Independent synth pop quartet Dead Ceremony come all the way from Tunbridge Wells, Kent and they are an impressive group who ooze bundles of promise. Now the four behind the name are Christopher Stewart, David Trevillion, Neil Allen and Harry Pearce. Actually Dead Ceremony started life as the solo project of lead vocalist Christopher Stewart.
That aside Dead Ceremony made their emergence onto the musical scene in 2016 with the arrival of the Tell Me Lies EP. Released via Fonthill Records, this debut comprised of 5 fantastic songs which left me utterly enthralled. They’ve even received significant radio backing from BBC Introducing in Kent. Nationwide support has come from BBC Radio 1 (Huw Stephens) and BBC 6 Music (Lauren Laverne), plus Radio X, Virgin Radio and full playlisting at Amazing Radio.
27th July 2018 saw them self release sophomore EP Heartache. Consisting of 4 sublime songs, this wondrous 4 track release was a slice of sheer bliss. Those vibrant vocals were sticky sweet and the magical melodies flowed plenty of bright/ breezy synths. I was bowled over on my very first listen, those vocals/ instrumentantion resulted in something incredibly enchanting. At this moment in time Heartache has spawned two singles and these being All This Noise and the title track Heartache.
16th August 2018 saw Dead Ceremony unveil the official music video for Heartache. Directed by Zak Harney, this short video followed a couples relationship from the start to the very end. From the moment I watched this clip I knew Dead Ceremony had something extremely special. Those lyrics offer a perfect narrative and these words compliment these vibrant visuals. There is a tinge of emotion as you do begin to feel for both the guy and the girl. Also there’s the whole what if scenario whist he reminisced about his relationship with his ex partner “I saw everything, but I couldn’t see me”.
Anyhow Heartache is a whimsical effort which resonated plenty of dreamy synths. The lyrics were on point whilst Christopher’s vibrant/ airy vocals could quite easily give you a sugar rush.
Here’s what Christopher had to say about the track: ‘Heartache expresses the emotional relief of no longer caring about finding the answer to why we do the things we do, or feel the way we feel. Be it with making music or falling in love. While the verses and bridge focus on the challenge of trying to reflect on your own life and understanding the choices you’ve made, the chorus is an admission that it doesn’t matter what you go through, or suffer, you can always come back from it, stronger and undiminished’.
Heartache can be purchased from iTunes