Matt McManamon and Charlie Turner formed a band during their teenage years under the name ‘Rest Home’. They changed their name to ‘Pinhole’ and released the 4-track “122 Duke Street” EP (named after the address of Liverpool bar The Pit, where the band played many of its first shows). Ben Gordon and Bryan Johnson joined Pinhole in 2000.
Pinhole released the “Breaking Hearts & Windows” EP on Thrill City Records in 2001 and the “So Over You” / “Morning Rain” single on Too Nice Records in 2002. They a recorded a John Peel session at Maida Vale studios on 27 January 2002. This was broadcast on 7 February 2002. Tracks recorded were “Is This The End”, “I’m So Bored of the USA”, “City Living” and “Addicted To You”. The band’s single “So Over You” reached No.8 in the John Peel Festive Fifty of 2002. Pinhole toured extensively throughout the UK supporting artists such as Green Day and The Hives. The band announced that they had split up via their website in early 2003.
After a few months away the band reemerged under the name ‘The Dead 60s’. They signed to Deltasonic Records, then home of The Coral, The Zutons and The Basement. They began to tour heavily throughout the UK, supporting artists such as Morrissey, Kasabian, The Thrills, The Music, The Coral, The Zutons, The Bees and Supergrass.
The Dead 60s released their debut album in the US on 31 May 2005 and in the UK on 26 September 2005. It was recorded at the Ranch Studios & Parr St Studios. The album was produced by Central Nervous System aka Joe Fearon and remixed by Mike Hedges. The band toured throughout Europe, Japan and the U.S. in support of the record. In the U.S. they toured as part of the Vans Warped Tour as well as in support of artists such as Garbage, The Bravery and Social Distortion. They also played on the bill of both the Lollapalooza Festival and the KROQ Weenie Roast. The band experienced success in the U.S. where their song “Riot Radio” became the third most added song at Alternative Radio behind White Stripes and Coldplay.
The band were scheduled to open ‘The Other Stage’ at Glastonbury on 24 June 2005, but before their set, the stage was hit by lightning and the performance was cancelled. The band continued to tour throughout 2005 & 2006 playing various festivals in US, UK, Europe and Japan.
The Dead 60s relocated to New York during the start of 2007 to record their second album, Time To Take Sides. The album was recorded at Avatar Studios and SeeSquaredStudios. It was produced by David Kahne and engineered by Joe Barresi.
On 1 September 2007, The Dead 60s performed live at a gig which attracted 30,000 people (approx) at Ward Park, Bangor, Northern Ireland where Snow Patrol headlined. Other acts included Kowalski, Simple Kid, Ash and We Are Scientists.
On 15 November 2007, Terry Hall joined the band for their encore at a Fred Perry subculture gig in the 100 Club, London. The songs they performed were covers of The Equals‘ “Police on My Back” and “Friday Night, Saturday Morning” by The Specials. Hall sang lead vocals on both tracks.
The band issued a press release on 8 February 2008 announcing their split.