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Nothing Stays Gold / All Time Low [press release]

Dead Fish Handshake - Nothing Stays Gold

Dead Fish Handshake – Nothing Stays Gold

On the heels of the release of their sophomore EP, subsequent tour and direct support slots with Paul Rodgers and rock veterans Queensryche, 3 Doors Down & Scott Stapp, Dead Fish Handshake has returned from the studio with the first taste of new music since 2012.

Sevendust guitarist, Clint Lowery, was brought back into the fold in an effort to expand upon the sound that defined the band from 2012’s effort ‘The Sixes’. DFH has dialed up the intensity on their new single, “Nothing Stays Gold”, on its way to rock radio. Along with “All Time Low”, this new ‘double’ release is the first of what promises to be a series of singles delivered over the next year. New, fresh, but very much the Dead Fish Handshake sound you’ve come to expect from Matthew, Rob, Darren & Mark.

In a time where the industry is a far cry from what it used to be and listeners seek out a new flavor each week, DFH is locked in and set on taking their listeners for a memorable audio experience with lasting power.

All hands on deck in making the most of every opportunity.
Nothing stays gold. They know it.

“…great riffs and near perfect arrangements with hooks that you won’t be able to get out of your heads” – The Aquarian.
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“Nothing Stays Gold / All Time Low” will be available September 9, 2014 on iTunes and Amazon. For more information, including upcoming tour dates, log onto www.deadfishhandshake.com, or e-mail rob@deadfishhandshake.com.


Quick update from Rob.

To answer a few recent inquiries of what we’ve been up to recently…
We’ve been in pre-production mode, working with Mr. Clint Lowery on a few new songs which we should be recorded later this month. Studio dates are all but locked up. And you’ll definitely be getting a taste of some new DFH music in the very near future! -rob


Dead Fish Handshake: A Firm Grip on Music

A couple weeks ago, Matthew had a chat with Shanna over at NY Social Status. Read the interview here:

http://nysocialstatus.com/2012/11/05/dead-fish-handshake-a-firm-grip-on-music/

There is absolutely nothing more powerful in this world than music. It can draw people together, influence behavior, heal pain; the abilities of music are endless. With such an amazing power in their hands, musicians are in a much more significant position than they often realize. Dead Fish Handshake vocalist, Matt Paul has no trouble recognizing the impact music can have on its audience and is keen to ensure that his music leaves a good impression.

“I’m not trying to preach to anyone,” Paul explains. “The things I talk about in my lyrics are things that I’ve gone through. While the topics may be a little on the depressing side, the message is just to let people know that there’s somebody else who’s gone through what they may not be able to express. Hopefully as a singer I’m in a place where I can give their feelings some words. That, to me, is the best thing about music.”

It’s easy to understand why this is Paul’s favorite thing about music, but when it comes to Dead Fish Handshake, there is oh, so much more to admire. Composed of a collection of members from other bands in the area, Dead Fish Handshake is an effective combination of a variety of influences and excellent musicians with a message for their listeners.

Photo credit to deadfishhandshake.com

“In this band, it’s funny, individually, we’re all into such different bands,” Paul explains. “We’re all on different platforms, and when we put those genres together I guess you get Dead Fish Handshake.”

The music industry couldn’t have asked for a better combination. The DFH sound is a healthy blend of old school rock and decade influences underscored by soulfully written lyrics that simultaneously expose band members and embrace fans. Like any good musical group, DFH has witnessed the growth of their sound into the perfect blend of their individual interests.

“We wanted to have heavy aspects, but we’re also fans of acoustic, electric, classic rock, soul music,” Paul explains. “I think we’re still defining that sound. If you go to the first album, those songs were written acoustic and we built them up to make the rock songs you hear on the record. A lot of those songs touched on a lot of different sounds.”

As a result of their hard work, dedication and production work with rock staple, SevendustClint Lowery, the boys from Dead Fish Handshake have just released a new album that captures their sound much more accurately.

“Clint brought the intensity of Sevendust to Dead Fish Handshake but let us be ourselves,” Paul notes. “When you’re inspired by people, you take things from them, and what was cool was that Clint let me keep what I was influenced by, what I was inspired by, but he kinda brought my own voice out of me. With The Sixes we finally created the DFH sound. As far as what our sound is, we’re not reinventing the wheel by any means, but hopefully we’re re-injecting some life into a genre of music that’s taken a lot of heat lately.”

Beneath all the effort and growth Dead Fish Handshake has experienced, the message of their music remains one of the most important aspects of what they do as a band, and their combined forces couldn’t be more perfect for such a mission.

“Mark and Darren, being the rhythm section, they’re what gives it life. They’re the heartbeat,” Paul says. “They’re there to give that emotion, that idea that Rob and I have, life. I’m a guy who writes introspectively. I pull from things I’ve gone through in my life. There are a lot of heavy topics, like suicide, low self-esteem, things like that. They’re just things I’ve gone through myself, and this record was an outlet. I’ve had a lot of heartache in my life. We’re not an emo band, but I do think music should be powerful and there should be emotion behind what you do. Hopefully the topics, while they focus on a darker side of life, it’s letting people know that they’re not alone.”

Perhaps one of the most amazing aspects of the DFH process is the cathartic and therapeutic effect the creation of music has on the band members themselves.

“You start out writing these songs for you,” Paul admits. “I wrote these songs to help myself. I never in my wildest dreams thought there would be people out there who took comfort from it. One of the things I truly love is interacting with fans. Music aside, I love meeting fans. That’s something I always make it a point to do. They give meaning to that stage. That’s pretty much my therapy. What they do for me is giving me that opportunity and helping me cope. When I go out and sing, in a lot of ways I’m bleeding out those things, and I need that as a human. I hope that when people come see that they maybe sense that, but in a positive way.”

The purpose behind Dead Fish Handshake is a testament to why music is so incredibly powerful, and why it is such an integral part of our lives. We are all human, and we feel so many things. So often, all we’re searching for is someone who understands those feelings.

“Everybody’s problems are all relative,” Paul says. “It’s based on what you’ve gone through individually. I think as a society, we don’t all have enough love for one another. That’s evident. If there’s anything observational in my music, that’s a big one. As beautiful as something like love can be, music can be just as beautiful. The best thing about music: it’s a timeline for what you’ve been through. Everybody needs that time to reflect or to re-evaluate.”

In line with this message and the idea that society should help, not hurt, one another, Dead Fish Handshake is participating in a benefit concert for Students Against Being Bullied on November 16 at Asbury Park’s Stone Pony. Just a few days after their upcoming November 14 showwith Hurt and Smile Empty Soul, DFH will join musician Apryl Evans to raise awareness of bullying in school and the devastating effect it can have.

In an era where mainstream music is focused on partying, physical appearance and meaningless sex, Dead Fish Handshake is a welcome respite and reminder of the impact music can and should have and the undeniable influence it has on everyone involved. Thank God for Dead Fish Handshake.


Rob talks “Turning a Blind Eye” on antiMUSIC.

DFH guitarist, Rob Ferreira, gives a little insight on “Turning a Blind Eye” forthe latest edition of antiMUSIC.com’s ‘Singled Out’.

http://www.antimusic.com/news/12/September/24Singled_Out-_Dead_Fish_Handshake.shtml

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!


Interview with Matthew Paul

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:


THE SIXES

Ladies and gentlemen, presenting THE SIXES – the new Dead Fish Handshake EP.

Our new record has arrived. Please pick it up and enjoy! We’re incredibly proud of our work on this record – from the opportunity to work with Clint Lowery and the amazing team at Architekt Music to everyone that helped make this record come true, we thank you. It’s finally a reality.

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The Sixes are tracked

So for just under a week, we were holed up in the wonderful studios at Architekt Music with none other than Clint Lowery of Sevendust tracking our second record, “The Sixes”. What an experience! We posted some video blogs on our Youtube page, which you can view by going to www.youtube.com/deadfishhandshake.

We went into the studio with several tunes and came out with 5 of the best songs we’ve written:

“Turning A Blind Eye”
“E-Motionless”
“The Blackest Skies”
“Lifespan”
“Leave The Light On”

These songs evolved and matured so much in just a few short days that I wish we were pumping out a whole full length album’s worth.

Up next is the mixing stage. We have an incredible team working with us and we can’t wait for you all to share in the listening experience.
Thanks for your patience and support.
In the meantime, this is what the album artwork looks like:

Dead Fish Handshake - The Sixes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
See you soon.


Let the good times roll.

Tomorrow, we enter the studio to start tracking our new record…the follow up to last year’s “Across State Lines”.
We’ve titled the EP, “The Sixes” and hope to release it late spring/early summer.

We’re super excited to hear these songs come to life in the studio. We have several that are fighting each other for the chance of making the record. Not to mention that working with Clint Lowery will be an awesome experience and opportunity.

We just recently did a little photoshoot and are working with the very talented Paul Guzzo on the artwork and design. So many fantastic things are happening, but most of all, we’re looking forward to seeing you all on the road and jamming these songs out in a live setting for you all to hear.

Keep your eyes out for some studio updates, pics and vids.

…til then.


Album Update

With only a few weeks to go before we enter the studio, the excitement mounts. We’ve compiled a list of some of our best songwriting to date, not to mention a collaboration with the one Clint Lowery. That old cliche’ before a band releases an album is how they are so enamored with all their material that they can’t figure out what to include on the record. Well, while I’d like to be more original and not fall into that common thread, unfortunately (or fortunately), there is definitely more quality material than we know what to do with at this moment. Up until a couple months ago, I was almost certain of which songs would make this record, but judging by some of our newly written songs, I will say that the record, which we’ve titled “The Sixes” will most likely comprise of songs written more recently than those that have been hanging around for quite some time. After all, a small part of our songlist dates back to the “Across State Lines” sessions, but I just can’t see those making the cut. One thing that we were pretty dead set on from the beginning, and you’ll know it when you hear it, is that we didn’t want to make ASL part II. And this certainly isn’t that. It is still very much Dead Fish Handshake…all the essence of our personalities is there, but we’ve also grown together musically since our last record. And THAT’S what excites me most.