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The Dead Freights

THE DEAD FREIGHTS out of Southhampton, UK are on the show to introduce the band and discuss their releases “Fever and The Thunder” and “Suffering Safari”.

This is a fun episode. The band reminds me of The Beatles in sound, attitude & character. You will enjoy the banter between the band & me. ~ Shay 

Band members Charlie & Louis (Louie) join us

Band Press Release: 

Southampton quartet and local legends The Dead Freights announce their new single ‘Fever & The Thunder’. Recorded at Mi7 Studios with Daisy Palmer (Feverist, Paloma Faith) and mixed by Josh Ager (Beabadobee) with help from Pete Robertson (The Vaccines), the single comes straight after their previous single ‘Stray Dogs’ which has received lots of radio support, media coverage and a Louder Than War premiere.

The track combines disco beats and tasteful guitar techniques with a gritty production highlighting the band’s signature, grubby sound. With frontman Charlie James emphasizing that “the lyrics act as a stream of consciousness”, the band aim to combine elements of disco (Fever) and traditional rock ‘n’ roll (Thunder) whilst providing a catchy melody at the same time.

“It’s us running with the grunge disco thing. ‘Fever & The Thunder’ is like a sleazy house-party with a constant groove.” Charlie James states.

“’Fever & The Thunder’ goes to the grungiest Disco places we have ever been,” Drummer Louis Duarte begins. “’Fever’ could easily be a doth of the cap to Night Fever and my four to the floor (ish) beat in the chorus, like it or not, is definitely inspired by John Travolta’s hips. But what if things get too metronomic? Well, we’re no slaves to the grid baby! We stretch time in the final stages of this, just before the gut punch of an ending… I guess that’s where the ‘Thunder’ comes in’

The band sold out two shows at Southampton’s iconic venue The Stage Door and ‘Fever & The Thunder’ is second in an exciting string of four releases. Next on the release agenda is “Batman”.

After recording a live video at Abbey Road Studios in the infamous Studio 2 (following in the footsteps of the band’s biggest influence, The Beatles), The Dead Freights have headlined a This Feeling headline tour all over the U.K. which saw most nights sold out- including an unforgettable Nambucca show that sold out in record time. The band are kicking out hard with a string of new singles, show announcements and even managing to bag themselves a festival slot this year (despite that proving near-on impossible).

With social distance measures in places, it is going to prove even harder to keep your hands off The Dead Freights. With good looks, charisma and bags of charm, they are a train that can’t be stopped.

Lead Vocals/Guitar: Charlie James
Guitar/Backing Vocals: Robert Franklin
Bass: Robby Spencer
Drums: Louis Duarte

Song Credits: Written by: Charlie James, Robert Franklin, Robby Spencer, Louis Duarte. Produced by: The Dead Freights, Marc Burford, Undy Hunt, Dan Mills. Engineered by: Undy Hunt. Mixed by: Josh Ager. Mastered by: Joshua Davenport. Recorded at: Sunrise Sound Studio Directed by: The Dead Freights.

Song Credits: Written by: Charlie James, Robert Franklin, Robby Spencer, Louis Duarte. Produced by: The Dead Freights, Daisy Palmer, Dan Mills, Callum Ryan. Engineered by: Daisy Palmer. Mixed by: Josh Ager. Mastered by: Joshua Davenport Recorded at: Mi7 Studios, LDN. Directed by: The Dead Freights & Mitchell Wiseman.

About the Author
With an entrepreneurial career covering decades, Shay Drinkwalter has worked in media content creation, copywriting, and branding for over 40 years. Shay started at a local outlet now part of Metroland Media Group, covering regional sports, after a political correspondent at the local and national level. For a two-decade span, she was a stockbroker and then executive of a national securities firm, meanwhile providing content for periodicals, newsletters, national corporations, and not-for-profits. She is a founding member of the Canadian Freelance Guild/CWA, a former radio show host, and co-founder/editor of a local digital news platform. Shay is a publicist and curator for a UK indie platform. She covers artists of all genres, from around the globe. She provides popular music content for an NYC content firm. Additionally, she writes for music, literary, and foodie blogs. Shay’s blog, thebuzzr, promotes independent artists. Feedspot recognized the blog in its 2020 Top 20 Music Marketing blogs. When not writing, through The Buzz Roll Media™ she engages in publicity (PR), content creation, and creative media for indie artists, bands & venues. Another project, Buzzr Stagewear, creates stage wear for bands & artists. (a bit busy, yet loves it) For most of her story, she was a big city lady. In contrast, she now writes, podcasts & creates from her home studio situated in rural Ontario.

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