Death Letters er en nederlandsk duo fra byen Dordrecht bestående av Victor Brandt (trommer) og Jordi «Duende» Ariza Lora (gitar / vokal).
Bandet byr på en overveldende blanding av rock med hovedsakelig punk og blues påvirkninger, men musikken deres består av elementer fra Hard Rock, pop og country.
Noen av de musikalske forbildene er band som The Black Keys, The Datsuns, John Lee Hooker, Son House, Hank Williams og John Frusciante.
It all started end of 2006 when Duende simply asked Victor to form a duo. Already after their first rehearsal The Death Letters were born. The name of the band origins from the song “Death Letter” by Duende’s blues hero Son House.
Audiences that experienced their live gigs up to now are raving about their original approach of Rock/Blues and the energetic show of the two youngsters.
In spring of 2008 the band was discovered by Amsterdam based Cool Buzz label that offered them a deal after having seen a couple of outstanding live shows.
The Death Letters are bound to raise a lot of international dust and is an act you just HAVE to check out live!
In September 2010, Death Letters flew to Austin, the rock ‘n’roll heart of America, to begin recording their second album, “Post-Historic”. They stayed for three weeks in the studio of one of their favourite producers, Chris “Frenchie” Smith, who had previously worked with bands such as And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead, JET, The Datsuns and The Dandy Warhols. They weren’t even allowed into the amazing venues Austin has to offer without supervision – drummer Victor Brandt and vocalist/lead guitar player Duende Ariza Lora were just 18 and 19 years old respectively. But Austin made a great impression on them and they felt at home in this raw, hot city.
Their new sound flourished and in March 2011, the guys returned to their beloved Austin for showcases around SXSW and shows in Chicago and Minneapolis. This was the kick-off for the “Post-Historic Tour”, covering Dutch, Norwegian and German festivals as well as club dates in Finland. In October, they returned to the United States, taking part in the Culture Collide Festival in Los Angeles and the CMJ Festival in New York, and touring the West Coast. In the meantime, their album was played on 60 US radio stations, charting at number 1 on one of them. Most favourite track was the song “I Wish I Could Steal a Sunset”, owing its popularity to the fact that it was included in the official tracklisting for the Electronic Arts game NHL12, with fellow bands Anthrax, Judas Priest, Bush and Beady Eye.
Their single release “Your Heart Upside Down” charted in the Netherlands, a quite remarkable result for a loud-guitar-driven band like Death Letters. They performed their single “Your Heart Upside Down” in a national TV show, and were on the alternative playlist of 3FM. The band also played the support for UK band Enter Shikari.