Four Morton High School graduates are making their way around area venues in their band, Dead Language.

The group consists of Zach Davis, Andrew Turney, Doug Ford and Brett Pond. Turney and Ford still live in Morton, with the other two, Pond and Davis, in Peoria, but still practice and record in Morton.

Four Morton High School graduates are making their way around area venues in their band, Dead Language.

The group consists of Zach Davis, Andrew Turney, Doug Ford and Brett Pond. Turney and Ford still live in Morton, with the other two, Pond and Davis, in Peoria, but still practice and record in Morton.

Dead Language, an electro-rock group, came together in 2012 after a series of getting together just to play music. It only took them two months to play their first concert 

and since have performed at venues such as the Limelight Eventplex in Peoria and the Castle Theater in Bloomington.

“This band was completely new for me in the sense that it was the first band where we do a large chunk of improvisational work,” Pond said.

Pond, guitarist and keyboard player, said he has been in bands for a good portion of his life, but hasn’t worked in a group like this before.

“(Ford) and I played in a couple bands and played with (Pond’s) brothers in the past and then we found ourselves between bands,” Davis said.

“We just wanted to do something new and original.”

The band’s most recent performance was Saturday at the Sound Bar, connected to the Limelight Event Plex.

Davis and Pond both said the influence from one another aids in the groups music production. 

Ford, the drummer who earned master’s in percussion performance from Illinois State University, brings a more technical ideal to the group.

“In rhythm and metric modulation stuff, it’s really over my head, but it’s kind of refreshing,” Davis said. “It challenges you and makes you want to grow as a person.”

Turney, the bassist, also studied music at ISU and still works in the music field full time by giving lessons and working at Guitar Center.

When the four first got together, a microphone was set up in the middle of the room and the group went from there, Pond said.

“It was a couple of hours of us just having some fun,” said Pond.

“A couple things from the first time we got together ended up spawning into songs that we still play. ... Sections of it.”

Since their debut into the local music scene, Dead Language produced one CD.

The group’s first full-length album will be released by the end of this year with the help of Bob Mayo’s K-Street Media Group, also from Morton.

“(Mayo’s) been a huge support for us,” Davis said. “He’s got great passion.”

With the first CD, Pond said they wanted to get something out to the public and fast, but will take a new approach this time around.

“We were happy with it, but we’re going to take more time with this,” Pond said.

All four members of the band work full-time jobs and some with families, making practice time limited and choosing concerts to play is a factor as well.

“We’re trying to write and focus on better shows and to play out locally, every once or every couple months and trying to develop a more professional image and focus on bigger gigs,” Davis said.

Dead Language will return to the Castle Theater in Bloomington Friday to play with the Joe Marcinek Band.

The group will be fighting for a spot on the local music festival Summer Camp’s list of performers March 21 for the Summer Camp Showcase at Crusen’s, 426 E. War Memorial Drive in Peoria.

For more information on Dead Language, visit www.dl-band.com.