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Dead Soft Are Super Bummed About Being Murdered In Their New Video

Exclusive: The latest offering by Canadian indie-punks Dead Soft features every retro horror cliche in the book.

Gabriola Island’s Dead Soft harness the power of the bummer. The indie-punk three-piece have all the downer emotionality of grunge and ’90s alternative, but still manage to sound loud and effective rather than listless. Their choruses hit hard, even if their verses often feel subdued — a tactic used successfully by bands like Weezer and Microwave. Now, with their debut LP Big Blue on the way, the band seem poised to stake their claim in the indie scene.

Dead Soft Big Blue Web Res

The band’s latest video, Step Out, feels like Dead Soft distilled. Shot with vintage camera filters using clunky zooms and stark lighting, the video embraces a classic low-budget horror movie aesthetic, right down to the too-red blood. You get it all — an old summer camp, bodies hanging from trees, wary rednecks by the side of the highway, hostile townsfolk, mouths full of blood, skull-headed things dancing in car headlights, the works. In fact, part of the video’s charm is that there isn’t necessarily a narrative, so that it feels like you’re not watching one horror movie, you’re watching all of them.

This song is about looking in on your life from the outside and the idea of stepping out of your day to day world into another one,” says frontman Nathaniel Epp. “It also makes reference to a reoccurring dream I had for a while where the earth got sucked into a black hole. It’s like that dream mixed with the fantasy of running away from home.”

Watch our exclusive premiere of Dead Soft’s Step Out below:

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Dead Soft’s Big Blue LP comes out October 18 on Arts & Crafts, and is available for preorder.

Make sure to catch the band on tour later this year at one of the following dates:


12 - Vancouver, BC - The Astoria
17 - Calgary, AB - Palomino Smokehouse
18 - Edmonton, AB - Sewing Machine Factory
19 - Saskatoon, SK - TBA
20 - Winnipeg, MB - The Good Will
21 - Minneapolis. MN - 7th Street Entry
23 - Chicago, IL - TBA
24 - Port Huron, MI - SchwonkSoundStead
25 - Toronto, ON - The Beguiling
26 - Montreal, QC - La Sotterenea
28 - Ottawa, ON - Live on Elgin
29 - Allston, MA - O’Briens


01 - New York, NY - TBA
02 - Philadelphia, PA - Creep Records
06 - Nashville, TN - Drkmttr
08 - Dallas, TX - TBA
11 - Phoenix, AZ - Trunk Space
15 - Los Angeles, CA - The Satellite
16 - San Francisco, CA - El Rio
19 - Portland, OR - The Fixin’ To
20 - Olympia, WA - Rhythm and Rye
21 - Seattle, WA - Belltown Yacht Club

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Posted on September 23rd 2019, 3:30pm
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