af­ter that, DEAD! ex­plain why they sent us some weird mail re­cently

Ker­rang! HQ re­cently re­ceived some sus­pi­cious-look­ing post. THANK­FULLY it wasn’t an­thrax. it was, How­ever, THE new sin­gle from DEAD!…

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As we were busy mak­ing the mag, a cloth swag bag landed on our desk. In­stead of throw­ing it to one side and for­get­ting about it in the abyss that is our mail, we opened it.and what we found was a gold tape cas­sette that had been trans­formed into a USB stick, and a note made from clip­pings of old mag­a­zines sim­ply say­ing, ‘To hear more call this num­ber.’ Blimey! we’ll con­fess, we didn’t ac­tu­ally ring the num­ber in case it was a trick and on the other end was some wanker try­ing to of­fer us PPI. In­stead, we plugged in the USB stick.we soon dis­cov­ered that it was the killer new DEAD! sin­gle, Up For ran$om. so, we thought it the best course of ac­tion to get front­man Alex Mount­ford on the phone to find out why the Lon­don punks were be­ing so damn mys­te­ri­ous…

HEY, ALEX! WHAT WAS THE BAG ALL ABOUT? IT CREEPED US RIGHT OUT…

“well, from every re­lease we’ve done, we’ve al­ways thrown a lit­tle touch on it. Like, with our last sin­gle, You’re so Cheap, we had the idea to send around fake plas­tic flow­ers to dif­fer­ent peo­ple.you know, we are a tiny, small band and we’re still very DIY, so it’s nice to throw our hu­man touch in, and it shows peo­ple that we care – our hands are in­volved with every brick of this thing we are try­ing to build.there’s lots of bands out there try­ing to do dif­fer­ent things, and you do see the ef­fort be­ing put in when peo­ple re­lease sin­gles. But yeah, in do­ing that ex­tra bit you’ve got to dif­fer­en­ti­ate your­self as well – es­pe­cially when there’s so many fuck­ing good young bands at the mo­ment. I mean, just look at the 2000trees line-up and they Not Festival line-up this year.there’s so many good bands around.”

ONE OF THE THINGS WE’VE LIKED ABOUT DEAD! SINCE YOU CAME TO OUR AT­TEN­TION IS YOUR CRE­ATIV­ITY EX­TENDS BE­YOND JUST THE MU­SIC…

“We all feel that the mu­sic comes first, but when you live in this day and age, where ev­ery­one has a lap­top, and ev­ery­one has Pho­to­shop, there’s so much more you can add to your art.we’re def­i­nitely a band who em­braces that.we’ve got so many dif­fer­ent per­son­al­i­ties in the band, none of us are the same kind of peo­ple, and that def­i­nitely makes it chal­leng­ing at times. But it also means that when one per­son has an idea for a song, you can be sure as shit that there will be an­other five ideas to go along with that song.”

WE CAN SEE HOW THAT SET-UP WOULD HAVE LOTS OF POS­I­TIVES AND NEG­A­TIVES AT­TACHED TO IT. WHAT ARE THE BIG­GEST DOWN SIDES TO YOUR PROCESS?

“Cre­atively, it’s very help­ful, but it can also make it cre­atively dif­fi­cult be­cause we are all very pas­sion­ate and we are all equally pas­sion­ate about every­thing. You work to­gether and you build th­ese things, but that’s the ex­cite­ment of writ­ing mu­sic to­gether. One thing that I like about our lyrics is that they’re vague enough that peo­ple can take what­ever mean­ing they want from it and make it their own.and that’s the same with the art. some­times the guys will cre­ate some­thing that I wouldn’t have seen, and as time goes by you re­alise it re­ally works. But hav­ing all those per­son­al­i­ties float­ing around is only a good thing. It’s like a pres­sure cooker: it does it very, very well, but it’s a bit dan­ger­ous some­times (laughs).”

FAIR ENOUGH! WHAT IS YOUR NEW SIN­GLE, UP FOR RAN$OM, ALL ABOUT?

“There’s a cou­ple of songs that we’ve writ­ten re­cently, that when it comes to it lyri­cally, I’ve tried to take my­self out of it and cre­ate what I’d like to call a story. It’s not re­lated to me or writ­ten from my per­spec­tive, but there’s two songs I’ve writ­ten for the al­bum, Up For ran$om be­ing one of them, that are like that. The cho­rus is ob­vi­ous: don’t be held for ran­som, be con­fi­dent in your ac­tions and if you’re do­ing an ac­tion make sure it’s some­thing you want to, and make sure it’s some­thing you’re com­fort­able do­ing.”

IS THE TRACK, AS WELL AS YOUR PRE­VI­OUS TWO SIN­GLES, GO­ING ON TO FORM A BIG­GER BODY OF WORK – LIKE AN AL­BUM?

“They are cer­tainly songs that are go­ing to go into a body of work.we may have al­ready recorded that body of work some time in De­cem­ber last year… But we’re tak­ing our time and we’re get­ting it right. There’s also de­bates on what sin­gles we want to put out and how we want to present them. It will be out at some point in the fu­ture – I can’t con­firm or deny when – but it is com­pleted and we’re work­ing on the art­work now.”

FI­NALLY, WHAT’S NEXT FOR CAMP DEAD!?

“we’ve got a cou­ple of sin­gles that we’ve planned and found the or­der for them to come out in, and pre­sent­ing more of what the al­bum is go­ing to con­sist of. For the rest of the year we’re go­ing to be get­ting out there, tour­ing and see­ing what else hap­pens.”

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