Deadset Dream are a 5 piece Alt-Rock band from Sheffield with a growing reputation for their addictive hooks, energetic live shows and music that has attracted the attention of national media and promoters across the UK. In 2015 the band went from strength to strength with shows supporting the likes of Funeral for a Friend, Roam and Autumn Ruin before ending the year with a sold-out show at Corporation in their home town of Sheffield to launch ‘The Fall’ the first single from the band’s first EP in 3 years: Battlecry, released on April 1st 2016. 2016 saw the band hit the ground running with a full schedule as word spreads about their exciting live stage performances. Their summer single ‘Snakes & Ladders’ was picked up by Kerrang! Radio and played over 10 times. 2017 saw Deadset Dream handpicked by the Festival Republic for Reading and Leeds BBC Introducing Stage. Following this was an exciting tour with Room 94. With further singles and tours in the works, nothing will stand in DEADSET DREAM’s way. Get ready for your favourite new band.
Please introduce yourselves to our readers, who you are, what you play and how you formed?
My name is Shannon Lingwood, (Everyone calls me Shiney, it’s nickname I’ve had since I was around 3 years old and as you can imagine, being a male called Shannon, a nickname really is a god-send!) I am the lead singer of Deadset Dream, I am actually the only original member of DD left in the band, I’m starting to think that I’m the problem… Kidding of course. Myself and the original lineup all met on Joinmyband.co.uk and agreed to get together for a jam one afternoon, we had a lot of fun so I decided to start writing some tunes! 6 months into the ‘music journey’ we’d played a handful of gigs at the iconic West Street Live, a few random pubs around South Yorkshire and of course our home from home ‘Corporation’ we then won Hallam FM’s Big Audition and got to play at Party In The Park Festival to 70,000 (which looking back is just silly… we couldn’t even play our instruments properly, never mind write a festival-worthy song!). The reality of band life hit home immediately after when the 5 members at the time were suplexed from cloud 9 right down to the dirt on a cold wet Monday morning back on the tools.
Our young naive minds were convinced that playing to that many people surely meant that ‘we were off’. Of course, that wasn’t the case, it soon became apparent how much time, money and work goes into running a band and the other 4 members started to fall off the train.
First to go was our lead guitarist who was shortly replaced by our current 6 sing magician, Dan Burridge. After dropping me a message in response to an Ad I’d posted on JoinMyBand, Dan came down for an audition and it became apparent very quickly that this ‘Kid’ could play! (I use the word Kid ironically because he’s a few years older than me, he’s that old dinosaurs told their kid’s stories about him) Dan was the first real musician in the band and to be honest, the absolute backbone of Deadset Dream, when the other members realised the work that was required they also started to fall away from the band, I was convinced that my baby was dying.
Dan remained super positive throughout the whole ordeal as he saw this as an opportunity to find some real musicians who shared the same passion. Faces came and went regularly as we tried to find the right ‘outfit’ to move forward in. Since finding some likeminded musicians and working at finding our sound and our identity as a band we’ve been privileged enough to play huge festivals such as Reading & Leeds, Download and warm the stages some absolute giants within our genre such as Mallory Knox, Roam, Boston Manor, Funeral For A Friend.
I feel I’ve taken a sneaky right turn onto tangent lane here but I think the short version of what I’m saying is, Dan helped me find James (our bassist) Brad (our drummer) and our new lease of life within music. I finally feel we’re growing into our sound, our genre and our songwriting identity, and we’re here to stay.
What style of music would you describe yourself as and what influences do you draw upon?
We are a strange mix of Pop-punk and Alternative Rock (some have even described us as Post-hardcore), we have a range of different influences within the band from Dan’s classic Rock/Metal background such as Maiden, Metallica etc… and James’ “stoner prog-rock” (even though the guy loves nothing more than to sit in front of the telly with a back Yorkshire tea with no sugar, watching the cricket). But I think a huge percentage of the influence comes from my own influences as I’ve written most of the music thus far, my influences date back to that whole Emo/Scene-kid phase between 2005 and 2010 with people like Fall Out Boy, You Me At Six & Paramore Dominating the rock genre.
What are you currently up to at the moment music-wise?
We have just come back from a writing hiatus and released our first single in around 18 months “Autopilot”, it feels good to be releasing music again but with a whole plan surrounding it. I feel we’ve spent the last 18 months learning about the industry (things like Spotify, Youtube, the importance of networking and being a face on your scene etc…) and for the first time in our journey we have a full long term plan of tours, releases, additional content for our youtube and social media pages, the next 18 months are going to be a very exciting, very tiring and very interesting grind for sure. The next thing on our agenda is a tour around the UK with our boys in Elessar from Cheltenham, they’re a great bunch of guys in a similar genre making great music and it seemed to make perfect sense to hit the road with them! Let the carnage ensure!
And outside of music, how’s life in general?
Life is great! It’s a little bit of a juggling act at the moment between music, youtube, work commitments and of course all of the other subcategories that come as part of the parcel that is ‘life’ (haha), but the madness and busyness is all positive, so I literally wouldn’t change a thing (unless of course, someone has a spare £10m lying around…I’m more than partial to take that burden off somebodies hands)
What’s the most happiest lyric you’ve ever written?
This is a bad question when it comes to music we’ve released and for lyrics that people know as our previous projects have all been based around some darker times in life (such an angsty millennial… haha) So I think our happiest lyrics are actually “Let’s play a game of snakes & Ladders, climb on up and slip back down again” … seems like an innocent Childs game, no? It’s actually a metaphor referencing every teenage male’s primary motive of bumping uglies… mature right?… I promise things are about to get happier following the Autopilot release *facepalms* .
And the saddest…?
I have two different approaches to this question, one that drones on and makes me seem really morbid when I’m actually a really upbeat human, haha, and one that’s a little more current but unreleased!
I had a pretty rough time with illness between the ages of 15 and 19, our song ‘Battlecry’ is quite an angry song about that period of my life, my family didn’t know whether I was going to make it or not, I got to a point where I started to question whether I just wasn’t supposed to be here on this strange spinning rock! I think the saddest lyrics in that song were “Is it me? Is it karma coming back around? Do I deserve to die? Decay beneath the ground?”…God I’m so edgy… I am cringing writing these. Hahaha
OR, something a lot of people can relate to, we have a break-up ballad that’s unreleased called ‘Doesn’t Make It Easy’ that I think will really hit home with some people. The chorus lyrics are:
“Even though it happens all the time, even though you never felt like mine, It doesn’t make it easy.
Even though I know I’m not the first, even though there are worse things in the world, it doesn’t make it easy. It’s just about those people that are always like “You’re not the first to go through a breakup, you’ll be fine, time is a great healer…” blah blah blah, I just don’t think it’s what you want to hear at the time, you know?
Would you rather live in a Yellow Submarine or an Octopus’s Garden and why?
Yellow submarine all the way, I have an obsession with sharks and sea life in general actually, I would absolutely love to live among the monsters in the deep blue!
What’s the best venue you’ve played so far and what’s would be your dream venue?
Does a festival count as a venue? Reading and Leeds was amazing, big ups to BBC Introducing.
Actual venue… I would probably go with The Avenue in Chesterfield, that venue is absolutely stunning, the stage is huge, the room is gorgeous, the dressing rooms are amazing… It’s just ideal! If this venue was in a major city centre, it would be competing with the likes of the Manchester Ritz, o2 Sheffield and pretty much any other venue of a similar size! Big shout to those guys.
If you could support any band, past or present who would it be and why?
I’d be torn between two bands, You Me At Six were the band that really opened my eyes to pop-punk/alt-rock and changed the path of my life significantly, especially musically!
The other band would be Don Broco, not the biggest band in the world but at the moment, I just don’t see any other bands in our genre that are doing what they’re doing, their sets are an absolute party from start to finish, their fans are just a collection of legends that love to sesh and make the most of the show, the atmosphere is just incomparable.
What’s the best thing about being in a band/solo artist?
For me personally it’s meeting other bands and finding people who are on the same journey as yourselves, being involved in music has given me opportunities to have a beer with some of my absolute idols, but we’ve also come across other bands in a similar position to us that we’ve absolutely bounced off and had a riot with. It’s an awesome thing to be a part of and I can’t imagine my life without it now, I’d be a boring, sad, chubby old man!
And the hardest…?
I think the answer to this would be the lack of money in the industry, being a start-up band or an up and coming band in this day and age is a tough place to be, we’ve got friends in bands that we considered to be ‘big’ who have now called it a day and gone back to full-time work, it’s a sad and very scary prospect. I think it’s the biggest reason that so many bands come and go.
Sum your band/act up in three words?
Bouncy, riffy and sweaty.
What tune should readers listen to right now that sums you up the best?
I think ‘Autopilot’ is the most accurate representation of our songwriting starting to take shape and the band starting to grow up. We have a tonne of new music in the pipelines and I’m really excited to show people what we’ve been up to and see peoples reactions to our new sound/identity.
Liam or Noel? – Liam (duh)
Boris or Jezza? – Jezza
Pineapple on pizza – yes or not? – Fuck yeah
Beatles or Stones? – Stones!