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Dunedin, New Zealand (1986 – present)

The Dead C are a New Zealand based trio made up of members Bruce Russell, Michael Morley and Robbie Yeats. Most often, Russell plays electric guitar, Morley sings and plays electric guitar, or laptop in more recent years, and Yeats plays drums. Formed in Dunedin, New Zealand in 1986, the group is known for its noisy guitar soundscapes and improvisational take on rock music. Robbie Yeats was the drummer for The Verlaines, Michael Morley had played with Wreck Small Speakers on Expensive Stereos, and Bruce Russell was working with the Flying Nun label, who released the band’s first album in 1987, entitled DR503. They became known internationally through their releases on the Philadelphia record label Siltbreeze, especially for the 1992 album Harsh 70s Reality. Early, pre-Siltbreeze albums like Eusa Kills and DR503 find the group still drifting between song-based work and the experimental free rock found in later albums like The White House and Tusk. Recent albums have seen the group add electronics and samples, yet still maintaining their origins in trademark hazy guitar chaos. The group performs very infrequently outside of New Zealand, although they did travel to the USA in March 2002 to perform at the All Tomorrow’s Parties festival, as well as a couple of gigs in Los Angeles and San Francisco.


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  • bloodmaw

    12th Spectacle is amazing

    23 Nov 4:33am Reply
  • Hydropolis

    yeah no kidding about their live shows huh.

    14 Nov 2:44pm Reply
  • sunheadbowed

    pretty sure we are all already scrobbling the band as 'The Dead C' anyway, but thanks for help, DustinD.

    8 Sep 4:20am Reply
  • sunheadbowed

    Rush are easily the best band named 'Rush'.

    8 Sep 4:20am Reply
  • Nimbie

    hell is now love

    26 Jul 8:08pm Reply
  • DustinDaniels

    guys it's the dead c not "dead c." also records do not compare to this group's live shows.... that's where they excel imo

    11 May 11:53pm Reply
  • zwerfafval

    ... thus spoke the twat below me with his 2,000 Rush plays. Ha. Haha. Hahaha!

    28 Apr 3:39pm Reply
  • dr_bun

    trapdoor fucking exit is fucking shit

    16 Apr 10:51pm Reply
  • boroban


    16 Mar 8:33pm Reply
  • Nimbie

    Trapdoor Fucking Exit is pure Jandek

    12 Feb 2:46pm Reply
  • sunheadbowed

    Bazinga is my favourite Dead C record.

    2 Feb 11:44pm Reply
  • Giba-G

    как же здорово, ребят!

    28 Dec 2013 Reply
  • ColaFur

    'dr503' is one of the only records on earth i would give a 10/10

    18 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Nimbie

    noise, beautiful noise

    4 Nov 2013 Reply
  • wugoo

    Armed Courage (2013) !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    26 Sep 2013 Reply
  • dadababa

    I started with Harsh 70's Reality - which became one of the best albums ever. First track blowed the mind with its free flow abstraction (didn't ever hear something similar back then)... also the song recording aesthetics are really interesting, and their open mindness to mix rock music with electronic experiments and free improvisation. That makes this band special! Of course they also sound good - which is even better ;D

    3 Jul 2013 Reply
  • DustinDaniels


    20 Jun 2013 Reply
  • oaquard

    Saying "Bazinga!" after that makes the initial comment seem not as bad in comparison.

    6 May 2013 Reply
  • RottingGrass

    "What a fucking lame and talentless noise rock." Bazinga!

    22 Feb 2013 Reply
  • yumyabkiller

    The Dead C for Unsound 2012! [2]

    29 Dec 2012 Reply
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