Los Angeles quartet Dead Poet Society will drop their second album ‘FISSION‘ on January 26 via Spinefarm Records Pre-order it here. To celebrate the forthcoming release the band has shared a new single “My Condition“.
Commenting on the track the band’s frontman Jack Underkofler says, “This song took years to write and it’s one of our favorites. It’s about knowing that nothing matters, so might as well go for what brings you fulfillment and do what you want.”
After a decade of defining, redefining, and perfecting their art, ‘FISSION’ finds Dead Poet Society poised to be rock’s next breakout act. The new album is a 13-track study of personal change and the turbulence of growth that, as frontman Jack Underkofler attests, takes “a microscopic and broad look at the events that changed who we are.”
Ultimately, Underkofler says the band has one mission for fans and listeners of the new album: “We want to leave them with the truth.”
Further elaborating on the concept, he says, “It’s not as simple as saying we want our music to leave people with a positive outlook. You want music to speak to wherever you find yourself. We want to leave people feeling that whatever they are experiencing is valid, no matter what place they are at in their lives.”
To that end, there are deep rakings over the coals of relationship breakdowns, examinations of addiction in all its guises, ruminations on the responsibilities and challenges of adulthood, and struggles with the evolution, loss and continual search for self. “In a lot of ways this album is about unpacking those emotional pains that come with being an adult,” Underkofler says.
“The past few years have left me in a constant state of growth through the life events of which I’ve had little control, or which didn’t pan out the way I wanted them to. There’s a ‘before’ you, and an ‘after’ you, and there’s no going back. Life tends to force your hand, and it’s futile to fight it. You have to accept that things that happen to you will change you, and let them build you into the next phase of who you are. There is a constant battle to not mourn who I was, because the things you go through define you as a person and turn you into a person worth being. But that can be difficult to wrestle with. There is a positive to it, but it is birthed through a lot of pain.”
While the lyrics are fully relatable, the music is a DNA-distinct blend of anthemic alternative, dark and moody hard rock, and progressive indie. ‘FISSION’ is truly unlike anything you’ve heard in recent times.
Dead Poet Society accumulated over 72 million global streams, with nearly 32 million streams in the U.S. alone. The band also enjoyed two Top 15 singles at radio and key playlisting. They have also spent as much time as possible on the road — having toured with alt rock powerhouses Biffy Clyro, Badflower, Highly Suspect and BRKN Love; and they’ve played iconic festivals such as Download, Pinkpop, 2000trees, Rock Werchter and Reading & Leeds in recent years. The band has ultimately established itself as an intense live act not to be missed!
DEAD POET SOCIETY ARE:
Jack Underkofler — Vocals/Guitar
Jack Collins — Guitar
Will Goodroad — Drums
Dylan Brenner — Bass
“My Condition” is streaming everywhere now. ‘FISSION’ will be out Friday January 26 via Spinefarm Records, available to pre-order or pre-save here.