Nashville rockers The Nearly Deads are still pretty new on the rock/metal scene, but they've already earned themselves quite the fan base. In 2014 after parting ways with their label, they crowdfunded their entire full length debut album, reaching their $10,000 goal in less than two months. The product of those efforts was the album "Invisible Tonight" - a high energy 11 track record that made a statement that they were a band that's here to stay.
This year, the band released a new EP, titled "Revenge of the Nearly Deads" which was lead by the pulse pounding single "Diamond in the Rough" and are currently working to expand their ever going fan base, known collectively as #ZombieNation.
Led by vocalist Theresa Jeane, along with Steven Tobi (guitar), Kevin Koelsch (bass), Javier Garza Jr. (guitar) and Josh Perrone (drums), The Nearly Deads' sound blends powerful pop vocals and aggressive alternative rock music to create a truly unique sound that pays tribute to 90's gritty grunge, but even brings it back in a way that it's never been heard before.
We spoke with Theresa Jeane about the band's growth, what they've learned so far, and what they're hoping to achieve this year.
You’re about to release your latest EP, what have you learned since releasing your debut album, that you brought to the table for this release?
We’ve learned so much! We were such a baby band back then and had no idea what we were doing. We were also new to Nashville and just cutting our teeth in the industry. We had no idea that ‘Never Look Back’ would go viral and build us this amazing fan base. Now, we’re able to crowd fund and talk to our fans directly and give them what they want. We’ve been touring together for years and have a better sense of who we are both as people and a band now. For this release I just think we brought a sense of open-mindedness that we’ve never explored. We just kind of went with the flow and things were so much easier and laid back. We got back our original care-free attitudes, because now we don’t necessarily have to focus on impressing the music industry - just our fans!
How important of a role has social media and the internet played in the growth of your band?
Social media has been essential to our growth. Being able to reach people all over the world at the touch of a button is incredible! YouTube has been by far the greatest driver of new people to our music, followed by sites like Twitter, Spotify, and Facebook. Literally thousands of new people discover us each and every week because of our YouTube channel.
What does your band bring to live shows to add on to the songs you release on record?
We have a lot of energy in our live shows! It’s important to us to give 100% every night and have fun. We have music that ties each song together so there’s no lulls in the energy or awkward silence. We get the crowd involved and singing along!
What band that you’ve toured with has taught you the most?
I learned a lot from In This Moment. They are gracious and humble people, and they have the most incredibly dedicated fans. They’ve been around for a long time, and don’t have any sense of entitlement. They are always growing, changing up their shows, their costumes, their theme. The dancers, the stage setup, and the theatrical aspect of their show was amazing to watch every night. They are also big believers in the power of positive thinking and it shows in their current success. I can only hope we get that lucky!
Your first record was crowdfunded, what benefits/difficulties came with that?
Again, as a baby band, we had no idea what we were doing back then! We had a few songs online, the EP was out, but we were on the road and needed money to get home. There’s a stigma that crowdfunding is begging for money, but it’s completely false if you have the fans to back it up. We took a leap of faith and doubled the goal we had asked for. That definitely made us realize the impact we were starting to have as a band. We were shipping records all over the world for the first time when we thought no one out there was even listening. It was and still is incredibly humbling. We mostly learned that it costs a TON of money to buy shipping supplies and is very complicated trying to send hundreds of packages overseas all at once on our own!
Did you work with a producer on Revenge of the Nearly Deads?
We’ve been working with Jon King of Page 2 Music since the very beginning! He’s the secret 6th member of the band! He helps fine tune our sound and make us sound better than we could ever imaging, and we’re so thankful to have him be a part of the team. This time around I didn’t even bring many complete songs to the table, I wanted to see how they would evolve with him in the studio.
As a younger band, do you find that supporting one artist on a headline tour, or touring as part of a festival like Warped is more helpful for growing the band?
They are both equally helpful as long as it’s a good fit for your genre of music, but you definitely get what you give. It’s one thing to be on the tour, but you really have to go out there and earn your fans. Especially as an opener. People aren’t always there to see you, and you have to respect that and do your job as hype-man for the headliner. You’re not going to win everyone over every time, and that’s ok. The people we do meet out there have become fans for life. Festivals are also essential for networking with other bands and industry folks like tour managers, sound engineers, merch people, and photographers.
What is one goal your band hopes to achieve in 2017?
We would love to hear one of our songs from ‘Revenge’ on the radio! I know it’s a lofty goal for an independent band, but it’s really what we want!