In their own words, Pennsylvania quintet Dead Eyes' friendship runs much deeper than just a band. That closeness has taken the group of musicians on a journey together, which most recently saw them releasing the music video for their new single, "American Nightmare," after rebranding themselves as Dead Eyes. With a debut EP under the new band name coming soon, and even more new music closer than you think, 2017 is shaping up to be a great year for these guys.
Interview by Dom Vigil
Can you tell us a little bit about Dead Eyes for any readers who may not be familiar?
Dead Eyes came to life in 2016 after the decision was made to rebrand our old project Vital Signs. The four of us have years of experience playing together which helped make the transition very smooth.
How do you feel the Pennsylvania music scene has influenced and affected you as musicians?
I definitely believe our music scene had a large impact on how we wrote when we were younger. Those early stages developed us into the musicians we are today.
You just recently released your new single, “American Nightmare.” What is the story and inspiration behind this song?
Alex Runk (vocals) came up with the concept a few years ago. When we decided to create Dead Eyes we knew it was going to be an important song for us.
Why was it important for you to release “American Nightmare,” with so much going on in the U.S. right now?
I think there is a lot of unease with how things have been handled by our government. Social media is bringing to light subjects that have been kept under the wraps by those in power for decades.
On top of the new single, you guys have been hard at work on your debut EP. What can you tell us about these new songs?
The one thing that will be universal for us on any release we do as a project is that you can expect more than one sound. We are not a band that is going to limit themselves to what is expected of us. We have a message that needs to be heard.
Although Dead Eyes is a new project, you’ve all been playing music with each other in one way or another for a while now. How do you feel your past experiences together have made this your strongest material to date?
Our friendship is so much deeper than a band. We are all so like-minded and relate to each other so well and I think that is what has given this project the identity it has.
Can fans expect any more new music before the end of the year?
We do have another release planned. I think it will give listeners a feeling of nostalgia.
What are you looking forward to in 2017? Do you have any big plans yet?
We do have some very exciting plans in the works including the EP release and a few weeks on the road.
Thank you for taking the time to chat with us! Is there anything else you’d like to add?
We just want to say thanks for having us, and thanks to every fan who has joined the revolution.