Dead Sara is an American alternative rock band from Los Angeles, CA, formed in 2002. They are Emily Armstrong (vocals/guitar), Siouxsie Medley (guitar), Chris Null (bass), and Sean Friday (drums). Dead Sara is “an electrifying four-piece rock band whose supercharged music is propelled by Medley’s exhilarating, monster guitar riffs and Armstrong’s powerful, wailing vocals.” They’re like Janis Joplin fronting Led Zeppelin meets Nirvana with Tom Morello [ex-Rage Against the Machine] on guitar!

Girls, guns or zombies? Alternative rock girls, big voices and loud guitars!

Selected Discography:

The Airport Sessions (2008). 6 tracks. Viscount Records. 3/5 rating. Choice cuts: “Mother Teresa”, “Some Have It Bad”, “This Changes Everything”, “Sorry For It All (Acoustic)”, “Baby Rock”.

Dead Sara (2012). 11 tracks. Pocket Kid Records. 5/5 rating. Choice cuts: “Sorry For It All”, “Whispers & Ashes”, “Face To Face”, “Dear Love”, “We Are What You Say”, “Lemon Scent”, “Monumental Holiday”, “Weatherman”, “I Said You Were Lucky”, “Test On My Patience”, “Timed Blues”.

Note: “Weatherman” was featured in a Fiat 500 Abarth commercial (here).

“Snow in Los Angeles” (2012). A bittersweet holiday song.

“Heart-Shaped Box” (2013). A cover of the Nirvana track. Featured on the trailer to the (then) upcoming PlayStation 4 game InFAMOUS: Second Son (here).

Pleasure To Meet You (2015). 11 tracks. Pocket Kid Records. 5/5 rating. Choice cuts: “Lovesick”, “Radio One Two”, “Greaser”, “For You I Am”, “Something Good”, “Mona Lisa”, “Suicidal”, “Feel Right at Home”, “Blue Was the Beautiful You”, “Mr. Mr.”, “L.A. City Slum”.

Watch the videos for “Sorry For It All” and “Lemon Scent” here …

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My thoughts… Dead Sara is an amazing rock band! Emily Armstrong‘s vocals, which range from a Janis Joplin-esque rasp to a Robert Plant-ish wail, are perfectly matched with Siouxsie Medley‘s Rage Against the Machine-like riffs for a stunning mix of classic rock meets post-grunge alternative! The band’s self-titled (full-length) debut was my 2nd favorite album of 2012 [behind only Halestorm‘s The Strange Case of…], while Pleasure To Meet You is one of my favorites of 2015!

Read my original post on RCR (here), and my revised post on MHE (here).