Phoenix AZ hard rock band Ded have just released their new album ‘Mis-An-Thrope‘.
The album was produced by John Feldmann and features the lead single ‘Anti-Everything‘ for which they made a video clip directed by Fred Durst.
You can purchase the album now on iTunes now [Here] or stream it below while reading their answers to our On The Record questions.
The band are currently touring the US with Korn & Stone Sour, they also have a stack of US festival dates ahead of them including Sonic Boom, Rock Allegiance, Aftershock and the massive Ozzfest meets Knotfest in November.
‘Mis-An-thrope’ is our debut album. We really tried to find a sound that we weren’t hearing in a lot of modern bands. We wrote the album over three years in Arizona as well as in LA with producer John Feldmann. There are a lot of influences present on the album ranging from metal to punk to Hardcore to rock to hip-hop.
Tell us about the CD artwork.
The album artwork was a picture we felt represented the four of us in a cool comic book, zombie like fashion – we felt that it was bold and iconic.
What format/s will it be released on and how will it be packaged?
It’s released everywhere digitally through Spotify, iTunes, Amazon, etc. It is also available as a CD Digipak, and on vinyl.
Who will it be released through, and when?
‘Mis-An-thrope’ is being released on Suretone Records / ADA on Friday, July 21st
Tell us about the studio you recorded at and why you chose to record there?
We recorded a lot of it at home in David (Ludlow’s) studio in Arizona. Then once we got John Feldmann on board to produce, we went out to LA in Calabasas and recorded a lot of material out there with him at his studio. We chose to go with John after we had recorded one song together, we felt everything vibe really well and we became great friends of John.
Tell us about your producer and why you chose to record with them?
He’s a legend! We grew up listening to his bands and the albums he produced. Once we got in a room with him and got creative together we knew that it was a great situation to be a part of.
Did you go into the writing process with a clear direction in mind?
We’ve had a very clear direction and vision for the band. It was us finding the core of a certain style sound and combining that with other styles of sounds until it was something that made us happy.
Were you listening to anything in particular during the writing / recording process that influenced the songs at all?
We intentionally listened to early Korn albums, early White Zombie, early Slipknot albums, early Pantera, early Marilyn Manson, early System Of A Down, early Limp Bizkit, early Nine Inch Nails We tried to find the essence of what made those album so special and timeless. Then we organically combined those styles with more modern influences like Gojira, Every Time I Die, Bring Me The Horizon, Run The Jewels, etc.
Were there any albums you were referencing in the studio to aim for a certain type of sound production wise?
I don’t think we referenced any particular sounds production wise – it was more so when writing songs and creating the actual music.
How long did you spend in the studio recording?
It was probably over the course of about three years, on and off.
Tell us a little about the recording process the band used.
David (Ludlow) will usually start with a guitar riff or entire song sometimes and then he would give the music to Joe, who would write down lyrics and record vocals with melodies. Then we would jam it as a band in a room and see if we’d like the song. Then we got with producer John Feldmann and we tried things with him as well where he would write songs with us as a fifth member of the band.
Was the recording process any different to previous processes you have used when recording music?
This is our first album, so it was a new, fresh process for us.
Any guests involved? if so, who.. and what did they do?
This is a debut album so we didn’t do any guests. We discussed doing things like that with a handful of different people, but ultimately we wanted this first album to be all about us.
When it comes do naming the tracks, is there any particular approach or process to it all?
The song titles usually derive from the lyrics – we try to keep them short and sweet and to the point.
Any particular equipment outside your usual live gear used in the process?
There’s a lot of electronic influences on the album that we don’t make externally and all of that was done inside the box.
Any memorable studio moments?
There were a lot of memorable studio moments, some of them being John Feldmann producing an album that in itself was memorable: Blink 182 was recording their album “California” simultaneously so we got to see them a lot as well. Travis Barker let us use his drums and drum tech to record our album.
Any additional tracks recorded that didn’t make the cut but may see the light of day sometime?
There are about 50 songs that we recorded over the three years. We only picked 11 to be on the album – so there’s a lot of music that did not make the album. We hope that someday it would see the light of day, but we don’t know if it will. Time will tell.
What track/s are you most looking forward to playing live?
We’re looking forward to playing ALL of them live. “Anti-Everything” definitely goes over really well live being the single has done so well at radio. That’s probably the most fun one to play currently, the crowds really react.
How would you compare the final product to previous releases?
Since this is our first full length album, we have nothing to compare it to. But we’re really proud of it.
Anything else you want to say about the release?
This is an album that we made for ourselves. It’s music that we wanted to hear and we hope you enjoy it too – but if you don’t that’s totally OK with us.
Ded photo by Andrew Stuart
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