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"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
“This British Columbia band needs to be on your radar, with their playful grunge punk anthems.” - Indie88 (Up-And-Coming Canadian Artists You Need To Hear)
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Vancouver grunge-punks Dead Soft are currently touring North America and dropping new singles along the way. Today, Dead Soft share their latest track "The Static", a dream-pop love song in the style of Beach House or Galaxie 500 led by the airy vocals of bassist/vocalist Keeley Rochon, and the spacey, psychedelic guitar work of Nathaniel Epp and Kyle Schick.
On “The Static”, Rochon says: "The song represents the feeling of being alone and afraid, having a partner to rely on but becoming aware of the fact that there's more to life than blacking out for the entirety of your work day only to get home and collapse in the arms of the one you love. It's also a love song."
Dead Soft released their New Emotion EP on Arts & Crafts late last year and hit the road for a lengthy, successful tour with Canadian punks The Dirty Nil. 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.
Rochon explains: "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."
DEAD SOFT TOUR DATES
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 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.