Hailing from Gabriola Island, Dead Soft is a four-piece band pairing playful, melody-driven rock ‘n roll with high energy power-pop anthems.
Today Dead Soft releases a new video for trippy punk banger "Down", the second official single from their forthcoming New Emotion EP out October 12 on Arts & Crafts. Exclaim! called “Down” an "impossibly hooky song, which might be the band's best work yet."
The video was filmed on Gabriola Island, BC with a VHS camera, which resulted in some spacey, psychedelic vibes to match the mood of the song. “It was one of the most fun days of the entire summer,” says bass player Keeley Rochon. “I really love how it captures us in our element — eating, drinking, being merry, and acting like total freaks!”
Dead Soft vocalist/songwriter Nathaniel Epp says "Down" is about “the flukey and fickle nature of being, the lightness of existence, and the tragedy/comedy of everyday life."
New Emotion 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. The EP symbolizes renewal and growth.
“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.”
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.
The band's recently released first single "Kill Me" 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.
DEAD SOFT ON TOUR
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