By: Zane Brammell
One of rock’s newest heavy-hitters, DED continue to knock charts with the release of their newest project, the two track micro EP entitled “Mannequin Eyes.” The release is the follow-up to their 2017 debut album “Mis-An-Thrope.” After generating over twenty five million streams on streaming services, landing the band on popular playlists such as Spotify’s Viral 50, Apple Music’s Rock Hard and Amazon Music’s Top 50 Rock Songs, the band set a high bar to follow.
The lead single, “A Mannequin Idol (Lullaby)” is a fast tempo race around the bases blending both hard rock and post-hardcore allowing listeners little time to breathe. With a voice reminiscent of Jonathan Davis of Korn, the ferocity in which DED lead singer Joe Cotela provides one vocal remedy sure to cure any ailment. Directing distaste towards the music industry, “You just want a pretty face to sing you a song / a lullaby that turns you on / but it’s all so vain, so criminal / do you really want a mannequin idol?” the band is steadfast in distancing themselves from the ‘mannequin idols’ on popular radio today.
Known for their headstrong attitude made apparent on their last release, the second track from the micro EP “Eyes Sewn Shut” further pushes boundaries. A ballad-esque provocative piece about standing strong in the face of adversity “I won’t be a slave / and waste away / living everyday with my eyes sewn shut / as the world decays / I remain / Have you had enough? / living with your eyes sewn shut” is a demanding testament to defend what you believe in, in the vein of punk rock.The lead single, “A Mannequin Idol (Lullaby)”
To support the release, DED is slated to hit the road with a powerhouse of performers: In This Moment, Black Veil Brides, and Raven Black for an extensive cross country forty-date tour beginning March 24th in Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House of Blues Orlando and wrapping up May 17th in Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre. You can check below for a full list of dates.
DED is expected to release a full length album later this year. The album will be the first release under Suretone Records’ renewed, multiple-year deal with ADA Worldwide for exclusive distribution. In the meantime, add “Mannequin Eyes” to your workout playlist and hit the gym. You’re gonna need it to keep up with the pit when you catch them on tour later this year.
Stay tuned for updated tour dates, due to the tour being postponed!
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