Hailing from from Gabriola Island, Dead Soft describe themselves as “grunge-punk for the people.”
Today, the band announces their signing 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.
According to vocalist/songwriter Nathaniel Epp, the song is “about the ending of a personal relationship, trying to destroy an unhealthy state of mind and adopt a new one. It's about kicking someone out of your heart, clearing out the psychic space they took up, and offering them an invitation to do the same.”
“KILL ME” SINGLE ARTWORK // DOWNLOAD HIGH-RES
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!"
TOUR DATES WITH THE DIRTY NIL
Oct 25 - Detroit, MI - DIME Underground
Oct 26 - Chicago, IL - Cobra Lounge
Oct 28 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry
Oct 30 - Winnipeg, MB - The Good Will
Oct 31 - Saskatoon, SK - Amigo’s Cantina
Nov 1 - Edmonton, AB - Starlite Room - Temple
Nov 2 - Calgary, AB - Commonwealth Bar & Stage
Nov 3 - Vancouver, BC - Biltmore Cabaret
Nov 4 - Victoria, BC - Lucky Bar
Nov 6 - Seattle, WA - El Corazon - The Funhouse
Nov 7 - Portland, OR - Holocene
Nov 9 - San Francisco, CA - Hotel Utah
Nov 10 - Los Angeles, CA - THe Echo
Nov 11 - Phoenix, AZ - The Rebel Lounge
Nov 13 - Austin, TX - Barracuda
Nov 14 - Dallas, TX - Three Links
Nov 15 - New Orleans, LA - Santos
Nov 16 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade - Purgatory
Nov 17 - Nashville, TN - The End
Nov 18 - Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506
Nov 20 - Washington, DC - DC9
Nov 21 - Philadelphia, PA - Voltage Lounge
Nov 23 - New York, NY - Mercury Lounge
Nov 2, - Boston, MA - Middle East - Middle East Upstairs
Nov 26 - Quebec City, QC - L'Anti Bar & Spectacles
Nov 27 - Montreal QC - L'Escogriffe
Nov 28 - Ottawa, ON - Babylon
Nov 29 - Kitchener, ON - Wax Night Club
Nov 30 - London, ON - London Music Hall
Dec 1 - Toronto, ON - The Opera House