Monday, March 13, 2017

Indie Ville TV #125 Dead Deads – Nominated Alternative EP of the year

Written by Lillian Rhine

Tell us about the Dead Deads?       
The Dead Deads are comprised of a pair of best friends who came together for a girls' jam that turned into much more.  We explore sounds from 90's bands like The Pixies and Sonic Youth to more modern bands like the Foo Fighters and Mastodon, creating a diverse mix of drum-driven, hooky grunge, metal and punk music.  We've been creating music together for about 3 years now.

How did you come up with the name Dead Deads?
We started as a Dead Milkmen tribute band, but wanted to write our own music.  We liked wearing XX's over our eyes, and wanted to keep that "dead" branding.  There are several Dead _______ bands or the _________ Deads, so we decided on The Dead Deads.

Have you always wanted to do music?
Absolutely; several of us have been musicians for many years - it's our livelihood.

What is the most challenging thing about being an artist?
Probably the physical wear and tear on our bodies.

What was the inspiration behind your album?
For Your Obliteration was our second full-length album, and I think our motivation was to really find our musical genre, or where we best fit.  Our music is quite different than anything out there, and each song differing quite a bit from each other, but we attempted to find a common direction with the record.  Also, I think this goes for any artist, we were better musicians for this album, and we wanted a more challenging, rock-driven record and I think we achieved that, especially with Page Hamilton (Helmet) producing. 

What is your process or quirks when you create music?
We like to be a bit weird.  Anyone can write a catchy hook, and song structures can be really similar, but we like to think outside of the box for both.  We create music rather quickly in a room together, like the band has its own stream of consciousness. 

What are some of your guilty pleasures?
Haha, I'm not sure any of us are embarrassed by the music we like, even if it's Taylor Swift, or whomever (and we love her).  I can only speak for myself, but I (Billy, the drummer) tend to like pop music and some of the artists I like are not even close to being as heavy as our music is.

Tell us about your best performance.
I don't think we've had it yet, but we've had some great shows!  We played Webster Hall in NYC and that was a lot of fun, and I think we sounded great, too.  We've played a few festivals, but we headlined Chattanooga's Riverbend Fest in 2015 and that was one of our best shows.

Do you have any advice for upcoming artists?
Work VERY hard.  Review your own videos and get better.  Be honest to yourself and don't compromise that.

Choose one of the following topics and give a “top five”:  food, cities, bands, movies, games
I think the easiest is the movie category for me:  Mary Poppins, Aliens, Dumb & Dumber, Casino and Robin Hood (the cartoon one).

Is being Dead Deads the alternative group just a dream, a career, or a side gig?
Well, being a musician is all of our careers now.  And we're definitely living a dream being in The Dead Deads.  We're on a righteous mission here!

We at IndieVille TV would like to thank you for letting us get to know The Dead Deads and congratulations on your nomination.

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