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Something unusual happened during the making of Get Dead’s video for “Glitch.” Actually, it feels like everything surrounding the making of the song and the video was unfortunate. None of that was going to stop Alternative Press from premiering it, though. “Glitch” is the latest single from the band’s new album, Dancing With The Curse, and honestly, it’s a bit melancholy.
Ask the members of Get Dead how long it’s taken to release their new album, and they’ll probably say, “Forever.” Even though the San Francisco band started recording it more than two years ago, Dancing with the Curse (Fat Wreck Chords, Oct 9th) feels perfectly timed for now.
Look no further than the song “Pepperspray,” written long before the protests of summer 2020. The band had begun collaborating with activist-artist collective Indecline on a video before the George Floyd protests erupted. If there was any time to share the message of “Pepperspray,” this was it.
“We wanted to just be able to cut through the noise and have some kind of impact,” says vocalist Sam King, “and to try to let people know that what they're doing is okay, and people are behind them.”
Get Dead rolls only five deep—King, guitarists Mike McGuire and Jeremy Korkki, bassist Tim Mehew, and drummer Scott Powell—but Dancing with the Curse sounds like an army. Produced by D-Composers (Fat Mike, Johnny Carey, Baz Bastien, Yotam Ben Horin) and Chris Dugan (Green Day), its 12 songs build on 2016’s Honesty Lives Elsewhere without rehashing it.
While Dancing with the Curse features Get Dead’s signature NorCal punk sound, balancing bombast with up-picked bounce and dirt-smudged acoustic songs, listeners will notice some curious moments. Subtle electronic flourishes lurk in songs like “Disruption,” “Glitch,” “Confrontation,” and “Take It.” The album opens with an atmospheric intro built on King’s gravelly voice and hip-hop-inflected cadence—a happy accident.
“I was supposed to be sending Fat Mike a new demo for one of the songs,” King says. “I ended up sending him some of my stuff that I just screw around with at home because I used to do hip-hop stuff. I sent that to him, and he really liked it. He’s like, ‘We're putting this as the intro.’”
These sonic detours suit a band that isn’t known to stay in one place for too long. “Our first EP was hardcore, and then the next one was straight acoustic, almost country shit,” King says. “We get bored easily if we were just to stay the same thing.”
And after writing Honesty Lives Elsewhere in the aftermath of a friend’s suicide, Get Dead was ready to move on.
“I don't think anyone really realized that it was happening, as much as it was a way that we were processing what happened,” King says of writing Honesty. “It just so happened that we were supposed to be making an album at that point. That one was a bummer, man. This one, it's a lot more upbeat, more along lines of how we normally are.”
Reaching that place was a process. Get Dead originally recorded with Chris Dugan, but then Fat Wreck Chords co-founder Fat Mike heard the songs. “He was like, ‘Naw, you guys can do better than this,’” King says, laughing. So the band decamped to Six Floggs Studio in LA to continue with D-Composers.
“Chris did an amazing job. It sounded great, and we were super psyched on it,” King says. “Mike knows how to keep us on track with our stuff and just call us on our bullshit. I’m glad that he and those boys had us do what we did to it because it got way better. But it’s been a long journey for sure.”
Yet a worthwhile one. Dancing with the Curse is Get Dead’s most self-assured album yet, one perfectly suited to the times: raw, energized, frustrated, but ultimately unbowed.
Dancing with the Curse is available October 9th, 2020 on Fat Wreck Chords.
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Our 3rd Fat Wreck full length album is currently in the works. The legendary Chris Dugan is our engineer and he is killing it. We have been recording at NuTone and Sharkbite Studios. Once we have our release date we will post more info, so stay tuned.
West Coast Tour 2016 with Guttermouth and The Cryptics
11/10 - Los Osos, CA @ Sweet Springs Saloon
11/11 - Bakersfield, CA @ Jerry’s Pizza
11/12 - Folsom, CA @ The Powerhouse Pub
11/13 - South Lake Tahoe, CA @ Whiskey Dicks Saloon
11/14 - Redding, CA @ The Dip
11/16 - Seattle, WA @ Highline
11/17 - Spokane, WA @ Big Dipper
11/18 - Everett, WA @ Tony V’s
11/19 - Tacoma, WA @ Jazzbones
11/20 - Eugene, OR @ The Boreal
11/22 - San Jose, CA @ The Ritz
11/23 - Pomona, CA @ Characters
11/26 - Tempe, AZ @ Yucca Tap Room
11/27 - Tucson, AZ @ The Rock
11/29 - Prescott, AZ @ Lyzzard’s Lounge
11/30 - Yuma, AZ @ The Alement
12/1 - Ventura, CA @ The Garage
12/2 - San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
We are coming in hot on the 29th, fresh off a 23 date tour in Europe, and we are stoked to rage with everyone at Fest 15 on Sunday October 30th! We will also be doing a few Post Fest Shows on our way back to Cali to start the West Coast run with Guttermouth on November 10th!
Fest 15 Show Schedule
Sunday - October 30th - 8:40pm
Market Street Pub
112 SW 1st Ave.
Post Fest Shows
11/1 - Sidewinder - Austin, TX
11/2 - Drunken Fry - Oklahoma City, OK
11/3 - Gillie's - Kearney, NE
11/4 - Flux Capacitor - Colorado Springs, CO
We are super stoked and honored to have been interviewed while we were in NYC last week by our boy Cullen from the Faction channel on SiriusXM Radio! As you can tell from the photo, we pulled the van over on 49th and did the interview right there in the middle of Manhattan! Shit was dope for sure!
The interview airs tonight (10/5/16) at 5pm PST on Marky Ramone's Punk Rock Blitzkrieg show on Channel 41 (Faction) on SiriusXM Radio. If you don't have SiriusXM service don't worry, we've got you covered! Click the Listen Now link and then click the Get Started button, sign up for an account and receive a 30 day free trial, and you will be able to listen to the show for free!
Check out the Show Review that our homie Scott Murry from New Noise Magazine did for our show at Hardcore Stadium (Cambridge Elks) in Boston, MA!
We caught up with our homie Jay Stone over at Dying Scene last week while we were on the road in Missouri. Go check out the Interview as well as their Rad Review of our new album "Honesty Lives Elsewhere", out now on Fat Wreck Chords.