Victory Records has announced the signing of Los Angeles rock outfit Dead Girls Academy. Ring leader and frontman Michael Orlando sheds his skin for the first time since the demise of his former outfit, Vampires Everywhere, with the debut song and video “I’ll Find A Way.” Seen through the eyes of an irredeemable soul, the video provokes an underlying acknowledgment about the obligation of revenge and the division of ones self. This winter will see the inauguration of rock’s newest institution, Dead Girls Academy.
“I am excited to announce my band Dead Girls Academy has signed to Victory Records! They are responsible for some of my favorite bands and I’m beyond stoked to be part of the family.” Looking into the future, Orlando adds, “There is so much excitement and positivity exploding from the staff at Victory, and I feel very lucky to have this team behind me. This union came about organically and I love that we all want to push the boundaries to make Dead Girls Academy a success. I’m beyond excited for the road ahead and to show the world Dead Girls Academy.”
With its all-too-real violence and expose of human frailty, Orlando expands on the track, “When Ronnie (Radke, Falling In Reverse) and I sat down to write ‘I’ll Find A Way,’ we were pretty adamant on stating truths. We wanted lyrics that would hit home and tell this story about conquering your inner demons. The voices in your head are pushing one way, and your heart is pushing the other – riding the line between right and wrong. I’m hoping this story, this song will give hope. The cure to happiness is inside us and we must not give up without a fight.”
In 2016, when the curtains closed on his former band Vampires Everywhere, Orlando sought out other avenues for his new musical vision. “I’ve had this name on the tip of my tongue for a few years,” admits Orlando,” and I’ve always been on the darker side of things in rock & roll. This name fits the sound and overall image of Dead Girls Academy. Split personalities, fake friends, hangers-on, social-climbing and attention-hunting whores are all ingredients I wanted to exploit with this project. I called together Ronnie and our friend Elvis Baskette (Slash, Sevendust) and we started arranging songs and melodies. Living in Hollywood, there are so many fucked up things I’ve seen, the stories in my head, I could write six novels about them all. But that’s what breeds the creative juice and you will believe me once you hear Dead Girls Academy.”
Dead Girls Academy wasted no time and began 2017 by supporting The End Is Here Tour, featuring Falling In Reverse, Motionless In White and Issues. The band quickly caught the attention of Victory Records and was signed in mere days. With their kinetic energy and momentum in overdrive, Dead Girls Academy is ready to let the world know they are here.