While most people shy away from an existential crisis Dead Posey is keen to use it as their biggest influence. Fascinated by what lies beyond, their music explores themes such as the nature of mortality through both real-life and dreamed experiences. Even though the lyrical content may tinge on the metaphysical, Dead Posey’s sound on their debut EP “Freak Show” is a raucous, blues-y, clap-stomping good time. The LA-based duo has received praise from BMI’s Indie Spotlight, blogs such as Joy of Violent Movement and been featured in numerous indie Spotify playlists.
With “Freak Show” singer Danielle Souza’s bluesy rock alto voice blends seamlessly with guitarist Kyle Foster’s muddy, electrified riffs on the 5-song EP. Most of 2016 was spent working on the record and the band credits producer/co-writer ALLIES (Tony Fagenson of Eve 6) with helping guide their vision and developing their formidable sound. The band’s music is created almost entirely in the studio, starting from rough vocal/guitar demos that Souza and Foster record. “We’ll 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,” says Souza. From the anthemic “Don’t Stop the Devil” to the soulful swamp rock of “Boogeyman”, the band wants to leave you itching to kick your feet into the floor and scream, to take off running into the night, to let your freak flag fly.
“Anything weird and abnormal, that’s what lights a fire in us” says Souza when asked about what inspires them. “It intoxicates me. 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. That seems to pop up in my writing a lot.” And while the macabre is heavily prominent in their debut, it’s also the human connection that weaves its way through each song like a story told over a long night of drinking among close friends. “I love when certain parts of your life seem to have a soundtrack to them because of what music was playing during those moments. Creating art and sharing it with the world is an intimate feeling, it helps people relate, make memories,” says Foster.
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, so I wandered off alone and found a kindred, outsider spirit in Kyle,” says Souza. She noticed Foster while he was lighting a candle inside a miniature glass cottage and the two began to have a conversation about setting Tinker Bell's house on fire. After discovering they shared similar musical influences they, as Souza puts it, “stumbled around in the weeds together with various projects and bands, eventually giving way to the birth of Dead Posey.”
The EP’s lead single “Don’t Stop the Devil” is a dark Americana grunge jam about how temptation can sink it’s teeth into the best of us. The single is accompanied by a music video directed by Chris Berkenkamp of Dionysus Co Entertainment. When asked what to expect from the video, the duo says that it will be a visual journey that’s equal parts dizzying, mystifying, and deliciously creepy. The band is looking forward to bringing the “Freak Show” to life at shows throughout 2017 and beyond and if the EP is any indication of where Dead Posey is headed you can be sure you’ll want to follow even if it leads you a little deeper into the dark.