Ded, ‘Remember the Enemy’ – Exclusive Video Premiere
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Ded are a band you need to know in 2017. The up-and-comers are one of the year’s breakout acts and they’re ready to further advance that notion with the exclusive premiere of their latest video for “Remember the Enemy” right here at Loudwire.
The group reunited with video director Fred Durst for this latest clip, which finds them performing against a lit up forested backdrop, while clear-eyed vocalist Joe Cotela also makes the most of a cage setting to set the tone for the clip. As for the song, it’s plenty of low end heaviness offset by electronic high end keys, making for an engaging driving rock track that’s guaranteed to stick in your head for days.
Cotela tells us, “‘Remember the Enemy’ is a song about self-reflection. A couple years ago I started defeating myself with anxiety and depression. I was taking a lot of Xanax and medicating heavily with booze. It was at some point in there that I realized that I am in control of all of this. My brain and my thoughts only exist in ways that I allow them to. A great quote I came across summed it up: ‘The difference between who you are and who you want to be is what you do.'”
He continues, “I started going to cognitive therapy. I had to stop what I was doing, honestly look at myself and pick my ass up! I got mad at the anxiety/depression, I made it my ‘enemy.’ I had to beat the s–t out of it and stomp it out. I was in my own way, my own worst enemy. It hasn’t completely gone away, it still rears its ugly f–king face at times – but now I know what the f–ker looks like and how to deal with it.”
As for the Durst-directed clip, the singer states, “We shot the video for ‘Remember the Enemy’ in Griffith Park in Los Angeles. The old abandoned L.A. Zoo, that was opened in 1912 and closed in 1965 has since turned into a hidden park/hiking destination. It is really eerie and is supposed to be haunted by the animals that were once imprisoned there in such obsolete, harsh conditions. They also shot that scene from the Will Ferrell Anchorman movie there — the scene where they fall into the bear pit (laughs).”
He adds, “Fred picked out the location and had the vision before we even got there. This is the second video we’ve shot with him and we had total faith in him. Once we got there we saw the vision and were instantly blown away. We really went for a dark, nightmarish horror movie vibe. Fred is just so beyond legit with this stuff, every location we shot in the park was exactly what we were looking for and it’s just so effortless to collaborate with him. He does push you really hard though! The scene where I’m in the cage went on for a while and I came out of there with a broken toe (laughs). We hope you enjoy RTE!”
If you like what you hear, it should be noted that Ded’s “Remember the Enemy” single is currently on sale for .69 at iTunes, Amazon and Spotify. Fans may also want to take advantage of the fact that the Mis-An-Thrope album will also be released on vinyl this Friday (Sept. 15). You can pick that up through Amazon.
Ded have a busy fall ahead of them with a mix of their own shows and a number of festival appearances. See the dates below and stay up to date with all things Ded via their website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts.
And just a reminder … .Ded have been nominated for Best New Artist at the 2017 Loudwire Music Awards. Voting continues through Oct. 2 at 11:59PM ET and you can let your vote count here. Winners will be announced at the Loudwire Music Awards ceremony taking place Oct. 24 at The Novo in Los Angeles. Get full details on the Loudwire Music Awards concert and ceremony here and purchase your tickets for the show at this location.
Ded Fall 2017 Tour Dates
Sept. 22 – Denver, Colo. @ High Elevation Rock Festival
Sept. 24 – Colorado Springs, Colo. @ Black Sheep
Sept. 26 – Minneapolis, Minn. @ Myth w/KORN
Sept. 27 – Milwaukee, Wis. @ The Rave / Eagles Club w/KORN
Sept. 29 – Kansas City, Mo. @ Uptown Theatre w/KORN
Sept. 30 – Louisville, Ky. @ Louder Than Life
Oct. 1 – Janesville, Wis. @ Sonic Boom
Oct. 7 – Camden, N.J. @ Rock Allegiance
Oct. 8 – Baltimore, Md. @ Ottobar
Oct. 15 – Houston, Texas @ Houston Open Air
Oct. 20 – Phoenix, Ariz. @ Big Red Night Of The Dead – Fear Farm Festival Grounds
Oct. 22 – Sacramento, Calif. @ Aftershock
Nov. 5 – San Bernardino, Calif. @ Ozzfest Meets Knotfest
Jan. 18 – Port Canaveral, Fla. @ Shiprocked