The sudden and surprising success of the Dead 27s 

Rising from the Grave

The guys in the Dead 27s are sitting in Truphonic Studios in West Ashley, and their bassist has gone missing. Again. They look around and someone asks, "Where's Oliver?" Apparently, bandmate Oliver Goldstein is around one minute and gone the next, and his whereabouts are sometimes unknown just before rehearsal. Eventually, Goldstein appears.

Majeed Fick, the recording engineer for the Dead 27s' new EP, sits behind a soundboard and asks the guys how they like the cowbell in their new song. Fick then turns up the volume as all five band members sit and listen. An upbeat track blares over the massive sound system as the guys smile, nod, and look thrilled.

Singer Trey Francis, guitarists Wallace Mullinax and Will Evans, drummer Daniel Crider, and Goldstein were all in shock to learn they'd won City Paper Music Awards for Rock Band of the Year, Up and Coming Artist of the Year, and Song of the Year: "Don't Want to Live My Life Without You," while Mullinax won the award for Guitarist of the Year

"It totally exceeded my expectations. I was blown away," says Mullinax, who, along with Goldstein, was a member of Elise Testone and the Freeloaders.

Since their debut in June 2012, the Dead 27s have exploded on the Charleston music scene. Mullinax explains, "When Elise went off to Idol, we had a lot more free time on our hands, and we were looking to do something to keep us busy and keep us doing some new musical projects."

The Dead 27s' funky sound is derived from a plethora of musical influences. "I think the cool thing about us is everyone has different influences, and everybody has their own influence that they bring to the table," Goldstein says. The various bandmates rattle off names: Hendrix, Zeppelin, Motown, Hall & Oates, and Mayer Hawthorne.

As of late, the members of the Dead 27s have been busting their asses on their forthcoming EP. "We'll set aside one day to pack in as many new songs as we can," Mullinax says. "I mean it's hard enough to get one done in a day, and we've always been put behind the eight ball and get two or three done in a day. We've been lucky enough so far to be able to do that pretty easily, so hopefully that'll continue."

However, even if they are behind the eight ball, the Dead 27s are enjoying themselves."That's really the main reason I was surprised that we, first of all, were nominated for the awards and second of all, that we won," Francis says. "It's been such a casual thing."

Crider adds, "It doesn't feel like a job."

If the Dead 27s' lucky streak continues, that won't ever happen.


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