The Dead South to play Rock Werchter 202105-07-2020
The Dead South, a gold rush vibing four-piece acoustic set from Saskatchewan, infuse the genre's traditional trappings with an air of frontier recklessness, whiskey breakfasts and grizzled tin-pan showmanship. Their sound, build on a taut configuration of cello, mandolin, banjo and guitar, speeds like a train past polite definitions of acoustic music into the grittier, rowdier spaces of the bluegrass world.
They may be from the all-Canadian plains of Saskatchewan, but bold bluegrass quartet The Dead South pull off the grit and soul of the American South with punk prowess. Their first record recorded away from home, Sugar & Joy, their last release, tells their trademark tales of bending morals, boozy burdens and love-drunk woe.
The anecdotal style the band have embraced since day one makes for a boot-stomping adventure in narrative. Romantic mournfulness collides with aggression and ecstasy in a series of virtually self-contained anecdotes. The excitement is in the fluctuations, as we dance and sway through 13 tracks of fresh personas and personal mythologies. And though Sugar & Joy is as outrageously fun as any of their previous records, it may be their most soulful feat yet.
The club tour planned with Sugar & Joy already got postponed to March 2021, we're happy we can announce Rock Werchter will be part of their 2021 tour as well.