The Dead Coats, the just crowned winners of 2021-2022 Best Rock Act from the Austin Music Awards, originally started as a band in Baltimore, Maryland in 2013, but big dreams brought three members to Austin, Texas in hopes of creating a reality out of their shared dream. The band has been active in Austin since 2017 featuring the talents of front-woman Lauren V Warner, guitarist Joshua Jones, bassist Joe Osteen, and drummer Armando Menagarcia. They have been known for their wailing vocals, crazy stage antics, genre-defying songs, and great sense of humor.
In 2021, The Dead Coats were able to release their debut studio album, Big Wish, on March 27th, to a sold-out show at EmpireControl Room. The album was produced by Chris Smith, who is known for his work with The Toadies, JET, Lemmy Kilmister (Motorhead), and The Front Bottoms. The album has had songs played on radio stations KUTX, 101X, KOOP as well as reviewed in the Austin Chronicle as making the case to be, “the live band of the vaccine summer with Big Wish, a bombastic amalgamation of classic rock & roll”.