Saturday
Feb232002

Live @ W.O.W. Hall in Eugene, OR.

Tonight, FEB. 23rd, DEAD POETS SOCIETY will be opening for :

King Black Acid

The Mothman Prophecies
Soundtrack
CD Release Party
with Prodd
9:00 PM
$8 Door/All Ages
W.O.W. HALL 291 West 8th Ave, Eugene, Oregon

For directions to find the building click here.

The Mothman Prophecies is a new film from SONY Pictures starring Richard Gere as a reporter investigating paranormal occurrences that may or may not have something to do with his late wife’s death.

Thursday
Feb072002

Feature in Cascade Weekly

Cascade Weekly - February 7th, 2002

Featured Artist of the Gorge by Mike Cortner

For about two years, electronics based trio, Dead Poets Society, has been performing their style of electro-goth music in the Gorge and around the Northwest, and have built up a dedicated following. All residents of The Dalles, members Wa, Tim Gibson, and Raven Nightshado are musically working towards promoting the gaining of knowledge as a worthwhile pastime and to change the face of electronic music through their live performances and studio recordings.

Their debut album, The Electric Haze, is described as having created an emotional experience through the use of instrumental textures and moods. With the release of their second album, DEPROGRAMMING, the dead poets re-explore some of the avenues already trad upon in the virtual city of the electric haze, while also providing some new experiences as well.

With influences randing from hard dance to goth, Dead Poets Society’s music presents a unique mix of moods and rhythms ranging from tribal to a darker, at times almost “pink floydish”, tonal groove. As well as performing their own original arrangements at live shows, they also knock out some cool versions of popular new-wave covers such as Soft Cell’s “Tainted Love”, and Gary Numan’s “Cars”.

As primary programmer, percussionist, and songwriter for the group, Wa is a driving force behind the music. Playing percussion since age 9 and highly influenced by jazz, Wa performed in the University of Oregon Marching band and in The Dalles Theatre Company. In 1992, he was selected to the Columbia River Gorge McDonald’s All Star Jazz Group, performing clinics at selected venues as a way for students to gain exposure to jazz.

Guitarist and bassist for the band, Tim Gibson has played for years and has been involved in many musical projects including work with The Dalles Theatre Company as both performer and make-up artist. His theatrical credits include productions of Fiddler on the Roof and Stop The World I Want To Get Off. Tim also plays piano, sax, trumpet, trombone, and is involved in keyboards and programming.

Raven is keyboardist, vocalist and lyricist for the band and is involved in programming as well. Also an artist, she works with Wa in the creation of the bands album and poster art. Self taught in music and art, she recalls always having drawn and as a kid being particularly fond of doing collage. She now enjoys drawing on the computer through various art programs that are available. As for Raven’s artistic inspiration, “I’m all about books.” she says. “Everything that I read comes out in my music and my art.”

Currently the band is promoting their new album with live shows in addition to getting radio support over the internet and airplay through programs like Area 54 and on KMCQ 104.5 FM. They recently played the Portside Pub in The Dalles, but plan on performing more all-ages shows.

In the band’s pursuit to promote knowledge through music, WA notes that they are trying to open up opportunities for other all-ages groups, and for people to see art. “I don’t think of us as a bar band- that we’re selling alcohol. We’re actually artists selling different visions of life, and if we can rock your butt off at the same time, well that’s great!!”

Friday
Feb012002

The Portside Pub



The Dragonflies, circa. 2003The band wants to thank all of you who attended the CD Release party at The Portside Pub on Friday the 1st. Special thanks goes out to those were patient during the technical difficulties that made for an extended sound check. We also wanted to thank the two fans who drove all way from Seattle just to see us. That was very cool. Brundlefly and The Dragonflies were awesome. We hope you didn’t miss them.

Wednesday
Jan302002

The Dalles Chronicle reviews Deprogramming

The Dalles Chronicle

“Dead Poets Society’s newest shows growth” by Rodger Nichols

Dead Poet Society’s second CD shows a band expanding their art, with the assurance that comes from popular acceptance of their first release, “The Electric Haze”.

One fan said of the first album, “I love to listen to it when I’m training. The music is slow and builds up a harmony between the body and the soul. I think we can all use some more of that…”

With DEPROGRAMMING, the band has done just that, and added excellent vocals to their electronic/goth mix.

This is sophisticated, post-modern music that samples from a rich menu of influences. There are subtle themes from the Middle East, the samisen music of Japan, European techno-pop, hints of echoing Enya choruses, and orchestral instrumentation. In addition, the group has sampled sound effects from sirens and squealing tires to jet engines warming up.

The brooding, ominous cello sounds at the beginning of “Strung Out” are perfectly suited to the opening credits of a sophisticated horror film, while the pounding drums that open “Massacre” are simply superb.

Repeated listenings reward the listener, revealing intriguing juxtapositions, complex layers and deft subtleties.

With DEPROGRAMMING, Dead Poets Society have moved into another level of expertise. We hope that future efforts will include more experimentation with vocals, given the intriguing lyrics presented here.

Thursday
Dec272001

"Synners" begins the Deprogramming process.

Dead Poets Society have just released "Synners" the first single off of their new album, DEPROGRAMMING.This darkwave track features lyrics and vocals from Raven Nightshado as well as guest vocals courtesy of Ryan Mann, lead vocalist of hotboxed. Check out the new single here.

Dead Poets Society also recently completed a remix of Madonna's "Deeper and Deeper".