In a world of self-important indie twaddlers and high-minded rockers, it’s a relief to hear someone talk about their band’s sound free of hyperbole and fluff.
“I had a bunch of songs I had written with the idea that I wanted to start a straight ahead, two guitar attack punk band with a bit of a rock tinge,” says Deadkill guitarist Michael Stubz. Why tart it up any more than that? Because for Stubz, vocalist Bryan Krieger, guitarist Kirby Johnson, bassist Michael Loftus, and drummer Shawn Trudeau there’s no messing about. It’s simply strap in, crank up the volume, and explode.
That is the sound of the group’s debut, self-titled 7, (out this spring on Good To Die Records). The disc is four stripped down, no bullshit ragers in the style of vintage Black Flag, Circle Jerks, and The Germs.
The quintet knocked the songs out in a similar fuss-free fashion: a furious three-day recording session starting at Crybaby Studios with producer Justin Wilmore. “We tracked the drums in one day, guitar tracks on day two, and did the vocals later in the basement of Bryan’s house,” says
Deadkill isn’t some half-assed collection of demos, mind you. These four tracks are full-bore rabbit punches to the solar plexus. They’ll knock the wind right out of you, but you’ll be begging for more.
The strength of their sound comes, in part, thanks to the history that each member has with the Seattle rock and punk scene. All five are wellseasoned vets who know just want a song requires. Stubz mans the drums for fellow Good To Die band Absolute Monarchs. Johnson spent eight years playing guitar with metal icons Himsa. Trudeau logged time behind the kit for pop-punkers The Meices and The Daves. And Loftus earned his stripes as bassist for thrashers Whiskey Tango. Deadkill, however, could outlast and outshine all of the above. They’re already taking no prisoners on stages all over their hometown of Seattle, sharing the stage with groups like Davila 666, OFF!, The Spits, and High On Fire. And as you might imagine, their live shows are as intense as their record. On stage they are explosive, frantic, electric, and loud. They aim to slay every time they play, and haven’t failed us yet.