Althrough “This Is the Warning”, the debut full-length album by Dead Letter Circus was released in May 2010 and distributed by Warner Music Australia, debuted at #2 on the Australian album charts and at #1 on the iTunes chart. Only in May 2011, one year later, they signed a deal with Sumerian Records to release it also in North America and the band supported Animals As Leaders in a 24-city national tour from July to August.
Formed in 2005 in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, their self-titled debut EP released in 2007 made some waves and building an ever-growing army of DLC disciples. Completely independently, the band shifted well over 13,000 units of the debut EP and subsequent double A side single â€˜Next in Line / Reactionâ€™. Triple J radio placed everything that the band released on high rotation and live, the band becomes festival favorite.
Worked once again with the producer Forrester Savell who is thought of as an honorary fifth member of the band and who had been on board since the first EP and his last two projects had been certified Gold: The Butterfly Effect and Karnivool.
The sound of Dead Letter Circus on “This is the Warning” is a mash up of different genres and approaches from alternative rock close-ups such as A Perfect Circle or Muse to more electro-rock, industrial sounds such as Filter or Linkin Park. It’s a quite interesting blending, but far not that revolutionary as they pretend it is.
Still, “This Is the Warning” is a colour and powerful material, waving and shifting from heavy glowing riffs to spacious ambiental soundscapes, it has its particular atmosphere and vibe, it’s a modern, alternative rock album with exciting electro textures and futuristic approach. Interesting, but sometimes they get too radio-friendly, too pop, they don’t have the nerve of NIN for instance, perhaps they want to be at the top more than it’s healthy for some artists.