The Dead Pens' Story
The Dead Pens are lonely, stuck between dimensions, lost on the two lane highways of Anne Arundel County on an endless night.
Nothing exists outside of their headlights, only the broken yellow lines dipping beneath the speeding car's fender matter. All of a sudden something jumps into the road. A wounded chupacabra, sickly-looking in the light of the dusty headlamps, appears and snarls its yellow teeth. Sally McGee, cellist, jerks the wheel to the right and within seconds the car is off the road, but instead of Maryland concrete, the wheels catch grass and dirt. Ryan, guitarist and backseat denizen, adjusts his collar and leans forward.
"The hell was that?" he asks. "Fuckin' chupacabras," Sally says. She hates mythological creatures. A griffin ate her bow once.
The car barrels across an ancient meadow and then struggles to scale a glen, and finally rolls to a standstill. Ryan and Sally get out. They hear only the sounds of insects and the ticking of the engine. Ryan lights a cigarette, though he doesn't smoke. It's just an appropriate thing to do.
The pair spot an apparition floating from the woods near the car, but it's hard to make it out, it's too dark, until they see what has come for them.
A beautiful young girl in a red dress stands before them holding the carcass of the chupacabra that sent their car spiraling into insanity. "My name is Danah Koch," she says. "Danah is spelled with an H."
"Noted," Ryan says. "Now, let us start a fire and prepare this chupacabre for the feast." Ryan ashes his cigarette awkwardly and says, "then you shall speak for us." Sally pops down her welding mask and activates a large blow torch.
The Dead Pens were born.
All of the above is a total fabrication born of Ryan's fevered brain. What follows is a slightly more accurate bio.
The Dead Pens are a (mostly) acoustic trio. All three are professional musicians from different genres, who met while working on other projects.
Guitarist Ryan Abbott was founding member of the surf-punk band The Phantom Limbs, who have several albums available on iTunes. He has performed live with a variety of well-known bands over the years, touring and working as a session guitar player; lending guitar and piano tracks at Omega Studios and Sheffield’s Audio and Recording Studio in Baltimore County, Maryland. Abbott has written and recorded five albums and has appeared as a guest on several more. He brought the other two members together to form the group.
Vocalist is Danah Koch. Singer-songwriter-musician from Stevensville, MD. Not only does Danah have solid songwriting skills, her pretty and petite exterior hides a BIG voice and emotional power that is sought-after, and has propelled Danah onto center stage of the local music scene. Danah is a classically-trained pianist, and self-taught guitarist.
Cellist is Sally McGee. She trained as a classical musician who has played in a local orchestra, quartets, and toured worldwide with the Washington Women's Chorus. She took a break from classical music, until Ryan talked her into doing some unusual studio work on the Phantom Limbs last album. He enjoyed the different sound and they began writing music together and working on unusual versions of current songs, eventually recording the first Chick Habit album together.
The Dead Pens are recording their first studio album, and playing several rare live performances. The Dead Pens play their own dark blend of alt-folk, post-pop original music, along with occasional covers.