Chicago trio Dehdis proud to announce their debut album, Water, out May 10th via Fire Talk, and share the video for the album’s first single, “Lucky.” Dehd is Jason Balla, Emily Kempf, and Eric McGrady. Balla and Kempf are both veterans of Chicago’s increasingly fruitful DIY scene (Balla with NE-HI and Earring, Kempf with Vail and formerly with Lala Lala). When they joined forces with first-time drummer Eric McGrady, they discovered they shared a strange and inexplicable chemistry. The music they make — hazy and reverb-drenched, a scuzzy and hyped-up take on surf rock that could only come from the Third Coast — came so intuitively, it made all three feel like they were stewards of something bigger than themselves, even while that very thing is unmistakably drawn from their own personalities.
That easy relatability was tested around the time they began working onWater in August 2017, when Balla and Kempf, who had been dating since the band’s inception, went through an agonizing breakup. “Realistically, when you have a breakup, you want to isolate yourself and cut yourself off from one another,” Balla says. Instead, Dehd went on tour. The time in the van did them good, forcing each of them to come to terms with the way they felt about one another — and about the band.
“We processed our breakup through the scope of the band,” Kempf explains, leading them to realize that the music they were making asDehd was more important than the dissolution of their romantic relationship — and that the musical connection between the three of them was even deeper than they’d imagined. “Every time we write music together or play shows, the chemistry between the three of us seems rare and worth holding on to,” Balla says.
Today, they’ve shared the video for their first single, “Lucky,” starring their friend Alex Grelle and directed by the band and Dom Rabalais (and shot at Chicago institution The Hideout).
“Emily first ever learned how to sing by singing along to Britney Spears on her boombox. In ‘Lucky,’ we wanted to pay homage to that memory (and to the pop star’s music video of the same name) by enlisting our very own Chicago star, Alex Grelle. We shot it in only a few long shots to showcase the performances by all our talented friends (and not to mention all the set design, costuming and makeup done off screen). The shoot was trippy, glam, gross and messy. But most of all, it was a lot of fun.”