Dehd

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Dehd, the Chicago trio Emily Kempf (vocals/bass), Jason Balla (vocals/guitar), and Eric McGrady (drums) are set to follow up on 2019’s Water with Flower of Devotion via the fine folks at Fire Talk Records. The first track seems to portend to an album that seems a little more. Here’s some info from the PR team.

The trio went into the album’s writing and recording with clear minds, ready to take what they’d learned the last time around and refine it further. “The last record, the vibe was ‘How minimal can it be? What’s the minimum that a song requires to succeed?’ This one was like, ‘How can we make this thing that’s really powerful?,” says Balla. Kempf clarifies: “We didn’t become more perfectionist. We’ve always been really scrappy, but we decided to polish our scrappiness just a little bit.”

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Chicago’s Deeper are back with a 7″ release and an upcoming tour with Dehd. The single follows up 2018’s excellent s/t effort. This tune rips and has me looking forward to their sophomore effort. In the meantime, go see them live. You won’t be disappointed. Here’s some more info from the PR team.

Even the tightest relationships are susceptible to unexpected change. “Run” examines what happens when we’re forced to confront the reality of these relationships and find the courage to walk away for the better. It’s not easy to abandon that image of who we thought we were, but it’s the leap into the unknown that’s the first step to self-actualizing. At first the song wrestles with identity amidst uncertainty, but as it progresses, a confidence emerges that has become the driving force for where Deeper is headed.

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Dehd – Water (album review)

by Woody on May 14, 2019

Much like their set I took in during SXSW, Water had me skeptical a few tracks in, then I came around about midway through and at the end of it all; I said to myself, “Self, that was pretty fucking good.”

Chicago’s Dehd; comprised of Jason Balla, Emily Kempf, and Eric McGrady music sounds like scuzzy surf-punk that accidentally took one too many ambien. Born out of a break-up between Balla and Kempf, all but two of the thirteen tracks clock in under three minutes. They feel like little snippets of their lives; worked around these languid guitar riffs. Oddly enough, my favorite track, On My Side, is the longest. Balls runs point on the vocals but Kempf’s choruses are heartbreaking. It’s as if they are going through the healing process in front of you.

Other gems on this album include Lucky, Baby and Happy Again. Be sure to check em out live. They were one of my pleasant surprises at SXSW.

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Dehd announce Water for 5/10 release

by Woody on March 5, 2019

Dehd are the Chicago trio of Jason Balla, Emily Kempf, and Eric McGrady; vets of our city’s DIY scene. I’d best describe their music as some sort of hazy surf-punk. Whatever it is, I dig this track and any band that shoots their video at The Hideout has a fan in me. Water will see the light of day via the fine folks at Fire Talk. They will be all over Austin during SXSW. Here’s some info from the PR squad.

That easy relatability was tested around the time they began working on Water in August 2017, when Balla and Kempf, who had been dating since the band’s inception, went through an agonizing breakup. “Realistically, when you have a breakup, you want to isolate yourself and cut yourself off from one another,” Balla says. Instead, Dehd went on tour. The time in the van did them good, forcing each of them to come to terms with the way they felt about one another — and about the band.

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