The band’s Joseph Lekkas says of the song, “It’s sonically influenced by three decades of music: 1990s drum and bass sounds mixed with 1970s funk and 1980s post-punk. The drums were based on a James Brown groove and were entirely recorded on an iPhone 6 in New Jersey and emailed to Nashville. We pieced the song together with the drums and arpeggiated synth as the centerpiece, then added call-and-response guitars and vocals. It’s equally dancey and menacing.”
True to Lekkas’ words, “The Dead Inside” emerges as a grooving bit of dance music with plenty of darkness at the edges, a collage/collision of varied influences that add up to a song that is as moving as it is heart-stopping. Recalling the long night of the soul sounds of Joy Division and Gang of Four while moving while thoroughly contemporary, Palm Ghosts prove that the dead (inside) can indeed dance.