TUNE Dead Sea Souls - Trendsetter (Radio Edit)
Dead Sea Souls have quickly become one of the most exciting bands on the Scottish gig scene, having played across the country delivering an energetic and anthemic performance. The band are now set to release their new single ‘Trendsetter’, the second track to be lifted from their debut album ‘We Were Always Electric’, on Big Rock Candy Records.
Descending from West Lothian, you could compare their vocal sounds to that of Twin Atlantic, and it’s not hard to hear an influence from The Red Hot Chilli Peppers, with the upbeat guitar a prominent feature of the DSS sound. This mixed with their unique spin, makes for some melodious high-powered tunes.
‘Trendsetter’ is a prime example of their raw talent. The track starts with some sing along interjections, the guitar and drums in sync to make a fun and bouncy track. The song also has some real meaning behind it, focusing on the judgements made on the competitive band circuit. Lead singer and bassist Gary Burns says:
“Writing ‘Trendsetter’ was a reaction to some pretty unfair criticism from another band. The unsigned circuit is an amazing place to see bands and make lasting friendships but it can also be a competitive environment! The song itself is I suppose … a protest against the exclusive nature of aspects of our music scene. The band in question came to play a hometown show of ours and passed judgement on our style and fanbase, blatant snobbery! The song came together very fast, and the groove was a natural thing for the band. The final lyric (maybe a bit aggressive on reflection) references a fellow West Lothian artist and songwriter, Ewan Butler.”
‘We Are Always Electric’ takes Dead Sea Souls up to the next level on the circuit, with their fun melodies, energy, and hooks. Gary Burns says:
“The album is a real mix of material for us. Some songs have existed in one form or another for a number of years and others were written weeks before going into the studio! We really went for it on the dance front. We are all massive fans of real dance music and it’s pretty well reflected in the album overall. The general idea we were trying to put across is that we are a fun band. We like to make upbeat music but try to think about the lyrics and how the song comes across in melody and groove. The goal is to make you dance, simple as that.”
The album features a blend of upbeat dance, indie, and alternative music. The track ‘Danny Bell’ provides a mix of horns and bass, its ska punk vibes make it the perfect festival skanking track. There is no need to stop dancing to this album - even ‘Scenester’ starts as a slower track, but progresses towards a great dance beat. There really isn’t a single track on the album that you can’t sing and dance along too, as every chorus has fantastic brash melodies. Gary Burns also says of their debut long-player:
“We are immensely proud of our album, it is produced in a way which is true to how we perform. Meaning we can always back up this material when we are on stage, which is the whole point after all!!”
Dead Sea Souls have spent much of the last year perfecting their phenomenal live act, with sell out shows across Scotland. They are currently promoting the single and album with a string of dates - check website for details.
'Trendsetter' is released on November 5th 2012.
(Victoria Purcell, September 2012)
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