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REVIEW: Get Dead – Honesty Lives Elsewhere

Written By | Jul 28, 2016

LOS ANGELES, July 28, 2016 — Get Dead has a sound of their own and it is awesome! If you put Rancid, Bouncing Souls, Bad Religion, Dropkick Murphys, Screeching Weasel and Social Distortion in a blender, this album would be the result. Their new full length, Honesty Lives Elsewhere, is set for release on July 29 by Fat Wreck Chords. It is very different from the traditional Fat Wreck Chords sound of the late ‘90s with which many punks are familiar. The label has expanded over the years to signing a variety of punk bands, not just skate punk groups anymore.

Honesty Lives Elsewhere is an amazing album with driving punk and other musical elements, such as rockabilly, folk, indie, and even a little ska. The way Get Dead uses unconventional instruments of the genre, such as organs, acoustic guitars, tambourines and pianos, and managed to blend them into their sound so well with pure perfection is incredible, and mind blowing, in a way.

The guitarists seemed to have experimented with several kinds of tones in the studio and that worked great since many of the tunes have a different essence to them.

The album also contains very deep lyrics on songs that will bring a lot of emotion in somebody while listening because the topics are ones with which most people can identify. A track that really stood out in that particular category was the sixth track, “She’s a problem,” a song about a man who is in love with a troubled woman with substance abuse problems who keeps breaking his heart. He is still heavily infatuated with her and can’t seem to let her go. One of the darkest love songs one can ever hear.

Another powerful song is the final track, “Ordinance,” which is about war and the sad, tragic effect it has on people. The album addresses many issues that a lot of us are too afraid to talk about most of the time. Sam King’s angry, roaring, scratchy vocals help bring the feel to these types of songs quite well and with full force.

Everything about this release is superb with beautifully composed songs and flawless recordings. The album was recorded in their hometown of San Francisco at Motor Studios, so they had plenty of time to put as much effort as possible into making this album and it shows.

Just by listening to “Honestly Lives Elsewhere,” you can tell that the band and everyone else who was part of the recording process worked very hard during production. It is a work of audio art, something to which even the world’s biggest music snobs would give high praise. Get Dead is going places.

You can catch Get Dead on tour in Japan at the start of August, followed by a West Coast U.S. run, and then a European tour in October.

Kevin Wells

Kevin J. Wells was born and raised in the Los Angeles area in a town called Montrose. He is the Sports Editor and a baseball and punk music columnist at Communities Digital News. He also writes for New Noise Magazine and currently plays guitar for and is a founding member of the Los Angeles punk rock band, Emmer Effer.