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The two musicians are a study in contrast onstage: Medley remains rooted in place -- a solid, steady anchor for Armstrong's almost unhinged performance style. A skilled vocal stylist who can handle blues, soul, and folk-rock with equal aplomb, Armstrong can unleash a guttural howl one minute and trill as pretty as a songbird the next. (When asked by the Wall Street Journal recently which female rock singers she admired, legendary Jefferson Airplane singer Grace Slick namechecked Armstrong, citing her "strong, urgent sound.")
Dead Sara, which also includes bassist Chris Null and drummer Sean Friday, has attracted major buzz for the ferocious spectacle of its high-octane live performances. Of a January show at The Troubadour, L.A.'s indie-rock tastemaker website Picksysticks.com raved: "You almost forgot you were watching a rock show in the 450-capacity Troubadour and not in a venue like Staples Center that holds thousands when Dead Sara launched into their soon-to-be mega hit `Weatherman.'" OC Weekly has praised the band for its "blazing, impassioned classic rock, punk/indie jams, catchy guitar melodies, and songs about not backing down," while Buzzbands.la noted that Dead Sara's "strain of primal rock is loud enough to awaken the ghosts in both the indie and metal underworlds, and maybe even get them to dance a bit."
Having spent much of last year in the studio, Dead Sara are gearing up to unleash the fruits of their labors with a three-song digital release, due February 7th and featuring the explosive first single "Weatherman," emotionally resonant ballad "Sorry For It All," and an exclusive acoustic version of "Test My Patience." Their highly anticipated self-titled debut album is slated to be released on April 10th via the band's own label, Pocket Kid Records through Fontana/Universal.
Top Customer Reviews
Now for the album:
1) Whispers and Ashes - Eases you into the bands style and sound.
2) We Are What You Say - Starts picking up the tempo.
3) Weatherman - The first song where we really start to hear the range of Emily's amazing voice. She trasitions from a soft songstress to a strong powerhouse with seemingly no effort what so ever. The band starts to show their abilities as well.
4) Dear Love - The first ballad of the album. It's a lovely song, though not really a favorite.
5) Monumental Holiday - One of my favorite songs on the album. Being musically in your face, it's very reminiscent of early Hole and Wolfmother. It's a wonderful surprise in the middle of the album.
6) I Said You Were Lucky - This song is really fun to rock out to in the car.
7) Face to Face - Another ballad type and also one of my favorite songs, both musically and lyrically. The music starts off soft but comes crashing down loud and intense, and the lyrics are simply beautiful. This song, for me, is the most emotional of the album.
8) Test On My Patience - This has been my absolute favorite song on the album from day one. I think it's more from seeing it performed live than anything.Read more ›
I saw them open up for Chevelle a few months ago. I actually turned to my friend and thought someone from the crowd or road crew had took the stage as I had no idea who this band was or that they were one of the opening acts. I'm almost embarrassed to admit that because they absolutely f'in killed it that night! By the time they played 'Face to Face,' I was definitely a fan. GREAT live act and the emotion bleeds through to the album just as well.
They have it all on this album including big guitar tone with catchy, head-banging riffs and big swelling choruses, tight arrangements, all topped with brilliant vocals from whisper sweet to 60's rock grit to a full wail. It's rare for me to find an album this good, not a bad song. Highly recommended, you won't be disappointed.
I bought it after hearing "Weatherman" on the radio a few times, and I was unsure about what I was about to get.
What I received was a CD that quickly became one of the best in my collection.
Ranging from fast-paced rock songs with some screaming to slow-paced songs with just a guitar background, Dead Sara shows two distinct styles and succeeds with both.
Their lead singer oozes with talent, grinding out the vocally-demanded, scream-peppered rock songs with aplomb then displaying her range by singing the slowed-down, guitar-backed songs as well as any artist.
It may be hard to believe that this is their first album. A debut like this shows this may be one of the greatest bands of its generation.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Dead Sara is in my opinion, possibly the best kept secret in the world of hard rock. There is really only one word to describe their sound: ferocious. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Fantastic! Power, Energy, Vocals, Music, Arrangement, Passion, SingingPublished 6 months ago by Timothy FC
Finally some raw rock, see Dave Grohls review if you dont believe me.Published 11 months ago by Sam
Dead Sara has a promising future if they keep their unique music style. This album has hard rock songs mix with a southern sound, that few bands have been able to pull off. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Calioop
This band really is exceptional and I predict they will be the next breakthrough band!!!!! I saw them perform in LA and they really rock!!! Read morePublished 14 months ago by Karin Witt
Have been a fan of Dead Sara from the moment I heard them in 2013. The vocals by Emily Armstrong is some of the best I've heard in a long time and with the guitar sounds of... Read morePublished 17 months ago by C. Brent Robinson