German punk duo THE DEADNOTES are pleased to announce the release of their new single ‘Downward Spiral’ which is out now on 22Lives Records.
The pair will be kicking off 2023 supporting NERVUS at Oslo, London on 18th February with further live dates TBA.
The new track comes with a stylish black and white official video echoing the band’s new aesthetic, directed by Bernhard Schinn and Paul Ambrusch, filmed at 360° Studio Böblingen, with costume design by Margaretha Kleeberger.
“It was important for us to set a contrast to the original story of the song with the music video,” says bassist Jakob Walheim. “We are big vintage fans, whether it’s instruments, equipment or even videos. With the style of the music video, we want to break up our look.”
“It was all downhill from this point on,” sing the band on the new track, as they embrace the moment when you have nothing left to lose. “Please stop f*cking with my head!”—a line that couldn’t be more fitting looking back over the year at the end of 2022. With the release of ‘Downward Spiral’ however, THE DEADNOTES are back with a bang and reinventing themselves for 2023, presenting a revamped and reinvigorated sound that most would never ever expect from a band from a German punk band.
“In the last year, my actual idea of music, art, DIY as well as my own life was torn into pieces,” says singer and guitarist Darius Lohmüller. “I realised how long and how often I did things just to please others or to conform with (scene) norms. Within this process, a lot of our true selves as artists couldn’t be revealed and stayed under the surface. Since then, we have been working hard as a band to put these pieces together in a new way, the way WE want it.”
Recorded in March 2022 at The Chairworks in Leeds, UK with group vocals recorded in April 2022 at ‘Anorak Rehearsal Room’ in Cologne, Germany, the new single was produced by Bob Cooper (Cold Years, Jools, WSTR, The Orielles) and the band, and mastered by Grant Berry (Hot Milk, James & The Cold Gun, Static Dress).
Listening to ‘Downward Spiral’ and watching the video, it quickly becomes obvious just what Lohmüller means: driven by Brit-Pop guitars, the band tells a story of meaningless hook-ups, being overwhelmed by dating, of insecurity overplayed with arrogance, and drinking way too many beers to forget about the nervousness. Sonically, THE DEADNOTES have never sounded so detailed and so broad, with complementary guitar and saxophone solo threaded throughout the new track.
But there’s more to this song than meets the eye—’Downward Spiral’ musically underlines the development of the band, who released their second album Courage at the beginning of 2020, and was full of optimism and drive for the future of their career. In reality, however, it was all downhill for the band from that moment on: no matter if it was countless tour postponements, cancellations, or even van-loads of stolen equipment.
At a certain point, the band reached an impasse where there was nothing left to lose…but that’s exactly when a newfound ease set in for Darius Lohmüller and Jakob Walheim that brought them back to music.
“It kind of transformed us into a new band, but at the same time, it led to the best version of The Deadnotes,” Darius continues. “We’re noticing how we’re becoming more and more indifferent to the expectations of others, and how good that is for our creativity. We feel a whole new—and much more intense—joy in art!”
The drive with which founding members Darius and Jakob have now been running the band for more than ten years is contagious. After having played over 500 shows in more than 25 countries, including tour support for Foxing, Boston Manor, Deaf Havana, Dangerous Summer and many more, things are still only just getting started for THE DEADNOTES.
It’s no surprise that Germany’s Fuze Magazine predicts: “It’s probably only a matter of time before they become a really big thing!”, whilst the music video for the single ‘Ghost and Ceiling’ was premiered by US magazine Alternative Press, and the band have performed the “Waldsee Live Session” and the “OFFSTAGE Sessions” for notable German music TV show WDR Rockpalast.
Looking towards 2023, THE DEADNOTES will shrug off the black and white aesthetic of the new video again and do what they do best: play live and in full glorious technicolor on stages across Germany and abroad.
Further live dates and new music TBA.
The Deadnotes Live Dates:
18.02.23 – London – Oslo (w/ NERVUS)
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