Justin Pearson Explains the Dead Cross Name

In a recent interview with Indie Rocks Mexico Justin Pearson (Dead Cross Bassist) reveals how the Dead Cross name came to be.  Find out about how commuting for rehearsals  between San Diego and Los Angeles and an NPR story was involved with the naming of their band.

As part of the preparation for Dead Cross playing the Heaven and Hell festival on the 4th of May 2018, and their upcoming European tour, interviews with magazines and websites have begun with Dead Cross fronting the press.  Justin Pearson, the bassist for Dead Cross, was recently interviewed by Indie Rocks Mexico and amongst the discussions about new Dead Cross songs, the camaraderie between the band members, and Dead Cross’ comparison with the Dead Kennedy’s and Sex Pistols punk, they also covered the background as to how the name “Dead Cross” came to be.

Dead Cross: Mike Crain, Mike Patton, Dave Lombardo, Justin Pearson

Dead Cross: Mike Crain, Mike Patton, Dave Lombardo, Justin Pearson

Here’s what Pearson had to say about the origins of the Dead Cross name (paraphrased as we don’t understand Spanish and have relied on a combination of online and real-world translations):

We needed to tell the venues what the name of the band was and we were struggling to find a name. I was still driving from San Diego to Los Angeles for rehearsals and I usually listened to NPR.  Then one time they were talking about this failed attempt by the Red Cross during a humanitarian aid operation, and a lot of humanitarian rescue workers died. So, it was this concept of the Red Cross trying to help humanity. It was a play on words I think, but it’s also a name that is open to other interpretations, such as our stance towards organised religion.

You can read the full story here in Spanish or use online translations through Google Translate here.


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