Live & Listen's 'Bands You Should Know': Dead 27s 

Live & Listen's 'Bands You Should Know': Dead 27s
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Live & Listen is pleased to continue a brand new weekly feature known as Bands You Should Know.  This new concept will highlight a different band each Friday with an interview, general background information, current happenings, as well as videos and audio from each band.  After nearly two years of various interviews and artist spotlights, we feel that installing a consistent weekly feature is the perfect move as we progress forward. 

For our fourth edition of Bands You Should Know, we sat down with Trey Francis (vocals) and Will Evans(guitar/synth/hamony vocals) of Dead 27s, an incredibly soulful five-piece out of Charleston, South Carolina.  Since their formation in 2012, Dead 27s have racked up a total of six Charleston Music Awards, including Rock Band of the Year, Song of the Year for "Don't Comfort Me," Album of the Yearfor "Chase Your Devils Down," Guitarist of the Year for Wallace Mullinax (3rd straight year), Drummer of the Year for Daniel Crider, and Bassist of the Year for Oliver Goldstein.  Dead 27s blends an incredibly warm, soulful vibe with honest Southern Rock roots, and we look forward to watching this band continue to flourish for years to come. 

Dead 27s is Trey Francis (vocals), Wallace Mullinax (guitar, harmony vocals), Will Evans (guitar, synth, harmony vocals), Oliver Goldstein (bass), Daniel Crider (drums, harmony vocals) 

Here we are in the summer of 2016, and Dead 27s is now in it's fourth official year of existence. How much experience did you guys have playing together before the band became official?  What led to the band's official formation? 

Trey: The level of experience playing together kind of varies across the board.  Oliver (Goldstein) and Wallace (Mullinax) played together for years with different projects. Daniel (Crider) played with the two of them on a few things. Will and Wallace...y'all met at Carolina, right? 

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Relix Magazine: Song Premiere: Dead 27s “What A Waste” 

Relix Magazine

Charleston, SC’s Dead 27s were recently hailed as a “skillful and confident musical team with a penchant for old-school funk rhythms and classic rock riffs.” On September 30 they will release their debut full-length album, Ghosts Are Calling Out. The band enlisted Galactic’s Ben Ellman to produce the new record, which is the follow-up to their 2015 EP Chase Your Devils Down. Today we premiere “What A Waste,” the lead track from the forthcoming record, which is now available for pre-order.

Lead vocalist Trey Francis, tells Relix, "‘What a Waste’ is a phrase I've heard whenever someone with great potential fails to reach it for whatever reason. We all have our personal demons and we all encounter things that could derail our dreams or ambitions. This song is about facing those obstacles head on no matter how lost or alone you might feel.” 

The group will perform in their native South Carolina on Saturday night and will travel to New York’s Brooklyn Bowl to open for Galactic next Saturday, July 23. Dead 27s upcoming dates appear below the stream.



Dead 27s Tour Dates 
7/16 – The Windjammer – Isle Of Palms, SC 
7/22 – Hill Country DC – Washington D.C. 
7/23 – Brooklyn Bowl – Brooklyn, NY (w/Galactic) 
7/28, 29 – FloydFest – Floyd, VA 
8/04 – Aaron Bessant Park – Panama City, FL 
8/5 – Martin's – Jackson, MS 
8/6 – Maple Leaf – New Orleans, LA 
8/12 – Salvage Station – Asheville, NC 
8/13 – Tracks On Main Music Fest – Woodstock, GA 
8/19 – Barrellhouse South – Svannah, GA 
8/26 – RJ Rockers Concert Series – Spartanburg, GA 
9/23 – Chucktown Ball – North Charleston, SC (w/Umphrey's McGee & more) 
9/24 – U.S. National Whitewater Center – Charlotte, NC (w/ Moon Taxi)

Dead 27s refine their soul-rock and gear up for a major album release 

Dead 27s refine their soul-rock and gear up for a major album release
The Post and Courier By T. Ballard Lesemann

Since forming in 2012, the members of Charleston soul-rock band the Dead 27s have consistently operated as skillful and confident musical team with a penchant for old-school funk rhythms and classic rock riffs. 

“I think we’ve become a band that is at its best when between genres,” says guitarist and co-songwriter Wallace Mullinax. “We’re all happy with the mix of influences that are creeping in and starting to solidify into an identity for us.” 

With a sharp new collection of original songs in the can and a lively fundraising project nearing completion, the Dead 27s are poised for new success in the Lowcountry scene and elsewhere. Longtime fans and curious newcomers will get a chance to dig into the band’s latest set of soul and rock when the band headlines at the Windjammer this weekend. 

New album on the way 

This summer, the Dead 27s have been gearing up for the release of their studio album, “Ghosts Are Calling Out,” an 11-song set recorded in New Orleans with Grammy-nominated producer Ben Ellman, a longtime New Orleans musician, producer and saxophonist with the funk ensemble Galactic. 

“We’re targeting markets outside of Charleston to grow our fan base,” Crider says. “We hope to tour more with some of the bands we’ve been able to open for as well. The main goal is just to continue to grow, write and enjoy the journey.” 

Crider and Mullinax already were well known in the local band scene when they started putting the Dead 27s together in 2012. Shortly after a stint with singer/songwriter Elise Testone following her “American Idol” adventures, the drummer and guitarist assembled the Dead 27s as an original blues/soul/rock project with bassist Oliver Goldstein, guitarist Will Evans and vocalist Trey Francis. The quintet played a colorful blend of guitar-rock, old-school funk, electric blues and classic soul. It didn’t take long for the band to blossom into a fully committed songwriting machine. 

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Paste Magazine - Dead 27s Share "Don't Want to Live My Life Without You" 

Dead 27s Share "Don't Want to Live My Life Without You" - Link
By Louise Parker

"Don't Want to Live My Life Without You" is the single from Dead 27s last EP, and it's a rock-and-soul party. Complete with funky guitar riffs and crooning vocals, it grooves along as the lead singer confesses "the very second that I see your face, I feel like crawling under the table". If this is where they're coming from, then the new album - recorded in New Orleans with Grammy-nominated producer Ben Ellman - is truly something to get excited about.

Dead 27s is five compelling musicians from Charleston who are making their mark on the South Carolina music scene. The band has joined the lineup for FloydFest 2016, sharing a bill with Gregg Allman, Bruce Hornsby, Leftover Salmon and more. These guys really know how to rock a live show, so if you find yourself in Virginia at the end of July, do yourself a favor and join the party.

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VENTS Magazine Interviews: Dead 27s 

by RJ Frometa

Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been? 

We’ve been fantastic! We are getting really excited about the next record we have coming out. We have been getting some mixes back from Count (aka Mikael Eldridge), who is mixing the record for us, so we have been focusing a lot on that. The fact that he is mixing it is exciting in and of itself… he just won a Grammy for some work he did on a Mavis Staples track. Also, Ben Ellman from Galactic is the producer for the next album. So, between that and hitting the road you have a group of pretty happy musicians. Thanks for asking! 

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Don’t Want To Live My Life Without You”? 

When we first got together to work on original material it was the first song that Trey brought to the table. Its a fun tune that has a lot of that 60’s and 70’s soul influence and a really catchy hook. It has been really well received by our fans and by independent radio stations around SC and NC. Trey’s falsetto on the chorus and Wallace’s guitar solo make it a great song for people who are just getting introduced to us. 

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Dead 27s to join Umphrey's McGee at Chucktown Ball 

Umphrey’s McGee returns to Charleston, SC on September 23rd & 24th for the 2nd iteration of Chucktown Ball at Riverfront Park in North Charleston. As some members of UM now call the Charleston area home, the Chucktown Ball is rapidly evolving into a unique Umphrey’s celebration.  Riverfront Park is situated on the beautiful banks of the Cooper River, surrounded by graceful oak trees.  This picturesque outdoor setting will be the backdrop for a 2-day full blown Umphrey’s McGee event.  Two sets of UM each night will be preceded by very special guests Moon Taxi and Dead 27s on Friday September 23rd, and The Floozies, Dangermuffin, and The Hip Abduction on Saturday September 24th. We’ll also feature local food, libations, vending, along with an umVIP elevated concert experience, and umVIP travel packages. 

Pre-sale and umVIP on-sale begins Tuesday May 10 at 12 PM ET. 

During pre-sale we’ll offer a limited amount of deeply discounted 2-day early-bird tickets for $55. Snag these while supplies last. 

Public on-sale begins Thursday May 12 at 12 PM ET. 

Early bird 2-day GA passes are $55, regular 2-day GA passes are $75, single day GA tickets are $45, umVIP only 2-day packages are $349, umVIP Friday only are $169, and umVIP Saturday only are $189. 

Chucktown Ball will contribute a portion of proceeds to the MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital, to aide in the incredible work they do for South Carolina families. 

Chucktown Ball 
September 23-24, 2016 
Riverfront Park 
1001 Everglades Drive 
North Charleston, SC 
All Ages 

Friday September 23 
Doors 4:30, show 5:30 
with special guests 
Moon Taxi and Dead 27s 

Saturday September 24 
Doors 3:00, show 4:00 
with special guests 
The Floozies, Dangermuffin and The Hip Abduction

No Depression-Chasing Down the Devil with Dead 27s 

BY EMILY HINDE
 

Dead 27s are carving out their on own mark on the music world in 2016. Based in Charleston, South Carolina, the band drives Rock n' Roll with a dash of the Blues, home. The group, who has garnered praise for their releaseChase Your Devils Down, is set to release their follow up to the record this year titled Ghosts Are Calling Out. We caught up with Trey Francis, Wallace Mullinax, Will Evans, Oliver Goldstein and Daniel Crider from the group, to see what Dead 27s have up their sleeve for 2016...and beyond.

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Dead 27s Bring in the Rock n' Roll Blues 

BY EMILY HINDE APRIL 27, 2016

The Dead 27s are a riot filled band that hail from South Carolina. They carry the vein of Bluesy Rock n' Roll that is brought to life with their latest release, "Chase Your Devils Down." Made up Trey Francis (vocals), Wallace Mullinax (guitar, harmonies), Will Evans (guitar, synth, harmonies), Oliver Goldsteinn (bass) and Daniel Crider (drums, harmonies). Together the group creates a brilliant record for the masses with sonic-driven guitars and swirls of musical explosions that will please your ears. 

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DEAD 27s’ “DON’T WANT TO LIVE MY LIFE WITHOUT YOU” EXCLUSIVE 

HuffPost Entertainment by Mike Ragogna

According to Dead 27s’ vocalist/lyricist, Trey Francis... 

“The song is about that feeling of having a crush on someone and having no idea how to make the first move, but you want to so bad and it’s killing you inside. It’s a fun tune to play live, and it’s definitely the one we’ve seen people sing the words to the most.” 

The band’s guitarist/vocalist/composer Wallace Mullinax adds... 

“‘Don’t Want to Live My Life’ has a very clever chord progression. The harmony echoes it’s ‘70s tilt, while the rhythm is pure four-on-the-floor soul. We wanted to tip our hat to traditional American songcraft while maintaining a very danceable first impression.”

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