Italian electro-punk noise merchants Dead Miranda have shrugged off their outer shell of Unruly Girls and emerged like a dark gothic vampyric butterfly from the pupae of their former selves. Their new single ‘Your Slice Pie’ is a sonic assault of distorted, shredding guitars, ominous dark synths and an insistent percussion that hammers and claws its way into your consciousness.
‘Your Slice of Pie’ becomes in a way the band’s signature song: their new name comes from the protagonist in the Australian classic sensuous horror tale ‘Picnic At Hanging Rock’, and ‘Your Slice of Pie’s references that strange and weird tale:
Ascending the rock against the sun
A backlit white dress against the sun
We will never know she get blown away, blown away
Where are you going with no shoes
Your slice of pie before you die
The lyrics, like the girls in this tale, get lost – nestled as they are far in the ether amongst the barrage of machinery and noise. This is thrilling and exciting stuff from Dead Miranda: perhaps the passage of time and the name change have resulted in an intrusion of barbed-wire into the mix, a darker ominous presence that is visceral and raw:
The single is available to download and stream through the link above, and through all the usual download and streaming sites. It comes off Dead Miranda’s forthcoming album entitled ‘Anima Pod’ due out in January.
We here at Backseat Mafia have been following closely following the career of Luca Zotti in his various guises, from Sweet Jane and Claire back in 2014 (see our review of their album ‘Sticky Caramel Mind’ here) to the recent Unruly Girls (see our review of 2020’s ‘Epidemic’ here). Throughout this time, there has been a golden thread of refined anarchy and a frisson of danger – an electro punk blast and indulgence that thrills and excites with its creativity and sense of bacchanalian excess.
Dead Miranda remain Luigi Limongelli (programming, drums, percussions & noises) and Zotti (performing as Humbert Alison) (vocals, guitars & keyboards), with Zotti often performing solo. Limongelli’s clear mastery of electronics is perfectly matched by Zotti’s indie guitar background and rock star demeanour.
We enjoyed our former name but now we feel that something’s changing in our personal life. The name Dead Miranda is inspired by the schoolgirl who died mysteriously on St Valentine’s Day in Australia -the main character in ‘Picnic At Hanging Rock’.
An antipodean connection that reflects the band’s literary range with Zotti’s intense and considered intellect.