When we first decide to create music we all have an idea in our heads of what our sound and meaning will be. This is very tough to realize as our goals should be at a high level. But by continuing to do what we love things will often fall into place. New experiences will bring new influences. Connections will lead to collaborations. All this will bring us closer to creating the music of our dreams. It seems like this is the story of our recent discovery of Levi Zadoff and Dead Hendrix and their new EP Dead Summer.
The duo from 2 very different locales connected to form something that is to the next level for both of them. Levi Zadoff is based in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and the Pacific Northwest. He uses lyrical versatility and life experiences to create music that shows off his freedom of artistry. North of the border is Dead Hendrix (aka Gavin Kratt), a punk/rap artist from Centretown in Ottawa, Canada. With their unique and original sound, they are creating major waves in both areas as well as across the overall music scene.
With the new project Dead Summer, Levi Zadoff and Dead Hendrix dove deep into the realities of the past 2 years. The EP tells the story of the symbolic death of summer during not only the COVID lockdown but also the loss of friends and family due to the virus as well as drug abuse exacerbated by the global pandemic. Honest and raw.
Dead Summer says “Don’t Think It Could Get Much Better”
The tongue-in-cheek opener “Don’t Think It Could Get Much Better” starts us off in their world. The peppy beat took us a second to realize that the duo was being sarcastic in their lyrics. This authenticity is intoxicating as we are drawn into what Levi Zadoff and Dead Hendrix are here to share with us.
We dive deeper into their mindset on “Alone,” where the loneliness caused by the world is on full display. Finding yourself is essential, and they have done that here. The simple strum pattern builds trust as the track builds to an all-out assault on the senses. The freedom of letting go expands on “Cant Be God” as they accept their fate. A nice collaboration of sounds fills the speakers with energy and thoughtful lyrics for us to enjoy.
Probably my favorite track is “Love Game.” The energy keeps building with truthfulness and some attention-grabbing distorted guitars. The beat gets heads bopping and puts needed motivation into this listener. Let’s go!
Levi Zadoff and Dead Hendrix are onto something here and I think we should all pay attention and get ready for the ride.
Stream and Purchase “Dead Summer” HERE
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