In preparation for the release of their first album since 2002, New Zealand indie pop band Dead Famous People have released new track ‘Goddess Of Chill’.
Forming in 1986, their music gained popular exposure in their homeland and following this, they were signed to Billy Bragg’s Utility Records. The band’s 1989 mini-EP ‘Arriving Late in Torn and Filthy Jeans’ gained them a growing fanbase and they received regular airplay from renowned Radio 1 DJ John Peel.
Dead Famous People have remained active since the height of their popularity in the 1980s, with vocalist and frontwoman Dons Savage working under the band’s name alongside numerous contributors.
Listening to ‘Goddess Of Chill’, it is clear that Savage has no intention of slowing down anytime soon. A direct reflection of the title, the track is cool, light and an easy listen. It features bouncy, ’50s-inspired rhythm guitar and percussion, with the addition of a prominent and memorable pop-punk style guitar riff.
Savage’s relaxed vocals remain clear throughout the track, enhancing the ‘chill’ vibe that the song describes and radiates. The lyrics tell the story of the “goddess of chill” descending in order to relieve Savage of her stress and worry, during a particularly fitful night’s sleep, providing reassurance that all will turn out okay.
Perhaps we could all do with a visit from this “goddess” during the complex times that we find ourselves currently living through. However, if this is not possible, Dead Famous People’s track will undoubtedly help to instil some positivity and calm, even if only for a few minutes.
In October of this year, Dead Famous People are planning to release their ten-song record ‘Harry’ on standard black LP and CD via Fire Records UK.