigs at Cleveland’s LaureLive Festival, Grog Shop, and Chicago’s WGN Morning News, House of Blues, Schubas Tavern, and more.


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