Unfurrow that confused brow, loyal reader, because neither I nor this band in question are condoning the death of indie music, and certainly not on a site called The Indie-Verse.
Rather, I’m here to bring you information on local artists around the metroplex, and today we’re going classic with Fort Worth rockers Death to Indie.
Death to Indie got their start in 2011 in Fort Worth in a very nontraditional, but memorable way. The Indie-Verse talked to frontman Nolan Derosia and drummer Dylan Brown about the band’s origins.
Derosia: Willow Smith brought us together. Dylan did a cover of “Whip My Hair” and posted it on Facebook. I saw it, we jammed, and Death to Indie was born. Since then we’ve released another 20+ pop covers on Youtube, all done as if we were the ones to write them in the first place.
Q: As a writer for a publication called The Indie-Verse, I have to ask: Why the name “Death to Indie?”
Derosia: Ha! That’s a loaded question. The simplest answer: We thought it was funny. We started talking about bands that we didn’t like and Never Shout Never was at the top of the list. I blurted it “Death to Indie” as a joke, and the name just stuck. That guy’s voice is so whiny!
The complicated answer: We’re tired of how everybody in their respective genres seem to sound the same. One group breaks through, and all of a sudden every unsigned band in that genre sounds, looks, and acts exactly like them! It’s frustrating as hell. I don’t understand why every band feels the need to wear skinny jeans, bro-tanks, and all take the exact same picture of 5 guys standing in a V-formation in front of an abandoned warehouse. Just be yourselves! Death to Indie!
Not to mention the disdain that I think we all have for the way that pop music has been going. What’s with all these club beats and token rap verses that don’t make any sense? Why won’t they use real instruments instead of pre-made beats and synths? Why are there only 4 songs on the radio right now? Is Justin Bieber really a guy? It’s unanswered questions such as these that force us to say, “Death to Pop, Death to Indie, JOIN THE REVOLUTION.”
Ironically enough though, some “blokes” over in the UK must have had the same idea as us, because a month later they formed their own “Death to Indie” not even realizing that we existed. Our numbers are growing!
What the duo considers to be their debut full-length album, The Revolution, was just released in June and shows off the group’s classic vibe.
Q: What was the best part in creating and recording “The Revolution?”
Derosia: I think the best part of creating “The Revolution” is the fact that we started from scratch, and completed it entirely on our own from start to finish. Everything was done in house, by us and our friends, with no real outside influence, so what you get is a true artistic representation of what was going on with us at the time. That’s not even mentioning all the Clear Channel digs, and Justin Bieber jokes. Those were a lot of fun as well.
According to their website, the group prides itself on being “real” and giving listeners authentic musical experiences, “[playing] loud and proud and for the masses.”
And for those of you lamenting that rock ‘n’ roll is dead, Death to Indie is here to prove you wrong and show that 90s kids can still rock, with influences from Tech N9ne, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Periphery, Stolen Babies, Emery, August Burns Red and Polkadot Cadaver.
“We create something, not necessarily new, but something genuine. In short we’re nothing but agents of the musical revolution, striving to keep the music alive.”
The real strength of “The Revolution” comes from the duo’s skill on guitar and drumset, serving up features that are just as strong separately as they are together.
Songs like “The Better of Me” stand out on the blues scale with the harmony of the low-register vocals serving as a perfect fit to the droning guitar and driving beat.
“Lullaby of Rejection” likes to keep you on your toes with its reggae instrumentals punctuated by the roaringly loud classic rock choruses, while “Tell Me Why” slows you down and enters uncharted rock territory with its deeper message in the lovesick lyrics.
To top it off, the final track, “Save Us,” ends with a lengthy guitar and drum feature to remind listeners of the group’s driving force.
And just to mix things up, there are four voice-over tracks that each reveal a small piece of storyline that accompanies the album. Get this: The guys have recently escaped a local jail with Justin Bieber, are plotting to destroy Top 40 channels and ultimately wind up in Mexico, Bieber in tow.
One track even leaves contact information for anyone with clues on their fictional whereabouts, providing a cell phone number which, as I came to find out, leads you straight to the Rick Roll Hotline.
Who said rockers always had to be so serious? These guys know how to have a good time.
The duo’s YouTube channel shows a plethora of covers from artists like Drake, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Rebecca Black (of “Friday” fame) and even takes a hard rock venture into the ever-infamous “Call Me Maybe” (click the links for a video of each cover).
But best of all, they even serve up an intense cover of the Meow Mix commercials.
To experience the fun and the rock all for yourself, keep an eye out for the band’s next performances around the metroplex.
Derosia: We play as often as we can, which unfortunately isn’t as often as we would like. We’ve got nothing on the books right now, but be sure to “like” us on Facebook for the latest news regarding any shows or future releases. Just be sure you’re not visiting the Death to Indie UK’s site. Travel to that show would be a bitch!
Q: What’s next for Death to Indie?
Brown: We continue to grow as band, constantly learning different ways to play stuff; including our own songs. As we grow, the writing will become more intricate; Maybe even with a bluesy/jazzy twist. We had also joked around with the idea of making an E.P. with just a bunch of random genres. Maybe a pshycobilly song, rap song, or whatever is on our mind.
In the meantime, check out the band on Bandcamp, where “The Revolution” is available for only $2! How can you say no to that?