As we wind down the year, we wanted to wish everyone a great holiday. We had an awesome 2015, all thanks to all of you that continue to support us. Looking forward to more fun in the new year. We’ve been holed up in our studio writing the next [long overdue] DFH release which we hope to release in 2016.
In the meantime, as tradition, we jumped into the recording studio for our annual Dead Fish Handout. We love digging into our various different influences and bands we enjoy when trying to narrow down the list of possible songs to cover. This year was no different. We took to an acoustic version of a song called “The Scientist” by Coldplay. It’s a very chill song with a little bit of DFH to it.
We hope you enjoy it.
Thanks again for the continued support.
See you all again in 2016.
’round this time, every year, we jump in the studio for an acoustic take of a song or artist that we are fans of. It began back in 2010 with and we’ve done one every year since. We record the song and send it out to you, our DFH Family. And so on Christmas morning, a new Dead Fish Handout awaits in your email inbox. It’s a simple “thank you” to all the people who continue to support us and allow us to do what we do. We appreciate it more than you know.
To ensure you don’t miss out, sign up for our mailing list, which can be found all year long on our website under the CONTACT tab.
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All past Dead Fish Handouts are available to stream via our YouTube Channel.
Dead Fish Handout 2010 – “River of Deceit” [Mad Season]
Dead Fish Handout 2011 – “Under The Milky Way” [The Church]
Dead Fish Handout 2012 – “When Doves Cry” [Prince]
Dead Fish Handout 2013 – “Stay (Faraway, So Close!)” [U2]
Dead Fish Handout 2014 – “Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic” [The Police]
Trailer for our upcoming performance video of “Nothing Stays Gold” available here:
directed by Chino Marin
Writing and sifting through ideas for the long overdue DFH follow-up record has kept us busy. We have some pretty rad stuff we’ve cooked up. Some different. Some right in line with what you’d expect from DFH.
We’re starting to narrow the list down in order to demo some of it with hopes of hitting the studio very soon.
In the meantime, we shot a performance video for “NOTHING STAYS GOLD” which will be out soon. Here’s a little taste of it. (directed by Chino Marin).
If you’re on the DFH mailing list, we hope you received and are enjoying this year’s DEAD FISH HANDOUT. It’s always a real treat to re-imagine these songs in our own little way. Have a safe holiday. See you all soon.
Thanks all for tuning in to WDHA as our new song was played for the first time. Much thanks to the lovely Lindsay Klein for the continued support and helping us launch this new release. IT HAS ARRIVED.
Head on over to iTunes to grab a copy. https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/nothing-stays-gold-all-time/id916333864 or
Also available through CDbaby: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/deadfishhandshake7
Here’s a clip of “All Time Low”, the “b-side” on our upcoming single, “Nothing Stays Gold”.
Good morning, all.
How about a taste of our upcoming single, “Nothing Stays Gold”?
We’ve had the pleasure of working with the very talented Jill Colbert of Manfish, Inc. in designing the artwork for our new single “Nothing Stays Gold” which will be released, in a few short weeks. Take a look below.
For more of Jill’s work, visit http://www.manfishinc.com/
Our new single, “Nothing Stays Gold” is coming very soon. Here is a short snippet of what’s to come. Enjoy!
Artwork by Jill Colbert / Manfish, Inc.
How’d you all enjoy the Dead Fish Handout we posted a couple weeks ago? Did it make up for last year? Do you want another?
This is our interpretation of U2′s “Stay (Faraway, So Close!)”. It’s one of those songs you wish you wrote for it’s brilliance. Enjoy!
We’re all caught up now on Dead Fish Handouts, until next time.
Download link: http://www.filedropper.com/01stayfarawaysoclose
This is Dead Fish Handout 2012…that’s right…2012.
Last year, we ran into a snag when trying to get our annual holiday release in your hands just in time for the holidays, so it was put off, but never forgotten. We finally mixed it and here it is for your streaming pleasure.
And so leaves the question… “What about Dead Fish Handout 2013? There’s a song for 2013, right?”
You better believe it. It’s coming. No excuses. We just want you to digest this one for a bit.
Download link is: http://www.filedropper.com/01whendovescry
A special post for our Kickstarter supporters…
Hey all, Rob here.
It’s been a little while since we’ve posted here. As we wind down the year, I wanted to take the opportunity to thank you all for sending us out on the road this Summer. It was a memorable experience and we met some incredible people.
By now, most of you have received your Kickstarter packages that you signed up for. However, a few, including the covers EP, is still in process. Without going into full detail, I’d like to apologize on behalf of DFH for the delay. I’ve had a rough go at it on the personal front which has slowed down production in the studio. I’d rather keep it at that, but assure you that we are working hard to complete the songs and expect them to be in your hands and ears in early 2014. Also, on the horizon are some new songs, new shows and more. I never wanted this delay to be a sign of lack of appreciation. I hope it hasn’t come off as such.
In the meantime, let me tell you a little about the very first song that Matt and I ever wrote – a song called “Guilt”. Back in the early days of writing what would become Dead Fish Handshake’s debut EP, we had about 10 song ideas floating around, six of which eventually got narrowed down for inclusion on “Across State Lines”. “Guilt” was one of my favorites – a sure shot to make the record or so it seemed, but we couldn’t decide between this originally stripped down, intimate recording or a full blown electric version. In the end, others came together and found their way onto “Across State Lines”, leaving no room for “Guilt” or the other few that were in contention. We’re very happy to be able to share this with you.
As part of this Kickstarter, we want to say thank you and offer a glimpse of the early days. I can still remember being in the room on a cold December afternoon watching and hearing this song come to life in a matter of moments. We hope you enjoy this.
Follow the link to stream Guilt:
The deluxe version of The Sixes has arrived.
Matthew & Rob stopped by the WDHA radio station in NJ a couple of weeks ago to talk about the new record and a quick in-studio performance of “Turning a Blind Eye”.
Read what Lindsay Klein had to say here.
And watch the performance:
DFH guitarist, Rob Ferreira, gives a little insight on “Turning a Blind Eye” forthe latest edition of antiMUSIC.com’s ‘Singled Out’.
Today Dead Fish Handshake guitarist Rob Ferreira tells us about the lead single, “Turning A Blind Eye” off their latest album, “The Sixes,” which was produced by Clint Lowery (Sevendust, Call Me No One). Here is the story:
After last year’s “Across State Lines”, it was time to start thinking about a new record and as we compiled a song-list of both new and existing songs, “Turning a Blind Eye” was one of those ideas that came together in the later days of writing and immediately became a band favorite. The end result is slightly different than the arrangement we went into the studio with. Credit to Mr. Clint Lowery (Sevendust, Call Me No One). Working with Clint was an incredibly rewarding experience. We’re a band that prides itself on not only finding the right balance of song and melody but doing it in different ways each time. That was the main focus of this new record. “Turning A Blind Eye” exemplifies that intent. With its infectious chorus, we thought it’d be a great first single to bridge lyrical substance and hook sensibility.
Lyrically, the song can be interpreted in a few different ways. It’s one of those fascinating things about music – it’s all relative to the listener and their life stories. Essentially, the song addresses that age-old topic of ‘ignorance is bliss’, what it means and how it’s experienced. The failure to seize that defining moment that’s presented in front of you as a result of unintentionally ‘turning a blind eye’ is an occurrence that we’ve all experienced at one time or another in our lives. They say that being none the wiser about our surroundings may sometimes be beneficial. But is it really? The passing of missed opportunities can sometimes make all the difference in our worlds. It could mean the difference between refinement or confinement. Arguably, what you don’t know can’t hurt you, right? But is that so or is it just an excuse to be less involved with important matters that shape our future? And does that shunning behavior contribute to our metaphorical nightmares or are we content turning a blind eye? It’s a topic that you can talk in great lengths about. Sometimes all you need is a 3 minute song to set the table for hours of contemplation.
Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself and learn more about the album right here!
Earlier today, Matthew chatted with Dennis over at DHAP about the latest record, upcoming shows and what the future holds for Dead Fish Handshake. Listen here: