Dean Forever plays atmospheric jazz-lined dream pop rock with cutting/heartfelt lyrics, happy/sad harmonies, soaring synth and edgy beats. Blending the sound of the 60's and 90's they are inspired by acts such as Broadcast, Elliott Smith, Cat Power, Mitski, the Gilbertos, Crowded House/Split Enz, and The Cranberries. Dean Forever delivers an interesting, catchy and eclectic sound and quietly captivating show.

Long-time friends and collaborators Jakub Tengdahl and Kiah Lanagan originally started writing the material as an outlet for their more accessible content which wouldn't fit into their past alt-rock project It's a Hoax. The duo has shared stages with esteemed Australian acts Courtney Barnett, Last Dinosaurs, Ball Park Music, Velociraptor, Ruby Fields, Sasquatch Philadelphia Grand Social and more. They look forward to bringing their full band to deliver a lushly synth-laden live show to SXSW 2023, as well as sharing their second full-length album later this year.

“Delicately pulls you into some sort of dreamy spun web.” - Claire Mooney

“Instantly makes me think of a million bands, but not one in particular. Dreamy, but focused.” – Richard Kingsmill

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Events featuring DEAN FOREVER

Mar 17, 2023
12:45pm — 1:10pm
Presented by
SXSW DAY PARTY - Sounds Australia
Mar 17, 2023
8:00pm — 8:40pm
Avant / Experimental
Professional Connections
DEAN FOREVER is seeking the following:
  • Label
  • Management
  • Distribution - US
  • Distribution - UK/Europe
  • Distribution - Worldwide
  • Other Artists to Tour With
  • Booking Agent - US
  • Booking Agent - UK/Europe
  • Booking Agent - Worldwide
  • PR/Publicity Agency
  • Producer/Studio Engineer
  • Publishing
  • Sync/Music Supervisors