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The Dead Ships - "First Mistakes" (video) (premiere)

Expect rock on “First Mistakes,” because rock is what you’ll get.

Expect rock on “First Mistakes", because rock is what you’ll get on this new video from the Dead Ships. It’s a straightforward guitar-driven song, loud tambourine and thumping bass pushing it forward. And, if the mold ain’t broke, there’s no reason to fix it — its simplicity, as always belying a more complex undercurrent of sadness and exhaustion, works wonders. Straight-up rock — the guitars! the four-by-four beat! the wailing tenor! — has been king for a very long time, and “First Mistakes” is proof that it continues to survive.

“I love those studies that come out every now again that show the physical formation of a smile on your face actually stimulates parts of your brain and causes a chain reaction that puts you in a better mood,” says the band’s Devlin McCluskey. “No one wants to force a smile, but you can always assert some level of control over yourself and change how you feel.”

CITYCIDE released June 24 via Nevado Music. Stream the video for “First Mistakes” below.

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