Alex Dezen of The Damnwells: New Solo EPs and Future Damnwells LP
Alex Dezen of The Damnwells recently joined Morning Mix host Cindy Howes to talk about the new Damnwells album and Dezen’s four upcoming solo EPs. No One Listens To The Band Anymore, released in 2011, was the last record that The Damnwells released which didn’t feature two out of the four original members, David Chernis and Steven Terry, but fans can rest assured that the original lineup is back together for the new album.
No One Listens To The Band Anymore was funded by Pledge Music through fan support, and although the band’s original intent was to not use the site again, you can find yet another Damnwells Pledge page for this upcoming record.
“We swore we would never do it again, not because it wasn’t a great experience, just because, how many times can you really go back to the watering hole and ask your fans for money to make records? But then I realized you can kind of keep going back as long as the fans are interested and they want to help out.”
Dezen wrote a number of songs that were originally intended for the new Damnwells album, but once the original members decided to reunite, there was an inspiration to write all new music. The former songs are going to be released as The Bedhead Series under Alex Dezen’s solo career, to give fans something to listen to in anticipation for the Damnwell’s album. The first of these EP’s was released January 21st and features a common theme of breakups.
“That’s kinda the theme for the course of my career. They’re all kind of breakup or love songs, but these are definitely more personal than other songs I’ve released on Damnwells records. Because they’re a solo effort, it allows me to say things that maybe I wouldn’t say if I was with the Damnwells, or at least say things without having to really be that clever.”
Alex also works at Warner/Chappell Music as a songwriter for pop musicians and actually has a co-writing credit on Justin Biebers hit “Take You” off of his 2012 album Believe which was performed at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards. Luckily, Dezen gets Justin Bieber text updates from his mother, letting him know exactly what Bieber is up to.
The first EP from the Bedhead Series is available, and to see what else Alex Dezen or The Damnwell’s are up to you can check out their website.