Dead Artist Syndrome is a mainstream gothic rock band formed in 1989 in Orange County, California. The group consists of singer-songwriter Brian Healy and a rotating cast of side men. Healy was dubbed the "father of Christian goth" by Rozz Williams, and is an ordained minister. The name of D.A.S. according to Healy is "Dead Artist Syndrome means greater in death than in life, be it James Dean, Van Gogh or Jesus Christ". His debut album Prints of Darkness was a notable, groundbreaking release. After several years of inactivity in the late 1990s due to health issues, Healy is active again, having released two albums so far in the 2000s. In 2006, Dead Artist Syndrome was named "Outstanding Orange County Band" by the editors and readers of Rock City News, a Los Angeles local music paper.
Dead Artist Syndrome has included members of Undercover, The Choir, L.S.U., The 77's, and Ping backing Healy.
Originally Released: 1992
Originally Released: 2015
Featuring a "Who's Who" of the Christian Alternative Rock community on KISSING STRANGERS - the depth and diversity of people contributing to this release reflects the influence and importance of the man commonly referred to as the "Goth Father" of Christian alternative rock, Brian Healy. Healy is the artistic brainchild behind Dead Artist Syndrome (D.A.S.), who released classic albums on both Blonde Vinyl, and Alarma Records in the 90's. Amazingly talented folks who contributed to Kissing Strangers are: Brian Healy (Dead Artist Syndrome) John Piccari (Dead Artist Syndrome) Derri Daugherty (The Choir, The Lost Dogs, Kerosene Halo) Ric Alba (Altar Boys,Undercover) Michele Bunch Palmer (Adam Again) Steve Hindalong (The Choir,The Lost Dogs, LSU) Michael Knott (LifeSavers, LSU, Aunt Betty's) Gym Nicholson (Undercover, Boys Club, Steve Taylor) Marc Plainguet (Gadget, Graveyard Cafe) Ojo Taylor (Undercover) Fans will find here what won them over time and again on past releases - dark, brooding music with layers of depth and feeling - and lyrics that balance compassion, brokenness, the irony of life, faith, and honstest (even painful) reflection on the human experience. The cover of Pink Floyd's "Comfortably Numb" is an epic re-work of an iconic song. The rest of the album reflects the artistic maturity and growth of not only Healy, but his band mates as well! The new album by D.A.S. is everything and more than fans could have hoped for! For fans of Leonard Cohen, Sisters of Mercy, David Bowie, and Pink Floyd!