"Having grown up in Columbia and being a proud graduate of USC, the devastation caused by the floods really hit home. Now living in Charleston, we have become accustomed to occasional downtown flooding, but the realization of the effects really took hold when our producer Ben Ellman, of New Orleans based Galactic, called to check on our well being. That speaks volumes, knowing that he went through similar events during Hurricane Katrina. Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone impacted by the event." -Daniel Crider, Dead 27s
Kicking off FHNY is South Carolina homegrown band Dead 27s. The group brings a new flow to the southern rock scene, twisting their sounds with soul and blues. The band of five came together in 2012, and quickly made a name for themselves as the “new band to watch” in the Charleston music scene. Charleston City Paper Music Awards gave Dead 27s the “Song of the Year”, “Rock Band of the Year”, and “Up and Coming Artist of the Year” awards. In 2014, their album “Chase Your Devils Down” was released, and quickly awarded “Album of the Year” along with a huge amount of fan praise.
Band mates Trey Francis, Wallace Mullinax Will Evans Oliver Goldstein and Daniel Crider are the ideal combination of drums, guitar and vocals with a relaxed attitude and high-energy vibe. Mullinax has been awarded Charleston’s “Guitarist of the Year” three times in a row, Crider was 2014’s Drummer of the Year, and Goldstein was named 2014’s “Bassist of the Year.”
Terry Adams of Charleston Magazine says the group produces, "...creative and timeless music with impassioned veracity...a refreshing blend of song-craft and musicianship."