When local rock blog Nashville's Dead (nashvillesdead.com) sprang up in the summer of 2009, those who didn't personally know its shepherds — who prefer the pseudonyms Forever Young and DeeDee, though their true identities aren't much of a secret — were somewhat befuddled at the site's "About" section. Are the two bloggers indeed 15 and 13 years old respectively? The truth? No. No, they're not. They are a college student and a high school student, respectively. But their knack for new media and semi-ironic attempts at obscuring their identities make for an interesting, stylized and typically chuckle-worthy approach.
"You know, the Internet is kind of like Lost," says Forever Young. "Because whenever you land on The Island (the Internet), you can be whoever you want."
Net-savvy, goofy, mildly solipsistic and always good-natured, the tone of Nashville's Dead isn't a put-on — DeeDee and Forever Young's earnestness is far from an act. Their posts range from MP3s, listings and gushing previews of upcoming performances from road-warrior D.I.Y. punk, lo-fi and indie-rock artists to interviews with local musicians, editorials, sight gags and jokes.
Intentionally or not, though, the blog seems to be the loudest, if not the most accessible, voice of this tightly knit community of young friends and artists. "There's really a lot of things about the scene here that sets it apart from scenes in other cities," he says. "Ours is so incestuous. Everyone is in everyone's bands and they're stoked on it. And, for the most part, it feels like everyone has a general respect and admiration for what everyone else is doing."
The duo are themselves members of several local acts, among them Ben Steine's Money and So Jazzy, not to mention Ben Steine's Money's "alternate holiday identity," Larry David and the Hipsters. What's more, Forever Young's residence, known colloquially as "Glenn Danzig's House," is a bastion of the local house-show scene. It was "dead" for a while, but this month the house will be back in action on March 13 with sets from Natural Child, The Beets, The Looking Glass and more as part of the blog's weekend-long Freakin' Weekend.
Stories are frequently exaggerated or vaguely nonsensical even for insiders, but Forever Young remains modest and self-effacing about his blog's role. "I'd think that the majority of our audience is our moms and dads," he posits. "My mom is always telling me that I shouldn't use so many profanities." But he remains a sincere and dedicated fan and cheerleader regarding the bands he loves, and there's certainly no shortage of those. In addition to many of the bands in the Infinity Cat fold, Forever Young cites "The Looking Glass ... Looks Like a Snake ... Sound Tribe Sector Cy ... this band Tidal Wave, which is like a mix of Motorhead and Thin Lizzy ... oh, and The Crumbs."
And the advice Forever Young hoped to leave Scene readers with proves just how pure his M.O. really is: "Kids, go to the shows, hang with your friends, go to school, do fun things. Adults, expose your kids to wildlife. You're probably a lot cooler than you think." —D. PATRICK RODGERS
Photographed by Eric England at their practice space.
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