With ‘Dead Summer,’ Dead Hendrix And Levi Zadoff Recall The Dark Days Of Covid-19
‘Dead Summer’ is Dead Hendrix’s first debut and Levi Zadoff’s much-anticipated return after a series of Spotify and SoundCloud releases.
It is a conceptual and honest five-track album set to infectious sounds based on a mournful story. Deftly delivering a powerful story of summer’s symbolic death as well as the loss of family and friends due to the virus and drug abuse exacerbated by the global pandemic.
The EP taps into the feelings of loss and morphs them into hypnotic melodies, compelling angst-fuelled vocal performances, infectious hooks, catchy melodies, and excellent musicianship. With collaborations with IOF (Future, Paris Shadows), Yago Beats, SPLASHGVNG (Lil Peep, Sewerperson), and Imani Beats, the duo brings their acclaimed punk fusion sound with its experimental pop-punk and rap-rock sensibilities.
The duo states, “When we say The summer was dead, we mean it in two ways: 1. The literal death, 2. The fact everything was shut down, and ‘dead’ if you will. We both kind of figured this would be a good metaphor and a creative topic to create music around.”
It is certain that fans and critics will pay close attention to the EP from beginning to end, drawn by the raw emotions depicted by songs like the sarcastic opener, “Don’t Think It Could Get Much Better.” In addition, “Alone,” a sad story of loneliness and confusion told from two opposite perspectives by Hendrix and Zadoff, and “Can’t Be God,” where both artists acknowledge they cannot control everything in life, round out the album.
Speaking about the inspiration for the EP Levi Zadoff reveals, “This project means the world to me, it was extremely fun to create and a pain in the ass to release, but most importantly, it’s probably the most authentic yet experimental piece of work I’ve ever been a part of making.”
Dead Hendrix also adds, “This is the closest thing (so far) to my musical aspirations coming to life. It’s the perfect blend of melody, edge, counterculture, and relevance that I want to make. I think with Levi; I am finally making the music I have envisioned since I was 13.”