I remember back in the early 90's being in a beautiful haze of great underground groups (Sun City Girls, Caroliner, TFUL242, Bugskull,ect..) and friend telling me about this group from New Zealand called "The Dead C." At the time I had yet to hear the wave of New Zealand music that was to come, or to become more available. All I had a was a dub of their classic and just released 2xLp "Harsh 70s Reality." A real fine listen of drifting tonal guitar feedback,meandering vocals, fragments of songs and a very noisy primitive recording style. Soon my mind was to be blown when I found a copy of their first Lp "DR503." This record pretty much deconstructs the last 30 to 40 years of music in one Lp. Elements of cult groups like "This Heat," "Faust," and even early "Kraftwerk." Produced on a 8-track machine by famed New Zealander Peter Jefferies this album is much more 'produced' than any of their later work. It actually seems that they started slightly more hi-fi and progressively record to record, decayed sonically into a 'c' of guitar feedback, songs barely being audible anymore.
This album really captured for me the sparseness and loneliness of the South Pacific Islands of New Zealand. I'm also going to tout while I'm at Peter and Graham Jefferies group "This Kind of Punishment" who I think where contemporaries but also a influence in ways on Dead C initially. Though the Dead C always had a much rawer experimental edge.
The Dead C
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