“Woah man, radical!” shouted my mum doing her best impression of Shaggy from Scooby Doo. No, she doesn’t just blurt out character impressions randomly. Her seemingly random outburst was in reaction to me playing the trippy new single from Melbourne’s The Dead Heir. Although the band have leant towards a more garage rock vibe on other recordings, their new single Sherlock sees the band take a more psychedelic inspired approach. Jinkees.
Melbourne’s The Dead Heir have just dropped their new video for Sherlock on Happy! Watch our premiere below!
For those of you who aren’t acquainted allow me to introduce you. The Dead Heir are a six piece troupe from good old Melbourne forming back in 2012, and after the world didn’t end they continued to jam together and have since dropped two EPs. Their latest effort Cooked released midway last year shows the band at a more well rounded place and confident to take bold new strides in their songwriting. Lets face it, in an age where decent rock music is few and far between this kind if attitude is what is needed to make a band marginally successful. Cooked features plenty of sweet guitar riffs and vocal harmonies which places them snugly in the niche of fun Aussie rock music. If these boys continue push themselves they have the potential to be a head above the rest come end of the year.
But enough with my sage like advice, let’s talk about this video. Sherlock is the second single released from Cooked and it is an entirely different beast to its predecessor, the title song Cooked. Cooked leads with a seductive bass line and the rest of the track continues in similarly sultry fashion. It’s a good song to get yourself familiar with The Dead Heir. If Tame Impala, The Good Sports or old mates King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard are your jam then The Dead Heir are well worth checking out. But it’s on Sherlock that the band really get to show their chops.
The shimmering, swirling guitars dominate the piece, so much so that you too will be doing your best Shaggy impression. The bass is almost buried in the mix, but for the most part that is fine as those guitars truly deserve to have the spotlight. The changes in pace keep the listener on their toes, and does a great job of keeping the song engaging. All the vocal woah-oh-ing is nothing new for those steeped in the modern psych-wave scene, but regardless its a nice touch and frankly it’d be odd if they weren’t present. It all amounts to one big glorious guitar jam to close out, the sonic landscape created is almost overwhelming but they manage to reign it in enough before it becomes overkill.
In conjunction with the release of Sherlock The Dead Heir have announced a string of residency shows at The John Curtin Hotel in Carlton. You can find tickets deets on their social pages below. You can catch them there on the 4th, 11th and 18th, so if you happen to be bumming around Melbourne be sure to pop in and check these guys out.
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