After much mishandling at the hands of several major labels, Deadsy, the
electronic-driven doom-pop band fronted by Elijah Blue Allman, will have their
Commencement album released via a joint venture between Elementree, the
label run by the members of
Korn, and their management, and Dreamworks.
The band--Allman, Renn, Alec Pure, Craig, and new
guitar-synth man Carlton--were slated to have their album Commencement
released by Warner Bros. last September, after a 1997 deal with Elektra went
awry. When the new regime took charge at WB, label execs gave them their record
back, despite the fact that promotional copies of the disc were made available
to media (these discs have been fetching huge amounts on the online auction site
eBay). Despite accolades from a bevy of rock personalities including the
Deftones, Sugar Ray's Mark McGrath and Limp Bizkit, Deadsy couldn't get arrested
in the fiercely competitive L.A. music scene.
Enter Korn singer Jonathan Davis. As a
director of Elementree, Davis wanted Deadsy on the label, but since Elementree
uses Warner's marketing division, Deadsy would have been at the mercy of the
same executives who spurned them the last time. Davis and Korn manager Jeff
Kwatinetz got the go-ahead to take the band over to DreamWorks, whose A&R
man, Ron Handler, sealed the deal.
When asked if he was a believer in fate, Allman
laughs. "Is there any other way to see it? I'm glad that we get to
manipulate our first impression on society. We can now proactively execute that,
now that we've been through all the unnecessary shit.
Deadsy will enter the studio in May to
record several new tracks, in addition to remixing existing songs from the
Warners version of Commencement. Several songs from the disc will be
removed, including the band's cover of the Sweet's 1974 glam epic "Fox On
The Run," which appeared on the soundtrack to the movie Whatever It
Takes. The band may replace it with a version of Rush's "Tom
Sawyer." "We'll see what happens," says Allman.