After taking the rock world by storm with their 2017 debut album Mis-An-Thrope, DED has returned with the release of their new micro EP Mannequin Eyes out now via Suretone Records, featuring the roaring and explosive lead radio single “A Mannequin Idol (Lullaby)” (which premiered at radio on SiriusXM Octane) and anthemic new song “Eyes Sewn Shut.” PRESS HERE to listen to Mannequin Eyes and check out Billboard’s first story on the new music.
Each song has an accompanying visual as well – PRESS HERE to watch the lyric video for “A Mannequin Idol (Lullaby)” and HERE to watch the visualizer for “Eyes Sewn Shut.” Mannequin Eyes displays DED’s bold and dynamic songcraft and offers an early taste of the band’s forthcoming sophomore studio album due out later this year, helmed by powerhouse rock producer Kevin Churko (Five Finger Death Punch, Ozzy Osbourne, Disturbed). Suretone Records has renewed its multiple-year deal with ADA Worldwide for exclusive distribution and DED’s forthcoming 2020 album will be the first release under this deal.
DED’s new music takes on the fury of their debut and deepens the emotions with a compassion for humanity and a thought-provoking consciousness. “A Mannequin Idol (Lullaby)” takes aim at the conveyor-belt music machine and takes on the fake, surface level, vein aspects of our society that have infiltrated our lives and influence our perception of what’s real. The stark vocal-and-piano open on “Eyes Sewn Shut,” an anthemic track that dares to challenge the things that we so readily accept to be true, swells into a wall of soaring guitars and driving percussion.
“The new music is about clarity through suffering and the frustration that comes with knowing that everyone can be better than they are – that I can be better than I am, because change starts with yourself. We want people to strive and try and be conscious of the things they consume, the way they act, the things they share and celebrate, and the way they live their life – to understand how that all affects their soul and what their legacy is going to be,” shares front man Joe Cotela.
Originating from Phoenix, AZ, DED – who are quickly becoming one of rock’s most exciting torchbearers – embodies elements of rock, alternative and metal, with pop melodies, cloaked in some of the most histrionic, headbanging music on the planet. But when you dig beneath the surface, DED’s unexpectedly soulful music is about bringing hope, relief and self-awareness, proving that there’s a way to live through the struggle and come out stronger and happier so that we can better look after ourselves and each other. Joe Cotela (vocals), David Ludlow (guitar), Kyle Koelsch (bass), and Matt Reinhard (drums) are building a community by offering comfort in times of despair and positivity by exposing negativity.
DED is managed by Jordan Schur for Suretone Entertainment.
The band will bring their high-octane live show to audiences across the country this Spring when they join In This Moment on tour as a special guest, along with Black Veil Brides and Raven Black.The extensive tour kicks off March 24th in Orlando at House of Blues and wraps May 17th in Morrison, CO at Red Rocks Amphitheatre. Full routing below. For all ticketing details, please visit www.dedband.com
DED TOUR DATES
*all dates with In This Moment, Black Veil Brides, and Raven Black
March 24 Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House of Blues Orlando
March 26 Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle
March 27 Birmingham, AL @ Sloss Furaces
March 28 Cherokee, NC @ Harrah’s Cherokee Events Center
March 30 Richmond, VA @ The National
March 31 Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore
April 1 New York, NY @ Terminal 5
April 3 Stroudsburg, PA @ Sherman Theater
April 4 Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theatre
April 5 Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
April 7 Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music Works
April 9 Columbus, OH @ Express Live!
April 10 Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore
Chicago, IL @ Byline Bank Aragon Ballroom
April 13 Louisville, KY @ The Louisville Palace
Fort Wayne, IN @ Clyde Theatre
April 15 Grand Rapids, MI @ 20 Monroe Live
April 17 Minneapolis, MN @ Myth Live
April 18 Milwaukee, WI @ Eagles Ballroom
April 19 Columbia, MO @ The Blue Note
April 21 Kansas City, MO @ Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland
April 23 Dallas, TX @ South Side Ballroom
April 24 Oklahoma City, OK @ The Criterion
April 25 Lubbock, TX @ Lonestar Events Center Pavilion
April 27 Phoenix, AZ @ Comerica Theatre
April 28 Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues Anaheim
April 29 Los Angeles, CA @ The Novo
May 1 Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues Las Vegas
May 2 Reno, NV @ Grand Sierra Resort Theatre
May 3 San Francisco, CA @ The Warfield Theatre
May 5 Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
May 6 Boise, ID @ Revolution Event Center
May 7 Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
May 8 Kennewick, WA @ Toyota Center
May 10 Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre
May 11 Vancouver, Canada @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre
May 13 Calgary, Canada @ MacEwan Hall
May 15 Billings, MT @ First Interstate Arena
May 16 Casper, WY @ Casper Events Center
May 17 Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre.
Top photo by Travis Shinn
Press release courtesy of Press Here Publicity