It was all about the new with We Should Be Dead this weekend, their first gig since returning from LA and the band were keen to play tracks from the just released album Dreamstate. The band that once showed so much potential before decamping stateside walked on stage in Dolans Warehouse and delivered a show that proved they are ready to play any stage, any festival, anywhere, anytime. Confidence was high and the sound made bigger helped by months of recording time with producer Owen Lewis and the line-up now swelled to a five-piece. On the night, possible hit singles came in the form of ‘Where Do We Stand?’, ‘Breath In’ and ‘Right Back at You’ judging by the crowds reaction to a set laden with new material and a spiky version of ‘Forget Romance Lets Dance’ and a fine cover of Womack and Womack’s Teardrops sent the punters home happy. They Will Be Big.
TWO years on from their last album ‘Forget Romance Lets Dance’ We Should Be Dead are to release the first single from their new album ‘Dreamstate’ on June 18. Recorded with renowned producer Owen Lewis while the band spent a year in LA, ‘Up All Night’ does not herald a major change in the band’s sound, they just simply got better. The band display a love of all things eighties here from the snappy crack of the snare drum, the buzzy guitar intro, the wonky keyboard solo to Tara’s distinctive vocal with shades of Harry/Hynde “We’re up all night, you think we’d be tired but we’re in a dreamstate / We’re up all night, you think we’d be wired sure we’ll sleep when we’re dead”. It’s catchy but not instantaneously so, sounds like ‘The Primitives’ wilder out of town cousins coming to party, it’s just damn good noisy pop that gets better with every listen.
The band filmed the video for ‘Up All Night’ last week and it will get it’s debut at a party in Bourkes Bar, Catherine St. on Friday June 18. We Should Be Dead play Dolan’s Warehouse, July 2.