With their debut album, The Golden Age Of Not Even Trying, arriving next Friday (put it in your diaries now!), Dead! are fully set to become one of the hottest new rock’n’roll bands around.
Between getting ready for numerous gigs, designing their own merch, creating zines and, y’know, putting those finishing touches to the record, we got the lads to give us a playlist of all the songs they have on repeat.
Tune in below…
Everything Is Recorded feat. Sampha – “Close But Not Quite”
This was recorded in a basement in west London by a guy who is completely balls deep in the music industry, but he still manages to capture pure creativity and originality when bringing big artists into his environment and managing to break them down and record something honest… and Sampha kills it as always.
Bright Eyes – “Land Locked Blues”
I grew up by the sea and now spend most of my time in cities or on the road. That leaves me missing the sea air and the quietness of my town from time to time. This song is sometimes my own cure for land locked blues.
Stevie Nicks – “Rooms On Fire”
I can’t relate lyrically but there’s everything to relate to musically. The sound of the 80s crafted to its best; basslines everywhere and the voice…
Pulp – “Disco 2000”
It’s kind of funny how a song about the year 2000 being the future can still make you feel nostalgic, you’d think it’d feel really outdated but the sentiment is still strong and the song just as brilliant.
The White Stripes – “We’re Going To Be Friends”
I love the naivety and simpleness of this track, it really is a perfect example of how the simplest of songs done correctly can be incredible. Recently I watched their documentary, Under Great White Northern Lights and really connected with it, possibly because the locations for some of their secret shows are the best I’ve seen and that’s something as a band that we’re always trying to do.
The Big Moon – “Cupid”
Their debut album is the most cohesive record I’ve heard a band put out in a long time, and it’s probably the reason why it was nominated for the Mercury Prize this year. It was hard to pick my favourite track from this album so just check out the whole record and their cover of “Total Eclipse of the Heart”.
The Cribs – “Majors Titling Victory”
I love the whole MTV culture – it’s cool to hate it but we all want them to love us. All the jagged riffs and that hook “I’m empty because of MTV”, I guess it sounds and feels like where my head’s at with the industry and everything at the moment.
Liam Gallagher – “Greedy Soul”
Not the most coherent record but this is a banger, it’s Liam! I love the lyrics. It’s a song by a fucking rockstar that makes you feel like a fucking rockstar, yknow? DONT GIVE A FUCK ALRIIIIIIGHT!
INXS – “Mediate”
It’s one of those songs with so few changes. It feels like we’re poised for an 80s revival but maybe people should look back and pay their respects to where it all started.
Rat Boy – “Revolution”
It’s a fucking millennial anthem. It feels like the older generation, be that journalists or music fans with their heads in a different age, are being a bit dismissive. Like it or not, Rat Boy is the soundtrack to a new voice.