About Keath Mead

When he was 16-years-old Keath Mead saw The Beatles film A Hard Day’s Night and soon after, he bought his first instrument, a bass guitar. At 17, he helped a neighbor move and was gifted an old Harmony guitar from the garage. In college, Mead’s roommate had a real guitar (not a junker with rusty strings). Mead started to play obsessively and skipped class to do so. That might be Mead’s musical history in a nutshell. The self-taught musician also plays drums and piano. Sunday Dinner is his debut on Company Records, an LP with a throwback sound submerged in the pings and glitches of the information age.

Sunday Dinner was recorded with Chaz Bundick (Toro Y Moi, Les Sins) in Bundick’s Berkely, Calif., home studio. For each track, Mead and Bundick traded instruments and played until they came across arrangements that suited Mead’s songs. The songs on the album stem from years of writing. One of the first songs, “She Had,” was written in 2011. “Settle For Less” was only finished days before the album sessions concluded. The 25-year-old was born and raised in Columbia, S.C., and now lives in Charleston, S.C. Outside the scope of music, his main inspirations are authors. Most notably, Gabriel Garcia Marquez and William Golding.