Premiere: Perth grunge crew Dead Sea drop the clip for Antimatter
It's the first taste of their upcoming debut EP Self Aware, which will arrive on July 5th.
Perth's hard-rock scene is definitely one we don't cover enough; a shame considering that it's quite a strong circuit which seems to be going from strength to strength with every blossoming newcomer to make their arrival. Local three-piece Dead Sea are certainly included in that, showcasing a grunge-y, alt-rock display that feels like they've taken notes from that classic, late-90s sound and brought it forward into 2019 - a difficult feat to achieve, but one that you can really hear work on their latest single, Antimatter.
It's the first taste of their debut EP Self Aware - due out this July - and it's a high-octane, high-energy affair that combines blitzing guitar riffs with punchy, dominant vocals that really sweep you up, making the thrashing riffs and thick percussion underneath go by really quickly as the single's three-minute duration grows longer. There's a lot to love here, with the band's first EP tease setting them up nicely as a trio of local heavyweights to keep an eye on; only solidified with more tracks and a full EP tour to come. In saying that, however, Antimatter may be the first time this group are popping up on your radar, so while you dive into the dark, black-and-white clip for their latest single, get to know them a touch better as we send 'em through a couple of questions you can read below:
Tell us about yourself?
We’re Dead Sea, a three-piece Grunge/Alternative band from Perth, WA.
We're made up of founding member and guitarist/vocalist Floyd Winter, drummer Sam Forward, and bassist James Langlands.
What’s the vibe music-wise?
We take a lot of influence musically from the alternative rock of the 90s and really admire the lyrical and philosophical themes, as well as the compositional elements, of bands like Radiohead, Pink Floyd and The Doors.
What are your production and writing processes like?
Our vocalist and guitarist Floyd is the main songwriter, bringing ideas and songs to the rest of the band that we will then hash out with our own individual parts in our practice space.
We recorded at Underground Recording Studios here in Perth, with engineers/producers Brody Simpson and Mark McEwen. Those guys are amazing at what they do, and really brought the absolute best out of the songs we took to them.
We learned a great deal from our time there and feel that our writing process as a band has drastically improved since.
Can you tell us about your latest single, Antimatter?
Antimatter thematically is about falling too deep into your own mind and disconnecting from reality, almost like an insomnia-induced psychosis - wandering through life not knowing if you’re awake or dreaming, if things are real or just dark, mirrored versions of themselves twisted up in your own head.
The overall vibe and skeleton of the song was brought to our practice space by Floyd, where it was hashed out by everyone into the finished product.
Any tour dates coming up?
We have a bunch of Perth shows coming up, keep an eye on our socials for more info! We are also planning to get over east as soon as possible.
What does 2019 have in store for you?
We’re incredibly excited to be releasing our debut EP in July! We’ve been holding on to these songs for a while now and are so happy to be getting them out soon. We are super proud of this record and how the songs have come out, and can't wait for everyone to hear them.
We're going to be heading back into the studio this September too, so keep an eye out for more new material!
Where can we find more of your music?