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Dead alive

Despite personal setbacks, the leader of Tulsa-based Dead Sea Choir sees waves of optimism in the band’s near future.

Joshua Boydston January 25th, 2012

Dead Sea Choir with Brother Bear
9 p.m. Saturday
113 N. Crawford, Norman

Costa Stasinopoulos, record producer and leader of Tulsa alt-rockers Dead Sea Choir, has had a pretty rough month. Someone broke into his car on Jan. 15, taking a friend’s guitar and a pair of hard drives containing yet-to-be finished records. And this came just as he was repairing his vehicle from another break-in mere weeks before. 

Despite all that, he can see the light at the end of the tunnel, even if said light currently is shrouded in a good deal of cynicism.

Dead Sea Choir existed for around a decade before releasing its 2008 debut, “Thin One the Red One,” an epic, 11-song swell of Radiohead-influenced rock ballads.

“As a little kid, I just wanted to take over the world. The music kind of reflected that in a way. It was ridiculously ambitious and over-the-top,” Stasinopoulos said. “You know ‘Fight Club’? I wanted that epic, Pixies-building-crumbling moment on every song.”

Stasinopoulos doesn’t look upon that record too fondly.

“It’s so indicative of youth at its folly. Kids shouldn’t be allowed to release records,” he said. “Poor kids. Poor me. It’s like looking in the mirror five years ago: I hate that kid.”

The years since have brought a great deal of change to Dead Sea Choir; a full, stable lineup has replaced the hodgepodge ensemble. Original members Philip Phillips and Geordan Taylor are now joined by Clay Welch, Jeff Porter and Nathan Price. While Stasinopoulos probably is still the GM, he has plenty of support.

“It wasn’t a proper band,” he said.

“Now, I feel like I get pushed around. It’s kind of nice.”

Choir has been working on a sophomore effort for two years, and plans to record the album in March with Chad Copelin of Norman’s Blackwatch Studios. Early demos and studio cuts already have attracted attention from record labels on a national level.

Stasinopoulos said its warmth is helping him keep his chin up.

“I’m just trying to be honest and have a voice, musically and otherwise,” he said. “There’s nothing to prove.”

Photo by Jeremy Charles

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