Levi Zadoff and Dead Hendrix’s “Dead Summer” is a powerful five-track EP that captures the emotions and experiences of living through the COVID-19 pandemic. With their signature punk fusion sound, experimental pop-punk and rap-rock sensibilities, infectious hooks, catchy melodies, and excellent musicianship, the duo has created a captivating and emotional journey through the summers of COVID-19.
“Dead Summer” tells the story of the symbolic death of summer during the pandemic, as well as the loss of close ones due to the virus and drug abuse exacerbated by the global pandemic. The EP uses the pandemic as creative fuel, transforming feelings of loss into hypnotic melodies and delivering relatable songwriting and compelling angst-fueled vocal performances.
The production of “Dead Summer” is exceptional, featuring a collaborative effort with emerging producers IOF, Yago Beats, SPLASHGVNG, and Imani Beats, who bring a unique touch to the punk fusion sound. The result is an explosive and relentless delivery that showcases the duo’s exceptional musicianship.
The EP features tracks such as the sarcastic opener titled “Don’t Think It Could Get Much Better,” the introspective “Alone,” the revealing Hendrix and Zadoff’s sad story of loneliness and confusion from two opposite perspectives, and “Can’t Be God,” where both artists accept that they can’t control every aspect of their lives. Adding fire to the fuel, “Love Game” shows the vulnerability and struggle of being trapped in our heads drenched in multiple emotions.
Levi Zadoff and Dead Hendrix have poured their hearts into “Dead Summer,” and it shows in the honesty and authenticity of their lyrics. The EP is a testament to their dedication to their craft, with Levi Zadoff revealing that it’s the most authentic and experimental work he’s ever been a part of making. Meanwhile, Dead Hendrix adds that it’s the closest thing to his musical aspirations coming to life.
In conclusion, “Dead Summer” is a must-listen for fans of punk and pop music alike, with Levi Zadoff and Dead Hendrix crafting an EP that’s both relatable and thought-provoking. It offers a unique perspective on the pandemic and the loss of loved ones during these difficult times. It’s a testament to the power of music as a means of expressing and coping with grief, and we can’t wait to see what these two talented musicians come up with next.
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