Genre-hopping heavy lads DEDrelease their new album 'MIS•AN•THROPE' today (July 21). We had a chat with vocalist Joe Cotela about everything that's coming.
YOUR NAME HAS BEEN AROUND FOR A WHILE. NOW IT'S TIME TO SHOW PEOPLE WHO YOU ARE...
Says Joe Cotela (vocals): “It does make it hard when six months ago we had one song out. Having not a lot of material out does make it hard, but in a way it’s kind of cool to be mysterious in that sense, be popping up in all of these places and everybody’s like, ‘Who the hell is this?’
“We kind of like being the underdogs in a sense. It kind of gives you power because people want to check you out and they’re like, ‘Oh cool, this is different.’ I like that.”
THAT MYSTERIOUS VIBE CARRIES OVER INTO YOUR AESTHETIC, TOO. CAN YOU TALK TO US ABOUT YOUR LOOK? “When we first started making the music, David [guitar]’s whole thing was to just make something different, to not just make songs on a guitar and drums and vocals.
“He wanted to make a really nightmarish soundscape to accompany the songs, and that was part of it. We dived into horror movies and their soundtracks and studied that kind of thing to add little nods in the way we dress and our eyes and all that kind of stuff.”
HOW DID YOU FIND WORKING WITH JOHN FELDMANN? “He kind of let us know that he hadn’t done a lot of heavy bands in a while, and that was his thing; he wanted to do that and have that release again.
“He gets very involved with his albums and he wanted to do a heavier band. I think the last one he did was Stick To Your Guns a couple of years ago, then he’d done some Black Veil Brides as well.
“He heard one of our songs and really responded to it. He asked us to come out and have lunch at his house, so we did that and when we got out there, he was like, ‘Yo, do you guys want to go and write a song?’ So we did that.
“We wrote ‘Dead To Me’, and it was cool because we started out so balls-to-the-wall gnarly, heavy and he brought in all of these dynamics and showed us that, ‘You’re good at all of these things, why don’t you utilise all of it?’
“It makes for maybe more of an interesting appeal to the songs. Once we did the song, we heard it back and we loved it, and he loved the band and was testing us, making us jump through the hoops to make sure we were actually a legit band. We wrote a killer first song and we all decided it’d be great to move forward and do an album together. And that was that.”
YOUR SOUND TOUCHES ON PRETTY MUCH EVERY GENRE OUT THERE. WHERE DO YOU GO NOW? “With the album we really made it selfishly, we put as much of whatever we wanted into it.
“We wanted the band to be whatever we wanted it to be, so there are elements of punk and rock and roll as well as metal. And you’ve got that nu metal influence, you’ve hardcore, metalcore… we like all of it, and we make it like a dish. We put in whatever ingredients we want, and I think putting all of those things together unapologetically, just working the way it does it can take us anywhere.
“We like all styles of music, we’re fans of everything so if we can be everywhere and a part of everything and exist that way, it’s great. Most of our favourite bands exist like that, they’re universal. Bands like Every Time I Die and Slipknot and like Glassjaw did. You can’t really classify it.”
DED’s debut album ‘MIS•AN•THROPE' is out now via Suretone Records.