New York City’s Dead Heavens, the psych-rock project of guitarist and frontman Walter Schreifels (Vanishing Life, Gorilla Biscuits, Rival Schools, Quicksand, and more), Paul Kostabi (Youth Gone Mad, White Zombie, Psychotica), Drew Thomas (Youth of Today, Bold, Into Another), and Nathan Aguilar (Cults), have released the video for their song “Away From The Speed” today via Loudwire. The song appears on their new album Whatever Witch You Are, out now via Dine Alone Records.
Walter Schreifels says of the song, “There’s just not enough love in the world today. Like idiots, we traded what we had for cheap thrills, fast cars with not even One Sure Insurance, and fine wine. As the Buddha says, ‘If a man can control his mind all wisdom and virtue will come to them’ but I just can’t keep away from the speed.”
Whatever Witch You Are, Dead Heavens first full-length, plays effortlessly as a new-classic blues rock album— a new-millennium Fresh Cream or Let it Bleed — only with sharp-angular sounds, noticeably psyche inflections, and melodies that seem wrought out of rebar: strong, pared down, and purposeful at every point. If anything, their musical origins have permitted Dead Heavens to approach blues and psyche rock unnostalgically, arriving at an audibly honest sound, stripped of any of the tassels or affectation. The drums hit heavy. The guitars hit heavy. Yet hovering above them both is always Schreifels’ sandier vocals, urging us on through life’s endless freakishness and frustrations.