Today, NYC quintet Punchlove releases new single Dead Lands and announces signing to Kanine Records via Flood Magazine. Multi-instrumentalists Jillian Olesen, Ethan Williams, Joey Machina, Ian Lange-McPherson, and visual artist Viz Wel quietly evolved from a bedroom project to a headlining live phenom. Gearing up a densely layered bed of emotionally serrated pain-pop songs that coalesce around a digitally-stimulated, emotional brand of modern neo-shoegaze, Dead Lands is an emblematic first taste of what lies ahead.
An instantly alt-radio-ready track, immediately dynamic yet losing none of the grit and darkness of the rest of the upcoming album, Dead Lands uses three guitars to build the track’s stark sound. Jillian’s lyrics on this track evoke not just a death in her family, but the accompanying horror of being unable to stop death itself. Jillian says, “You end up hurting yourself more when you don't allow yourself to give into the greater static of the inevitable decay all around you, as well as the grief and change. It's all part of being human. For me, this song is about the frustration you face when you try to avoid it.”