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!…
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.”