Dead Lakes Dials It Back with Debut Album

Dead Lakes Daydreamer
Credit: Chris Echols

Dead Lakes is releasing their debut album daydreamer on March 31 via SharpTone Records. The band’s lineup of Sumner Peterson (vocals), Max Statham (guitars), Chon Adam (drums), and Cody Hurd (bass) enlisted the talents of producer Sam Guaiana who has worked with artists including Silverstein, Between You and Me, and The Devil Wears Prada.

“From the jump, daydreamer puts you in the driver’s seat of the story,” explains vocalist Sumy. “This record constantly blurs the line between reality and daydream both sonically and lyrically. We wanted to extend that energy to this record by giving you a mix of what you’d expect from us with a surreal fresh energy and perspective. The result ended up being a sonic journey of sound and emotion. This record runs parallel with the ride of life. The gut-wrenching moments, self-doubt, relationships, vices, and the feeling of euphoria.”

Leading up to the album’s release the band shared the singles “stamina”, “wrong way”, strange juice” and most recently “tongue planet”. Speaking about their latest single Drummer Chon Adams says “’tongue planet’ sort of came out of nowhere at a time during the pandemic where I think everyone was wondering if we should even do this anymore. There were things that everyone was either attached to or fed up with that needed to get put to rest with this song.”

Dead Lakes new album is a little tamer than the band’s prior work. Songs like “Bite My Tongue”, “Still Raining” and “The Devil Has Blue Eyes” displayed more agressive guitars with a good share of screamo. With daydreamer, the band dials it back a bit by tossing out the screamo vocals and introducing some pop elements to their sound. However, make no mistake, while daydreamer sees the band drift slightly to the pop side this is still a rock album.

daydreamer is available March 31st.

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