New Band of the Week: Dead Romantic

Our latest GigRadio podcast episode kicked off with the latest single from exciting new Yorkshire-based alternative rock and metal band Dead Romantic. The band offer up an intriguing combination of hooky, loud, energetic yet aggressive music that’ll have you singing along one moment and kick you in the face the next.

Despite being Yorkshire-based, the band comes from far and wide across the UK and beyond. Vocalist Dan is from Rotherham and guitarist and producer Mike is from Canada and lived in Los Angeles and Nashville before moving to the more luxurious surroundings of Huddersfield. While bassist Chris is from Wigan and drummer Adam is from Milton Keynes.

As the band explains: “We’re from all over the place really, we found each other on the internet, which is how people have communicated over the last year. Mike saw a random video of Dan singing online and got in touch, they started writing together, then got in touch with Adam and Chris over social media and we’ve been working together on the record for the last year.”

On the sound they’ve honed since, Dan tells us: “I’d probably say ‘familiar but different.’ I feel like we have the heaviness of a lot of the metal that we love in places, but also pop influence in hooks and a bit of ’emo’ or whatever. But it blends well and creates something that’s recognisable from all of those perspectives but completely original at the same time.

To which, Adam adds: “Dead Romantic probably can’t be put into a box… I have been racking my brains about this for weeks thinking who we sound like or how we would describe our music. But the best answer would be that our music is something to be played LOUD and on a long car journey. Our music isn’t something we glaze over, it puts across hard rock energy with riffs and melody but kicks you in the face with a metal boot when it needs to.”

Our latest taste of this is new single Yesterday, which opens up with light synth sounds and stabbing guitars before a big hit of drums brings in heavy guitar chords and driving drums. Light vocals take over and build in intensity before a powerful chorus “I could die, Lose myself in yesterday, I’m alive Won’t be going down that way, Your lying lips were deadly, I won’t let your demons wreck me, I won’t cry, Lose myself in yesterday.”

Big backing vocals and driving drums support cries of “yesterday” before dropping into a heavier second verse that opens up with the excellent line “I’d love to say I’d hate to disappoint you, From the bottom of my heart I don’t give a fuck.” It builds up to another catchy chorus, then light vocals build towards a big guitar solo that feeds into a huge final chorus.

On the track, Dan said: “The reception has been great, the music video got like 250,000 views in the first week, so it’s been really overwhelming. As far as expectations, I think, a bit heavy, a bit hooky, a bit of epic-ness, is that a word?”

And Mike adds: “We’ve had great comments and interest from a lot of industry professionals and the reaction from fans and the general public has been amazing. We’re really happy with the response so far. If you haven’t seen it yet, go watch it. We’d love to see what you think.” And you can do just that here:

Yesterday follows on from debut single All Talk, which opens with light instrumentals that feed into a bouncy lick over guitar chords. A funky light verse feeds into a big singalong chorus “I’m not all talk, I’ll be what you’ve been missing, Just watch our beautiful collision, Give me half a chance and I’ll prove to you I’m not all talk.”

A heavier second verse follows supported by cool stabbing guitars and quickly flows into another feisty chorus. Big stabbing guitars and rolling drums support more angsty vocals, which gives way to a delicious guitar solo. Building repeats of the chorus bring the track to heavy conclusion. Check it out in the lyric video below:

And both those tracks give us a taste for the band’s debut album, which is released on 25 June. On the album, Dan says: “The album is awesome! I’m so excited for it to come out! But I would say that I suppose. It’s got heavy songs, it’s got epic songs, it’s got pop influenced songs. I feel like it’s a real mixed bag, in a positive sense. Think Thirty Seconds to Mars meets Beartooth and everything in between.”

To which, Adam adds: “Just prepare your ear holes for riffs, melody and lyrics that will make you think twice. We wanted to created an album that is full of energy and different themes that anyone in the real world can relate to. Just get ready to move your body and head bang. A LOT.”

The Dead Romantic sound comes from a heavy rock influence, from the 90s grunge band like Silverchair, Soundgarden and Mudhoney to the likes of Linkin Park, Slipknot and Taking Back Sunday. Foo Fighters have also had a major influence on the band, along with the likes of modern bands like Architects and Frank Carter and The Rattlesnakes, as well as pop performers like David Bowie and Michael Jackson.

And on what inspires them to write music, Dan tells us: “Life is the influence. The positives and negatives, unity and loneliness, happiness and hopelessness, pleasure and pain, comfort and fear. There’s a lot of feeling and emotion in our music and I think that’s what music is all about, its expression.”

And Mike adds: “Life and experiences, and the passion to write. It’s something that’s been in me for as long as I can remember, nothing ever made me do it, it’s something I just wanted to do.”

There’s plenty more to come from Dead Romantic, including the album release on 25 June. And, given the UK is set to fully open up four days before that, they also hope to have an album launch show on the same day. Beyond that, they hope to be touring and, in Dan’s words: “We’ll be on the road making noise in as many cities and countries as we possibly can. We just love what we’re doing and we want everyone to get on board and enjoy it with us. I hope that the music we’re making speaks to people on as many different levels as possible and that they join us on this journey.”

And Adam says: “I think the world is ready for live shows. Everyone has been forced to change and adapt, but there is nothing like a live rock show. I think everyone and their mothers will be on the road next year, so we will see you in the pit.”

You can follow Dead Romantic on FacebookInstagram and Twitter, and check out their music on Spotify, Apple Music and YouTube.

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