Dead Poets Society to release DEPROGRAMMING, their second CD on January 8th, 2002.
Their debut album ‘the electric haze’ created an emotional experience through the use of instrumental textures and moods.
With their second release, ‘deprogramming’ they re-explore some of the avenues already tread upon in the virtual city of ‘electric haze’ as well as providing some new experiences as well. This is not just a remix album. A coalition of artists including band members and some of their friends have reworked seven of the tracks from the original album into new and startling configurations. In addition, the album contains previously unreleased material.
Their sound has been described as a modern splicing of New Order, Future Sound of London and Siouxsie and the Banshees. Carla Archuletta of the indie music magazine The Global Muse has said “Count Dead Poets Society as one of the few modern and innovative bands in the sub-cultural underground of the disenfranchised that is defining Electronic Goth.”
Raven says: This was a cool way for us to sort of re-explore some of the ideas we had originally put into ‘electric haze’. We wanted to do a re-mix album instead of a bunch of singles because I’ve always thought that singles were kind of boring. Who wants to listen to nine mixes of the same song? It’s kind of narcissistic for any band to do that and I think it’s a waste of money to buy a single. Maybe someday we’ll do something in that format, but not right away.
We got a few of our friends to work with us on this stuff and Kris Davidson really came through for us with his mixes. Some other people have signed on to do re-mixes for future projects but Kris is the only non-band member whose mixes made it onto ‘deprogramming’. Unfortunately, one of his mixes wasn’t completed in time to make the pressing, so we’ll have to stick it in somewhere else later, maybe it’ll be a hidden track or something.
Our first official release with lyrics I’ve written is also on this album. It’s called Synners. We’ve done it live a few times and people really seemed to like it, so we decided to put it on this release. When Wa and I finished recording the vocals, we knew we wanted to have Ryan Mann from Hotboxed as a guest vocalist.
Those guys have been friends of ours for a long time, and we’re very proud of them. Back in the days when we used to produce concerts, we had them at several of our shows, while they were still in high school. So that’s pretty special to me. I think Ryan has the coolist voice, and he is fun to work with.
The diverisity of sound textures within Dead Poets Society comes as no surprise to those who know the band’s three extremely different members.
The driving force behind the music is Wa, programmer, percussionist, and songwriter. His extensive training in percussion makes sure that the dead poets music always retains a driving beat and a great sense of proportion and balance.
Tim Gibson’s contributions of ‘all things stringed’ adds a sense of ethereal beauty and often down to earth chord-and-melody combinations which soothe the listeners aural sensibilities. The third head on this musical hydra is Raven Nightshado whose keyboards and vocals lend a sense of melancholic wonder.
for more info, updates, and free downloads check out their official site at: www.thedeadpoets.org