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Singled Out: Death Valley High's Warm Bodies

10/23/2016
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Death Valley High

Death Valley High are gearing up to release their new album "CVLT [AS FVK]" on November 4th and to celebrate we asked vocalist/guitarist Reyka Osburn to tell us about the song "Warm Bodies". Here is the story:

"WARM BODIES" was born from a bass line that mimicked a tempo that was in bed with Sex Pistols' "Sub-Mission". That is good a place as any to start a song. This beginning was a little different for us; pronounced and alluring.

After hacking out a segue into the pre-chorus, the chorus practically wrote itself. That was a good sign. Songs that write themselves are normally a good omen.

Out of that vertebrae, I drew up the skeleton on soft synth tissue and virtual drums. When we can get away with it, we favor a schizophrenic beat over a straight forward one, and the bass lines were perfect for an offset rhythm.

I had no idea what the song's actual theme was leaning towards. An obvious love song would never do... But what about bodies? Dead Bodies? Cold Bodies? Sexy Bodies...? "We need warm bodies", I thought. Vampires need warm and living blood. Every living, or undead, creature needs and lusts off of a warm entity... That's when I realized we had a song.

Even with all of these veins growing, this song still needed a pulse. In the end, what really started the heartbeat was the verse segue and its child-like, cautionary tale of "don't even bother unless you see the heart beat..."

It was a satisfying moment, basking in a Frankenstein electricity that led to this hybrid of Electro, Punk, and Deathrock. It was similar to its sibling "CVLT [AS FVK]" songs, but this one had a "tender" side. The sentiment of vulnerability was predominant in its need for living, breathing, responsive coconspirators; or on the other hand, a simple vampiric supplement for vitality. Vitamin "B"... Vitamin "Bodies"... Vitamin "Blood".

As stated in the song, "nothing is good to us dead... to keep us warm".

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself and learn more about the album right here!

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