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Dead Gurl

by Auld Spells

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Chris Keogh
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Chris Keogh Came across this on the Coldwaves 20 Halloween stream, and was taken with Angelo Badalementi/Lynchian vibe - could imagine this being played in the Roadhouse of Twin Peaks. Now all it needs is a Julee Cruise cover.....


‘Dead Gurl’ is a melancholy story of youth attracted to danger, told through a dark, twisted, uptempo beat. The song drifts through a rock n roll dreamscape of guitar reverb and hammond organ, inspired equally by The Bad Seeds and Angelo Badalamenti. The baritone vocals of singer-songwriter Tommy Danbury evokes the of heartbreak of Scott Walker and Leonard Cohen, while the female lead binds the song together in the middle 8 - reminiscent of Mark Lanegan paired with Isobel Campell.


Dead Girl
What were you doing there that night
Did you get into a fight
Mixing pills you said you might

Dead Girl
They found you lying face down
Blue on the cold dark ground
I think you wanted to be found

Dead Girl
Dead Girl
Dead Girl
Dead Girl

Dead Girl
Future looking so bright
Having the best time of your life
Why did you die under moonlight

Dead Girl
Always had so many friends
They’ll be your friends until the end
Well here’s the end my friend

There’s no coming back from here
You heard them say
You better choose your friends
And choose them very wisely
Be careful what you wish for
Do you really want it this way
You better watch your step
‘Cause it can get pretty scary

Dead Girl
Dead Girl
Dead Girl
Dead Girl

Dead Girl
You had all these hopes and dreams
Or were they nightmares now it seems
You won’t be waking up from these

Dead Girl
Yesterday you were around
Your friends will never let you down
But now you’re six feet underground


released October 30, 2020
Written by Thomas Alexander Danbury


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Auld Spells Edinburgh, UK

Auld Spells makes psychotropic sounds laced with lush dreampop undertones. Lead singer and guitarist Tommy Danbury, formerly of the Los Angeles bands Lower Heaven and Magic Mirror, heads the Edinburgh-based five piece. The band’s reverb-drenched melodies, influenced by Beach House and Slowdive, brew a luminous tonic for strange times. ... more

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