If you were to listen to GET DEADs upcoming album Dancing with the Curse before reading this, you would think it was written about the year 2020. Surprisingly, the band started recording it more than two years ago but it feels perfectly time for today. Look no further than the song Pepperspray, written long before the protests of summer 2020. The band had begun collaborating with activist-artist collective Indecline on a video before the George Floyd protests erupted. If there was any time to share the message of Pepperspray, this was it.
While Dancing with the Curse features Get Deads signature NorCal punk sound, balancing bombast with up-picked bounce and dirt-smudged acoustic songs, listeners will notice some curious moments. Subtle electronic flourishes lurk in songs like Disruption, Glitch, Confrontation, and Take It. The album opens with an atmospheric intro built on singer Sam Kings gravelly voice and hip-hop-inflected cadencea happy accident. These sonic detours suit a band that isnt known to stay in one place for too long.
The conclusion of a long yet worthwhile journey, Dancing with the Curse is Get Deads most self-assured album yet, one perfectly suited to the times: raw, energized, frustrated, but ultimately unbowed.