Gru-Metallers DEATH POP RADIO have teamed up with Metal Shock Finland to premiere worldwide their new video ‘F#@k It!’, taken from the band’s self-titled debut album which was released on May 7th via Dark Star Records.
Watch the video here:
Furthermore Metal Shock Finland had a pleasure to interview the band, read it below.
‘F#@k It!’ is taken from your self-titled debut album which was released on May 7th via Dark Star Records. Please tell us more on how the debut album came together?
We put the album together with a mix of songs from our time as Ravens (which we changed in the early days of COVID) and new songs we had been working on. Before we knew it we had a full; album ready that flowed well.
Talking about the songs themselves, from where you take the topics and inspiration?
Much of the lyrical content of this album is from a social observation point of view, both internal (how we view ourselves) and external (how we see the world and others in this current social media driven time we live in).
Please tell us more about DEATH POP RADIO as a band and its curious name.
Our original band name was Ravens which was derived from the first song Ravens (which is on the album). We changed it during COVID as we saw an opportunity to rebrand ourselves and to help make ourselves a little easier to find in a general search engine.
Death – Many of our songs speak of death and dying, but not in a traditional manner. We speak more to the death of ones self when no truly living in truth. When you let your entire world become defined by how you want the world to think of you rather than who you truly are.
Pop – While we are a heavy metal, grunge-punk, nu-metal style band….or Gru-Metal, we all come from a background of musical genres that still had a pop element. Hooks and catchy phrasings, etc.
Radio – This is just a way to convey our desire to hit as many ears as possible, much like a radio does.
How would you describe your musical genre?
As mentioned above, perhaps we’re the first known Gru-Metal band 🙂
As we don’t yet know when the proper shows and tours will be again possible, how will you support the album in the meantime?
Live venues are beginning to open up and we have a seek and destroy attitude with our live shows. If you aren’t there to see us, we want to make sure you’re leaving wanting to see us again. We do a number of our own shows as well as a few opening slots for national acts that come through our area. We are also hoping to do some travel dates as they become available.
We also have a pretty extensive radio push with our parters in New Ocean Media getting airplay throughout the US both on terrestrial radio as well as online radio.
And what about your future plans?
Future plans are much like the current plan, write, record, repeat, and reach out.
Now the word is yours, what is your message to our readers and your fans?
To everyone who is on this “Rat Tail” ride with us already (Rejects and Defects! You Rock!) and to those of you we hope will be joining with us, we just want you all to know how much we truly appreciate all your support and encouragement.
While the world is always telling people to never give up on their dreams, and to push forward, that is not the message that the music world tells guys like us. But we have never given up on what we love to do, and that’s to create and share music. Not everything we do is going to resonate with every single ear, and for you crazy mo-fo’s to come along with us means the world to each of us and helps us realize these dreams are still fully in tact every day.
Listen and purchase ‘Death Pop Radio’ album at: https://smarturl.it/deathpopradio
Also watch the video for ‘Flatliners’: https://youtu.be/rbNuDtwwo-s
Death Pop Radio is:
Dee J Nelson — Guitars – Vocals/Production
Eric Liljehorn/EL Mysterioso — Vocals / Lyrics
Mike Streicher — Bass/Vocals
Jim Bluthardt — Drums
More about Death Pop Radio:
DEATH POP RADIO began their journey as a song, not a band. A fun collaboration that quickly blossomed into a full-blown Hard-Pop-Grunge melting pot of backstories and musical experience.
Their debut single and video, “Ravens”, had thousands of views and hits within days. DEATH POP RADIO was born and came into the world with a natural buzz within the Chicago music scene.
The band started in late 2017 when guitarist Dee J Nelson ran into lead vocalist Eric Liljehorn at a King’s-X show in Chicago. A few quick words; a potential collaboration and mutual love for all things musical. The two began working on a few of Dee J’s songs together and both could tell something right away was simply “clicking”. Shortly after the release of “Ravens” it was clear a full band was in order. In need of a name, the band started out by temporarily using the title of its flagship song “Ravens” and while the temp name stuck longer than expected the guys eventually found the name that would fit them and their unique blend of rock and grunge – DEATH POP RADIO
Dee J and Eric were soon joined by two Chicago area veterans, drummer Jimmy B and bassist Mike Streicher. With a mixed bag rhythm section of thrashy, grunge drumming and hard rock bass added into the fray, DPR was on their way to creating their own flavor and sound. DPR’s haunted funhouse style is on full display in forthcoming singles include “Rock ’em Sock ’em” “Ravens”, and “Wake Up Drop Dead”. With their raw and driving rhythms and sing-along style hooks, DEATH POP RADIO’s sound sits comfortably somewhere between Kings X and White Zombie. Add in a sprinkle of industrial sound design and this blackbird soars. The response has been nothing short of overwhelming… Is it the death of pop? No, it’s just DEATH POP RADIO!