Five Things: Dead Letter Circus

Dead Letter Circus’ new EP Stand Apart features six songs from their 2013 album The Catalyst Fire, re-imagined with a string section and mostly unplugged instruments. It’s new territory for DLC but frontman Kim Benzie explains that he took inspiration from the likes of Metallica, Nirvana and Pearl Jam.

Alice in Chains – Jar of Flies

I was a total metal head when this came out and didn’t leave the house unless I was wearing either a Pantera or Sepultura shirt. I bought the Jar of Flies EP thinking it was another full band release from AIC and was initially disappointed and confused that it was acoustic but soon couldn’t help being caught up in the harmonies.

Nirvana – MTV Unplugged in New York

I stumbled onto this release way after all my mates did as I wasn’t that into Nirvana, but in the end the unplugged sessions ended up being the gateway to them becoming a massive thing for me.

Pearl Jam – MTV Unplugged

These songs just sounded so amazing stripped back and it was like discovering the band all over again.

Stone Temple Pilots – MTV Unplugged

Killer performance from everyone and Scott delivers from a rocking chair. There are so many hits in this set.

Metallica – S and M

I thought this was gong to be really overdone and average when I heard about it, but I have to be honest – I was blown away and loved it. The strings sounded so epic in those older tracks.

Dead Letter Circus’ Stand Apart EP is out now exclusively through iTunes. The band will be playing a series of intimate shows in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane to launch the EP, which have all sold out. Watch their acoustic cover of Rage Against The Machine’s ‘Killing In The Name’ below.