Dead Meadow, headlining El Corazon Friday, has been at odds with its surroundings ever since forming in 1998 in Washington, D.C. Back then, dance-punk was king, and the trio’s slow, hazy sound stood out like a loose-fitting drug rug in a crowd of white belts and bad haircuts.
In 2007, they relocated to Los Angeles, a place where psychedelic rock is embedded in the culture. Yet neither the cross-country move, the genre’s resurgence, nor a bizarre name-drop from detective Jimmy McNulty’s teenage sons on season five of HBO’s “The Wire” (watch) — creator David Simon is singer-guitarist Jason Simon’s uncle — has elevated Dead Meadow above cult status.
No matter, they’ve kept making records — great ones. From 2001’s amped-up “Howls from the Hills” and 2005’s elaborate “Feathers” to their latest, last year’s mammoth double LP “Warble Womb” (featuring “1000 Dreams,” below), the group’s deep catalog crafts classic influences — Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath — into something uniquely their own.
Although the sweaty El Corazon is a slight mismatch for Dead Meadow’s auditory trips, Simon, bassist Steve Kille and drummer Mark Laughlin know how to set a scene, using area rugs and mood lighting to create a living-room atmosphere as cozy as the songs themselves. Relax your mind and stay awhile.
8 p.m. Friday at El Corazon, 109 Eastlake Ave. E., Seattle; $13-15 (206-262-0482 or elcorazonseattle.com)