TRIMMED TO A LEAN SOUND

Dead Let­ter Cir­cus head to the Gold Coast high on the siz­zling suc­cess of their al­bum The Cat­a­lyst Fire and say their sound is con­densed ... kind of like con­cen­trated or­ange juice

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - LIVE & LOUD - Dead Let­ter Cir­cus play Surfers Par­adise Beergarden May 15.

When pro­gres­sive rock­ers Dead Let­ter Cir­cus land on the Gold Coast in two weeks, they come at the top of their game.

Red hot since the re­lease of their sopho­more al­bum The Cat­a­lyst Fire in 2013, the Queens­land he­roes have en­joyed their big­gest run of suc­cess since their for­ma­tion in 2004, join­ing fel­low in­no­va­tors Kar­nivool in the up­per ech­e­lons of Aus­tralian heavy rock’s elite.

Singer Kim Benzie says the band is aim­ing for a quick turn­around on al­bum No.3 fol­low­ing the siz­zling suc­cess of The Cat­a­lyst Fire.

“We’re do­ing some writ­ing at the mo­ment for a new record,” he says. “The Cat­a­lyst Fire is still fresh for us in a live sense, but we didn’t want it to be an­other three years be­tween al­bums.”

The Cat­a­lyst Fire has en­joyed a golden run since its re­lease in Au­gust last year.

Al­most unan­i­mously praised by crit­ics, the al­bum de­buted at No.2 on the ARIA Charts and has seen the band crisscross the coun­try and the world on a huge round of dates.

Dead Let­ter Cir­cus have been busy with their own head­line tours, sup­port slots for fel­low heavy he­roes Kar­nivool and a cou­ple of in­ter­na­tional fes­ti­vals to boot.

Benzie says one of the most in­ter­est­ing parts of play­ing live is dis­cov­er­ing “what the crowd gets down to”.

“We play the songs quite a bit be­fore we get it out there, but it’s dif­fer­ent when you see the en­ergy from the crowd and which bits be­come sin­ga­longs – you can never pre­dict that,” he says.

Since kick­ing off The Cat­a­lyst Fire tour, Benzie has no­ticed crowds re­spond strongly to the al­bum as a whole.

“The re­ac­tion for all the tracks has been pretty even across the board, but as far as a bit of ‘wow fac­tor’ goes, The Veil sounds a lot big­ger live than on the CD,” he says.

“An­other song that isn’t on the al­bum but seems to get ev­ery­one go­ing is Re­ac­tion.

Subtly darker than their pre­vi­ous ef­fort, Benzie says their new al­bum fea­tures two new mem­bers on gui­tar, af­ter the de­par­ture of Rob Maric in late 2012 for per­sonal rea­sons.

“Rob and I wrote most of the mu­sic in the past and I guess spawned most of the ideas,” he says.

“I guess for me per­son­ally, on the new al­bum, we wanted to make sure we still sounded like the band (with the new mem­bers), yet bring in what they brought to the fold.

“We’re pretty strict in what makes it to a song. If you no­tice, we don’t do a lot of the eight to 10 minute songs like a lot of other bands in our sound.

“Our sound is re­ally con­densed, like con­cen­trated or­ange juice or some­thing.

“When­ever we’re in the stu­dio, it’s about trim­ming the fat.

“Who­ever brought in that big bit of gui­tar in­dul­gence is prob­a­bly go­ing to get beat down.

“We’re pretty bru­tal at that stage of things, but we’re still all friends at the end.”

Dead Let­ter Cir­cus

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