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Listen: DEADLETTER Announce Debut Album ‘Hysterical Strength’ and Share Single ‘Mere Mortal’

DEADLETTER release ‘Mere Mortal’ and announce debut album ‘Hysterical Strength’ via SO Recordings.

“What’s a mere mortal to do?” asks Deadletter’s lead singer Zac Lawrence in this ska-infused post-punk ballad. Written as a personal homage to a close friend lost to suicide, Lawrence’s message is trepidatious, not a cheesy ‘it’s going to be ok’; rather, his message is tinged with a nihilism which enthrals all our experiences of grief.

‘Mere Mortal’ is a punchy introduction to a highly anticipated debut record titled ‘Hysterical Strength’Speaking on the album, Lawrence notes that “being able to take something disgusting or disgraceful and make it sound nice through the power of music, that juxtaposition appeals to me.” It’s an important maxim and songwriter’s challenge – to make those subjective, challenging experiences brighter for a wider audience. In ‘Mere Mortal’, Deadletter certainly succeed.

Accompanied by a stunningly noir music video directed by the prolific Laurence ‘Laurie’ Hills, ‘Mere Mortal’ is a track set within the smoke-filled streets of East London. When I next find myself at Bethnal Green’s legendary Pellicci’s Cafe (where the video is primarily set), I’ll be looking for a framed photo of Deadletter. In the back of my mind, I’ll be wondering whether they ever left (see final shot to understand this Kubrickian reference…)

Photo by Daniel Delikatnyi

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