"Haunting ... an awe-inspiring brand of desert-pop/swamp rock." - Huff Post
“A name like Dead Posey may conjure something langour, but the band's cryptic electricity is reminiscent of Queens of the Stone Age and The Kills, making for a rock 101 indulgence.” - Glide Magazine
“Their debut single, “Holy Grail,” is already making waves as a bluesy, stomping blast of swaggering vocals, power chords and one seriously infectious, howling hook that will spare no one. You’ve been warned.” - BMI.com
"Freak Show is dark and features a blend of desert rock, along with elements of soulful garage rock and dirt under the fingers grit that describe the rough and tumble side of the city beyond the bright lights." - Purevolume.com
“The Los Angeles band's lyrics lean toward the metaphysical, its debut EP, Freak Show, is a raucous, fuzz-loaded collection of back-to-basics rock ‘n’ roll." - Ghettoblaster.com
“Swaggering band Dead Posey are revitalizing rock conventions with their sandblasted new EP, Freak Show.“ - The Deli Magazine (LA)
“Their debut single as Dead Posey “Holy Grail” is a stomping and swaggering bit of anthemic, power chord-based rock that sonically owes a debt to The Black Keys, Dirty Ghosts and the glam rock sounds of T. Rex” - The Joy of Violent Movement
It could double as the soundtrack for the witching hour.
A brew of rough-and-tumble guitars, swamp soul rhythms, and femme fatale vocal invocations, Dead Posey cast a sonic spell that seduces as it scorches. The Los Angeles-based band—vocalist Danyell Souza and producer/co-writer/MULTI-INSTRUMENTALIST Tony F [aka ALLIES, formerly of Eve 6]—immediately enchant on their five- song debut “Freak Show” EP [Sumerian Records].
“I’ve always loved magic,” explains Danyell. “We like mixing these twisted lyrical themes and haunting imagery with a sense of fun and energy. We hope the beat, melodic hooks, and impact make the dark lyrics go down a little smoother. There’s a contrast. It sounds morbid, but I try to remind myself, ‘We all die one day, so you might as well grab life by the balls.”
That’s exactly what Danyell and Tony did. It started on a late-night drive a few years back. The two cruised through the darkness one evening as Nirvana’s “Come As You Are” piped through the speakers of Tony’s car. An inexplicable impulse overcame Tony as he asked, “Do you want to go sing in the studio when we get back?”
Danyell obliged—“coming out of the closet” as a singer. She devoted two years to honing her craft in another band before fate brought her back to Tony. Then, tapping into intense creative chemistry and Danyell’s newfound vision for a rough, blues-y new sound, they quietly grinded in the studio for nearly a year, honing their songwriting to perfection.
“Instead of just playing shows right away, we decided to do things differently,” Tony continues. “We didn’t want to just throw the music together. We really took our time.”
“It was important to cook the songs,” agrees Danyell.
Rather than diving into the club circuit, Dead Posey (joined by one-time member Kyle Foster) released one song at a time online and stirred up a palpable buzz. Beyond early acclaim from Huffington Post, Glide Magazine, PureVolume, The Deli Magazine, and more, they landed high-profile syncs everywhere from Lucifer, Teen Wolf, Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger, and NETFLIX’s Jack Whitehall – Travels With My Father to Macy’s, Sony PlayStation, and League of Legends. As well as inking a deal with Sumerian Records.
Leading their debut EP for the label, the first single “Freak Show” hinges on a propulsive handclap- driven groove, wild chant, and raucous riffing. It functions as a clarion call for the musicians.
“We had a vision that a freakshow was coming to town, and you see the neon lights,” Danyell reveals. “No matter how normal you are, everyone is a freak in their own way. We’re individuals. You’re a little off, but it’s okay, because everyone is.”
The revival-style stomp of “Don’t Stop The Devil” drips with ominous otherworldly charm.
“We were thinking about the co-dependent relationship between Harley Quinn and The Joker,” says Tony. “I feel like we’re all capable of that kind of connection to some degree.”
Whether it’s the Southern Gothic swell of “God’s Gonna Cut You Down,” dark energy coursing through “Boogeyman,” or intense sensuality during “Holy Grail,” the group conjure up a singular spirit that’s equally catchy and cathartic. For the live show, Danyell & Tony lead a fresh gang of hard-charging musicians.
In the end, now that Dead Posey’s spell has been cast, it won’t be broken.
Danyell leaves off, “The last few years have been this intense up-and-down sensation with exciting, inspiring things happening to me and to Dead Posey coupled with some sad and scary things—which is a feeling I’m sure we’ve all had in our lives. We try to let Dead Posey’s music reflect that roller coaster nature of life.”