Chicago’s DIY scene has become more and more prevalent thanks in no small part to groups like NE-HI and Lala Lala, not to mention solo projects like Accessory and Vail. So naturally when Jason Balla of NE-HI and Accessory met up with Emily Kempf of Lala Lala and Vail, sparks flew, and with the addition of first-timer Eric McGrady on drums, their project Dehd had emerged. All three personalities ring through reverb-heavy surf-infused alternative rock and on their upcoming debut album, Water, Balla and Kempf had to reckon between breaking up romantically and maintaining Dehd’s musical integrity.
Turns out their songwriting chemistry is too good to pass up, and we’ll see the trio perform in Austin well before the May 10th release date for Water. You have eight opportunities to catch Dehd next week during SXSW, where you’ll undoubtedly hear some (if not all) of the baker’s dozen of new tunes appearing on Water. No wristband? No worries! Dehd just put out the music video for Water‘s lead single, available today for free download: “Lucky”!
Dehd’s SXSW Performances
Tue. March 12 – Austin, TX @ The Parish – Get A Grip (SXSW)
Wed. March 13 – Austin, TX @ Hotel Vegas – Desert Daze (SXSW
Wed. March 13 – Austin, TX @ Barracuda – Ground Control Touring (SXSW)
Thu. March 14 – Austin, TX @ Pearl Street – Pond Mag (SXSW)
Thu. March 14 – Austin, TX @ Hotel Vegas – Levitation (SXSW)
Fri. March 15 – Austin, TX @ Container Bar – Dr Martens / Collide (SXSW)
Fri. March 15 – Austin, TX @ Hotel Vegas Annex – Romancing the Wax / Fire Talk (SXSW)
Sat. March 16 – Austin, TX @ Barracuda – Do512’s The Big One (SXSW)