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A little Southern comfort comes to Sidecar Friday

The Dead Confederates may look like lugubrious rock stars with their unkempt hair and thin, angelic faces.

Don’t be fooled, says lead singer Hardy Morris. "Our songs are pretty dark," he admitted. "But we’re really just nerdy musicians. We’ve always been into pretty psychedelic stuff, Pink Floyd and Radiohead, like everybody else."

"everybody else," Morris may be referring to the hundreds of thousands of fans the band has accrued since releasing its first album "Wrecking Ball" in September. The Dead Confederates appeared on "Late Night with Conan O’Brien" earlier this fall and their music videos have garnered thousands of Web views and radio time, especially "The Rat," a song that takes aim at religious zealotry. "It’s not pro or anti Christianity at all," Morris said. "It’s more about them damning people to hell when they don’t know where they’re going."

Some music critics have likened the band’s sound, flatteringly, to Nirvana, but Morris is more likely to bring up Neil Young and Lennard Skynard in conversation, often to rebuff the claim that the Dead Confederates can be classified as southern rock. "I wouldn’t call us southern rock," he drawled. "We’re just rock ‘n’ roll."

The band’s name has as much to do with its hometown as its sound. The Dead Confederate band is from Georgia, where Union General William Tecumseh Sherman, long considered public enemy No. 1 in the state, brought the confederacy to its knees.

That’s not to say that the band forays into politics. In fact, it’s something band members have tried to avoid during a cross-country tour in an election year. "I haven’t seen much change yet," Morris said impishly. "We’re still wearing the same dirty T-shirts we were wearing before." On a serious note, he offered, "We try not to tread on anyone’s politics."

The band’s tour ends Dec. 23, when Dead Confederate will go back to drafting new material for a second album. "If the world doesn’t end in January, we’ll be putting together some demos," he said.

The Dead Confederate plays Friday, 9:30 p.m., at Sidecar. For more information, visit 645-7468.

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