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The Dead C


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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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  • Rustain

    v thanks for the head-up.

    8 Feb 12:16am Reply
  • mikelittlepony

    Worth checking out: 2008 in Chicago, audience recording, but a very fitting sound.

    30 Jan 1:09am Reply
  • mikelittlepony

    Live at Le Weekend, 2004 should've been on The Twelfth Spectacle. It's an avalanche. Kinda sad that they had to edit Arena Part 1 for vinyl, to fit on one side. Especially since there already was an uncut recording on youtube, before the release of the record. Also, the video has professionally recorded sound, in contrast to what seems to be an audience recording on the record. Not complaining though, it's that special Dead C sound. The beginning is almost the best thing about it, and on record it just starts 10 minutes in.

    28 Jan 10:01pm Reply
  • bloodmaw

    12th Spectacle is amazing

    23 Nov 2014 Reply
  • sunheadbowed

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

    8 Sep 2014 Reply
  • sunheadbowed

    Rush are easily the best band named 'Rush'.

    8 Sep 2014 Reply
  • Nimbie

    hell is now love

    26 Jul 2014 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 2014 Reply
  • zwerfafval

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

    28 Apr 2014 Reply
  • dr_bun

    trapdoor fucking exit is fucking shit

    16 Apr 2014 Reply
  • boroban


    16 Mar 2014 Reply
  • Nimbie

    Trapdoor Fucking Exit is pure Jandek

    12 Feb 2014 Reply
  • sunheadbowed

    Bazinga is my favourite Dead C record.

    2 Feb 2014 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
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    20 Jun 2013 Reply
  • oaquard

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

    6 May 2013 Reply
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