GRAMMY.com First Listen: Dead Sara
Formed in Los Angeles, Dead Sara is a four-piece rock outfit comprised of vocalist Emily Armstrong, drummer Sean Friday, guitarist Siouxsie Medley, and bassist Chris Null. After releasing a three-song EP in February featuring their radio hit single "Weatherman" and an acoustic version of "Test On My Patience," the quartet is set to release their self-titled debut album on April 10. Ahead of the album's release, GRAMMY.com has your exclusive first listen of the studio version of "Test On My Patience."
Listen to "Test On My Patience" below, as well as the previously released acoustic version, and read Armstrong's insights about the song.
Who are the song's principal writers?
I wrote the lyrics and melody and Siouxsie wrote a good chunk of the music, and then Chris and Sean made it better.
What was the creative spark for this particular song?
It was that riff that [Siouxsie] started playing that you hear at the beginning of the song and all verses. I mean, how could you not sing over that?
What made you decide to release an acoustic version of the song?
We had to learn some acoustic songs for [a] radio interview … and that one just seemed to flow nicely [on] acoustic, so it just stuck.
How did each band member contribute to the recording of the song?
Along with our producer, Noah Shain, we all took care of our parts the way we wrote the song and play it live. It was also the first song we recorded for the album.
What's the meaning behind "Test On My Patience"?
This was a song where the lyrics just poured out of me while [Siouxsie] and I were writing it to begin with. I believe it to be about life not making sense to me at a particular time, and then frustration grew into self-doubt and the questioning had me asking about love. I'm pretty sure that's how it went.
Produced by Noah Shain (Skrillex) and set to release on the band's own label, Pocket Kid Records, Dead Sara spans influences ranging from classic rock and blues to folk and punk. "The diversity is what's honest and real to us," said Medley on the band's website. "We love classic rock, blues, folk, metal, punk, gospel, all of it, so we didn't want to put restrictions on ourselves genrewise. We just knew we wanted the music to sound really raw and primal, even a bit unsettling."
Dead Sara will kick off an extensive U.S. tour on April 13, opening for acts including Chevelle and the Used, and will also be a featured artist on the 2012 Vans Warped Tour. The band will make their U.S. television debut on June 7 on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!"