Salmon Velocity (3.3.17)
Photos & Artwork
All photos were shot on 120 mm film. Photo credit Nicole Taylor. Album artwork by Robbie Ward and edited by Nicole Taylor.
“Lighter Click” was selected and showcased at the 2017 Slamdance Film Festival in the Anarchy Shorts category. Approximately 698,450 videos are submitted into Slamdance each year and only 200 of them are deemed “true” anarchy films. Films that challenge the status quo. Out of those 200 films, Slamdance selects a handful to showcase. “Lighter Click” was one of 9 videos selected. “Lighter Click” was recently selected to be showcased at the 2017 Ann Arbor Film Festival.
“Simultaneously catchy, crunchy and strange, they’ve got a great live show to back up their impressively imaginative recorded music.” – No Country For New Nashville
“DEDSA melt hyperactive electronic sounds into a dense landscape that’s thick with jazzy riffage.” – Nashville Scene
“DEDSA’s single ‘Lighter Click’ gradually morphs from dubby electro to gritty, King Crimson-esque prog, which is candy to my ears. The video, an in-house production illustrated and animated by Robbie Ward and edited by Ben Carreon, is on another level altogether.”
– Nashville Cream (Nashville Scene)
Nashville’s DEDSA wields psych-rock like a flaming sword to illuminate sci-fi tales of love and medieval debauchery. The band’s debut full length, Salmon Velocity, melds electronic music, psychedelia, metal and shoegaze into a powerful musical elixir. The project is an unholy pact between drummer Grant Bramlett, bassist/keyboardist Ben Carreon, guitarist/vocalist Stephen DeWitt, and keyboardist Robbie Ward.
“Nothing is off limits if it sounds like fun,” says the band, “we’ll try anything once in a song.” That mentality arises throughout the album as the listener delves into vintage Japanese electronic music, Mellotron tones, harpsichords, swerving guitar effects and more.
Salmon Velocity is a tome of dichotomy. It whips from cinematic grandeur to pure rock ‘n’ roll nonsense. Lyrics contrast utter hopelessness with complete elation. Those elements are captured visually in the band’s hand drawn and animated “Annihilation” video by keyboardist Robbie Ward. “Robbie aimed to create a dual feeling of dread/anticipation and a calm acceptance of fate or destiny,” says the band. ”The imagery strives to strike a balance between beauty and the grotesque.”
Ward’s animation in film has garnered well-deserved attention for DEDSA. The band’s “Lighter Click” video was selected in the top 9 videos of nearly 700,000 submissions to be showcased in the Slamdance Film Festival in the Anarchy Shorts category. The video is set to be featured in the 2017 Ann Arbor Film Festival. The Nashville press took note as well, with the Nashville Scene proclaiming the video to be “on another level.”
Though their videos keep gaining attention, it’s DEDSA’s live performances that keep people interested. Nashville’s Independent Radio Lightning 100 has featured the band as Artist of the Week. No Country For New Nashville says the band is “simultaneously catchy, crunchy and strange,” adding, “they’ve got a great live show to back up their impressively imaginative recorded music.”
Founding DEDSA members Robbie Ward and Stephen DeWitt met in Nashville in 2010 as transplants from Colorado and Alabama. Ben Carreon joined the project shortly after. The three recorded their first EP, Thrash Plastik in 2013. Though their original sound lacked live drums, the introduction of Grant Bramlett to the band allowed the group to explore more complex acoustic and electronic percussion sounds. The band recorded Salmon Velocity in their own home studio with each member contributing as producers in recording and mixing. Salmon Velocity is set for a March 3, 2017 release.