Out Now: LA Rockers Dead Sara Roar Louder Than Ever with Explosive New Album ‘Ain’t It Tragic’ (Listen)

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Los Angeles rockers Dead Sara released a new studio album, Ain’t It Tragic, on Sept. 17 — and there’s a palpable fury behind the record’s 11 songs.

As you might imagine, the material was largely written and recorded during the pandemic, and the moodiness, angst and frustration therein found Dead Sara energized and creatively reinvigorated, despite (or perhaps because of) how bleak the past year and half or so has been.

Emily Armstrong (vocals/guitar/songwriter), Siouxsie Medley (guitars/backing vocals) and Sean Friday (drummer/programmer) have a cohesive purpose across the record: Rock, and rock hard.

There’s a certain power-pop sheen to a few tracks, like “Good Times,” which stands out accordingly:

“Hands Up” was one of the album’s lead singles, and with good reason. Arguably the most immediate song on Ain’t It Tragic, this might be the best one to show the uninitiated when introducing Dead Sara. Featuring a grabbing verse structure, propulsive drums and the dynamic howl of Armstrong, it’s especially resonant:

“Heroes,” another pre-release single, made waves on Rock Radio after its debut, earning No. 1 Most Added status recently as it generates more and more attention for the record:

Dead Sara first emerged in 2012 with “Weatherman,” an energetic mission statement of sorts that heralded the group as a dynamic force to be reckoned with in the hard rock scene — and nearly a decade later, they’re still just as vibrant.

“Hypnotic,” while a stylistic curve ball from the more aggressive rockers on Ain’t It Tragic, is another standout from the album, complete with a stylized, ’90s-nodding video:

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“Uninspired” is also a highlight, Armstrong’s lyrics coming from a place of despondence, which ironically enough lay the groundwork for one of the more thoughtful and reflective songs on the album.

You could say I’m lazy
(I don’t care)
And you could call me crazy
(Yeah, yeah, yeah)
I gotta write a hit song
All my unemployment’s gone
Wherе’s my inspiration?

Guitar-forward rock and roll from a band that somehow remains underappreciated to this day, Ain’t It Tragic is another strong entry into the group’s catalog. Be sure to give it a listen — especially if you are otherwise unfamiliar with Dead Sara.

And, once you’re on board, catch a show on the band’s fall tour:

Sep 17
Sep 18
Sep 20
Sep 22
Sep 24
Sep 25
Sep 27
Sep 28
Sep 30
Oct 01
Oct 02
Oct 09
Nov 12
Jan 22-27
Milwaukee, WI
Minneapolis, MN
Kansas City, MO
St. Louis, MO
Louisville, KY
Chicago, IL
Cleveland, OH
Columbus, OH
Washington DC
New York, NY
Boston, MA
Los Angeles, CA
Daytona, FL
Galveston, Costa Maya, Cozumel
Summerfest (w/ The Struts)
Amsterdam Music Hall
Blueberry Hill
Louder Than Life Festival
Beat Kitchen
Beachland Tavern
The Basement
Black Cat
Bowery Ballroom

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