DEAD SOFT - NEW EMOTION
LABEL : ARTS & CRAFTS // RELEASE DATE : OCTOBER 12, 2018
Hailing from Gabriola Island, Dead Soft describe themselves as “grunge-punk for the people.”
The band has signed with Arts & Crafts for a new EP and starts things off with a banger new single, "Kill Me", with cathartic scream-at-the-sky, let-it-all-out vocals, and an anthemic chorus that is at once commanding and resigned.
The forthcoming EP, New Emotion, out this fall on Arts & Crafts features five catchy, earnest fuzzed-out rock songs that act as an empowering reminder that you are in control of your life, even when life feels out of control.
With themes of loss/renewal and new beginnings taking centre stage on the EP, New Emotion, it’s fitting that the title is taken from the song “Here Comes The Rain Again” by The Eurythmics. “We chose this as the name for the EP due to the mysterious duality of the meaning,” says Epp. “‘New Emotion’ in and of itself sounds bright and new, but the lyric it stems from - Here comes the rain again / Falling on my head like a memory / Falling on my head like a new emotion - evokes a sense of sadness and longing.”
Formed in 2011 by partners Nathaniel Epp (vocalist/songwriter) and Keeley Rochon (bassist/vocalist), the theme of new beginnings align closely with changes in the band. Specifically, the recent additions of Alex Smith (drums) and Kyle Schick (guitarist) have allowed for a bigger sound, more hooky guitar leads, Beach Boys-like harmonies, and more strength and purpose.
Facing down the realities of living as an artist in one of North America’s most expensive cities, Epp and Rochon left Vancouver for the familiar environment of a small coastal town, Gabriola Island, where they now run a landscaping company in between writing music and touring.
Thinking on the experience of moving back a small town and the themes of the new EP, Epp is hopeful. “So far the change of scenery has been inspiring and is a constant reminder that life is a journey and I am at least partially in charge of my destiny. Even if it is a battle. If you don't like your situation, blow it up!"
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