The Dead Good is an exciting new band that is comprised of Isabella Knight and Sonny Lanegan. Their debut EP, “Thirteen Polaroids,” is now available online (http://thedeadgood.bandcamp.com/) and combines many different genres. Isabella and Sonny recently stopped by to talk about The Dead Good.
Q – Real quick, where did the name The Dead Good come from?
Sonny – We wrote down something like 100 names that were pretty inspiring to us. Some were completely made up, some didn’t make any sense and some had a history for us. The Dead Good means everything and nothing. You can make up your own meaning; that was important to us.
Q – The EP is called, “Thirteen Polaroids.” What did you want to accomplish with this album? What do you want people to take away from “Thirteen Polaroids?”
Isabella – First of all we thought that an EP would be the best way to introduce our brand new project. We released a selection of six songs which mattered the most to us and which characterized the duo as we really are. The sound, the structure of songs, and the attitude of the whole EP are very rock n’ roll, rough and dirty. We wish that our audience shares the same feelings with us that we had during the recording process, which was fun, straight and honest. We tend to capture the moment… for example if there is a mistake during the recording sessions we’ll probably leave it the way it is. It’s cool and it’s just more real.
Q – There are a lot of different genres on this album. How would you describe your sound?
Sonny – Since I listen to a lot of music where one band doesn’t necessarily match with the other, we have a variety of influences in our sound. Personally, I was in a lot of bands in the past and I think this gave me the chance to experiment with several different sounds and styles and now I think that I arrived to have my own style. I’d call my own style mostly dirty and raw and it fits perfectly to the idea of The Dead Good.
Q – I love this record. I think the writing and melodies are fantastic. Describe your writing process.
Sonny – Everything goes pretty smooth. It usually starts with me working on some riffs that I have in mind. I let Isabella listen to them and she tries to come up with a good melody. If the first 20 seconds get us excited and the sound fits to us, then we start working on the melody and the blend between our vocals. We like things to be fast… It’s like a Polaroid; you capture a second of your daily life in a very natural and unmodified way. That’s what you got and you either like it or not. We pretty much have the same approach when we write music.
(Photo by Sven Dreesbach)
Q – Aside from being in a band together, the two of you are also engaged and expecting a child. How do you keep personal feelings separate from the business of making music?
Isabella – You know… we do a lot of things together and for some weird reason most of the time we agree with each other. The Dead Good is just another way to express us together! Everything we do for this music project like photo shoots, writing music and playing shows, just has to be fun and easy going. But our relationship always comes first, which means that we would never put it at risk for the business! This is like a “deal” that we made since we decided to make music together.
Q – The music industry seems to be fascinated with pop acts and metal outfits. How does a band like yours fit in and what do you think The Dead Good’s role is in this musical landscape?
Sonny – You got the point - “pop acts with metal outfits” - what the fuck is that?! It’s clear, The Dead Good doesn’t fit in! We do have our own style but we are the kind of people who goes to the supermarket in pajamas and think that showering everyday is pointless (at least I do). We don’t have a role! We are both two free and very curious natures, we like to express ourselves and share stories with the world. We just like to do music in the way it’s exciting for us and I think there are a bunch of people out there that could find The Dead Good as an interesting duo for more than one reason.
Q – If I were to turn on your iPod/MP3 player, what guilty pleasure would fans be surprised to hear? To be fair, I’ll go first: Wham!
Isabella - Harry Nillson
Sonny - Charles Manson
Q – Thank you for taking time out. Is there anything you wanted to add?
Isabella – Thank you! We really mean it, when we say “Thank you” - it’s not just empty words. We’re so grateful for all the support we got so far and we hope to have a long journey in front of us with everybody! Currently we are working on our full-length album and on many other exciting things. It seems like it never stops! Follow us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/TheDeadGood) to keep up with everything that’s happening.
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