Fans of horror-infused metalcore have a new band to obsess over. Hailing from Los Angeles, Dead Things is the latest heavy unit to keep an eye out for, with their penchant for composing songs with an intensely dramatic, horror flair. The band consists of frontman Derek Dillon — co-owner of Kleaver Klothing with Spencer Charnas (Ice Nine Kills) — guitarist/vocalist Eric Wexler, and drummer Joey Sullivan.
Crafting their latest single “Mouth Sewn Shut” was a collaborative effort, which involved Randy Pasqueralla of Pasqueralla Recordings and Dan Sugarman of Ice Nine Kills.
Wexler provided a statement about bringing this killer track to life:
“That was some of the most fun I've ever had writing a song. We had the goal of breaking away from common metal tropes, but still wanted to keep to the traditions that made us gravitate to the genre since we were young. "Mouth Sewn Shut" is a melodic and high octane journey seething with disparate undertones."
The track is packed with vivacious energy, catchy hooks, and surging breakdowns. The single’s accompanying music video complements the band’s strong horror elements as it opens with a breaking news announcement on television regarding a new street drug called “thread.”
The headline reads, “DRUG FUELED MURDER: THREAD USE AT ALL TIME HIGH.” The reporter relays the message to the public about this potential threat, stating that “people are melting and injecting the new street drug ‘thread’ at epidemic levels. This drug is revealing a side effect that is not for the faint of heart… those taking this new drug are stricken with homicidal tendencies.” The chaotic aftermath of ‘thread’ unravels in a grungy motel room setting, as flashes of deep red and blue light wash over the band members and their dynamic performance.
Check out the video for “Mouth Sewn Shut” here:
Fans can expect more new material on the horizon, as well as plans for an upcoming tour this fall. The band is also in the process of planning a full-length record in the near future, so be sure to stay tuned for more Dead Things content!
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Review By: Bri Rodriguez