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In 2011, Dead Fish Handshake (stylized as DFH) burst onto the scene with the release of their debut EP, Across State Lines. Formed by Rhode Island native, Matthew Paul and New Jersey native, Rob Ferreira to be an acoustic side project, the pair eventually enlisted Darren Furman, Mark Birkelbach and Vito Rauseo, Jr., thus solidifying their foundation. Their first single, “Changes”, helped the band breakthrough into the New Jersey Rock scene, develop a strong local following and gain popularity with their incredible live performances.

The following year, DFH began writing sessions for what would become their sophomore EP entitled The Sixes, released in June 2012, produced by Clint Lowery (Sevendust). The EP garnered national attention with the lead single, “Turning a Blind Eye”, followed shortly by the second single, “Leave The Light On” which became the band’s most popular song to date. “Leave the Light On” became a message of hope and was used in helping victims of Hurricane Sandy. The band seized on this popularity and went on a national tour, the self-titled “Leave The Light On Tour” took their modern rock sound to the road and to the rest of the nation.

In 2014, the band returned with the double single release of “Nothing Stays Gold” and “All Time Low”, again working with Clint Lowery. DFH took another step in enhancing their modern rock sound.

DFH emerged from much needed down time in 2017, with two additional singles, ”Devolution” and “Love/Remains”. Both equally important to their catalogue, the two songs were in stark contrast to each other. “Devolution” a high energy, frantic and socially conscious song became the band’s most streamed offering to date. “Love/Remains”, quickly became a fan favorite with its blending of country and rock to form a meaningful, introspective ballad.

On September 18th, 2020, Lies... and All That Jazz was released to all major outlets. The LP, co-produced by Dead Fish Handshake and Shane Stanton of Architekt Studios, is DFH firing on all cylinders. On the strength of the lead single, “No One’s Island”, the album garnered radio play on stations across the continental U.S. The band is honoring a timeless mainstream rock sound while bringing their innovative melodies and sonic textures to new audiences, by showcasing influences from Foo Fighters, A Perfect Circle, Nine Inch Nails and U2. DFH has shared the stage with Stone Temple Pilots, Sevendust, Three Doors Down, Fuel, Scott Stapp, Paul Rodgers, Ed Kowalczyk, Queensryche, Pop Evil, Collective Soul, Saving Abel, Gin Blossoms, Plain White T’s, Godsmack, Skillet, Anthrax, Living Colour, Hurt, and Extreme.

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