DEAD TO ME: Cuban Ballerina: CD

Dead To Me is my new favorite band. Co-fronted by ex-One Man Army singer, Jack, I was hopeful but my usual pessimistic self when I heard about Dead To Me. Suspicious but happy that Jack was making music again, because I loved OMA and was bummed when they broke up. However, all suspicions were laid to rest after my first listen. I was smitten. I fell in love with the record immediately. And that hasn’t happened to me in awhile. I put it in my stereo where it remained for a solid month (literally). Just on basic visceral response I was hooked. Co-frontmen Chicken (also of Western Addiction) and Jack do an amazing job sharing vocals. Chicken has a more gritty sound which meshes sinfully with Jack’s harmonic high notes. They compliment each other in a way I never imagined. The more I listened to the record the more I fell in love with it. The lyrics are impeccable, unique, genuine, and honest. The first song, “Don’t Lie” instantly grabs you and despite the upbeat feel the lyrics are about real and raw things like war and American imperialism. A lot of the lyrics were also written by Chicken while he was going through rehab. “By the Throat,” “Still Heartbeat,” “Visiting Day” and “Special Professional” are amazing tracks. Even non-OMA fans will like this—really it’s not a copycat version of OMA, it’s unique and truly infectious. I’m a fan.

 –jenny (FAT)