The Dead South are rising fast in the musical world, with a new album set to be released this year. They’re also touring, and if the interview below doesn’t make you want to catch their set, then nothing will!
By Jane Howkins
How was 2018 for you? Any good stories or highlights you can tell us about?
2018 was an awesome year for us. We toured a lot all over the US, Canada and Europe. Our social media presence grew a lot and the venues kept getting bigger and bigger. Our original banjo player also came back to touring full-time, so we have the original lineup back!
Are you looking forward to 2019? Is there anything coming up that you’re particularly looking forward to?
We plan on releasing a new album in 2019, which we’re really excited about. We all feel that the new music we’ve been working on is the best we’ve written yet. When we first started the band, we had no idea how to write music or even how to play our instruments so the only way to go was up, and we feel like we’re really hitting our stride with this latest batch of songs.
You recently announced a new tour for this year. Are you excited for that?
2019 will be a busy year for touring. We’ve got UK and mainland Europe dates booked for the first half of the year, before a big summer run of festivals in North America and Europe. In the fall we’ll be preparing for the release of the new album, so there will probably be another run of dates to promote that as well.
It’s quite an extensive tour, with the closest date to us being the Leeds one. Is this an area you have played before, and if so, do you enjoy playing up here?
We have played Leeds before, and we love it. The first time we played there, we had the bright idea to try and drink 12 pints at 12 pubs. After the 11th pint, Scott and Colton got locked out of the hotel and ended up being saved from sleeping out in the cold by a nice young man who let them stay at his flat. He also gave them the 12th pint, which was either the best or worst way to end the evening, depending on how you look at it. We might try to behave ourselves a little more this time around.
Where is your favourite place to play in the UK, and where would you like to play if given the chance?
Personally, I love Leeds because of the wonderful foggy memories attached to it. Edinburgh is also a beautiful city. I’d like to play a show inside Edinburgh castle, deep in one of the dungeons somewhere.
What can people expect from one of your shows, and why do you think that people should come and see you perform live?
We’ve always thought of ourselves as primarily a live band. We love making records and we’re proud of the albums we’ve made, but the real Dead South experience is the live one. It captures what we’re really about: fun. We want to make you laugh and yell and dance with us, and we want you to have a good time and escape reality for a little bit. The live show is much more exciting than the shitty records.
You have a new album in the works – what can you tell us about that?
We just finished up recording the album in the Muscle Shoals region in Alabama. It was the first time we’d gone out of our home city to record an album. We would record all day, have some food, before jamming all night. I think the end result will be the best Dead South record yet.
Why did you decide to visit Muscle Shoals to record, and how was the trip?
We were influenced to write new music by our rent and grocery bills, but the trip to Muscle Shoals was awesome. I’m embarrassed to say that none of us had seen the documentary before we went on the trip, but there was some magic in the air down there for sure. Maybe it was just being away from home and having a singular, music-writing focus, but we’ve never felt so inspired and creative as we did during our trip to the Shoals.
Do you have any new singles up for release anytime soon? If so, when can we expect them?
We’re still discussing singles at the moment and unfortunately I can’t give out any release information just yet. But we do plan on releasing a few singles before the album drops.
Any last words for the fans?
None of the above is true, we’re not even a real band.