Fast forward to 2015. “One day, I just sat down and wrote some lyrics for 91 Whiskey,” says Zentz. “It just poured out—I still feel like it couldn’t have come from me.” Suddenly, Zentz had “permission” to create and that same integrity the Dead Weight cultivated for others’ work bled right into their own. Zentz kept writing and the band was all for it. UpLift’s songs are not crafted around solos or hooks; the music is artfully molded around the songs. The Dead Weight are not afraid of empty space. They embrace the quiet moments and rock-n-roll in equal measure. So, what started as an exercise in support and a check-your-ego-at-the-door environment has proven to be the perfect place for art to grow.
UpLift is a rarity in its honesty and earnestness. The listener looking for that connection and hope, they need look no further than right here among the Dead Weight.