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. 

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.


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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No Depression-Chasing Down the Devil with Dead 27s


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.

Dead 27s Bring in the Rock n' Roll Blues


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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