Dead Superstar singer Terence Keith simply describes his band’s live show, which comes to Club Red on Saturday, October 19, with Mushroomhead.
“Fire,” he says.
“Seriously, we have a high-energy show and we get the crowd into it. The show has positive energy and people rock out. We need that these days.”
Hailing from Long Island, New York, Dead Superstar recalls Soundgarden, Rage Against the Machine and Led Zeppelin on its sophomore full-length, “I Did It For the Rock Gods.”
“It’s inspired by what was going on in our lives at that time,” Keith says. “Everything from Hurricane Sandy to a girl being upset with me. But it’s about a process of encouragement. There are other people out there, I’m assuming, who have been through the same stuff we’re going through.
“I want to tell them to just hang in there. You can triumph. We had to sacrifice a lot to get where we are now.”
He’s referring to relationships and jobs, but one especially serious one was his health. Keith returned home from tour and started losing his vision.
“Then I got hit with the hurricane and we didn’t have lights or anything for weeks,” he says. “I literally thought I would wake up and see my clock illuminated. I didn’t.”
He chalks it up to dehydration from touring so heavily. Each time he went from a dark room to a lit room or was around blinking lights, he suffered “extreme headaches.” He is now fully recovered.
Keith has been singing since he joined the choir in seventh grade. Back then, he had no idea he would end up fronting a rock band.
“A lot of people don’t have the opportunity to do what we’re doing,” he says. “Sure, there are sacrifices—everyone from back in the day like The Doors, Led Zeppelin and even Avenged Sevenfold and Killswitch Engage have had some sort of sacrifice they had to make to go out and rock out on tour.”
A relationship is the theme of “Significant Other,” track nine. The single “On the Ledge” directly addresses the conclusion of that relationship and the feelings he can’t resolve when his ex begins to see his good friend.
“I’m sure this is evident in the video, but that song is about the anger and doubt you feel after a breakup that you direct at yourself,” he says.
But there’s one gem on the album that everyone knows: a cover of the Temptations’ “Poppa was a Rolling Stone.” It was the last song Keith played for his father just before he passed away.
“We were in the studio and decided to do a cover,” Keith says. “At the time, we felt no one was doing that song. We banged it out. It was great when my father said to me, ‘You guys did a pretty good job doing that.’ He passed away in December. It’s a nice tribute.”
Mushroomhead w/He Kill 3, Dead Superstar, Unsaid Fate, Riot/Gear and Zherra
Club Red, 1306 W. University Drive, Mesa, clubredrocks.com, 6 p.m. Saturday, October 19, $25.