Dead Fish Handshake make the kind of Rock that hits the spot.
Today we want to shine our spotlight on Dead Fish Handshake (stylised also as DFH) because their new album Lies... and All That Jazz is getting released soon, on the 18th of September to be precise. The record is co-produced by Dead Fish Handshake and Shane Stanton of Architekt Studios, and was preceded by the single 'No One’s Island' on the 7th of August... But let's take a few steps back and see who Dead Fish Handshake are.
DFH were born in 2011 with the collaboration of Matthew Paul (Vocals) and Rob Ferreira (Guitars, Vocals), and were soon joined by Darren Furman (Bass) and Mark Birkelbach (Drums).
In the same year they released their debut album Across State Lines, first single 'Changes' and notable live performances helped them gain quick success in the local New Jersey Rock scene.
Their sophomore EP, The Sixes, was released in June of 2012, and was produced by Clint Lowery from Sevendust. After a nation wide tour and the two singles 'Nothing Stays Gold' and 'All Time Low', DFH took some time off, returning more pumped than ever in 2017 with the tracks, 'Devolution' and 'Love/Remains'.
DFH has shared the stage with acts such as Stone Temple Pilots, Sevendust, Three Doors Down, Fuel, Scott Stapp, Paul Rodgers, Ed Kowalczyk, Queensryche, Pop Evil, Collective Soul, Saving Abel, Gin Blossoms, Plain White T’s, Godsmack, Skillet, Anthrax, Living Colour, Hurt, and Extreme. They also mention major influences such as some of our all time favourite bands like Foo Fighters, A Perfect Circle, Nine Inch Nails and U2.
With Lies... And All That Jazz just around the corner, DFH have given us a little taste with the single 'No One's Island'. There are times I find Rock way too generic and boring, but that is not the case here with Dead Fish Handshake's track, the intro features a brief stop and start a few times, which doesn't allow you to settle in and zone out, meaning your full attention is on the song as it begins properly.
The riffs and bass work well hand in hand, while the drumming stands out, but not at the level of Lars Ulrich and overshadowing everyone else. The lyrics speak volumes and slot perfectly into the song. While they haven't mentioned Sevendust as an inspiration, it's the most similar I've found listening to 'No One's Island' and would label Dead Fish Handshake as For Fans Of Sevendust.
You can pre-order your copy of Lies... and All That Jazz on Amazon, Spotify, Apple Music and Soundcloud.