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Sunflower Dead Frontman Talks "Turn Away"

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Alternative Addiction talked with Sunflower Dead vocalist Michael Del Pizzo about “Turn Away”, “Victim”, and what the band has coming up.


Long Beach, CA mainstream rock quintet Sunflower Dead has been building their base since they started out in 2012. They released their third LP in 2018 called C O M A and that finally led to some notoriety as their song, “Victim” rose to no. 36 on the Mainstream Rock Songs chart. The band is still out promoting the album, and they’re also working a new single now called “Turn Away.” They’re hoping that the new single release tops “Victim” and continue to build the momentum that they’ve established with their latest album. Alternative Addiction talked with Sunflower Dead vocalist Michael Del Pizzo about “Turn Away”, “Victim”, and what the band has coming up.

“The song itself is an anti-suicide song,” said Del Pizzo. “The way it was written was a little different. Our guitar player, Jaboo, started it. On the last day before we had to submit demos to our producer for preproduction, I had just finished recording twenty demos worth of vocals. I thought I was done. So, Jaboo came at me with another song. I was pissed. I was burned out. I was tired. I thought I had written everything I could write. Then, I walked over and listened to the song that he gave me, and it was brilliant. It was just the music. He did all himself. He did the guitar, bass, and drums from start to finish, he did it the night before he handed it to me. After I heard it, I walked back to him and told him how great it was. So, I had to come up with lyrics for a whole song in one day.”

“Luckily, on the drive home that day I was listening to the music and the vocals, the melody, the lyrics, all of it came to me in one shot… like it was given to me by someone else. We never ended up demoing it. We recorded it on the record with Dave Fortman. He said that it was the song that he was born to produce and mix, the best thing that we had ever done. It made the record and we put it at the end of the record because it’s a longer song. Then the radio team and all our fans heard it and it turned into a single. So, we did a radio edit of it. I stand behind both versions; both are perfect to me.”

The difference between the album version and the radio version of the song is immediately noticeable. Del Pizzo talked specifically about the differences between the two versions of the song.

“When you hear the album version there’s a minute-long intro that’s not on the radio edit. It shows you emotionally what Jaboo is about with his guitar playing. It allows you to delve deeper into what’s about to happen. It’s kind of like he brings you down to the point to where everything is ending and then the verse kicks in and everything kind of explodes. That’s where the song kicks in. On the radio edit, I love it because it’s succinct and it just comes at you right away,” added the Sunflower Dead frontman.
We also talked with Del Pizzo about the band’s most successful song to date, “Victim”, he said that the song started with Jaboo, just like “Turn Away.”



“’Victim’ was one of the first songs we wrote for the record. Jaboo started that one with a riff and he started playing that as an intro thing before we walked on stage. He started playing this little thing every night and we ended up writing a song around it. It was the first song where we really decided to dive deeper into pulling away from metaphors. We’re doing straight forward lyrics now. With that song I wanted to let go of the negativity from myself and other people. I didn’t want to be the victim anymore whether it was me or someone else, I wasn’t going to do it anymore,” added Del Pizzo.

Sunflower Dead hasn’t played “Turn Away” live yet, but that’s something they’re rehearsing for when they go out on tour with Scott Stapp next month.

“We just started rehearsals,” explained Del Pizzo. “We’re also writing a new record. We just released a video for “Turn Away” –it’s out as a single now. We’re literally doing everything all at once right now. That’s how this works now. You have to constantly stay out there. We’re doing everything all at once, I don’t have any time to breathe, but that’s okay, I’m having a blast." -aa




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Sunflower Dead Frontman Talks "Turn Away"


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Alternative Addiction talked with Sunflower Dead vocalist Michael Del Pizzo about “Turn Away”, “Victim”, and what the band has coming up.

Long Beach, CA mainstream rock quintet Sunflower Dead has been building their base since they started out in 2012. They released their third LP in 2018 called C O M A and that finally led to some notoriety as their song, “Victim” rose to no. 36 on the Mainstream Rock Songs chart. The band is still out promoting the album, and they’re also working a new single now called “Turn Away.” They’re hoping that the new single release tops “Victim” and continue to build the momentum that they’ve established with their latest album. Alternative Addiction talked with Sunflower Dead vocalist Michael Del Pizzo about “Turn Away”, “Victim”, and what the band has coming up.

“The song itself is an anti-suicide song,” said Del Pizzo. “The way it was written was a little different. Our guitar player, Jaboo, started it. On the last day before we had to submit demos to our producer for preproduction, I had just finished recording twenty demos worth of vocals. I thought I was done. So, Jaboo came at me with another song. I was pissed. I was burned out. I was tired. I thought I had written everything I could write. Then, I walked over and listened to the song that he gave me, and it was brilliant. It was just the music. He did all himself. He did the guitar, bass, and drums from start to finish, he did it the night before he handed it to me. After I heard it, I walked back to him and told him how great it was. So, I had to come up with lyrics for a whole song in one day.”

“Luckily, on the drive home that day I was listening to the music and the vocals, the melody, the lyrics, all of it came to me in one shot… like it was given to me by someone else. We never ended up demoing it. We recorded it on the record with Dave Fortman. He said that it was the song that he was born to produce and mix, the best thing that we had ever done. It made the record and we put it at the end of the record because it’s a longer song. Then the radio team and all our fans heard it and it turned into a single. So, we did a radio edit of it. I stand behind both versions; both are perfect to me.”

The difference between the album version and the radio version of the song is immediately noticeable. Del Pizzo talked specifically about the differences between the two versions of the song.

“When you hear the album version there’s a minute-long intro that’s not on the radio edit. It shows you emotionally what Jaboo is about with his guitar playing. It allows you to delve deeper into what’s about to happen. It’s kind of like he brings you down to the point to where everything is ending and then the verse kicks in and everything kind of explodes. That’s where the song kicks in. On the radio edit, I love it because it’s succinct and it just comes at you right away,” added the Sunflower Dead frontman.
We also talked with Del Pizzo about the band’s most successful song to date, “Victim”, he said that the song started with Jaboo, just like “Turn Away.”



“’Victim’ was one of the first songs we wrote for the record. Jaboo started that one with a riff and he started playing that as an intro thing before we walked on stage. He started playing this little thing every night and we ended up writing a song around it. It was the first song where we really decided to dive deeper into pulling away from metaphors. We’re doing straight forward lyrics now. With that song I wanted to let go of the negativity from myself and other people. I didn’t want to be the victim anymore whether it was me or someone else, I wasn’t going to do it anymore,” added Del Pizzo.

Sunflower Dead hasn’t played “Turn Away” live yet, but that’s something they’re rehearsing for when they go out on tour with Scott Stapp next month.

“We just started rehearsals,” explained Del Pizzo. “We’re also writing a new record. We just released a video for “Turn Away” –it’s out as a single now. We’re literally doing everything all at once right now. That’s how this works now. You have to constantly stay out there. We’re doing everything all at once, I don’t have any time to breathe, but that’s okay, I’m having a blast." -aa

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