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    Tue, 07 Apr 2015 13:38:16

    Listen to The Dead Ships' "Big Quiet" - Find out the real story

    The Dead Ships will release their EP I on May 5.

    It was produced by Broken Social Scene's Brendan Canning, and it marks the first time that he's taken on the role of producer for a band other than his own.

    There's a really great story behind "Big Quiet," as told by singer/guitarist Devlin McCluskey.

    "For a long time, we were the assholes who prided themselves on playing louder than anyone else. When we did it right, the energy sweating over the first five rows could almost make up for the sparse instrumentation. I still love our first album which we recorded live without ornaments or much polishing. But compared to our live show, without our drunken-disorderly performance part, some songs sounded a little thin.  

    "Brendan [Canning] caught us at a showcase in Toronto and shortly after said he wanted to produce us to get more of the energy of our live shows into our next record. Getting to work with Brendan Canning on your guitar-driven indie rock is like getting to work with Barry Bonds on your steroid regimen (allegedly). We had so much reverence for him, I felt I needed to do something drastic to become a better songwriter. To get focused and really commit, I stopped drinking and partying and just started writing every day. A lot of these songs deal with struggles to feel like a better human being and reacquaint yourself with reality.   

    "At first we were just going to do one EP, then tragedy struck and my closest friend, Wayne to my Garth, took his own life and it opened up every floodgate. When I came home from the funeral, I read an article about scientists observing a rare solar state called a big quiet, and for a moment it felt as if the entire universe was sitting shiva. 'Big Quiet' was my first attempt at writing something to understand what happened and try to retroactively stop it from occurring. I wrote another dozen or so songs, and luckily Brendan wanted to record those too. I know I can't write a song that would've saved my best friend, I'm not a toddler and I've given up on most self-aggrandizing delusions, but that's not going to stop me from trying."

    Now, with that in mind, jam out to the song! We so love this band and that description.

    We know you love this track.

    —Amy Sciarretto

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