Dead Wasps

Dead Wasps


Dead Wasps are not easy to categorise by genre, even we ourselves struggle when asked! We're a mix of dance music, electro, pop, trip hop, old skool rave, all infused with soulful vocals and catchy synth hooks,you name it, it's in there!!


Dead Wasps are Gaz Wildsmith and Hayley Mitchell. This Manchester based duo write driving beats with beautiful melodies and strive to bring a new and unforgettable slant on the electronic genre. Gaz founded the band and after a few line-up experiments, finally found the right mix with Hayley, a singer with a knack for writing dark lyrics and the two set about to write and perform the music they love.
Often surmised as a band that hark back to the glorious Madchester/Hacienda days - the era was inspirational and can be heard - however these pesky Wasps have more sides than a decagon and have set about using them all to assault the senses.

In the beginning the duo – surrounded by the eerie beauty of an old renovated mental asylum where they lived – began writing songs and playing live on the Staffordshire music scene. This location bore tracks such as “Mexicola Bare Essentials” – pays homage to the insane world of insomnia, prescription drugs and losing a grip on reality. “Ward 21” was written about the asylum and its dark past and “H Bomb” occurred after a bad dream about Heroin.

With a half written album Dead Wasps upped sticks and moved to Manchester where they quickly gained a reputation for exciting and energetic shows. They secured a slot on at the 2008 In the City Event – Manchester’s official industry music week and released their debut single Mexicola Bare Essentials. The reviews from the national press were exciting and the limited edition copies sold out.

"Dead Wasps debut single ‘Mexicola Bare Essentials’ is a fine example of electro pop with a funky bass that will stay in your head for days. Hayley Mitchells sultry voice sitting nicely on top. Don’t be surprised if you hear the chant ‘Roll a J, and drink some wine’ at clubs home and abroad this year." - The Skinny Magazine

"The original single is magical and should be a huge mainstream hit." Charted at 8 - Bestival Radio 87.7FM

The self titled debut album was released just before the band embarked on their first US tour in May 2008 where they covered nearly half the country. Taking their unusual blend of house, dance, electro pop to a new an eager audience was an amazing experience and one that moved the band forward it terms of fan base and self belief. The tour was a success and the band had found an appreciation for their sound.

Whilst in America MTV asked to use the Wasps follow up single “Cherries” for use on the MTV Movie Awards and of course the band were chuffed. This then followed with the MTV Music Awards later on in the year and the link with MTV has continued right up to the present day. Talks of usage on a number of shows will materialise throughout 2009 and with a new album "4 days of dirt" just released in June '09, things couldn’t be better.

The new album shows a shift in gear to a cleaner, more grown up sound. The production is lavish yet simplistic. The vocals are less but more, leaving Hayley’s voice to shine through and the beats are just as banging but the strings are more emotive. This is a journey showing not just a musical one, but a personal one.

Dead Wasps went back to the US to promote the album and follow up from last year this June, taking in radio slots on the award winning Soul Cole Show,and Hunnypot Radio in LA. They also played prestigious slots in Vegas at The Mirage, The Cat Club in LA, Soda Bar in San Diego, Tiger bar in Portland and numerous other venues on the west coast, pulling in new admirers along the way.

Feeling like their work in the States was unfinished, Hayley and Gaz are heading back to the US in September '09 for more shows and are looking at adding the college circuit to their list of targets this fall.


Singles released from the self titled debut album available on itunes:
Mexicola Bare Essentials
Precious Time

Singles released from the second album " 4 days of dirt " also available on itunes:
Lost At Sea

Set List

Lost At Sea, Don't You Know, Gonna Get Ya, Mexicola Bare Essentials, Cherries, Precious Time, Jack Jack, Fading, Space Theme Quandry, Rugfunk, I Go Lonely, the list goes on... set can be tailored for any required length and can also be dance/club flavoured or more chilled/laid back with the slower numbers. All original material.