Wrapping up a whirlwind of a tour that closed in Sydney, Australia at Frankie’s Pizza House, The Dead Love proved that they have the stamina and the style to bring a new wave of punk music to the world. Their music is at the forefront of New South Wales’ most innovative thrash, metal, grunge and punk scene sounds and they are hell bent on showing the world that punk music is still very much alive and kicking with a radical new twist.
The Dead Love is an up and rising group consisting of three guys from Sydney named Stevie Knight, Clint Ossington and Miles Cochrane. They’re a little zany, extremely high energy, love to perform, and not afraid to experiment with their hard, thrashy, grungy musical sound. They’ve been getting rave reviews on a global scale from their homeland down to New Zealand and all the way around the world to North America and Canada.
Since their inception, they have been working at a tremendous fury, pumping out new tracks and breezing through tours around Australia and overseas. They recently kicked off a whirlwind tour in Canada traveling back and forth from Ontario to Quebec and that followed an extensive trek over New South Wales interspersed by performances across Queensland, Victoria, and South Australia.
They’ve released two albums, the first titled Transitions and their most recent which was released late 2016 is called SoWhatever and features the singles “Wastelands” and “Love Drugs” as well as the melodic “Summer”. So Whatever is a bit of an experimental album since it was produced and recorded entirely by the band themselves.
They have embraced the fact that it is a work which not only showcases their musical strengths but also their flaws and noted that it represents a departure for the group as they focus more on songwriting and the influential sounds of 1990’s grunge—the musical sound that essentially shaped them as musicians. Now they have released another new track called “Sugarcoat” that is destined to become a hit with its mix of drawling and probing lyrics combined with strong, edgy guitar riffs and heavy bass sounds.
They have performed with many other rising punk bands and also hit the stage with some well-known groups such as Chasing Ghosts, Smoking Martha, Black Ovis Culture, Mammal, You I Am, Everclear, Gangs of Youth, and Dune Rats just to name a few. Their style is actually a breath of fresh air and they have been welcomed and given a hearty thumbs up by concert goers, music reviewers (including Rolling Stones Australia), local and overseas radio broadcasters, iTunes, Spotify listeners, and the loads of loyal and local fans too.
So what is it that people love about their music? Well for one thing, it’s fresh and punchy with riffs that are catchy and reminiscent of an early 90’s grunge sound. The Dead Love has been compared to Nirvana, Soundgarden, Weezer and other punkmetal- grunge super legends. But there’s something else too that really sets them apart. They also have a down to earth and unaffected sincerity in their attitudes and it really shows through their enthusiasm and energetic stage presence. I mean, when you hear them and see them perform, you almost can’t help but like these guys and with every new track, The Dead End gives us something else to like.
In short, The Dead Love is a band that we look forward to seeing more of. The guys are showing no signs of slowing down either and we anticipate there may be some more tours in the works sometime in the near future. Until then, you can bet the guys in The Dead Love will be blasting out some killer sounds wherever they are and giving punk a decidedly fierce shout out to the good old days.
Clint kindly answered a few questions while in Sydney:
Your first record, Transitions, was well- What inspired the title of your album? received and was a mix of everything from surf rock to grunge. What direction did you want to take with So Whatever?
“Transitions” was our first full length but kind of had a third album vibe. We did whatever we wanted without having a
cohesive vibe in our consciousness. Haha. We just dug the songs and wanted to explore and experiment with horns, strings, electronics and all kinds of shit! Still super proud of the record but it was pretty all over the place genre wise haha
With ‘So Whatever” it was just Stevie and I and we’d not written for a while together, we felt a bit caged in by the drag out of finishing ‘Transitions’ but that’s another story.
We wanted to get back to basics and not overthink things, if it felt good we put it down and fast…we wrote that record in pretty much 3 months it just flowed out really fast and really natural!
It was a turning point in the way we record as well, we didn’t want big shiny modern production we wanted it to sound like the band in a room so we tracked live (well as best we could only being 2 of us). Stevie and I tracked all the drum and bass live together, it was all about the vibe and natural push and pull! I think the band really found it’s sound on ‘So Whatever”.
What inspired the title of your album?
“So Whatever” Started as a bit of a joke TBH, it was like band names, once a bands established know one really gives fuck ‘so whatever’ , you can’t please please everyone ‘so whatever’ ya know..
This project had plenty of influence from 90s grunge, what was your reason for drawing from that era?
We grew up on that stuff and we’ve always loved it! 90’s is in our DNA so it comes really natural… we’ve pretty much come full circle back to playing that stuff we played and listened to as kids.
In the album, you have included songs that kind of break the energetic flow, songs that are slower, sweeter.
What inspired numbers those nostalgic?
Though we’re heavy and energetic there’s a darker side to some of the story telling and musically those songs just naturally came out that way. Also gotta have Light and shade on a record, at least that’s what we like on an album.
The artwork on “So Whatever” is just amazing. Will you continue to work with Sindy Sin on your upcoming projects?
Yeah he does rad stuff! He’s a really good pal and understands what the bands about, he did sugarcoat and he’s put together the ‘Ordinary’ cover for us…
We’re talking album concepts already, it’ll be different from his usual work butwehavesomecoolideasbouncing around.
You are known for DIY grunge, in what other ways besides the music are you guys self-reliant?
Yeah we record, produce and with the newest singles (Sugarcoat and Ordinary) Stevie also mixed. I manage and book the band so it’s pretty much a full DIY band.
You are just from touring Canada, Australia and the US, how receptive are the crowds to Australian punk?
Canadians really get behind Aussie bands and it seems vice versa in our experience.
“Sugarcoat” is an instant classic! It is my favourite Aussie tune for 2017 no doubt, how did the crowd receive it during the tour?
Cheers, stoked you dig it!!
Peoples reaction to Sugarcoat has been awesome, the crowds have been growing and getting looser since it’s release for sure!
We’re stoked with the way people have taken to the tune, mad sing along every show which is so rad!
What inspired Sugarcoat and who wrote it?
This was Stevie’s baby, we added our touches but he came in with a full tune, we fucking loved it!
It’s about being comfortable in your own skin really, know one should have to hide or feel uncomfortable with their true self! Fly your flag fucking high legends!!!
When can we expect new material?
We’re dropping our new single “Ordinary” Feb 9th, really pumped for people to hear it!
It was one of those songs that came together super fast and just felt great in the room straight of the bat!
I know you’re stupidly busy this year but what’s your plans for 2018?