With the release of EP New Language earlier this month, Seattle based rock outfit Dead Lakes have thrown the rule book out the window, refusing to conform to industry demands and instead focussing on releasing an album that defines where they are at as a band.
“I would say we’re still early in on what we are capable of doing musically”, measured vocalist Sumner Peterson. “I think our goals with New Language were basic level ones because we want to create a foundation for what we do in the future, but I think our goals were to write better songs in general – so better songwriting habits – and also to learn more and I think along our journey of writing New Language we really did that. If you listen to our EP Nothing Is Sacred then listen to New Language you can really hear the leaps and bounds we took musically and I credit that to learning stuff about things like production so I really feel we have hit our goals on this record.”
In the full interview, Sumner discusses the personal nature of the lyrics on New Language, how giving issues and problems a voice can help the healing process, the development of ideas and releasing them through a public forum, the importance of honesty in music and refusing to be restrained by a sanitised industry, writing for themselves rather than expectations, dealing with Covid 19 and more.
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