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Best Unexpected Potential Hit Song From a Random Charleston Band 

The Dead 27's "Don't Want to Live My Life Without You"

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At first, the Dead 27s seemed like an outlet for members of Elise Testone’s former group, the Freeloaders, to stretch out on their own, especially while the singer was off building her national fan base on American Idol. What’s emerged, however, is a cohesive group of local shredders with serious star power, including guitarists Wallace Mullinax and Will Evans (of Stereo Reform), backed by drummer Daniel Crider, bassist Oliver Goldstein, and singer Trey Francis, whose clean-cut frat guy appearance belies his soulful chops. Those (and an impressive falsetto) are aptly displayed in the song “Don’t Want to Live My Life Without You” (YouTube the behind-the-scenes video) that comes off like a perfect hit — it’s catchy and infectious, yet so guilt-free that it could only be created by a band who bows down at the altar of Hendrix, but isn’t afraid to write a pop song a la Mayer Hawthorne.

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