Death of the Party

Flint Comix & Entertainment (Issue #88)

Shockwave Magazine

Another great band to come out of Michigan is Death of the Party hailing from Alpena. (Where is Alpena, you might ask? Using your hand as a ‘mitten’, you would find Alpena at the tip of the index finger.) The four piece has been around since 2013 and is made up of Zach Coleman on vocals, Carl Bartig on bass, Braden Morrish on guitar, and Adrian Pulley on drums.

The guys are preparing to unleash their first full length album, Rage Millenial, on August 16, but until next week, it is available to stream in its entirety on Youtube!

Jumping right in on the first track, we have “Tell Me What I Look Like.” This song will definitely catch your attention pointing out in the lyrics that we are all guilty of certain things one way or another by saying “I’m not sure what you’ve heard, rest assured the rumors are all true. You only hate me cause they all apply to you.” This leads into the hook – “With your eyes shut, tell me what I look like.” The tantalizing sound of Coleman’s vocals will make you want to put this one on repeat.

Moving on to more of a heavy hitter, we have “All American Disease,” showing some rebellion in the lyrics “Everything they say we do is wrong. Fuck it, I’m proud to be your all American disease.” We also get to hear a pretty powerful guitar solo from Braden Morrish on this one that showcases how talented this band really is.

Another excellent track to treat your ears to is “When We Were Young.” With verses driven by the rhythm section, this song holds a slightly different sound. The thing with the lyrics on this one is that we can all relate to this world not being the place we knew when we were young. The jaded reality we live in is skillfully documented in this song.

To bring things up a notch, we will move on to “Manic Suppressive.” Fans of Breathe Carolina and the like should quickly jump on board with this one. Boasting a slightly more electronic sound, this song packs a lot of energy. The hook: “Don’t, don’t you wanna feel, feel at all” will become the most pleasant of ear worms.

I could talk all day about the rest of the album, but you should really take a listen for yourself. Rounded out with six other incredible tracks, you won’t be disappointed. Influenced by classics like My Chemical Romance, Marilyn Manson, and Our Lady Peace, you’ll hear some different yet delightfully similar sounds.

The full length album will be available for purchase on all major music outlets on August 16. It is also available to stream on Youtube right now! Wanna catch these guys live before the album comes out? Come on down to Dirtfest in Pontiac, Michigan this Saturday, the 13th.

Shockwave Magazine

At Dirt Fest last week, we had the pleasure of catching up with the four-piece band, Death of the Party, who are becoming a fast favorite of mine. Chatting with them and finding out they are cool, down to earth guys solidified that opinion. We discussed their new album, Rage Millennial, and how it came to be. Also, towards the end, the guys turned the tables on us and started asking the questions, which was unexpectedly fun.

SHOCKWAVE MAGAZINE: All right, we are doing an interview right now with Death of the Party. Would you introduce yourselves?

Band: I’m Adrian, I play drums. Braden, I play guitar. Carl, I play bass. And I’m Zach and I sing.

Cool, so you guys have a new album coming out next week, tell me a little bit about that.

Zach: The title is Rage Millennial. We finished recording it in January, and we’ve just been working on the best way to get it out there. But Rage Millennial is, ah, Carl what’s your take?

Carl: Rage Millennial is the millennial rage (laughing). It’s taken from a lyric in one of our songs called “PhDj.” It’s basically how we, in our age group view ourselves, and how the generations prior view us, and they usually think that we’re these lazy and entitled brats. So the whole album kind of revolves around that theme. It’s a running theme.

Adrian: We talk about mental disorder and stuff like that. This whole world is plagued by it now. We’re not equipped to handle it all.

With the new album coming out, do you guys have tour plans?

Carl: We’ve had many offers, but it’s having the money to get on the road. We’re working on it.

So you guys have probably played a lot of shows. What’s the favorite show you’ve ever played?

Zach: Uh, Dirt Fest.

We don’t work for Dirt Fest, you don’t have to say that (laughing).

Zach: I would say Dirt Fest. Dirt Fest is so cool because like, you go to a lot of the bigger touring festivals and they talk about community, and I feel it at Dirt Fest compared to a lot of other places. Everybody here feels that.

We’re all from Michigan, and people from Michigan are typically proud of where they’re from, so Dirt Fest is cool because of that pride? Is that a big part of it?

Zach: Yeah that’s a huge part of it.

Who are you guys looking forward to seeing today?

All: Born of Osiris, Killswitch obviously, Soil, Asking Alexandria.

If you guys could play any show, anywhere and time, what would it be?

Zach: Ozzfest in the 90’s

Carl: Ozzfest 1999

All: Or Woodstock ’99

Ozzfest in that slot right before Pantera, right?

All: (laughing)

Let’s talk about the new album again. You guys have some tracks probably that are your favorites. What drove the lyrics and how did they come about?

Carl: Pretty much like what I talked about. Like how we got the title and stuff.

Zach: Like it’s kind of describing how a lot of people feel right now, I hope. And I hope we accomplished that.

Carl: We sort of secluded ourselves for like, a couple of winters, where we were reinventing ourselves, got cabin fever. [We wrote] for like two years straight and worked on a shit ton of songs. I think it came out more natural that way because it’s exactly how we were feeling at the time. We worked on our music and monitored how things were going online. We saw how shitty everything kept becoming. We were like, something’s gotta be said about this shit.

All right, as a music fan, Alpena isn’t a rock city like Flint or Detroit. Has it come full circle with you guys, to have your album come out and gain momentum with tours? Is it finally fulfilling?

Carl: Yeah. Just in the last week and a half, things blew up. I woke up one morning and had like, fifty messages asking about the album and all. We started getting traffic to our social media and contacted for interviews. It’s been crazy. We’ve got a question for you guys, what bands would you compare us to? Because that’s the biggest thing we’re curious about.

Well, Breathe Carolina comes out in “Manic Suppressive,” and I can definitely hear My Chemical Romance throughout. Thank you for not being one of those bands who all have a similar sound!

Carl: We worked with Matt (Dalton). He produced our album.

Zach: He runs Dirt Fest!

Very cool guys. Thanks so much for chatting with us.

We had a blast talking with these guys. Later in the day they exhibited fantastic stage presence and kept the crowd entertained with songs from the new album. I was certainly not disappointed. I have a very good feeling that this is only the beginning for Death of the Party. Go grab their album,Rage Millennial, out on all major music outlets now.


National Rock Review

Bands just starting out, take notice. Even when you start to gain some clout, you still need to help setup. Those are the breaks.


For those that don’t remember our talk from last year’s Dirt Fest, Zachary Coleman (vocals), Carl Bartig (bass), and Adrian Pulley (drums) continue to thunder on as Alpena, MI’s favorite misfit sons, Death Of The Party. With a new album set to release officially Aug 16, 2016, Rage Millennial, is already streaming if you know where to look for it. We highly recommend peeping that bad boy out.

So, after last years tough, introspective questions, the rapscallions of the band sent two of them to handle things this year. Never bring water to beer pong contest I guess. Hell, we don’t know what that means either but we’re sticking to it in a Dr. Phil kinda way so deal with it. Anyway, we got Zach and Carl to talk to us about the secrets of life, bloody beer on women, and sometimes you’ll end up being glorified roadies without really knowing how you wound up there in the first place. Some of these statements are true and some are written through sleep deprived eyes, you’ll have to read the interview to find out which is which.

Then, head over to our Twitter or Facebook pages to let us know your answers. The quiz will be graded on a curve. Enjoy the ride and if you see a damn Squirtle, that little bastard is ours!

NRR: Thanks for taking some time out of your busy schedule to answer some questions for National Rock Review’s Dirt Fest 2016 coverage. What’s been going on with the band, Death of the Party, so far in 2016?
Zach Coleman: Thanks for having us. So far this year we’ve been taking time to get our new lineup solidified and be as well-rehearsed and coordinated as a unit, as we can possibly be. Outside of band stuff though, Carl and I have been pretty hooked on Pokémon Go like the rest of America, (laughing).
Carl Bartig: Ha, yeah. We’ve been making huge steps in the right direction with this band, and the next couple of months are going to be very exciting.
NRR: Let me start off by asking about new music. You guys have recorded your debut album, Rage Millennial. What details can you give us about it?
Zach Coleman: The name Rage Millennial was inspired by the way older generations tend to look at people from our generation and say that we’re so entitled and lazy and spoiled to technology. The album is kind of biting back and saying that the world we were born in to is a product of the generations prior and we’re just doing the best we can with a fucked situation pushed on to us. That isn’t to say we turn a blind eye to some of our own generation’s bull shit and we definitely poke fun at our own generation as well, i.e. selfies, site models, and over-dependence on validation through social media.
Carl Bartig: We worked with the phenomenal Matt Dalton of Metro 37 Studios in Rochester Hills, MI to create this album. We also wrote about the struggles of mental disorders that plague this country. I’ve dealt with everything from anxiety to becoming agoraphobic at one point in my life and we want people to know that they are not alone in their struggle. That anyone can overcome anything, and that it’s fucked that we all have to live this way to some degree.
NRR: “Tell Me What I Look Like” is the first single off the new album to get video support. What is special enough about that track that it got love first from you guys?
Zach Coleman: Throughout the recording of this album we were making trips back and forth from home (Alpena) to the studio downstate and our producer, Matt Dalton, said we needed that song that just comes out of nowhere at the last minute.
When we got home from one of our trips to the studio that song just came out of us and we had to use it. It’s kind of our mission statement, “I don’t mind if that’s how you get off. Who am I to judge?” It’s just totally dismissive to anyone that thinks they know us and it’s saying we don’t give a shit what you have to say, we’re gonna keep doing our thing and hope there’s people out there that like it enough to support it. It also says open your eyes to the world around you before you pass judgment, “With your eyes shut, tell me what I look like.”
NRR: Is social media a necessity for bands today and is it more of a hassle then it’s worth for some outfits?
Zach Coleman: Social media is absolutely a necessity for bands today. It’s the most effective way to share your art with an audience unless you just have mounds of cash for a marketing team. Social media is a blessing and a curse though, really, because it allows us immediate interaction with the people that make music matter (the fans) but at the same time people abuse the shit out of social media to spew their hateful bullshit on total strangers.
NRR: How does it feel to play a well established festival in your backyard like Dirt Fest, especially since it’s not your first time at this rodeo?
Zach Coleman: Dirt Fest has given us so much over the past few years. We’ve made so many friends through Dirt Fest. It really is just a big, grubby, hardworking family of rock/metal fans that come together to make the best festival in Michigan.
Carl Bartig: This will be our third year playing Dirt Fest, second as DOTP. Also, our fourth year working at it. We also help out the day before setting up stages, tents, and any other things that need to be done. We’re very appreciative for everything Dirt Fest has done for us. It’s an incredible experience, unlike any other festival we’ve played. Coleman’s right, it’s one big hardworking family, and we love it!
NRR: Do bands of all sizes need to be even more aware of keeping your gear safe while out on the road?
Zach Coleman: Lock your shit up, make your ride look as inconspicuous as possible, and don’t tell everyone at the show where you parked. We all want to show up in this sweet whip to show everyone all of the money we’re not really making, but it’s probably best if people don’t know that there’s thousands of dollars worth of music equipment in your trailer. If you’re Slipknot or Manson you probably have a team of people to guard everything, but if you’re some local guys you don’t have that luxury.
NRR: What’s been the wildest night on stage since we talked to you last if boobs, beer, blood, and loud music don’t seem to faze you much at this point?
Zach Coleman: I’ll let Carl take this one, (laughing).
Carl Bartig: Lorem ipsum dolar elore…

(Laughing), all of the above for sure. Let’s just leave it at that, (wicked smiling).

NRR: If you were in the crowd after your set, and heard two people talking about Death of the Party, how would you hope the conversation might go?
Zach Coleman: I would just hope they had a good time and they walked away excited about the time they just spent with us. I would like to hear them say a specific song connected with them or something.
Carl Bartig: Absolutely. Isn’t that what it’s all about? It’s the connection between you, friends, fans, and complete strangers through your art. As long as they had fun and got to forget about the bullshit in their lives for that 30 minutes, I’m happy.
NRR: If any or all you guys have day jobs, what level of success would there need to be or should be there before you all would be full artists chasing the dream?
Carl Bartig: We have “day” jobs to get by, but we don’t let them interfere with the progress of the band. We get to work full time on music but are still able to put food on the table. We’ve had a lot of great tour offers and we’re finally able to hit the road outside of this state. So our jobs will most likely be coming to an end in the near future to push forward to the next step and make this a full time career. It’s what we’ve always wanted and we’re not slowing down for anything.
NRR: Are you guys still music fans outside of being on stage, and if so, is there anyone on the Dirt Fest bill you’re excited to catch since everyone plays on the same day this year?
Zach Coleman: Before I would consider myself a musician I would consider myself a music fan. And by music fan, I mean total fanboy, (laughing). I’m stoked to watch Attila because I love their ‘don’t give a fuck about anything just have fun attitude’. I’m stoked to watch Killswitch Engage because they were one of the first metal bands I ever got into when I was about thirteen years old watching Headbanger’s Ball. I’m super stoked for Heartsick too! We used to have this little venue in Alpena called The Attic and they would come up north to play and we got to play with them a few times back when both of our bands had different names. That’s gonna be a good time for sure!
Carl Bartig: Same here. Music has been a major role in my life for as far back as i can remember. And I mean not just playing and writing music, but listening, really listening to music. I do get pretty excited when Manson’s in town, (laughing). As for Dirt Fest, I’m stoked to see everyone I can, I love live music! Wilson and Heartsick for sure. It’s going to be all around one wild Dirt Fest!