NEW EMOTION, OUT TODAY VIA ARTS & CRAFTS
NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES WITH THE DIRTY NIL BEGIN OCT 19
"Impossibly hooky song, which might be the band's best work yet" - Exclaim!
“’Bones’ is anthemic, taking colossal melodies and intertwined guitar leads,
and pushing it all ever upward, aiming their burning chord progressions and harmonies straight toward the sky.” - Post-Trash
"90s era grunge/alt-rock...similar to something you might have heard
on the indie stations back in the late 90s." - Austin Town Hall
Hailing from Vancouver, Dead Soft is a four-piece rock band making playful, melody-driven grunge punk anthems. Today, the band are proud to release their New Emotion EP on Arts & Crafts.
New Emotion features five catchy, earnest fuzzed-out punk songs that act as an empowering reminder that you are in control of your life, even when life feels out of control. The EP symbolizes renewal and growth.
On the EP, Dead Soft Bassist/Vocalist Keeley Rochon says, "This EP truly showcases us approaching the recording experience for the first time as a four piece and seeing what opportunities that afforded us sound-wise. “Bones" is us really flexing those new muscles in a big way - duelling guitars, heavy-hitting drums, and a wild crescendoing outro of cascading vocal harmonies that came together in the studio like a miracle."
MORE ON DEAD SOFT
Dead Soft was founded in 2011 by partners Nathaniel Epp (vocalist/songwriter) and Keeley Rochon (bassist/vocalist) as “a fun living room rock project.” At the time Epp and Rochon were living in Victoria, BC, but had been best friends and playing music since they were teenagers in the small coastal fishing town of Prince Rupert.
Epp grew up obsessed with luminaries of the American underground like Elliott Smith, the Ramones, and the Replacements. Artists who write simple, beautiful pop tunes that highlight dread and saccharine in equal parts. Epp and Rochon also developed a “soft spot” for 90s Canadian indie-pop bands like Limblifter, Inbreds, Eric's Trip, and Sloan.
Like most small town or suburban kids who want to play music, the pair eventually moved to the nearest big city: Vancouver. There, Dead Soft joined the inspiring scene that produced pivotal Canadian acts like Mac Demarco, Japandroids, and White Lung.
In Vancouver, Dead Soft became a three-piece and, after a string of singles, released their self-titled debut in 2014 on Kingfisher Bluez and JEFF the Brotherhood’s Infinity Cat Recordings . The band spent the next four years on the road, including support tours with Bully and The Dirty Nil. A sophomore follow up would have come sooner, but the recording process, and life, became mired in difficulties.
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. The new line-up initiated a wellspring of creativity.
That fresh start extended beyond their creative endeavors, 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. The band are heading on tour with The Dirty Nil this fall. Full dates below.
10/19 Bellingham, WA - The Shakedown
10/21 Fort Collins, CO - Surfside
10/24 Cleveland, OH - Beachland Tavern #
10/25 Detroit, MI - DIME Underground #
10/26 Chicago, IL - Cobra Lounge #
10/27 Madison, WI - Freak Fest #
10/28 Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry #
10/30 Winnipeg, MB - The Good Will #
10/31 Saskatoon, SK - Amigo’s Cantina #
11/01 Edmonton, AB - Starlite Room - Temple #
11/02 Calgary, AB - Commonwealth Bar & Stage #
11/03 Vancouver, BC - Biltmore Cabaret #
11/04 Victoria, BC - Lucky Bar #
11/06 Seattle, WA - El Corazon - The Funhouse #
11/07 Portland, OR - Holocene #
11/09 San Francisco, CA - Hotel Utah #
11/10 Los Angeles, CA - THe Echo #
11/11 Phoenix, AZ - The Rebel Lounge #
11/13 Austin, TX - Barracuda #
11/14 Dallas, TX - Three Links #
11/15 New Orleans, LA - Santos #
11/16 Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade - Purgatory #
11/17 Nashville, TN - The End #
11/18 Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506 #
11/19 Washington, DC - DC9 #
11/21 Philadelphia, PA - Voltage Lounge #
11/23 New York, NY - Mercury Lounge #
11/24 Boston, MA - Middle East - Middle East Upstairs #
11/26 Quebec City, QC - L'Anti Bar & Spectacles #
11/27 Montreal QC - L'Escogriffe #
11/28 Ottawa, ON - Babylon #
11/29 Kitchener, ON - Wax Night Club #
11/30 London, ON - London Music Hall #
12/01 Toronto, ON - The Opera House #
12/02 Pittsburgh, PA - Club Cafe
12/03 Louisville, KY - Mag Bar
12/06 Kansas City, MO - minibar
12/07 Denver, CO - Streets Of London
12/08 Salt Lake City, UT - Gold Blood Collective
# with The Dirty Nil