Dead Bod is Salt Lake City punk band created to blow off steam

Local sounds • Four friends joined forces with shared admiration for off-kilter humor and hard rock.
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Dead Bod is a new local rock quartet inspired by the Ramones and Henry Rollins, but also determined not take itself too seriously.

"The band came together several months ago," said vocalist Dustin Yearby. "I was bored one Saturday, so I made a call to some of my fellow working stiffs who I thought might want to blow off some steam. And I'm one lucky guy, because not only are they incredibly smart and funny, they're also great musicians — but most importantly great friends."

The foursome, which also includes Natasha Sebring (bass), Shaun Sparks (drums) and Terrence Warburton (guitar), made its debut at Willie's Lounge in late April and has been creating a local buzz.

Warburton answered some questions through email about the band and what amuses the members.

How did the band start?

Dead Bod was discovered in the foothills by a group of hikers.

Do you consider yourself part of a "scene"?

We have friends who play music. We have friends who like music. We have friends who hate music. We have enemies who play music. We have enemies who like music. We have enemies who hate music.

Do you have a pretentious or nonpretentious label for what music you play?

Welcome back to America.

You are fairly new. How can people find your music?

By tripping over it in the foothills.

Do you believe in ghosts or UFOs?

The space where we practice is reportedly haunted. I have been a bit shaken up a time or two, for sure. I've seen some shadows dart across dimly lit hallways more times then I care to mention. No, I absolutely do not believe in ghosts. UFOs, no dice.

Why is Dead Bod a good creative outlet for you?

Being an adult is complicated.

Do you have any albums or upcoming shows?

We cut some songs recently, possibly a 45 coming soonish. That reminds me — I need to return some calls.

What musical and comedic inspirations do you have?

Music: I'm not sure how to answer. I'm gonna say Steely Dan.

Comedy: Gary the Squirrel. Oh yeah, Jim Morrison's poetry is always good for a laugh.

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