We’ve met a couple of great new bands from New Zealand recently, but they’re being a serious run for their money by awesome Auckland rockers Dead Favours.
The band released their debut album, Misbehaviour, at the end of last month and it’s absolutely packed with cracking, hard-hitting rocky goodness. The band sent us through the album’s title track to have a listen to, which gave us a good taster for the album.
The track opens up with a delicious little riff under frontman Jared’s high-pitched vocals, which are soon joined by more intense guitars. It soon launches into big high-pitched vocals then diving riffs support powerful vocals through the chorus.
A second chorus gives way to a barrage of booming riffs and pounding drums in a big rock-out section, which suddenly drops into an epic repeat of the chorus led by Jared’s impressive vocals over darting riffs. This song is huge, and you can watch the video below:
We highly recommend giving the entire album a listen, as it’s absolutely packed with big catchy rock tracks and awesome riffs. But a particular favourite is second track Noise Beers, which opens up with a big riff that feeds into a quiet verse then explodes into a big singalong chorus.
While there’s a bit of a Queens of the Stone Age meets Muse feel to the superb Wake Up, which opens up with a plodding riff that continues under Jared’s engaging vocals. It suddenly explodes into a big chorus of “Wake up and go on believing, Wake up you’re more than you own, Break up the colours repeating, Take on the .” That then drops into a really cool effects-laden solo over the opening stabbing riff, before one final blast of the chorus.
We had a chat with the band to find out more, read on below…
GR: Who are Dead Favours?
DF: “Dead Favours are Jared Wrennall on guitar and vocals, Charlie Smith on drums, Kyle Wetton on guitar and shreds and Will Kearny on bass. We are from Auckland, New Zealand.
“The band got together when Charlie put a message on Facebook asking if anyone wants to have a jam. Jared messaged Charlie and set up a beer and a chat. After that, we set our first jam together, in which Charlie asked Kyle to come along. Dead Favours was born at that first practice and continued to get together weekly for the following 2 years!”
GR: You just released Misbehaviour. What should people be expecting from the song?
DF: “Misbehaviour was a bit of a unique song in terms of writing. We had a strong verse and pre-chorus but no chorus and no middle 8. We were in the studio doing preproduction when Will had an idea for the chorus and then Kyle had an idea for the middle 8. We jammed and jammed the song in the studio until it all came together.
“Lyrically, the song is about the feeling that life sometimes misbehaves. There are days when things are looking up, then you get knocked back and kicked while you’re down. You can expect dark moods offset by nice melodies, driving drums and plenty of guitar riffs.
GR: How would you describe your sound to people that haven’t listened to you yet?
DF: “Our sound is a blend of a few various influences. We love QOSTA, Foo Fighters, Arctic Monkeys, Royal Blood, The Beatles and Tom Petty. So within that, you get a bit of a dark tone with huge drums, lots of cool riffs balanced with some really melodic vocals and harmonies.”
GR: What influences you to write music? Any key themes or topics that you write about?
DF: “Musically, we are influenced by the bands that we listen to. We draw inspiration from listening to albums and seeing live shows.
Lyrically most of our songs are influenced by life experiences that Jared has been through. There is a general theme of life misbehaving that runs through the album.”
GR: Which bands/musicians are/have been your strongest musical influences?
DF: “Between us all, there is probably too many to list, but a few of the strong influences would be Dave Grohl, Josh Homme, John Paul Jones, Tom Petty, Paul McCartney.”
GR: What have you got coming up through the rest of 2019?
DF: “We are currently on tour through NZ with Villainy, we have another 5 shows to do. Once that’s finished we are going to start work on our next music video for a single that will drop in a few months.
“We have a few shows on the horizon and a few more that we are in the middle of booking. Towards the end of the year, we may look at taking a break for a few months before we start the whole writing process over again. There has been talk of possibly releasing a LIVE EP at some stage this year, but nothing is set in place yet.”
GR: Anything else you’d like people to know about you/your music?
DF: “We are really proud of the album we have written. If you like good rock’n’roll with plenty of hooks and some fucking rad riffs, then this is probably the music for you! Non-musical influences include Hot Wings and Tequila. Although they’re not music, they play a big part in Dead Favours.”