DEADLETTER announce debut album ‘Hysterical Strength’ + share lead single ‘Mere Mortal’

DEADLETTER press photo
Photo credit: Daniel Delikatnyi

DEADLETTER have announced their debut album ‘Hysterical Strength’ (out September 13th via SO Recordings). They also shared lead single Mere Mortal alongside a raft of new UK and EU headline tour dates.

Mere Mortal makes for some introduction to the band’s debut album proper. Contorting, elastic basslines and stuttering, angular guitar motifs are punctuated with impulsive saxophone that together forge a song full of intention from the embers of personal tragedy, after the suicide of a close friend. Produced by famed British producer Jim Abbiss (Arctic Monkeys, Adele), it’s a model introduction to an album of exploratory art-punk that brews malevolent atmospheres and searches darkened corridors for clarity amongst the cacophony of chaos.

Lead singer Zac Lawrence says about the song: “Though Mere Mortal was written in the wake of personal tragedy, its intention is not to convey the sentiment of subjective grief, but to act as an undoubtedly relatable tale of loss and longing for all those who themselves have been faced with and have had to navigate the confusing, painful landscape that bereavement leaves one confronted by.”

Hear Mere Mortal on streaming services here and watch the video via YouTube below.

DEADLETTER Hysterical Strength cover artwork

Hysterical Strength’ track listing

1. Credit To Treason
2. More Heat!
3. Mother
4. Bygones
5. A Haunting
6. It Flies
7. Hysterical Strength
8. Relieved
9. Deus Ex Machina
10. Practise Whilst You Preach
11. Mere Mortal
12. Auntie Christ

Pre-order debut album ‘Hysterical Strength’ here.

More about DEADLETTER and debut album ‘Hysterical Strength

The world is brutal but there are cherry trees in blossom. This is the philosophy that underpins DEADLETTER, and their bruising, beautiful debut album ‘Hysterical Strength’. “It’s punishing but there’s also fucking beauty out there,”explains frontman Zac Lawrence, who, with life-long friends Alfie Husband and George Ullyott, and Poppy Richler, Sam Jones and Will King, may just have turned in one of 2024’s most urgent and vital listens – a record that, right down to its title, relishes the contradictions of modern life. “Being able to take something disgusting or disgraceful and make it sound nice through the power of music, that juxtaposition appeals to me,” Lawrence adds. The result is twelve tracks of motorik rhythms and angular guitars, adorned by smoky saxophone and baritone-belted lyrics about flickering television sets and dilapidated town centres decked with decapitated bodies. Its strengths are hysterical indeed.

In their short time releasing music the band has picked up support from the likes of BBC Radio 1, Clash, DIY, Dork, Kerrang!, Metro, NME, So Young, The Times, and also landed on the 6 Music playlist. They’ve sold out shows across the UK and Europe and in October 2024 will begin their biggest headline run to date.

DEADLETTER tour poster

DEADLETTER – Hysterical Strength 2024 headline tour dates

11 Oct – Le Grand Mix, Tourcoing, FR
12 Oct – La Maroquinerie, Paris, FR
14 Oct – Les Abbatoirs, Cognac, FR
16 Oct – Cafe Berlin, Madrid, ESP
17 Oct – Razz 3, Barcelona, ESP
19 Oct – Covo, Bologna, IT
20 Oct – Arci Belleza, Milan, IT
22 Oct – Exil, Zurich, CH
23 Oct – Strom, Munich, DE
24 Oct – Arena, Vienna, AUT
25 Oct – Bike Jesus, Prague, CZ
26 Oct – Frannz, Berlin, DE
28 Oct – Molotow, Hamburg, DE
29 Oct – Gebaude 9, Cologne, DE
30 Oct – Trix, Antwerp, BE
31 Oct – Les Primeurs de Massy, Massy, FR
02 Nov – Doornroosje, Nijmegen, NL
03 Nov – Rotown, Rotterdam, NL
04 Nov – Tolhuistuin, Amsterdam, NL
06 Nov – Thekla, Bristol, UK
07 Nov – Rescue Rooms, Nottingham, UK
08 Nov – Band on the Wall, Manchester, UK
09 Nov – Stylus LUU, Leeds, UK
10 Nov – St Lukes, Glasgow, UK
12 Nov – The Cluny, Newcastle, UK
13 Nov – Crookes Social Club, Sheffield, UK
14 Nov – Chalk, Brighton, UK
16 Nov – Electric Brixton, London, UK

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