Author: Alison Bauer | Photographer: Molly Kinnunen
Dead/Awake from Rockford, IL release their debut six-track EP, 'Insurrectionist' via We Are Triumphant on Friday, October 5th, 2018. Included within the hardcore track-list are their trending singles and music videos: "The Pale Horse" (ft. Tyler Shelton of Traitors) and "Kingslayer" (ft. Dave Simonich of Signs of the Swarm). Their third released single & Dead/Awake Fall 2018 live shows are listed below.
Headrush TV contributor Molly Kinnunen photographed the band on August 26th, 2018; view her photos streaming below or visit her photo and video portfolio here. Stay tuned! Joe Gibbs & Molly contributed cinematography for "Kingslayer" MV.
Join us; we feature an exclusive interview with the band's founder, Michael Campa [guitar, back-up vocals] and Dillon Hare [vocals]. Dead/Awake was formed by Michael in 2017 alongside Payton Kuhn [drums], Anthony Schlickman [bass] and Noah Lopez [vocals]. Since then, Dillon and Morgan Eaarp [guitar] joined.
The band has recorded multiple songs featuring noteworthy guest vocalists such as Frankie Palmeri (Emmure), Tyler Shelton (Traitors), Kyle Anderson (The Afterimage, Brand of Sacrifice), and Dave Simonich (Signs of the Swarm).
Dead/Awake | Interview with Michael Campa & Dillon Hare
Alison: Share with us the production journey behind 'Insurrectionist' EP?
Michael: Craig Baker produced 'Insurrectionist'; we recorded the full EP July of 2018. One thing we see bands doing is writing material, playing shows, and not tracking potentially for years. Craig is fantastic; available to record when possible. We write the instrumentals to the album first; lyrics second. Officially we signed to We Are Triumphant on August 2018; the EP will be out October 5th, 2018.
Alison: Online, the band recommends some artists influential to their music:
"Please do tell now (How does it feel);
To become the evil that you (Sought to repeal) -"
Lyrics: "The Pale Horse"
Alison: Out since August 10th, 2018 as the first single and music video to promote 'Insurrectionist' EP, this track builds power and strength through lucid-shattering edits of the band's performance. Lyrics are delivered in urgency between Noah, Dillon and guest Tyler Shelton; the visual experience heightens in synch with heavy drops. A wicked finale to the song after the final words, "You will learn to fear my name." So awesome!
What was the background inspiration for this song and the music video?
Michael: People try to justify violence in politics, despite what side of the spectrum they are on; which does not help anyone. This is the only song we had already written prior to recording our EP; the rest we wrote in the studio. The title of the song refers to a passage from the Bible; "the horse death rides upon; harbinger of the apocalypse; the ending of time."
Dillon: The music video was filmed and edited by Joe Gibbs from Morrison, IL; we filmed this in a grain elevator; a giant room where people used to haul and store grain. It was 105°F degrees outside on this day!
" - Hold on to hope that your demise is eminent;
We rejoice at the thought of wolves at your gate;
Dismembered by the ones you exploit and betray;
I could not think of a more fitting fate - "
Alison: Published on August 31st, 2018 as the second single and music video for 'Insurrectionist' EP; this track proliferates the band's heavy and cinematic signature. Deep green and crimson introduces the members in an insidious atmosphere; a dancer rotates fire within her hands captured in slow motion. Guest vocalist Dave Simonich delivers his soul around the half-way mark.
The lyrics in this song are so powerful; could you explain the writing process?
Michael: While I wrote the lyrics to [both singles]; Dillon and Noah revised them. It's hyper political yet also neutral; the lyrics are left up to interpretation. This is also a Joe Gibbs film; Molly Kinnunen filmed guest vocalist Dave from Signs of the Swarm.
" - Enjoy the flames;
The time for compassion has now expired;
Your bones to light atop the pyre."
Dillon: Any connections with past events are incidental. But history in retrospect is brutal; which is how the song feels. [On topic of using the term 'pyre'].
Dead/Awake | "Ultra Vitam" | 'Insurrectionist' EP Out 10/05/18
Alison: The third single for 'Insurrectionist' EP was released Friday, September 21st featuring guest vocalist Kyle Anderson (The Afterimage, Brand of Sacrifice). Cohesive to the theme of the EP so far - "ultra vitam" in Latin is defined as "more lives." They used a sampled "swallow this" to bridge a heavy mid-way drop; this absolutely rocks! The song transitions into etheric piano chords harmonizing towards the end; a great incentive to discover the span of the entire EP once it's released on October 5, 2018.
Dead/Awake | 'Insurrectionist' EP Out 10/05/18
Photo | Dead/Awake official via Facebook
Alison: In public archives, the term "Insurrectionist" represents "a person who takes part in an armed rebellion against the constituted authority (especially in the hope of improving conditions)." This band augurs a nuanced approach of political resistance through the depth of 'Insurrectionist' EP.
What strikes additionally inspiring about Dead/Awake is their positive sponsorship of collaborations with groups or individuals in both audio and video production. The star-crossed alignment of creativity and talent packs energy into each unique song and music video.
How might you recommend bands align with connections in the scene?
Michael: I've grown a network from contributing piano covers of deathcore and metalcore songs. Visit his portfolio here or his cover of Wage War "Youngblood".
Dead/Awake | 'Insurrectionist' EP Out 10/05/18 | Tour Dates
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