A new video release from Deadborns just dropped and musically, it doesn't amazing job of hitting this '70s surf gypsy rock Sweet spot that feels incredibly authentic from the guitar tones to the riffs, smooth and alluring vocals, and everything in between you really get the aesthetic right in your face and you come to love it quite quickly.
"Ruins" has a ton of character to it and does an outstanding job of showcasing the band's natural knack for putting out this unique energy and addictive songwriting style that automatically feels like it serves as part of the soundtrack to your own life.
There are more than a few guitar hooks across the span of this track and that's one of my favorite things about it. It's kind of rare these days that you get musical hooks along with the vocal hooks but with this track it's so lush with these hooks and textures that it's really all just packed in.
Perhaps this is why you feel so satiated when the song is over.
They're also a few surprises around the corners of the track and this is something that is refreshing but also after listening to a certain amount of it becomes something you almost expect. And they definitely deliver in more ways than one.
Now, the video they just released for this song is outstanding and also shows even more of the band's Persona and presence by giving them each their own character and telling someone of a story throughout the course of it.
The Psychedelic colors, fonts, textures and shots are really important in terms of what they're trying to portray through the video itself and it really works.
The whole thing comes across with a charming undertone and by the end of it you feel like they could be your friends.
There's also a lot of cool shots that are almost like 90s video style which also brings up a whole different decade of nostalgia for me anyway.
But what they're going for is this again, 70s gypsy rock style and because the video is so focused on them out on the rocks and on the beach, and in small spaces it all really comes together almost like something of a grindhouse film.
Those filters and effects are all over this video and it works perfectly.
I almost forgot to mention one of the most important parts of this track which are the keys. The keys add all the color to the song and don't only serve as a backbone but also serves as part of the atmosphere that the whole thing puts out.
You can tell there was a lot of attention to detail in the creation of both the song and the video, but it never loses that gypsy soul and I think that's what this is all about.
With the release of the new video, we wanted to have a sit-down with Deadborns to find out where this was inspired from and what might be coming up next for the band.
Here's what happened.
Buzz Slayers: I love the new video for "Ruins", did you guys shoot this on your own? How did this process go?
Drew: Thank you, we shot it with our buddy Errol Colandro and Carrie Keagan. It was literally all Errol's ideas and vision, he even picked the song Ruins since he's proclaimed many times it's his favorite song of all time. Not sure if that's true but he did a great job, every scene in the video are just the concepts he thought of while listening to the song. It was a lot of fun to surrender creative control and just be directed by him. Love you Errol. Buzz Slayers: How did this all start for you as a band?
Drew: Kind of a sad story, I lost my father and one of my best friends in the same month and subsequently fell deeper into drugs, alcohol and depression. I started writing some different songs because of this. I was playing in another band; Sonic Graffiti, which was more punk, I remember showing them the songs and they didn't really like them or know how to play along, especially our drummer at the time who is obsessed with Wolfmother, which I can't stand. They just weren't into it. I needed to get these songs off my chest so I started a new band (Deadborns) to try and alchemize my pain into music (hence the band name.) Lindsay and Fernando are my best friends so I recruited them and Jasmine joined shortly after. The band has definitely had a life of its own ever since. Buzz Slayers: What kind of things really inspire songs for you?
Drew: The trials of life Jasmine: Good Weed Lindsay: the blues and dogs of course. Buzz Slayers: This whole album has some great approaches to it! Can you give us some of your biggest influences musically?
Jasmine: I really enjoy and grew up on all the classic psychedelic and rock outfits you’d imagine w/ a deep connection to Pink Floyd, The Beatles, The Who, Zeppelin, The Clash, Hendrix, and Bowie because those were my parents favorite artists. However on my own and a few mixtapes my homie Tom would burn for me on my birthday in middle school I got into a bunch of punk music like The Cramps, Social D, Minor Threat, and The Dead Kennedys, but most recently been listening to a lot of electronic and hip hop music because they’re really pushing the boundaries of music production these days that is equally fun to smoke weed to like Clams Casino, Boards of Canada, Caribou, Floating Points, Sophie, Kim Petras, Charli XCX, and 100 gecs
Buzz Slayers: What are you all doing when you're NOT working on music?
Jasmine:I’ve been obsessed w/ working on music since I was 16, and my brew *redacted* helped me acquire my first ableton crack. So haven’t had time to do anything other than work and work on music or music tangential activities for the last 10 or so years. But recently moved to the middle of nowhere and life has slowed down, so I’ve taken on my first real hobby of growing weed, hang out w/ the fam, and live stream studio/writing sessions on Friday nights. Drew: Rambling abroad Lindsay: saving lives (literally)
Buzz Slayers: Who's in all your headphones right now?
Jasmine: James Brown and Prince Drew: Tinariwen and Imarhan Lindsay: NIN and Bo Diddley Buzz Slayers: Are you all doing any live performances right now?
Lindsay: We are hoping to have some dates out west by the end of the year. Buzz Slayers: Do you guys record these at a big studio or do you have a home studio set-up?
Jasmine:I have a studio that I’ve been building over the last 10 years in my house, but when this album was recorded I just had my MacBook Air w/ ableton and guitar rig. I didn’t perform on any of the tracks, it was the homie Fern who did all the keyboard parts on the first two releases - but Drew and I have been making music in other projects for years at that point so I was called in to do the mix on the s/t album. Which was produced over many months, but I remember doing a bulk of it this one week when I was asked to house and dog sit and just set up and chugged away smoking copious amounts of weed in a tile living room. Point is you don’t need a studio, gear, or fancy plugins, just make the songs you want to hear.
Buzz Slayers: What can your fans expect from you in the near future?
Lindsay: We got one album all finished and ready to be put out and we are currently working on another album right now. So at least two more albums on the way woo-hoo! Buzz Slayers: Before we go, what would you like to say to fans of the music?
Jasmine: Hug your trans friends
Drew: Love your enemies
Lindsay: Thank you for listening and the best is yet to come.