Dead Swords: What Are You Listening To?

Dead Swords: What Are You Listening To?

Dead Swords is Alex Rosamilia (The Gaslight Anthem) and Cory Perez (I Am the Avalanche), a newly minted New Jersey duo out with a pair of EPs and a ton of shows on the horizon.

The guys put together the following playlist by way of introduction, featuring cuts from the Flaming Lips, King Woman and more.

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Spiritualized, “Ladies & Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space”
Great opening to a record or a playlist. I absolutely love the way Jason Pierce blends his own lyrics and melodies with Elvis Presley’s to create a super spacey and awesome vibe. – Alex Rosamilia

The Flaming Lips, “Do You Realize??”
One of my favorite bands of all time, and this song is easily in my top five. Again, between the spacey feel of the music and Wayne Coyne’s simple, yet impacting lyrics, this song is subtly heavy, yet superficially light and almost atmospheric. - Rosamilia

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, “The Lord of Lightning”
I will never forget being backstage at Reading or Leeds and seeing all these kids running into a tent to see a band. My friend Ian (Perkins) then said, ‘What if this becomes one of those shows where years from now people will talk about it, and we’d be like, “Yeah, we missed it because we were just hanging out.”‘ Needless to say, we went and saw it and Holy Shnikes are they good. This one’s off their newest release, but it’s all worth listening to. - Rosamilia

Pink Floyd, “Comfortably Numb”
There are some songs that you’ll never forget where you were when you heard them the first time. This is one of those for me. The solo at the end is tonally something I’ve been searching for my entire life, too, although I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s pretty impossible unless you are David Gilmour. - Rosamilia

The Cure, “Disintegration”
This is an easy one. Hands down one of my favorite songs off my favorite record by my favorite band. This is also another one of those songs for me, that, anytime I hear it, I am automatically sent back in time. It’s also the first song Dead Swords ever covered. - Rosamilia

Grandaddy, “I Don’t Wanna Live Here Anymore”
Alex turned me on to Grandaddy a while ago, and this song is from their latest record. This record has some cool fuzzy synth and guitar sounds, but this song stands out to me as one of the more simple mellow rockers. It’s a laid-back song that sounds like anxiety and apathy. – Corey Perez

Depeche Mode, “I Feel You”
Depeche Mode is one of those bands for me that was an unintentional influence. I never owned any of their music growing up, but, boy, was I a fan of the music videos. I also always loved that Martin Gore’s guitar kind of always playfully competed with the electronic side to the band. ‘Dude has riffs for days’ is not something you’d think of saying for what is considered an electronic band. - Perez

King Woman, “Hierophant”
This band is fairly new to me, but I’ve been listening to this record a lot lately. I love the doomy melancholy guitars and crooning vocals on this one. - Perez

Tom Petty, “You Don’t Know How It Feels”
My favorite Tom Petty song. This one kicks off Wildflowers and puts you in a good mood for summer. You can’t go wrong with anything Tom Petty. - Perez

40 Watt Sun, “Stages”
I love how the guitars are so breathy and atmospheric, but still so beautiful and heavy. It sounds like a combination of Earth and Jesu. It’s got a cool repetitive melodic progression that drones on for a while before building up toward the end. - Perez

(Photo credit: Greg Pallante)

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