Friends of Dean Martinez
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|Friends of Dean Martinez|
|Also known as||Friends of Dean Martin|
|Origin||Tucson, Arizona, United States|
|Associated acts||Calexico, Giant Sand, Naked Prey|
Thøger Tetens Lund
Friends of Dean Martinez is an instrumental rock/post-rock band featuring members of Giant Sand, Calexico, and Naked Prey. The band combines Americana with electronica, ambient, lounge, psychedelia and dub and intertwines surf rock-inspired lead guitars.
The band was formed in Tucson, Arizona as an experimental side-project by various members of Giant Sand, Calexico and Naked Prey. Their debut album, The Shadow of Your Smile, was released on the Sub Pop label in 1995.
Friends of Dean Martinez have gone through a variety of line-ups in Los Angeles and Austin, Texas before reforming in Tucson. Currently, the band includes Bill Elm on steel guitar and organ, Naim Amor on guitar, Tommy Larkins on percussion, Joe Peña on drums and Thøger Tetens Lund on bass.
Cinematic Musical Work
They performed a live score to the silent film The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari at the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin. Film-scoring work includes the Richard Linklater film Fast Food Nation and the John Waters narrated feature documentary Plagues & Pleasures on the Salton Sea.
Upon seeing Plagues & Pleasures on the Salton Sea for the first time, Elm recollects, "I felt I could really write music for this. It was a nice fit for what we do, the images, and the story. It felt natural to watch it and want to write music. It was inspiring, and that's the most you can ask for when you score something or write music."
- The Shadow of Your Smile (1995)
- Retrograde (1997)
- Atardecer (1999)
- A Place in the Sun (2000)
- Wichita Lineman (2001)
- Under the Waves (2003)
- Random Harvest (2004)
- Live At Club 2 (2005)
- Lost Horizon (2005)
- Fast Food Nation OST (2006)
- Red Dead Redemption OST (2010)
- Undead Nightmare OST (2010)
- Atrasar (2001)
- In the Wire (2001)
- "Polena" / "Seashells" (1995) (as Friends of Dean Martin)
- "Cordova" / "Monte Carlo" (1996)
- On the Shore (2003; two discs combining songs from Wichita Lineman and Live At Club 2 on disk 1, with Under the Waves on disk 2)