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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.
Our new album "Honesty Lives Elsewhere" is out today!!! Available everywhere!!! If your in the bay area go down to the Fat Wreck warehouse between 4-6pm. Pick up a copy of our new record and enjoy some free beer at the same time!
We're super stoked to announce our new album "Honesty Lives Elsewhere" drops this Friday July 29th, but you can go listen to it a day (or so) early over at New Noise Magazine!
Check out all of the Tour Dates on our Shows page if ya wanna catch us on the road, and don't forget to order the album from Fat Wreck Chords!
We are very excited to announce that you can now pre-order our new full-length "Honesty Lives Elsewhere" from fatwreck.com and get a super rad blood red splatter on white vinyl copy while they last!
Get Dead "Honesty Lives Elsewhere" West Coast Tour 2016
08/12/16 - Pomona, CA - VLHS
08/13/16 - San Diego, CA - Tower Bar
08/14/16 - Tijuana, Mexico - Mod Bar
08/15/16 - Las Vegas, NV - Back Stage Bar
08/16/16 - Phoenix, AZ - Yucca Tap Room
08/17/16 - Albuquerque, NM - Sister
08/18/16 - Colorado Springs, CO - The Triple Nickel
08/19/16 - Denver, CO - The Marquis Theater
08/20/16 - Fort Collins, CO - Surfside 7
08/21/16 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Underground
08/22/16 - Boise, ID - The Neurolux
08/23/16 - Tacoma, WA - The Valley
08/24/16 - Seattle, WA - The Kraken
08/25/16 - Portland, OR - Bossanova Ballroom
08/26/16 - San Francisco, CA - DNA Lounge ***RECORD RELEASE SHOW!***
Visit the SHOWS page for more info.
Get Dead "Honesty Lives Elsewhere" - Fat Wreck Chords ©2016
We can't wait to share with everyone what we've been working on down at Motor City, sticking with what worked so well on our last release with Josh Garcia engineering and Fat Mike producing! Stay tuned for more pre-order info coming soon!