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Premiere: Dead Sara, ‘Lemon Scent’

by Kevin Bronson on June 8, 2011

Dead Sara fashions a strain of primal rock that’s loud enough to awaken the ghosts in both the indie and metal underworlds, and maybe even get them to dance a bit. The quartet’s sound is the brainchild of childhood pals Emily Armstrong and Siouxsie Medley, shredders both, singer Armstrong with her rocker-girl wailing and guitarist Medley with her lightning licks. The Los Angeles quartet is rounded out by bassist Chris Null and drummer Sean Friday, and their debut album, produced by Noah Shain, is en route in August. Blues-tinted metal, punk-spiked rebukes, arena-ready empowerment anthems — Dead Sara seems to drench them all in sweat and nudge them outside the formulas. “You gotta sink to learn to swim,” Armstrong blares on “We Are What You Say,” recalling the lineage of rockstresses who stopped doubters dead in their tracks. Dead Sara’s debut leaves little doubt that, at the very least, they are off to a good start.

||| Download: “Lemon Scent”

||| Also: Check out “We Are What You Say”

||| Live: Dead Sara plays the Bootleg Theater on June 23 and the Viper Room on July 7.

Photo by Frank Maddocks


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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Sandy June 9, 2011 at 1:52 pm

WOW! Very Nice. Crazy Good. Dead Sara, I’ll have to keep my eyes and ears our for you. Great Sound. Would love to see you live. Any chance of a Florida/Georgia tour?

Hollywood Steve June 18, 2011 at 7:04 pm

This stuff is completely insane. An out and out assault on the senses. A live show will break through any resistance. When you see them you will “believe”. Their destiny is Wembley Stadium in front of 90,000 English lunatics. See them now – later on you’ll be saying, “I saw them when they were just taking off…”

Project One June 30, 2011 at 10:28 am

L E M O N
From the rocker to the shocker this will get you going. This is the new sound up and coming into rock and we feel that this group is at the forfront of bringing rock and roll back to where it should be, raw and real. Love the smell of lemons!! Who said a chick band cant rock the house. Girl Power on the fly !!! No offence to the two guys in the group.

kathy August 4, 2011 at 3:00 pm

Actually heard Dead Sara via Grace Slick name-checking them in an interview as to what’s she’s been listening to. That alone was good enough for me. They are scorching! Will keep listening and buying. Thanks Grace! The line of kickass women rockers continues.

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