Interview With:: Stop Dead

We had the chance to speak with Stop Dead’s Ryan Gose on his second EP, on March 18th. Check out our interview below!

Dirt and Dust is your second EP released under Stop Dead. How was the writing and recording process different (or not) with this EP?

The writing and recording were somewhat similar to my first EP. Writing in the moment and not over thinking things too much. On the recording side it was again another DIY effort but this time with a little extra knowledge & expertise.

Where did the name Stop Dead come from?

The name Stop Dead came from a lyric in a song off of my first EP. The phrase became imbedded in my brain. Kind of the feeling that inspired me to start the Stop Dead project in the first place.

Prior to this project, most This Century fans had no idea that you were not only a drummer, but a singer as well. What gave you the push to finally put these songs you created on the side out for people to hear?

Originally I was writing and recording new material for myself exclusively without any intention of releasing it. I had shared a couple of tunes with my manager Tanner Radcliffe of 8123 Management and he really helped motivate me to turn Stop Dead into something that could be shared.

The cover of Dirt and Dust is actually a childhood photo of yourself. What made you decide to use that as the artwork?

We had tossed around a few different ideas for the EP art & a childhood photo was one of them. Originally I was going to title the EP Supernova and work off of that….but after stumbling across an old cowboy like photo and having a song titled Dirt & Dust I couldn’t resist.

It seemed to me that Dirt and Dust was such a solid EP to represent who you are as an artist. Are there currently any plans to release a full length?

Thanks, I’m glad you think so! I am currently working with my fellow members in This Century to finish up our 3rd album. I plan to start writing and recording Stop Dead’s next collection of songs soon after. Also plans to get out and start playing live! 

Thank you for your time! Is there anything else you’d like to add?

If you have not yet heard Stop Dead’s EP “Dirt & Dust” please do so! You can pick it up on iTunes here:

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Review: Dirt and Dust | Stop Dead

For his third release, Stop Dead (side project of This Century’s Ryan Gose) steps out from behind the drum kit and grabs the microphone once again. Diverging from the pop/punk of This Century and tackling a more indie-rock sound, Gose’s work with Stop Dead illustrates his diverse skill set.

The short EP – which is four songs, totaling just over thirteen minutes, is enjoyable throughout its entire stay, as short as it is. Taking the Ace Enders via I Can Make a Mess Like Nobody’s Business’ Gold Rush route and recording vocals and instrumentals on his own, Gose delivers a performance that impresses on its own, but really makes an impression due to the individual effort.

“Light My Fire” and opener “We Own the Night” are textbook new-age/indie, with crisp guitars, shaking tambourines and cymbals, and a bit of extra rasp added to the vocals to make sure it sticks.

On the infectious “Supernova,” Gose channels Gin Wigmore-esque hooks to produce a real standout, while the title track not only closes the EP, but acts as its shining moment.

Gose gets creative on Dirt & Dust, taking a step away from his pop roots and finding himself and his music in grittier territories. Luckily, he handles the transition cleanly and serves up a handful of songs that show that he’s proficient in much more than just the rhythm section.

Rating: 3.5/5
Runtime: 13:21
Release Date: March 10th, 2014

1. “We Own The Night”
2. “Supernova”
3. “Light My Fire”
4. “Dirt & Dust”

Written by Eric Riley