Dead Sara is a band that will knock you backwards one second and soothe your soul the next. Since the release of their eponymous album in 2012 the band has begun to rocket into the mainstream with performances on Jimmy Kimmel Live and award nods from all over the world. Their hit single “Weatherman” has blown up in the last year and has led to tours with many notable rock and alternative bands including Muse, Neon Trees, and The Used. I had the privilege of seeing them live on tour with The Offspring at the House of Blues in Boston last year and was pleasantly surprised by the band. Their stage presence is intense to put it lightly with lead singer Emily Armstrong screeching the lyrics as if it were her last time on stage. Bouncing all over the place and jumping off of amps and speakers, Armstrong and lead guitarist Siouxsie Medley feed off each other extremely well and are a tight knit team backed up by an exceedingly strong rhythm section. Their music is unique in that it sounds so different from track to track. While songs like “Weatherman” and “Lemon Scent” are destined to become unforgettable hard rock songs, others like “Dear Love” and “We are What You Say” have much more poppy rhythms and could be called decidedly more “mainstream”. The differences between each track however just keep the album fresh and interesting. I would predict that we will be hearing a lot more about Dead Sara in the future.