Like ghosts from rock ‘n’ roll lovers past, wedded duo Dead Posey’s aggressively provocative sound lingers between two worlds like Jekyll & Hyde, instantly hypnotizing you. Following up on their debut EP Freak Show, Danyell Souza (Vocalist/Producer) and Tony F. (Producer/Multi-instrumentalist - formerly of Eve 6) have concocted a world from the dark corners of their minds with their 2nd EP, Malfunction.
Dead Posey’s name has its roots in the plague nursery rhyme “Ring Around the Rosey”. Aestheticly inspired by left-of-center muses such as David Lynch, Salvador Dali, and Edgar Allan Poe, the realm that Dead Posey has created with their music is fitting considering Danyell is the granddaughter of a retiered LAPD Homicide detective who worked on some of the most notorious murder cases.
The four track EP invites listeners into a nightmarish fever dream, fueled by Danyell’s wicked vocals, Tony’s unholy guitar and drum tones, and flashes of soul-sucking industrial production meticulously arranged by the two. Topped with lyrics that will haunt and seduce you into the pair’s twisted minds, what better way to visually symbolize Malfunction then with the cover art they photographed, last minute while in quarantine at home along with the rest of the world. Tony says, “We had another cover completely finished, but in the 11th hour while tweaking the final mixes of the songs Danyell got inspired again by the music and went away for a couple hours and put together this new cover which I loved right away. Sometimes art and inspiration happen at the oddest times.” Danyell explains, ”It’s a nod toward not only my own inner “malfunctions” but those of larger society as well, things like religion & war which go hand in hand and ultimately keep us divided as a human race. We are like the rat, having both force fed to us.”
With Malfunction’s dark, introspective themes, this is music to look inward with as you plan your next move on a pestilent foe. We get to hear Dead Posey’s evocative thoughts that reveal the hidden parts of all of us while maintaining an edgy sense of wit as shown on “Bad Things”, in which Souza slyly sings: “Bad things they come in threes / Why you mess mess messin’ with me? / Oh Father Son & Holy Ghost / Feels like I’m comatose..”. And on “Head of the Snake”, Souza yells: “Little girl hush your mouth / But mama said I could wear the crown / Bruised and scarred I won’t let down / Got a voice I’m usin’ now” showcasing that any perceived barriers we have to break through can serve as fuel for perseverance and strength.
It’s in these personal yet universal truths that Dead Posey’s music finds extra gravitas.
The potent energy on Malfunction is sonically conveyed by the tension and duality of the band’s two members. Danyell and Tony’s hands-on, tug of war approach in the studio taps into a chaotic rawness that otherwise wouldn't be attainable without their dynamic. Danyell says, “We are perfectionists to a fault, we have to remind each other sometimes to kill our darlings so we don’t go completely insane.” Tony then adds: “We do pretty much every last thing ourselves, so we have grown a shorthand in communication on how we make music. I think we encourage each other’s best attributes while also reigning in some impulses that might lead us astray. There’s a real yin and yang balance going on that gives Dead Posey its power and makes it what it is.”
Dead Posey broke into the rock scene in 2018 with their Sumerian Records debut EP Freak Show and standout track “Don’t Stop The Devil”, which now has over 20 million digital spins from their ever-growing ardent fanbase. Feeding a vigorous appetite for performing live, Dead Posey has unfurled their punk-infused high-octane live shows at notable festivals such as Louder Than Life and Aftershock and have unleashed their riveting energy on illustrious stages such as Rock City and Electric Ballroom in the UK, Gramercy Theater in NYC and other iconic venues in the US.
Dead Posey’s music has been heard in Fox’s Lucifer, MTV's Teen Wolf, Marvel shows like Cloak & Dagger and Jessica Jones and Netflix's Jack Whitehall – Travels With My Father among others, as well as in ads for Taco Bell, Sony PlayStation, Riot Games’ League of Legends, and many more (procured via publishing company Position Music). The duo has received positive write ups from the likes of The Huffington Post and Guitar World Magazine, and has collaborated with Hot Topic on their “I Like Scary Movies Experience” feature. They have also appeared on popular podcasts such as The Boo Crew & The Fred Minnick Show.
While the world is upside down and all touring is on hold, Danyell and Tony are staying creative by hiding out in their home studio, writing and recording their anticipated first full-length album. If Malfunction is a glimpse into what’s to come, then it’s safe to say that Dead Posey have found themselves on a prolific creative road that is bringing us all deeper into the intense vortex of the duo’s mind meld.