TOUR DATES WITH DANIEL ROMANO AND GOON BEGIN FEB 25
NEW EMOTION, OUT NOW VIA ARTS & CRAFTS
"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
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Last year, Dead Soft released their 5-song EP, New Emotion, on Arts & Crafts and hit the road for a lengthy, successful tour with fellow Canadian punks The Dirty Nil. Today, the Vancouver rock band is announcing a 40-date North American tour run with Daniel Romano and Goon, making stops across Canada along the way. Full tour dates can be found below. To pave the way for the tour, band is sharing the new grunge-pop single, "Porch".
The verse begins sweetly with vocalist / songwriter Nathaniel Epp singing with Elliott Smith-like layered dream pop vocals: “I have nothing for you. I have nothing that you need / I just want to be around you. I just like to hear you speak”. Suddenly, the squeal of a guitar shakes you out of the daydream and back to reality. (What am I doing with my life?)
“It's heavy, It's gonna take me down. I want to move back to my hometown,” howls Epp as the fuzz out grunge chorus hits. Like so many 20-something transplants trying to find their place and feeling aimless, Epp laments “Made up my mind ten thousand times, but isn't it just impossible to know where to go.”
On the track, vocalist / songwriter Nathaniel Epp says, "’Porch’ is a song written by the ghost of my former self who forever wanders the alleys of Vancouver daydreaming, worrying about money, trying to come up with a game plan for his life, wondering which town he should move to, talking to himself, speaking with people who aren't there, making up tunes, scribbling things down, slowly figuring it out."
2018’s New Emotion features five catchy, earnest pop 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."
02/25 Vancouver, BC - Biltmore Cabaret *
02/26/ Victoria, BC - Lucky Bar *
02/28 Calgary, AB - Commonwealth *
03/01 Edmonton, AB - Starlite *
03/2 Saskatoon, SK - The Capitol *
03/03 Regina, SK - The Exchange *
03/4 Winnipeg, MB - Good Will *
03/05 Minneapolis, MN - 7th St. Entry
03/08 Savannah, GA - Savannah Stopover
03/09 Atlanta, GA - Masquerade
03/12 Dallas, TX - The Nines
03/14 Austin, TX - SXSW
03/15 Fort Worth, TX - Main at South Side ^
03/16 Hot Springs, AR - Valley Of The Vapours ^
03/19 Nashville, TN - The End ^
03/20 Cincinnati, OH - North Side Yacht Club ^
03/22 Washington, DC - Pie Shop ^
03/23 Philadelphia, PA - Creep Records ^
03/24 Brooklyn, NY - Saint Vitus ^
03/25 Flemington, NJ - Flemington DIY ^
03/26 Boston, MA - O'Brien's ^
03/27 Montreal, QC - L'Escogriffe ^
03/28 Ottawa, ON - Dominion ^
03/29 Toronto, ON - Baby G ^
03/30 Waterloo, ON - Jane Bond ^
03/31 Detroit, MI - PJ's Lager House ^
04/02 Fort Wayne, IN - Brass Rail ^
04/03 Chicago, IL - Subterranean ^
04/05 Fort Collins, CO - Pinball Jones ^
04/06 Denver, CO - Streets Of London ^
04/07 Albuquerque, NM - Sister Bar ^
04/09 Phoenix, AZ - Lunchbox ^
04/10 San Diego, CA - Soda Bar ^
04/11 Los Angeles, CA - Moroccan Lounge ^
04/13 San Francisco, CA - Bender's
04/14 Portland, OR - White Owl Social Club
04/17 Seattle, WA - Belltown Yacht Club
04/18 Vancouver, BC - Static Jupiter
* = with Daniel Romano
^ = with Goon
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.