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Dead Finks, led by Erin Violet and Joseph Thomas, began writing music in Sydney, Australia, ca. 2016/17 playing sporadic shows under various guises without much of any overarching plan. In 2019, they relocated to Berlin, Germany, and resolved to start releasing records and making regular live appearances. As of 2020, a name has been settled on, songs have been mixed and new friends have been recruited into the fold.
And so comes "Dead Fink Era", their debut album with 8 tracks in 25 minutes, mostly self-recorded and self-produced between Thirroul (Australia) and Berlin (Germany). Some songs expose a love of new wave synthesizer groups like New Order and Yellow Magic Orchestra, while others lean into the more aggressive punk style of let's say Wire and Swell Maps. There's also threads of drone, hardcore punk, and some straight-up pop moments for good measure. Programmed beats right next to real drums, guitars next to synth and samples, songs next to tracks. “From the biting single ‘Bitter Pill’ to the dance in your living room sound of ‘Cheerleader’ Dead Fink Era is riddled with anxiety and melancholy. A perfect summation of our modern lives inside on quarantine”, as cvltnation.com
put it in a recent interview.
Asked about that diversity of styles, Joseph Thomas says: “At first I sort of thought I had ideas for several different projects that we would work on simultaneously, but eventually we realised that channelling them all into one band made the most sense and could end up sounding interesting. I have always been a fan of artists who go in a lot of different directions and maintain a sense of unpredictability so I guess I wanted to emulate that a bit. Stuff like Dirty Beaches, Dean Blunt, Cindy Lee, John Maus… .”
Personnel on these songs include an early iteration of the band with Jack de Lacy and Jai Love (on “Bitter Pill” and “Needles”), whose label Urge Records already released Dead Fink Era in Australia and America, while Späti Palace is taking care of the rest of the world.
released May 8, 2020
Recorded and mixed in various bedrooms and basements in Auckland, Sydney and Berlin.
"Receiver" recorded and mixed by Peter Beringer at Audile Design in Marrickville, Sydney.
"Bitter Pill" and "Needles" recorded by Jason Kirrane and Jai Love at Urge Records, Thirroul, New South Wales.
Drums on "Bitter Pill" and "Needles" by Jai Love.
Guitar on "Needles" by Jack de Lacy.
Additional mixing by Lawrence Goodwin.
All songs by Joseph Thomas/Erin Violet except "Bitter Pill" by Thomas/Violet/Love and "Needles" Thomas/Violet/Love/de Lacy.
Cover art by Patrick Doherty (www.instagram.com/dead_doherty