Following the whirlwind success of Dehd’s fourth album, Blue Skies, and hit single “Bad Love," the band turned a writing session into a road trip. First stop, Kempf’s off-grid Earthship in Taos, New Mexico where they chopped wood to stay warm and worked until they ran out of daylight. They then travelled north to a borrowed cabin on the Puget Sound where surrounded by chilly waters, time was marked only by the movement of the tides. “Eating, Sleeping, Breathing, Living - our only purpose was to write,” Kempf recalled. This was the first time the band traveled to distinctly notable locations to write and be inspired. Leaving Chicago proved to be a watershed moment.
They finalized the songs that became Poetry back in snowy Chicago in the warehouse space they’ve called home for nearly a decade. The band tapped Ziyad Asrar of Whitney to co-produce the album alongside Dehd’s own Jason Balla at Palisade Studio, marking the first time the trio has collaborated with anyone outside of the band during the recording process.
These experiences, coupled with a moment of inspiration from falling in love with Charles Bukowski’s self-affirming poem “The Laughing Heart,” gave birth to Dehd’s fifth album and a new direction—to live life like Poetry.
The band is playing one-off US festivals throughout the winter and spring leading into the May 10th release date, followed by festivals in the UK, EU, and NA throughout the summer. Today the band reveals their headlining North American leg of the Poetry Tour.