Friday, October 28, 2011

The Dead Girls release new single EP

In May of 2003, Midwest power pop icons Ultimate Fakebook called it quits. Though they were adored by their rabid fans, and were still being bombarded with opportunities, UFB – like countless other bands at the time – fell prey to the economic crisis, which in turn would help to form a stagnant fog of indifference in the music world. A domino effect ensued, leading to the subsequent breakups of several other area bands like Podstar – a band of UFB protégés who had barely graduated from high school – and the overall deflation of the Lawrence, KS music scene. However, for UFB’s rhythm section (drummer Eric Melin and bassist Nick Colby) and Podstar’s songwriting team (singer/guitarists Cameron Hawk and JoJo Longbottom), cashing in the 401K was not an option. As far as they were concerned, this bleak midwinter was only further proof that the rock must be kept alive. So, in 2004, they formed Dead Girls Ruin Everything, and began fanning the fire with their debut release on NYC’s Reignition Records, What a Perfect Ending, which was produced and recorded under the direction of a punk rock legend – Descendents/ALL guitarist and songwriter Stephen Egerton. Shortly after, the band decided to shorten their name to The Dead Girls, but not before the original name ironically won accolades from Dave Eggers’ in the “Best Band Names” section of The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2007.

Following their debut, The Dead Girls toured or shared the stage with several of the nation’s best rock acts, including Motion City Soundtrack, Brendan Benson, Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, Smoking Popes, The Posies, Dinosaur Jr, and even KISS. It was during this period the band began work on their sophomore album, Out of Earshot, a project that was met with numerous conflicts. Hoping to free themselves from the restrictions of working in a studio, The Dead Girls recorded the majority of the album at Longbottom’s house, with the exception of a few studio visits to record drum and bass tracks. After several hours of work were accidentally erased by a studio intern – work that was replaced during a weekend session in the dead of winter at a studio with no heat – Out of Earshot finally saw release in April of 2010 on Rocket Heart Records, following two EPs in 2009 that were each dedicated to a track on the album (“Hair Trigger”, “Te Quiero”).

The Dead Girls continue to tour the Midwest and melt the faces of fellow rock addicts everywhere. This November will see the release of their first 7” single on Rocket Heart Records, “She Laughed a Little” b/w “It’s All Happening”. The former track is a one-off recording produced by Jim Barnes and Isaac Flynn of Lawrence, KS studio The Art House; the latter features vocals and guitar contributions from Motion City Soundtrack front man Justin Pierre, and was written and recorded in JoJo’s basement in four hours one day when Pierre came through Lawrence to promote MCS’s My Dinosaur Life album. Next up for The Dead Girls will be the release of their third full-length album, projected for Spring 2012.

Cameron Hawk - Guitar & Vocal
JoJo Longbottom - Guitar & Vocal
Nick Colby - Bass
Eric Melin - Drums


2006: What A Perfect Ending CD (Reignition Recordings)

2009: The Hair Trigger EP (Docked Jams)

2009: Te Quiero EP (Docked Jams)

2010: Out of Earshot (Rocket Heart Records)

2011: "She Laughed A Little" b/w "It's All Happening" [feat. Justin Pierre of Motion City Soundtrack] (Rocket Heart Records)

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