Million Dead Bio:
Million Dead came together in London, mid-2001. Cameron Dean (guitar) and Julia Ruzicka (bass) had both come to England from Australia with forming a band in mind. They met and started writing, before roping in Ben Dawson (drums), who had been Cameron's underling in a record store. Ben then called up his old friend Frank Turner who'd been the singer in various bands with him since age 11. The name was chosen from a line in a song by swedish punk band Refused, and in September of that year we recorded our first demo and began gigging around the uk.
Over the next year support slots were begged, wheedled and stolen with Cave In, 80's Matchbox B-Line Disaster, The Icarus Line and Alec Empire. In late 2002 we came across the folks at Integrity Records, and, hooking up with them and Xtramile Recordings we put out our first single, 'Smiling At Strangers On Trains', in February 2003. this saw support from John Peel (RIP), Mike Davies, Mary Anne Hobbes, and Steve Lamacq and was followed by a support slot with Pitchshifter on their farewell tour.
April 2003 saw us in Mighty Atom studios recording our debut album, 'A Song To Ruin'. this was released in Septmeber, hot on the heels of second single 'Breaking The Back' and a nomination as best newcomer in the Kerrang Awards. More touring with Funeral For A Friend ensued, and we rounded off the year with our very first headline tour and third single, 'I Am The Party', which was A-listed by MTV2.
2004 took us to Austin Texas for the SXSW Festival, and then saw us out on the road for bloody ages in April and May in support of our single for Xtramile Recordings, 'I Gave My Eyes To Stevie Wonder'. Shortly afterwards, in June, original guitarist Cameron left the band to get married, and was replaced by the wonderful Tom Fowler (ex-Abjure, Pale Horse etc.). After a summer of breaking the new boy in at various UK festivals, and the release of 'A Song To Ruin' in Japan, Australia and Italy, we settled in to write our second album. This was done in October, and in November and December we headed in to Battery Studios with producer Mark Williams to record.
The new album, 'Harmony No Harmony' was released on May16th 2005, after a punishing touring schedule and a final total of three singles. After we played two triumphant sets at the Reading and Leeds festivals over the summer, and a short farewell UK tour in September, we decided with heavy hearts to go our own ways for personal reasons. And they all lived happily ever after, the end.