Befitting their handle, Dead Posey is fascinated by what lies beyond, their music exploring the nature of mortality through both waking life and dreams. But while the Los Angeles duo’s lyrics lean toward the metaphysical, its debut EP, Freak Show, is a raucous, fuzz-loaded collection of back-to-basics rock 'n' roll. Singer Danielle Souza’s inspired vocals blend seamlessly with guitarist Kyle Foster’s muddy, blown-out riffs in this vibrant, boot-stomping five-song collection.
The band spent most of 2016 working on Freak Show and credits producer/co-writer ALLIES (Tony Was of Eve 6) with helping guide their vision and develop their sound. The EP was created almost entirely in the studio, starting from Souza and Foster’s bare-bones vocals-and-guitar demos. “We'd take our three-month old fetus of a song into the studio with Tony and then nurture and grow it into a snarling monster together,” Souza says. From the anthemic “Don’t Stop the Devil” to the soulful swamp rock of “Boogeyman,” Dead Posey will leave you eager to let your freak flag fly.
“Anything weird and abnormal, that’s what lights a fire in us,” Souza says. “Lyrically, I find myself thinking about the morbid truth that we will all die one day and descend into the unknown—so you might as well grab life by the balls.” While the macabre is a persistent thread throughout the band’s debut, the idea of human connection also weaves its way into each song, unfolding like a story told over a late night of hard drinking amongst close friends.
“I love when certain parts of your life end up having a soundtrack to them because of what was playing at the moment,” Foster says. "Creating art and sharing it with the world is an intimate thing—it helps people relate and make memories.”
The two halves of Dead Posey first met at a recording studio in Hollywood in 2013 during an album release party. “It wasn’t really my scene,” Souza says, "so I wandered off alone and found a kindred, outsider spirit in Kyle.” She noticed Foster while he was lighting a candle inside a miniature glass cottage and the two launched into a conversation about setting Tinker Bell's house on fire. After discovering they shared similar musical influences, as Souza puts it, they “stumbled around in the weeds together" with various projects and bands, eventually leading to the birth of Dead Posey.
The new EP’s lead single “Don’t Stop the Devil” is a dark, '90s-inspired grunge anthem about how temptation can sink its teeth into the best of us. The single found its way into the game 'League of Legends" (Hype Video) and is also accompanied by a music video directed by Chris Berkenkamp (Dionysus Co Entertainment) that is at once dizzying, mystifying and deliciously creepy. The band will be bringing Freak Show to life at shows throughout 2017, chasing the darkness as deep as it will take them.