Befitting their handle, Dead Posey is fascinated by what lies beyond, their music exploring the nature of mortality through both waking life and dreams. But while the Los Angeles duo’s lyrics lean toward the metaphysical, its debut EP, Freak Show (out 6/2), is a raucous, fuzz-loaded collection ofback-to-basics rock ‘n’ roll. Singer Danielle Souza’s inspired vocals blend seamlessly with guitarist Kyle Foster’s muddy, blown-out riffs in this vibrant, boot-stomping five-song collection.
The band spent most of 2016 working on Freak Show and credits producer/co-writer ALLIES (Tony Fagenson of Eve 6) with helping guide their vision and develop their sound. The EP was created almost entirely in the studio, starting from Souza and Foster’s bare-bones vocals-and-guitar demos. “We’d take our three-month old fetus of a song into the studio with Tony and then nurture and grow it into a snarling monster together,” Souza says. From the anthemic “Don’t Stop the Devil” to the soulful swamp rock of “Boogeyman,” Dead Posey will leave you eager to let your freak flag fly.
“Anything weird and abnormal, that’s what lights a fire in us,” Souza says. “Lyrically, I find myself thinking about the morbid truth that we will all die one day and descend into the unknown—so you might as well grab life by the balls.” While the macabre is a persistent thread throughout the band’s debut, the idea of human connection also weaves its way into each song, unfolding like a story told over a late night of hard drinking amongst close friends.
“I love when certain parts of your life end up having a soundtrack to them because of what was playing at the moment,” Foster says. “Creating art and sharing it with the world is an intimate thing—it helps people relate and make memories.”
Glide is pumped to premiere “Don’t Stop the Devil” a thrusting and quivering number full of disarming melodies. A name like Dead Posey may conjure something langour, but the duos cryptic electricity is reminiscent of Queens of the Stone Age and the Kills, making for a rock 101 indulgence.