Formed just last year, Deadset emerged from the creative synergy between guitarist James Massey and vocalist Sam Mellors. Their collaboration gave way to a sound which evolved into a darker, more intense direction when bassist Adam Arnold and drummer Rio Campbell joined the ranks. These additions formed a fully fledged band, and elevated the indie sensibilities of the original duo into rawer, grittier realms.

The band's new track Bleak, produced by Pat Pretorious (The Talks, Life, Counting Coins) and mastered by Howie Weinberg (Nirvana, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Daft Punk), serves as a bold statement for Deadset, as it pulsates with the palpable anxiety and fervor that envelops Hull, offering a commentary on the societal issues plaguing the region. 

There’s a really prevalent mutual feeling about the area we all live in. Its rife with boredom and it feels like everyone’s stuck in mundane, monotonous cycles here,” says Sam Mellors. “Most people fall into traps of binge drinking or substance abuse to get away from it. It’s really hard not to fall into that trap when there’s genuinely nothing else to do. There’s still a great community of people here, everyone trying to make it a special place and it will always be a special place to us. But it’s still difficult to get away from the fact a lot of people are struggling.

Deadset became a band because we wanted to escape that cycle, dream of something better and create new horizons for ourselves. It’s our own escape from the depressing reality around here,” adds Adam Arnold.

Deadset's music reflects both their observations and personal experiences, reflecting on the stark realities which have left an indelible mark on their lives. 

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