Dead Heavens (Walter Schreifels) release 7″ before debut album (listen)
Post-hardcore legend Walter Schreifels' psych band Dead Heavens (which also includes members of Bold, Into Annother, White Zombie, and Cults) are releasing their first full-length album Whatever Witch You Are on June 16 via Dine Alone (pre-order), but first they're releasing a 7" with non-album track "Isn't Wrong." The 7" is on sale at your local indie record store as of today (5/30), and it comes with a $2 off coupon for Whatever Witch You Are. (See which stores have it here.) Don't assume "Isn't Wrong" is just a cut that didn't make it onto the new album though -- Walter calls it one of the band's best songs. Here's what he says about his decision to release it as a non-album track:
There's the argument that great bands let awesome songs slip into non-album b-side status for the benefit of the true fans who will seek them out and hold them close. My favorite Beatles song is "Rain" for example, a non-album B-side, so's "Child Of The Moon" by the Rolling Stones. It's by this logic that we put "Isn't Wrong" out as a non-album B-side or at least that's how the other guys in the band talked me into going along with the idea because I think it's definitely one of our best songs.
It is indeed a pretty great song, with bluesy riffage, hazy vocals by Walter, and a rhythm section that bounces back and forth between driving and hypnotic. Check it out below.
Also below is a stream of Whatever Witch You Are singles "Adderall Highway" and "Basic Cable." The former has Dead Heavens nearing QOTSA territory, while the latter sounds like the swampiest of Sabbath songs.
Dead Heavens also have upcoming shows with Hideout, including a release show in their hometown of NYC on June 16 at Union Pool which also has Simon Doom on the bill (tickets). All dates are listed below.
Dead Heavens -- 2017 Tour Dates
6/14 - New Haven, CT - BAR - New Haven*
6/15 - Newport, RI - The Parlor*
6/16 - Brooklyn, NY - Union Pool*
6/17 - Garwood, NJ - Crossroads*
6/18 - Washington, DC - DC9 Nightclub*
6/19 - Philadelphia, PA - Kung Fu Necktie*
7/14 - San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
* - w/ Hideout