After a successful release of their 2010 Dead Edition EP, and a successful, European tour in 2011, multi-cultural rockers LIVING DEÄD LIGHTS announce the worldwide release of their debut full album, Black Letters (GB Sound Label), due out January 27, 2014, as well as the first single/video “This is Our Evolution,” on November 18, 2013.
LIVING DEÄD LIGHTS is: singer/guitarist Taka Tamada, originally from Kyoto, Japan; lead guitarist Alan Dämien from Hollywood, CA; bassist Martin Kelly from Ireland and the U.K.; and drummer Nick Battani from Austin, TX.
Black Letters was recorded at The Hobby Shop Recording Studios in L.A. It’s a collaborative effort by Fred Archambault (Avenged Sevenfold, Deftones), David Spreng (Bob Dylan, Alice Cooper) and Tom Baker (NIN, Marilyn Manson, Rob Zombie). LIVING DEÄD LIGHTS have an unbending faith in rock n’ roll, and Black Letters is hypnotic in its indulgence.
Black Letters consists of twelve songs that hit a pure, raw core of confession. They frame destruction, yet leave us a boundless sense of possibility and hope. The riffs are slashing, destructive yet beautiful, and their penetrating lyrical insight somehow puts the purity back in music. “Everything is about real life for us,” guitarist Alan Dämien says. “Hopefully we’re able to convey the ideas in somewhat of a poetic story format. We want our music to be artistic, intelligent and interesting; to reflect our life experiences or situations. We want people to be able to see themselves in the songs, and for our music to help them evolve through whatever situation they’re going through. What’s art without a point?”
The first single and video, “This is Our Evolution,” is set for a November 18, 2013 release. “We all go through so many circumstances that define who we are,” explains Dämien. “Most people have a good idea about what they want in life, yet they have no idea how they’re going to achieve it. We all get hung up on bad habits, life events, and become comfortable in our own skin. This song was written to wake people up and help find themselves, to learn how to make whatever changes within themselves they need to evolve and move forward.”
LIVING DEÄD LIGHTS accept no boundaries. Thunderous, stirring, melodramatic, always compelling, they have chosen to follow the seductive path of their instinct while preserving the vital spark of individuality that sets them apart.