Dead Label are somewhat of a rarity these days in metal – a band that has the ability and potential to have quite a wide appeal, while still staying true to themselves and what metal is all about. Throne of Bones, their second album from 2016, exemplifies this.
We caught up with them fresh from their recent appearance at the Download Festival in the UK. The band’s drummer – Claire Percival – shared her rather infectious enthusiasm with us…
Introduce us to Dead Label
We are a three piece band. We are Irish. there is Dan on Vocals and Bass, Danny on Guitar and Claire on Drums. We are here to take over the world! 🙂
What are your influences?
Metallica, Machine Head, Gojira, Pantera, Black Sabbath, Thin Lizzy.
Name five things you’ve listened to recently that you’d recommend
Magma by Gojira is a must listen to. Hardwired to Self Destruct by Metallica. The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser by Rob Zombie. Forever by Code Orange. Evolution by Once Human.
Tell us about Throne of Bones
Throne of bones is our second album, however we wish it was our first album as we think it represents us more as a band. We love that album and it gives a glimpse of what we have to offer!
What are some of the lyrical themes on the album about?
Throne of Bones itself is about corruption in government and how people build thrones for themselves out of the bodies of the people they are supposed to be looking after. Politicians and greed ruling the world while the ordinary person suffers.
What’s the process you use for writing songs?
We love jammin! We like writing songs more than anything! Generally Danny will come in with a riff and we will go from there, jam it out, try loads of different ways of playing it, try it with different parts, change it more and then it will make the first version of the song! Then Dan writes his lyrics separately!
What’s your favourite song on the album and why?
My favourite to play is Void. It is so much fun to play and it always gets a good reaction live. I love playing heavy groovy songs and that one ticks all the boxes!
As the album has been out for a little while now, what are some of your reflections about the album and how it has turned out?
We were very happy with the reaction that the album has gotten. All of the reviews were good and all of the awesome gigs we have done because of it. We wouldn’t change anything about Throne of Bones. We put a lot of thought into and are confident it will hold up in the world of metal.
If you had to do it over again, would you change anything?
No we are very happy with the whole album. We like the structure, the production and the artwork. We are proud of Throne of Bones.
What lessons have you learned from Throne of Bones that you will take forward for your next recording?
We know that it is important to take your time with a release. Make sure everything is done exactly the way you want it. It is important to work with someone you get on with and who gets the best out of you.
How do you think Dead Label fits in with the global metal scene in 2017?
We believe we fit in to the global metal scene. We fit in on a lot of festival line ups and are suitable support for many of the big bands. We are not one specific genre within metal.
Playing live – essential or pointless?
Essential. Playing live is the whole reason. Metal is made for the live setting. Its so important to see your favourite band live! That’s where the music comes to life!
You recently played Download – what was that like?
It was one of the best experiences of our whole lives. It is an amazing festival. It is historically so important and still so important today! I can’t believe we were so lucky to get to be part of it!
Do you have any upcoming shows you want to talk about?
Yes we are playing Dundee and at wildfire Festival.
What will Dead Label be up to for the rest of the year?
Writing and gigging as much as possible! We always have something up our sleeve! 🙂
Any final words?
Thank you for having us!!!