Today, Los Angeles rock band Dead Sararelease their seething single “Hands Up” on Warner Records, alongside an explosive performance video. The group’s first new music in more than three years combines propulsive drums with a jagged twin-guitar attack—a perfect backdrop for Dead Sara‘s no-holds-barred truth bombs. Stream audio here and view/share the video for “Hands Up”here.
“Hands Up” was co-produced by Dead Sara drummer/programmer Sean Friday along with Noah Shain, who previously produced, mixed, and engineered the band’s two full-length albums to date. Fittingly, the raw track harks back to the razor-sharp rock of Dead Sara‘s earliest work, while preserving the taut, hook-heavy arrangements found on 2018’s Temporary Things Taking Up Space EP.
Vocalist/guitarist Emily Armstrong peppers her melodic singing style with a precise, pointed delivery and occasional guttural scream, underlining the frustration found in the lyrics: “Yeah, you’re waiting for me to mess it up/Yeah, so you can say that you’ve had enough.”
“The core of this song was written in a day, almost like a stream-of-consciousness purge, and I soon realized it was about gaslighting,” says Armstrong. “‘Hands Up’ refers to that moment when the person gaslighting you throws their hands up—like, ‘See, you’re crazy!’—and you feel absolutely helpless. They’ve gotten to the innermost part of you and twisted it.”
The “Hands Up” clip captures Armstrong’s fury and the powerful stage presence of the band, rounded out by lead guitarist Siouxsie Medley and bassist Ryan Blohm.