The Dead C "Trouble" 2xLP (Ba Da Bing) - 8/12/2016
On the spectrum of The Dead C's sound output, Trouble could very well be seen as springing from the same realm as the massive "Driver UFO," one of the band's greatest tracks ever, off Harsh '70s Reality. There's a youthful aggression here, a churning anger, deadened by pounding drone. Much like H70s, this record serves as a gateway drug - if you were ever looking for an album to play to a newbie curious about experimental rock, this would be it. The visceral strength of their performance trembles out of the speakers. The magnificence of their stamina survives each album side.
There’s no “correct” way to respond to The Dead C’s music. With a catalogue spanning from the subversion of traditional song structure to stomping out and obliterating the very notion, New Zealand’s Michael Morley, Bruce Russell and Robbie Yeats have continually made the most crushing, expansive and intelligent rock noise ever to be heard. Just a glance at their peers who are fans (Yo La Tengo, Sonic Youth, Comets On Fire, Black Dice) shows the league in which they play.
Any fans of Lightning Bolt, Black Dice, Sunn 0))), Sightings, Acid Mothers Temple, and/or Growing can now appreciate noise rock’s forefathers. It’s spacious here. Welcome.
If you’re in New Zealand and want to order Dead C merchandise, or if you’re just a huge fan, be sure to check out Flying Nun Records!