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Dead Rat Orchestra


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Chameleon-like musical magpies, the Dead Rat Orchestra set out to plunder the music of other acts, amalgamating all within their own particular aesthetic. Uniquely able to play the entire venue as a sound source, they equate concert violins with wineglasses, air vents with copper records, mammoth organ pipes with eskimo kisses. Muttering, shuffling and searching for those moments when it all just seems to fit.

Broken melodies, fragments of noise, sounds found at the back of their throats. For every event a new set
is crafted, worked and sculpted. !
The physicality of feet stomping, instrument breaking and voices cracking and laughing. Creating with
anything they can draw a sound from: guitar, accordion, balloons, cattle grids, harmoniums, dansette
record players, bowed saws, sine waves, feedback, celeste, tubular bells, singing bowls, music boxes, toy birds and what-ever they just found in the street outside the venue.
The exploration of these instruments creates a music of constantly varying form. They seek to make music with resonance: joyous, beautiful, sad. Improvisation is key and no matter what structure they create, every time they perform they are free to stray.
During these performances the definitions were blurred, sometimes the beauty of a musical moment exists or is magnified by the preceding processes, or by the physical acts or physical objects which


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  • AJohnDoe

    Definitely one of the strangest bands I've ever seen. Amazing stuff!

    14 Nov 2012 Reply
  • Rinkertink

    Saw them last year with GY!BE and only just rediscovered them now. Very nice.

    13 Sep 2012 Reply
  • wizzooo

    great gig tonight in fashionable lewi, im sure the half cut log will be used and appreciated in the harsh south east london winters we are used to...

    23 Apr 2011 Reply
  • jameshate

    Colchester's finest.

    1 Feb 2011 Reply
  • h2t

    saw them twice at troxy... not bad i'd say

    28 Jan 2011 Reply
  • hubibubi

    me too! :) brilliant ... !

    13 Dec 2010 Reply

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