Deadkind - Still Not Dead

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I got to thinking that it's been a little while since most people outside of our little circle have heard much of anything from or about the band. I suppose I should fill you in, at least a little bit. There are a couple of minor details I'm not exactly at liberty to disclose of yet, but here's what I can tell you: Nick left the band last year. Johnny wasn't able to fully commit, we had all discussed it as a band a number of times, so we all knew that he'd eventually be replaced. Nobody had heard much from him for a little while, so we started seeking out a new bassist. We are fairly sure we may have found a new guy, but we're not 100% sure, so that's all I'm saying about it right now. IF this works out with the person we're currently discussing the idea with, the growth potential for Deadkind would be mind boggling. We are very fortunate to be from a place that has no shortage of talent amongst it's population, and even more fortunate to know some of these fine people.

In late 2011 we began writing new material for our second album, without a bassist or second guitarist. There is a noticeable difference in the style of writing between the first album and what will be the second release. Overall the songs have less of a formulated structure, but are also much more complex in chord progression, transitions and timing changes. I didn't write all the lyrics for the firs album alone, but this time I am. The writing process is much slower now that it was a year and a half ago, but there is a lot more thought and communication between us going into the new songs. We don't have a full album written just yet, but we're all quite pleased with the direction the songwriting has been taking, and we also feel more confident as a band the second time around. Times are changing, folks.

We also lost our jam space last year, which I think had the biggest impact on us in terms of the rate that we get shit done. We were able to play as loud as we could stand it without disturbing anybody, it was a completely ideal place for a band to practice. So we went from there to Steve's basement. Steve and Corey are practically neighbors in a townhouse subdivision. While Steve did previously do a bunch of sound reinforcement work in his basement, there is still only so loud you can be in a townhouse. However, my wife and I are about to move into a house 20 minutes outside of town on almost an acre with no neighbors in sight, so things will quickly be back to the way they used to be — practicing at my place means loud as fuck again! I feel I should point out why loud is important. First and foremost it's because drums are loud. In this type of music especially, to properly execute the speed and intensity required to get the right sound, the volume can be exceedingly raging. It is nothing short of necessary that all stringed instruments be able to "stay afloat" and not be drowned out by loud cymbal crashing or blast beating. Everybody needs to be able to hear everybody else at all times, no matter what is being played. And for me personally, I have a hard time being able to get those grunts out the right way unless we're playing at the right volume. When I can scream louder than the volume on the PA I'm coming through, it just takes away from the experience. It's also harder to hear myself while I'm listening to the rest of the band. So needless to say, we're not reaching these comfortable volume levels at Steve's place — but in a few weeks we will be, once again.

We're all really happy with the direction the band is headed in right now. Unfortunately things have been a little bit slower in the last few months, we haven't been able to play any shows without a second guitarist or more importantly a bassist. Once we get those issues completely solved and we feel everyone is up to speed with the songs, we can start doing shows again. By that time our second album may be completely written, or already in the recording process.. only time will tell. We've even gotten into discussions about touring, though that won't be happening until at least next year, at the earliest. The most important thing for people to know about Deadkind right now is that we'll be back on stage again as soon as we can, and it will be worth the wait.

 

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