Dead Famous People

TSM represents Dead Famous People licensing/sync rights for: World

Artist Description: Dons Savage is an unparalled talent, a savant of the perfect melody and lyrics which both touch and bite, a throwbook to the Carole King’s and Gerry Goffin’s of Brill Building pop, an instinctive penseuse besting the originators of the Riot Grrrl movement by responding to their conversations of rage and sexuality and finding a place in the world some years before the initial sparks of that particular revolution had even begun.


Dead Famous People originated in Auckland, where they began playing out and were soon invited to make an EP for Flying Nun, the label then in the early stages of subtle world takeover. Despite sharing a similarly breezy approach to pop arrangement, they never entirely fitted in with their labelmates, the band decided to make the move to London to seek fame and fortune. There they garnered favourable reviews and found themselves signed to Billy Bragg’s Utility label. John Peel called the band “An important, exciting contribution to the often pallid world of contemporary pop” and granted them a session.


Despite this, homesick and unable to find a proper deal, the band fell apart. They recorded a series of final demos, posthumously released with faulty mastering. Dons returned to New Zealand and ended her musical activities for over twenty years . . . until Fire Records managed to locate her in Auckland, just a few months after Dons had begun writing again.


Dead Famous People’s first real album, Harry, is set for release in 2020. Recorded at home and remixed by noted LA producer Dave Trumfio (Handsome Family, Billy Bragg & Wilco, American Music Club, Built To Spill, The Jesus and Mary Chain) in LA, the record is a pure pop ode to life’s simple joys.

Label: Fire Records



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