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All Music Guide:
Dead Rider is a highly experimental 21st century rock and funk band from Chicago, Illinois. Their rhythm-driven sound has been influenced by everyone from Captain Beefheart to Big Black to the early sounds of Chicago's Wax Trax Records, as well as the Butthole Surfers.
The group was founded in 2009 as D. Rider by guitarist and vocalist Todd Rittman, formerly of U.S. Maple. The lineup included Noah Tabakin (saxophone), Andrea Faught (keyboard, trumpet), and Theo Katsaounis (drums).
Their debut album, Mother of Curses, appeared from Tizona in 2009 and was well-received critically, as was their exciting live show. In the midst of recording their follow-up for the label, Katsaounis left the band and was replaced by Matt Espy in 2010. Both drummers are credited on 2011's Raw Dents. Somewhere between the two records, the band changed its name to Dead Rider simply because Rittman was tired of being asked what the "D." stood for.
In 2013, the group signed to Drag City. Their third offering, Chills on Glass, was released in March of 2014.