Oli Brown & The Dead Collective unveil the simultaneously somber and uplifting new video ‘Haunted’ featuring the highly acclaimed international artist Jo Quail on cello. The award winning UK guitarist and songwriter Oli states, “Haunted was a song that came out of a pretty dark place. I wasn’t in a great mental headspace and started questioning many of my decisions. The whole song came together as a full-on rock piece, and while I love it, sometimes the weight of riffs, big drums and guitar solos can take away from the song’s content.”
The alternative take of the songs engaging and visceral video precedes their highly anticipated September headline tour taking in some of the finest club venues of the UK which is on sale now HERE. The tour follows the release of 2 gripping EP’s, ‘Prelude’ and ‘Prologue’ (available to buy/download now) which both received rave reviews across the board from critics and listeners in unison. Dark, haunting and with an epic scale cinematic scope, their songs traverse the depths of the human psyche with unflinching truth; this epitomises the band.
Oli opens up further, “We discussed doing an alternative version that was a lot more desolate just featuring acoustic, my vocals and strings; so we brought Jo Quail to guest with us and write the string arrangement over the demo vocal and guitar we put down. The way her string arrangement intertwined with the acoustic & vocal demo led us to keep the original takes, as there was something unpolished and honest about those takes that just felt real. I also wanted to highlight at the end of the video that there are people to reach out to. I wish I had been more aware of what was available when I was in a mentally unhealthy place. There are many incredible charities and companies, but I know these two have helped people within my circle.” Should this trigger any feelings or concerns for you or someone you know, help can be found as Oli has previously here: Andy’s Man Club and Samaritans.
With sonic density and brutally raw performances, it is as if Soundgarden and Pink Floyd collided into a unified musical space with Planet Rock proclaiming after their rapturous set at Winter’s End festival, “There’s a sense of scale here, a windswept grandeur that elevates every move beyond the ordinary.” Even in the darkest, heaviest moments of THE DEAD COLLECTIVE’s songs, there is a sense of hope and redemption, a light that shines through the cracks. Through the gravitas of their epic, anthemic rock, hung heavy in feeling and dramatic soundscapes, the DEAD COLLECTIVE‘s music and live performances immerse the listener in an unforgettable experience. As Oli says with a wicked glint in his eye,”Out with the old in with The Dead.”