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Fresh Fruit: Deadlights



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What other names did you consider calling yourselves?
We played under the name Draw Your Lines a couple of years ago, but as soon as the Deadlights name came up, nothing else was ever considered.

Where are you from and what would be the most recognisable local landmark?
We all hail from Brisbane, and nothing screams “Brissy” more than sitting by The Brown Snake with some Milton Mangoes.

Who is in your band, what do they play and what is their non-musical superpower?
I, Dylan, am on vocals, and I have opposite invisibility, so I can make everyone in the world invisible except for myself.
Tynan plays guitar and sings – he has the ability to sweat at any point in time, no matter how cold he is or how little exercise he has done.
Josh is on drums, and has the ability to rip triple thumb pack staunchers, no cough, no worries.
The newest addition to the band is Sean, on bass and vocals. He can come up with wild facts on cue – almost always false.

Name your three biggest influences.
Underoath, Rage Against The Machine, and Tool.

What’s the usual first topic of conversation when you take a break at rehearsal?
“Who’s got a lighter?”

What’s your pre-show warm-up routine?
Gatorade > Banana > Stretch.

Tell us about your most memorable show.
Opening for Silverstein show at The HiFi in Brisbane stands out for me. We were a new band at the time, and it was the biggest venue we’d had the privilege of playing. The room was full, and the atmosphere was intense. It was the show that truly cemented Deadlights – in our brains – as something we want to pursue a future with.

What band would you most like to share the stage with and why?
If we can go back in time, we would have to say AC/DC in the Bon Scott era, or Led Zeppelin. If we’re talking current touring bands, then Tool. Pure musicianship at its finest.

What’s the most exciting album you’ve listened to recently?
Norma Jean’s Polar Similar is incredible, or the new Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds record – Skeleton Tree is a true bone chiller.

What is your latest release and why should we buy it?
Our last release was a single/demo for a song called “Know Hope”. However, we have recently completed our first full-length album. We can’t give away too much yet, but keep an eye out!

If you could be endorsed by one company, who would it be?
Charlie’s Fruit Market – for all your touring essentials.

Why are you going to make it to the top over all the other contenders in the musical arena?
We feel like a bar has been set and not raised in our niche of the heavy music scene for a while now. A lot of the new bands we hear aim only to hit that bar, but not surpass it. Instead of writing remixes, we spent a lot of time on our upcoming album ensuring that nothing on it sounds recycled. All killer, no filler.

Other than Dave Grohl, who has the best beard in rock?
Either Tomas Haake or Warren Ellis. It’s a tough call.

Wrap your ears around Deadlights’ latest single “Know Hope” below!

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