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About Dead Gaze

R. Cole Furlow fronts Dead Gaze, a skuzzy but very poppy lo-fi band out of Mississippi. In 2010, after Dead Gaze's first cassette release, End of Days, Why Not You on Mirror Universe, the group released a split with Gray Things on Clan Destine. The same year, they also released a two-song 7" single on Fire Talk Records, which found them moving from their early Flaming Lips sound in a chillwave direction with drum machines and synthesizers. Furlow kept cranking out releases, including 2010's Group Tightener EP and 2011's Le Station Radar single (which featured drumming from James Alexander Warren), and eventually took to the stage with a full band. In 2013, FatCat-affiliated label Palmist released a 12-track compilation of songs from earlier records, plus a few new songs, as Dead Gaze. When it came time to record his true debut album, Furlow left his bedroom and headed to Sweet Tea studio in Oxford, Mississippi. The fancy vintage equipment and large recording space gave him room to expand the Dead Gaze sound. The resulting record, Brain Holiday, was released by FatCat in late 2013. Furlow then outfitted a new home studio in order to expand on the bigger sounds he'd captured on Brain Holiday, resulting in the follow-up album Easy Travels, released by Brooklyn indie Ernest Jenning Record Co. in the summer of 2016. ~ Jason Lymangrover

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