FINAL PREVIEW OF THE FORTHCOMING ALBUM, II (28TH OCTOBER VIA IPECAC RECORDINGS). PRE-ODERS AVAILABLE.
CUSTOM DEAD CROSS FENDER GUITARS BEING AUCTIONED (HERE) TO RAISE FUNDS FOR SUICIDE PREVENTION & REPRODUCTIVE FREEDOM CHARITIES
Dead Cross unveil a third and final single, and video, from the band’s eagerly-awaited album, II (28th Oct, Ipecac Recordings) with today’s release of “Christian Missile Crisis”.
Justin Pearson explains the themes behind the song: “’Christian Missile Crisis’ takes an obvious jab at organized religion, NRA-holes who clearly compensate for their lack of masculinity by fixating on gun ownership and gun ‘rights,’ and the fact that a large enough amount of Americans have the inability to negotiate peace and prefer oppressing others.”
Video compiled and edited by Displaced/Replaced. The band thanks Internet Archive (and others) for the majority of the sourced footage Live Dead Cross footage from Open’er Festival July 2018
Accompanying the release of “Christian Missile Crisis,” is the launch of an online auction, in partnership with Fender, to benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (San Diego chapter) and The Satanic Temple’s Religious Reproductive Rights Campaign. The fundraiser, features two custom Fender Player Lead III guitars, one black, and one beige. Both guitars have been modified by The Black Moon Design with clear vehicle wrap grade vinyl decals featuring art from the band’s album. The band said, collectively: “In light of the recent loss of our ex-bandmate, comrade, brother, and all around amazing person Gabe Serbian, Ipecac Recordings and Three One G will donate all proceeds from the beige guitar to help suicide prevention awareness. All proceeds from the black guitar will go to help fight laws that do not promote the health and safety of individuals in relation to bodily autonomy.”
Dead Cross previously released two tracks and videos from II: “Reign of Error”, a song Stereogum described as a “freaked-out, blisteringly fast” single, and “Heart Reformer”, a single Revolver dubbed “a thrashing, convulsing hardcore song” and Stereoboard called a “vicious, thrashy, hardcore rager.”
II, while both a raucous hardcore collection, and at times, a politically-charged opus, has its roots in friendship, with the band rallying together after Crain received a surprise cancer diagnosis. “Words can’t even begin to describe how much this album means to me. It’s birthed of pain and uncertainty,” adds Crain. “The slow, excruciatingly painful, and nauseating recovery from cancer treatments were the catalyst for every riff and note on this album. However, my will to live and be with my brothers Justin, Dave, Mike, and co-producer Ross Robinson, got me out of bed and running into the studio every day to get it all on tape.”
Album pre-orders are available now, with II available on several limited-edition physical formats:
Counterfeit Gold vinyl
Indie retail exclusive Glass Coffin vinyl
Ipecac webstore exclusive Pee Tape vinyl (limited to 500) SOLD OUT
Three One G webstore exclusive Ash Wednesday vinyl (limited to 500) SOLD OUT
Revolver exclusive Upper Crust vinyl (limited to 300) SOLD OUT
Black cassette (limited to 400)
Gold cassette (limited to 100)
Dead Cross released their self-titled debut album in 2017. Alternative Press deemed the 10-song collection “viciously contagious,” The Quietus said the record is “completely gleeful,” The Needledrop deemed it “one of a kind,” The Guardian says, “an album that sounds as if it was a blast to make and one that’s immensely enjoyable to listen to” and Rolling Stone said Dead Cross is chock full of “charging, head-spinning ragers.” A surprise, also self-titled, EP followed in 2018, with a standalone single, a cover of Black Flag’s “Rise Above,” released during the Summer of 2020.