DRESS THE DEAD first announced the signing in December, along with a plan to release one new track per month for the first eight months of 2021. After the eight tracks are all released, they will become available in full album format as well.
DRESS THE DEAD stated about the new track: “‘Circus Fleas’ is our third song released through Blood Blast distribution worldwide. In many ways, it encompasses much of the elements that DRESS THE DEAD is all about. Wicked, heavy riffing. Bombastic, syncopated bass/drum interplay. Incredibly powerful, melodic and dynamic vocals. ‘Circus Fleas’ puts those elements on full display.
“This song was one of the first full-band collaborations with Kayla [Dixon, vocals] involved in the writing process. [It was] once again produced by Robb Flynn and mixed by Zack Ohren, our production team since the origins of the band.”
DRESS THE DEAD was formed in 2016 and has been playing live since the end of that year — first with vocalist Peter Dolving (THE HAUNTED), and then with Dixon fronting the band since 2018.
DRESS THE DEAD features Craig Locicero (FORBIDDEN, MANMADE GOD, SPIRALARMS) on guitar, alongside Mark Hernandez (FORBIDDEN, VIO-LENCE, RE:IGNITION) on drums, Mikey Rowan (INSOLENCE) on guitar, and James Walker (MANMADE GOD) on bass — all seasoned musicians with independent and major label experiences.
“Losing Peter was a complete shock to us because he was into it,” Craig said. “Some of the people we tried out were good but didn’t have what we were looking for… just not the right fit. All of a sudden, I get a text from Kayla. She’d been checking us out for months and was already a fan of the music.”
A couple of days after that now-legendary text message, Dixon sent Locicero a new version of the DRESS THE DEAD song “1969” with her vocals. He was floored. “It was like it was made for her,” he said. “She seamlessly fit into the music. We haven’t needed to readjust. What having her in the band allows me to do is to not hold back and write anything I feel like writing, knowing that she can do it and sing without any limits.”
Dixon is not only an enigmatic frontwoman with a powerful presence, she’s an accomplished theatrical singer and actor. Her vocal qualities help give DRESS THE DEAD a unique sound that no other band possesses. Together they all complete the musical unit that cannot fall under any one category or genre.
Dixon started working professionally in her junior year and finished high school via home study. She then decided to immerse herself in theatre and was soon working professionally. During her freshman year in college, she emerged to front a death metal band.
Just as she mulled moving back to the East Coast to pursue more theatre work, she heard the doom band WITCH MOUNTAIN was looking for a new vocalist. She nailed the audition and moved to Portland. Having relocated to the West Coast, Dixon was recommended to Locicero through a mutual friend.
She initially worried that she was so different from Dolving she might face backlash from fans who wanted a certain thing. “In my mind, I thought I was going to be trolled, and I didn’t know if I was ready to face that,” she said. “But surprisingly there has only been positivity from the first song.”
“I want to be continually creating,” Dixon added. “When I heard ‘1969’, I thought it was great. When Craig sent me the other songs, like ‘Promises & Kisses’, I was really in. I wanted it to be in a band that was heavy emotionally and sonically.”