Adrian Pain & The Dead Sexy – Mixed Messages (EP) (2017)
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Release Date: February 10, 2017
Label: All-Core Records
Alexisonfire, Deftones, Of Mice & Men
“Adrian Pain & The Dead Sexy is Toronto and Canada’s very own Post-Hardcore / Nu Metal Hybrid; a band that melds every splintered off sub-genre you can imagine into one, stand alone, Rock sound. This is sonic seduction delivered with a serrated edge image. Sounds Like: Alexisonfire in dream” – The Scene Magazine
“Second band was Adrian Pain & The Dead Sexy, which was a two-frontman band, with Adrian Pain handling melodic vocals and Jonathan Young handling the screaming vocals. When people think of two-frontman bands, they generally think of pop music, but metal has its fair share of bands with two frontmen. The use of the two vocal styles in each song was perfectly balanced where each one wasn’t over-used. Each one of their songs began with a soft melodic intro with soft vocals before turning aggressive. Every time Adrian would sing the melodic vocals, Jonathan Young would mouth along to the lyrics. The energy the band displayed really amped up the crowd and mosh pits erupted during each song.” (Live Review) – Metal Master Kingdom
“Toronto, Ontario all-core rockers Adrian Pain & The Dead Sexy were so far ahead of their own game with Night School that I have a hard time keeping the volume turned down much below blow-my-fucking-eardrums-out every and anytime I listen! For those of you who think rock n roll is dead, Adrian Pain & The Dead Sexy would like to have a talk with you!” – My Indie Music Blog – Top Indie Albums/EPs of 2014
“Oh dear lord, I love this song! It’s some of my favorite styles all rolled up in one terrific song. There are clean vocals, dirty vocals a double bass and awesome guitar riffs. There are a couple of vocalists in this group and I love them both! The floaty guy has that quality to his vocals that always makes me smile. He has a good range and can hold a note. I like how the screaming/growly vocals are present but not in your face, almost like an echo effect. That occasional double bass damn near makes the song worth listening to all by itself. I love how newer bands are using that in a more mainstream style song application. It’s a great intro to harder metal songs. It’s what brought me into the fold. I more than like this song. I love this song. It’s going on my server and I’m putting it on my phone. I would match this one up with a couple of the songs I’ve reviewed here. Make sure you check out this band, it’s certainly one to watch!” – MusicBank
“Just treated my ears to The Dead Sexy’s Picture Day at Night School and it was exactly that, a true treat! Get this album, you’ll be delighted you did!… It’s just out n out sexy!” – TheRockAsylum
“Adrian Pain & The Dead Sexy have thrown down the gauntlet. You can sense the urgency of going way beyond what has been done before with their new release “Picture Day At Night School”. The energy is infectious. The recording is impeccable. The bar has been raised.” – Code Zero Radio
“WOW! Now that’s epic!!!!! I really love all of the songs, they definitely have that original sound that you won’t hear from any other metalcore band! Everyone sounds great here on this record (Picture Day At Night School) and I’m just so honoured to be the first one to feature a song from the album right at midnight on the date it’s released! Definitely trying to promote like crazy to remind everyone that next week’s episode as well as the next 8 episodes are going to be historic because we’ve got some of Toronto’s BEST (The Dead Sexy) being featured for the #OneBigRush segment! Great work to all! Hope to see you on the bus next week!” – The Rush – VIBE 101.5 FM (Toronto)
“I think it (Picture Day At Night School) is the best they (The Dead Sexy) have done to date! I really like it!” – Rock 365 Radio
In 2010, vocalist and songwriter Adrian Pain endured events that would have left most men shattered and broken. Unwilling to take prescribed medications for his severe depression, he found inner strength in the form of the lyrics and music that sprang from his suffering. Together with his son and drummer Ethan Clark, formed a new family in the shape of their band, Adrian Pain & The Dead Sexy. Adrian describes their music as “torment and triumph, sonic seduction.” They have transcended their initial influences of Deftones, Alexisonfire, and Of Mice & Men, to a genre of metal they have given a name of its own. “We like to call what we do ‘Allcore’ … To break it down as far as metal sub-genres go, I think what best describes us would be a blend of Progressive & Nu-metal, with Post-Hardcore & Metalcore …or NuMetalcore if you’d like!”
The artist Adrian resembles most is Richey Edwards of Manic Street Preachers, another man possessed of lyrical muses and not afraid to gaze into the abyss of his own soul (Richey’s reply to a journalist who once questioned his integrity was to carve ‘4 Real’ into his own arm!). Great art truly can be born from suffering, and Adrian Pain & The Dead Sexy’s music has a sincerity lacking in so many artists.
Their new EP ‘Mixed Messages’ set for release on February 10, 2017 continues their solid chemistry of an ‘Allcore’ metal sound with emotionally stirring and socially conscious lyrics.
Pain describes the ‘Mixed Messages’ EP:
“This release is like the gateway drug to metal and heavier music in general! We appeal to a very wide range of musical tastes so guys can play us for their girlfriends, and girls can play us for the guys. If you identify another way, you can play us for whomever you’d like. If any negative response comes out of it, it’ll be the fans that expect every song to get heavier with each effort. What I hope they notice is the constant evolution of our sound. The music itself is getting more and more diverse and progressive, while the song structures are also evolving into bigger, more complex arrangements. I want everyone that listens to this record to feel an emotional connection. I want people to relate to, and hear the MESSAGE in each track.”
Evolving from past EPs, 2014’s ‘Picture Day At Night School’ and their 2013 debut ‘The First One Is Free’ along with Adrian Pain’s solo full length 2012’s ‘Love Letters & Suicide Notes’, ‘Mixed Messages’ is a mixture of Adrian Pain’s solo work and The Dead Sexy’s band work with subtle messages that they hope would help their fans deal with negativity in different aspects of their lives.
The band comments on each EP track.
#1 – In Time, is the realization of the selfish world around us, and the power within each of us to actually change.
#2 – Mixed Messages, the title track is literally an audio horror movie / Investigation Discovery episode based on your stereotypical long term relationship *feat Cleighton Presutti.
#3 – Say It Like You Mean It featuring Rachel Gosling, the message is to be honest. We wanted to put “I Love You” blatantly out there in a song. It’s almost like there is a fear of saying it. The intent is to inspire people to love more, to use the term properly and not take it lightly.
#4 – Day One feat Kyle Clyma, The day we realize what is really going on in our world is the day it all changes. Hopefully This song is the ‘wake up’ call.
#5 – Somewhere, this is a stripped back version of “Somewhere Out There” off the Picture Day At Night School EP. This song is meant to show our diversity and make us more appealing in the commercial world.
Just as they deliver shock and awe on record, Adrian Pain & The Dead Sexy’s live performance is a constant energy exchange. Their sets have a life of their own. One minute the whole room can be bouncing, the next there may be a pit, or there can be a complete hush over the crowd while they catch their breath and listen intently as the band engages them and the fans interact back with them. This showmanship has lead Adrian Pain & The Dead Sexy to blow up the Toronto music scene, headlining major clubs such as Sound Academy, Virgin Mobile Mod Club, Hard Rock Café for Hard Rock Rising, Bovine Sex Club, The Rivoli, Lee’s Palace, and The Horseshoe Tavern along with locally supporting touring bands such as Mushroomhead, Wednesday 13, Eyes Set To Kill, Anvil, Killer Dwarfs, Sid Wilson / Slipknot After Party, Die Mannequin, Carol Pope, Sumo Cyco, Dance Laurie Dance, Castle and more. The band has also taken a foot hold of the Southern Ontario touring circuit, performing in cities surrounding the greater Toronto area and festivals such as the Ottawa Field Fest, Landmark Events, Canadian Music Week, Kitchener Music Festival to name a few.
Adrian Pain & The Dead Sexy’s new EP ‘Mixed Messages’ will be available via All-Core Records on iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby, Spotify and all major online retailers as of February 10, 2017.