Filthy Rebel

GA Voice - - Ge­or­gianews -

We all know that women go crazy for guys in bands. Jeff, is that a bur­den for you?

Dean: I love it! I eat it up. There’s only been a cou­ple of times where a cer­tain fe­male has been re­ally ag­gres­sive. I find it very flat­ter­ing. Lots of beau­ti­ful women come up to me at my shows.

Do you write songs about men? Dean:

Two of the songs off our EP are writ­ten about an ex that cheated on me. I try to make my songs very univer­sal. I want it for straight peo­ple as much as I want it for my gay fans. So I don’t have to use pro­nouns like “she” or “him.” But if I wanted to, my band­mates are some of the coolest guys ever. Most ev­ery­body across the board knows that Filthy Rebel’s lead singer is gay.

At the end of the day, love is love. It doesn’t mat­ter where it comes from. I grew up in a small Ge­or­gia town called Mans­field. I come from a very tra­di­tional South­ern en­vi­ron­ment, but even I know that it doesn’t mat­ter what your sex­u­al­ity is — when you love some­one, you love them and there’s noth­ing wrong with it. Ev­ery­one un­der­stands those emo­tions so ev­ery­one can con­nect with the mu­sic.

Ni­chols:

Where did you come up with the name Filthy Rebel?

Dean:

I’m from just out­side of Myr­tle Beach, South Car­olina, but was liv­ing in Chicago. I had this girl that I used to hang out with. Some­times, we’d be out to­gether

As a hard-rockin’ chick, it warms my heart to talk to a fel­low queer rocker. I feel like an is­land, some­times. It seems like ev­ery­one in the les­bian com­mu­nity loves women folk singers and the LGBT com­mu­nity as a whole is into mu­si­cals or “It’s Rain­ing Men” type of mu­sic.

Dean: Yes, and I feel that way, too — like an out­cast in our com­mu­nity. That’s an­other rea­son that be­ing nom­i­nated for the Ge­or­gia Voice Best of At­lanta awards was so en­cour­ag­ing. I know that not a lot of gay boys lis­ten to hard rock and metal. It was like they were say­ing, “He’s do­ing some­thing dif­fer­ent and it’s re­ally good.” My com­mu­nity is fi­nally pay­ing at­ten­tion and I ap­pre­ci­ate it.

Who in­spires you mu­si­cally? Dean:

Gosh — there are so many! Klaus Meine from the Scor­pi­ons. Of course, Steven Tyler from Aero­smith. David Coverdale from Whites­nake. I think you can hear them all in my vo­cals. Ann Wil­son of Heart made me want to start singing. I’ve been called the male ver­sion of Pink — she in­spires me as a per­son.

I’m a mood mu­sic lis­tener. I’m all over the board. I can lis­ten to older things like The Bea­tles and Jimi Hen­drix, but then I can go weird ’80s stuff like The Cure and The Smiths, or cur­rent bands like Pop Evil, Seether and Shine­down.

Ni­chols: Tell me about your new EP. Ni­chols:

Jeff and I, plus two of the orig­i­nal mem­bers, each picked a song that we wanted to put on it. Af­ter we parted ways with the orig­i­nal drum­mer, I de­cided to put “You” on it. That was the first song I wrote with Jeff. It’s such a pow­er­ful, in­spi­ra­tional song. It can be emo­tional on so many lev­els. It can be about los­ing some­one through death or a break-up.

When I heard it, I con­nected with it im­me­di­ately. It’s so pow­er­ful, both lyri­cally and mu­si­cally. Jeff, your vo­cals are in­tense.

Dean:

I wrote that about an ex that cheated on me and fucked my heart up.

Yep, that’s the part that I con­nected with! So where can peo­ple hear it?

Ni­chols:

We’re on sites where you can dig­i­tally down­load mu­sic. Spo­tify, Ama­zon, iTunes, any of those places.

Jeff, ask­ing for thou­sands of my gay friends. Are you sin­gle?

Dean:

Yes! And tell them that I have a huge beard fetish.

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