San Diego's hardest working indie-rock trio is back.


An American indie rock band from San Diego, California

After a 15 year hiatus, San Diego indie rock band
Dewey Defeats Truman is back.

In the late 1990's, from the ashes of the bands Red Dye No. 5 and Luper, Dewey Defeats Truman was born. Red Dye No.5's James Reader (bass, vocals) and Scott Frazier (drums) met Mark MacBride (guitar, vocals) at seminal San Diego rock club The Casbah, - as fans of each other's bands - and began to write songs.

In short order, the trio recorded and began touring - playing opening slots for Jesus Lizard, Archers of Loaf and Kelley Deal, and appearing at influential festivals such as NXNW in Portland, SXSW in Austin, and CMJ Music Festival in New York City.

Following their 2001 debut, coyly titled "B-Sides, Rarities and Out-Takes", on Silver Girl Records, the band released the "Road to Nowhere Maps EP" (in 2002) on the label Has Anyone Ever Told You.

The band continued to play shows from coast to coast until, in late 2003, the band decided to take a break.

Break time is over.

Show Dates

December 6th 2018
Irradio, Dewey Defeats Truman, Demasiado, Miss New Buddha
The Casbah, San Diego, CA
January 22nd 2019
Dewey Defeats Truman, Goodbye Blue Monday, Via Satellite
The Casbah, San Diego, CA
April 13th, 2019, 4:45 Set Time
La Escalera Fest OCHO -- 4 days, 50 bands
Bar Pink, San Diego, CA

The Band

About the Band

August 12, 2018

Rehearsal weekend

At Yore Studio this weekend. Great studio!! A place where we can make indie rock great again!!
August 12, 2018

Some loud thunder

So, the band has been quietly working on dusting off the old chops for several months now, on our own terms and in a completely stress-free environment. I think I…
August 12, 2018

Leaning Against A Wall Of Sound

While this summer has buried our fine city in oppressive, sticky heat; I had buried myself in guitars, amps and pedals - dialing in what is my 1/3 of the…