Following a successful debut album that saw it snag three charting singles on Billboard‘s Mainstream Rock Songs airplay chart, Ded is back with new music.
Today (March 12), the Phoenix-based rockers release a pair of new songs: lead radio single “A Mannequin Idol (Lullaby)” and fellow new release “Eyes Sewn Shut,” both taken from two-song EP Mannequin Eyes.
Ded originally broke onto the Billboard charts with the No. 18-peaking “Anti-Everything” in May 2017. Two additional singles from debut LP Mis-an-thrope, “Remember the Enemy” (No. 21, October 2017) and “Hate Me” (No. 32, March 2018) followed.
Both new songs largely follow that same formula, albeit with less of a rap rock edge that occasionally permeated Mis-an-thrope and a radio-ready nu-metal sound courtesy of Kevin Churko, one of the genre’s more in-demand producers (Five Finger Death Punch, Disturbed).
“There is no truth,” frontman Joe Cotela says of “A Mannequin Idol (Lullaby).” “There is only you and how you see things. We are all living in our own movie with our own experiences and circumstances shaping everything. This song is about false gods in essence. It’s purpose lyrically is to make us all question what we consume and support, whether people, artists, businesses, etc. I have my own version of that and I’m posing the question to make listeners think about what they are allowing into their lives and into their souls.”
Ded’s Churko-produced sophomore album is expected later this year, and guitarist David Ludlow says listeners “can look forward to a diverse album. To me, it’s full of some of the most progressive songs we’ve done, some of the heaviest parts we’ve ever had, the most mature, the catchiest and most of all it just sounds gigantic. We are excited to put this out and to show the world where we have grown and what we have become over the past three years since our first album.”
Additionally, the band’s label, Suretone, has re-upped its deal with ADA Worldwide for its catalog’s distribution, with Ded’s upcoming album the first under the latest agreement.
“Suretone Records is pleased to be deepening its relationship with ADA, who have proven themselves to be excellent partners in all areas,” Suretone chairman/CEO Jordan Schur says. “Suretone Entertainment wishes to continue its focused agenda of finding and breaking tomorrow’s best new artists today, and with Ded’s sophomore LP as our first new release in this next chapter, we continue to herald an important new movement in rock.
“Ded is a band that we believe can change the musical landscape of rock’s culture. Rock’s fans and community are more powerful than ever, and history proves in the music cycles of our industry over time that when the right rock band comes along it can change everything. This initiative to champion the important culture of rock is an enduring part of our Suretone legacy and we believe Ded is the next band ready to change the world. Suretone as well will continue to work with some of the most widely regarded established legacy artists in our industry. With ADA helping to bodyguard Suretone’s overall agenda, we believe together our company’s brightest days lay in front.”
“We are proud to continue our partnership with Jordan and the Suretone Entertainment team,” Eliah Seton, Warner Music Group president of independent music and creator services, adds. “Their repertoire of independent talent speaks to the heart of our business and the community we serve. Ded is a great example of this, and we’re looking forward to helping bring their forthcoming album to fans all over the world.”
On March 24, Ded kicks off a tour supporting fellow hard rockers In This Moment alongside Black Veil Brides and Raven Black. Below is the full list of dates, kicking off in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., and concluding May 17 in Morrison, Colo.
March 24 – Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House of Blues
March 26 – Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle
March 27 – Birmingham, AL @ Sloss Furaces
March 28 – Cherokee, NC @ Harrah’s Cherokee Events Center
March 30 – Richmond, VA @ The National
March 31 – Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore
April 1 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5
April 3 – Stroudsburg, PA @ Sherman Theater
April 4 – Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theatre
April 5 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
April 7 – Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music Works
April 9 – Columbus, OH @ Express Live!
April 10 – Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore
April 11 – Chicago, IL @ Byline Bank Aragon Ballroom
April 13 – Louisville, KY @ The Louisville Palace
April 14 – Fort Wayne, IN @ Clyde Theatre
April 15 – Grand Rapids, MI @ 20 Monroe Live
April 17 – Minneapolis, MN @ Myth Live
April 18 – Milwaukee, WI @ Eagles Ballroom
April 19 – Columbia, MO @ The Blue Note
April 21 – Kansas City, MO @ Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland
April 23 – Dallas, TX @ South Side Ballroom
April 24 – Oklahoma City, OK @ The Criterion
April 25 – Lubbock, TX @ Lonestar Events Center Pavilion
April 27 – Phoenix, AZ @ Comerica Theatre
April 28 – Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
April 29 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Novo
May 1 – Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues
May 2 – Reno, NV @ Grand Sierra Resort Theatre
May 3 – San Francisco, CA @ The Warfield Theatre
May 5 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
May 6 – Boise, ID @ Revolution Event Center
May 7 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
May 8 – Kennewick, WA @ Toyota Center
May 10 – Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre
May 11 – Vancouver, BC @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre
May 13 – Calgary, AB @ MacEwan Hall
May 15 – Billings, MT @ First Interstate Arena
May 16 – Casper, WY @ Casper Events Center
May 17 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre