Dead Together by Dead Little Penny

The track throws together driving, sex-pistols-esque guitar, with Courtney Love-style vocals, and whirling synth, with lyrics that offer up all the facetiousness that has come to be expected from Dead Little Penny’s live shows.

“I just really wanted to write a song that pokes fun in a really open and honest way about the shitty things we do for love, friendship, and a sense of belonging.” 

Hayley Smith

Comprised of members Hayley Smith, Simon Buxton and Sean Martin-Buss, the three piece create a soundscape of noisy textures, fizzing guitars and ambient synth with catchy fuzz-pop melodies. Their previous tracks, ‘Honeycomb‘, ‘U 4 Me‘ and ‘Depression‘ have seen the band receive number one singles across alternative radio, pop up in the official NZ charts, and become a favourite on the local shoegaze/alternative scene playing at The Others Way, Music In Parks and Milk & Honey Festival.


Dead Little Penny is the coming together of guitar-slinging vocalist and songwriter Hayley Smith, and drummer/synth player Simon Buxton, who create a soundscape of noisy textures, fizzing guitars and ambient synth, paired with catchy fuzz-pop melodies.

What originally began as a dreamy alt-country project, tracks from their self-titled EP received radio play, with the band fast becoming popular amongst musicians in Auckland’s underground country scene.

What seems like an unlikely change of genre, Hayley feels more at home writing with a broken drum machine and an electric guitar. As a teenager, she began making pop- punk and wall-of-sound music in her bedroom with a guitar gifted to her on her 13th birthday. Playing at beer-fuelled house parties in Central Auckland, Hayley became a regular gig-goer, fast drawn to favourites The Mint Chicks and Die! Die! Die!

Based in Auckland, New Zealand, the band originally hail from the UK, with Hayley born in the Wirral, Merseyside, and Simon Buxton from Devon.

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