From that band name to the more epic elements of their sound, Dead Sara aren’t afraid to refer back to the giants of hard rock’s past, drawing on everyone from Hole to Nirvana to Led Zeppelin for their timelessly electric sound. Frequently listing the great Stevie Nicks as one of their heroes, Fleetwood Mac hold a special place in their hearts.
“Siouxsie and I used to listen to records backwards, and get into the conspiracy theories and urban legends like The Beatles’ ‘Paul is dead’ stuff [a bizarre rumour that Paul McCartney died on November 9, 1966 and was replaced by a lookalike, to which the band were dropping hints in their songs]. One of the theories was about the song Sara by Fleetwood Mac, that that they sing ‘Dead Sara’ in the song. We were just young teenagers, and I remember that we texted each other at almost exactly the same time saying, ‘The band name should be Dead Sara!’
“Why do we love Fleetwood Mac so much? It’s about the songs, honestly. You listen to the song, think, ‘This is a nice song!’, then, as a musician, you go into how they wrote the song. Then it’s like ‘Wait, they engineered this?’ or ‘They produced this themselves?!’ You just get geeky. There was something about them in particular, their history, and how they could never miss. I miss that time when you found bands and you were just able to get obsessive and learn so much about them. They’re just one of the bands I got obsessed with, including Led Zeppelin, a lot of the other ’60s and ’70s rock bands, and a lot of obscure folk stuff, too. I still do obsess over that stuff sometimes.
“From a musical perspective, it’d be very cool for fans to be able to obsess over us in a similar way. Dead Sara is an entity, not any one person, and we’ve been together for a long time. A fan might find one song [they really connect with] on Ain’t It Tragic, then they could look back and see all the other records we’ve put out. I would love that.”