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.


"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".


The Global Muse reviews The Electric Haze

The Global Muse - November 25th, 2001

by Carla Archuletta

Count Dead Poets Society as one of the few modern and innovative bands in the sub-cultural underground of the disenfranchised that is defining Electronic Goth. Pop culture is a roomful of mirrors, which means that there are infinite possibilities for unflattering angles. Not here! The Electric Haze is a celebration of the soul, infused with powerful rhythm, ambient techno improvisation and infectious industrial groove. This recording tells a story of its own. Three musicians, Wa’s driving beats, Tim Gibson’s chord-and-melody interplay, and Raven Nightshado’s keyboards and vocals, come together to create an original voice which transcends musical boundaries. A highly recommended musical experience with seamless vision, spirited interplay and dynamic complexity.
- Carla Archuletta


To The Bone reviews The Electric Haze

To The Bone - October 18th, 2001

by M. W. Siereveld

On their new CD “The Electric Haze”, Dead Poets Society manages sounding like your favorite music from the recent past while having their feet planted firmly in the future of electronic music. Mixing manual instrument manipulation with computer generated loops, each title morphs and mutates into a cross hybridization of familiar and totally new sounds. Complex beats and crisp synthetics juxtaposed with gothic rock and exotic sounds augment songs that begin with lush ambient atmospheres. Tracks sounding like sweeping cinematic scores turn into music hard enough to bruise the dance floor. A gene splicing of New Order, BIGOD20 and Future Sounds of London might sound something like Dead Poets Society. While the title track “The Electric Haze” and “The Portal” are outstanding examples of their sound, the Martin Dennyesque “I Dream of Japan” is pure exotica and shows this bands range and hints at surprises yet to come.


The Dalles Chronicle reviews The Electric Haze

The Dalles Chronicle ran a story about the Dead Poets Society’s new album, The Electric Haze:

The Dalles Daily Chronicle - August 21st, 2001

Local Band Churns Out Album

“The Electric Haze”. the new album from the local act Dead Poets Society, demonstrates the musical talents of Wa, Raven Nightshado, and Tim Gibson.

Their singles, “the electric haze”, “so much beauty”, “fire bolt”, and “the vast unknown” have been selling strongly on for months.

The new album combines surprisingly diverse influences including East Asian, Middle Eastern, techno pop with a strong dance beat, and electronic sampling from pop culture influences including movies, television, literature and even video games.

The band has been known around The Dalles area for several years, and has been producing concerts at The Dalles Armory.

They’ve been performing unique versions of popular 1980s new wave songs such as Soft Cell’s “Tainted Love”, and Gary Numan’s “Cars.”

Dead Poets Society also recently made a licensing agreement with Espresso Lingo for the rights to use a special version of “fire bolt” from the new album for a radio spot now appearing on 102.3 FM in The Dalles.