We are stoked to announce that DEAD has a previously unreleased track featured on the Learning Curve Records record store day compilation. The record also features two of our favourite bands, Hammerhead and Gay Witch Abortion!
US and Europe customers can buy it here; http://www.learningcurverecords.com/releases/view/40
Australia and rest of the universe can buy it here; http://weemptyrooms.bandcamp.com/album/held-hostage-lcr-rsd-compilation
We are currently doing a run of shows with our mates Ten Volt Shock from Germany. I urge you to check them out!! Here’s their itinerary/propaganda.
Hailing from The Black Forest, Germany.
Ten Volt Shock started in 2000. Fiercely independent and have now played countless DIY tours throughout Europe, UK and USA.
Playing alongside the likes of Obits, Melt Banana, A-Frames, McLusky, Vaz and many others with releases spanning 12 indie labels since 2001, the band are coming to Oz for a tour.
For fans of Shellac & the Hot Snakes and noise in general. Sets are fast and furious. Dont miss these shows!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
SAT 23RD MARCH @ BARWON CLUB, Geelong (w/Dead, Kids of Zoo & The Underhanded)
SUN 24TH MARCH @ GASOMETER, Collingwood (w/Dead, Scul Hazzards & The Ruiner-feat’members of Christbait/Dern Rutlidge & Legends of Motorsport)
THU 28TH MARCH @ ESPY FRONT BAR, Stkilda w/ Oz punk legends ‘X’! Batpiss, Kids of Zoo plus very special guests TBA soon
FRI 29TH MARCH @ OLD BAR, Fitzroy w/Clowns (vinyl launch), Kids of Zoo & Battletruck (SA) *Good Friday folks, Old Bar will be open real late!
SAT 30TH MARCH @ NEWMARKET HOTEL, Bendigo (w/Dead)
SUN 31st MARCH @ BRIDGE HOTEL, Castlemaine (w/Dead)
WEDS 3RD APRIL @ LEETON HOTEL, Leeton
THU 4TH APRIL @ PHOENIX, Canberra (w/SuperBestFriends plus guests)
FRI 5TH APRIL @ BARCODE, Wollongong (w/SuperBestFriends plus guests)
SAT 6TH APRIL @ BRIGHTEN UP BAR, Sydney (w/SuperBestFriends plus guests)
Hey folks, here’s a long overdue update from the DEAD headquarters IT desk. We’ve been up to a load of stuff so I will try not to waffle on.
Last September we toured in Japan with our pals Cyberne and Knellt. The tour was incredible, and the bands we played with over there are outrageously good. The show at Hokage in Osaka goes down as one of my favourite gigs of all time. Playing with Realized in Sapporo was also outta this world! Impulse Records released a three way split cd to commemorate the tour, ya can grab a copy here; http://weemptyrooms.bandcamp.com/album/cyberne-dead-knellt-3-way-split
Thanks so much to everyone who helped us out on the tour, we received ridiculously rad hospitality wherever we went. Hopefully Cyberne will tour in Australia with us again this year!
In Osaka we recorded a live in the studio set at M4II Studio with Harada from Ryokuchi engineering and Akira from Cyberne assisting, those blokes really know how to pull a brutal sound! I got to use the famous Harada splitter box and run three amps….pretty sweet. The recording will come out later in the year with excessive arty packaging together with a couple of other projects we’ve been cooking up.
NATIONAL TOUR / VAZ:
In the last three months of 2012 with the help of an Oz Council grant we toured to every Australian state and territory, it was a pleasure to play places we aren’t normally able to get to. Alice Springs was a huge highlight, I hope we are able to get back there SOON! They really know how to throw a party up there!! Tamworth also rocked big time!
Part of the tour was with the unbelievably awesome VAZ from Brooklyn. We met Vaz in the US in 2011 and were immediately impressed and intimidated by them. Vaz were awesome EVERY show and although they don’t really like insects and have a heightened fear of dingos, sharks, snakes etc etc they were excellent tour mates. WeEmptyRooms released Vaz’s Chartreuse Bull album, you can check it out an buy it here; http://weemptyrooms.bandcamp.com/album/vaz-chartreuse-bull
Once again we are indebted to so many people/bands for helping us out, the network of awesome folks in diy music is incredible! Thanks everyone who supported the tour.
DEAD / BJ Morriszonkle:
We are currently writing and rehearsing material for a collaboration LP with our good friend and mad genius BJ Morriszonkle. It’s a challenge and a breath of fresh air to for us to be working with BJ, it’s an understatement to say we are excited about it, but we will let the music do the talking once it’s done.
I’ll make this quick cos I need to go make a coffee and finish the new chook yard…..In Sept we are going to tour in Japan with our mates Cyberne and Knellt! I will post all dates soon….BUT ALSO….we are playing a bunch of shows BEFORE we head to Japan, all gig info is up on our upcoming shows page and here is a link to gig details on another site that people seem to like – https://www.facebook.com/events/406659779371716/ just in case you prefer that.
The final touches are being made to our second album, it will be called IDIOTS and it will be good. We are making 50 special edition copies that will include hand screened art work and will generally be fancier than the rest.
Jem has been extremely busy booking shows, printing merch and dealing with the riffs I keep handing him. The good news is we will be touring with Vaz from Brooklyn in Nov/Dec, who if you don’t know yet http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yDj3Wa4tPzA&feature=related are INCREDIBLE!! This tour will see us play in Leeton NSW, a first for DEAD, I played there in 1992 and it was pretty good. I think Jem started school that year.
Hey friends, I’m sitting in Castlemaine, it’s freezing outside but I just got my internet on and have a cat either side of me warming my lap, just brewed coffee and the needle is down on the latest High On Fire record…..feelin pretty good!
Firstly massive THANK YOU’s to everyone who contributed to our Pozible album fundraiser, it’s awesome and humbling that so many people wanted to take part and help us with the cost of our second album! Over the last month we recorded and mixed the album and it’s almost ready to be mastered. We recorded at Head Gap studio in Preston with Neil Thomason and did vocals at Cellar Sessions studio in Coburg with Max Ducker. Both these top blokes went above and beyond to help us achieve what we were after and I can’t thank them enough….actually I LOVE them! So far the tracks are sounding awesome and at this stage will be released in Nov.
For those who haven’t heard, our friend Blackie from Hard-Ons and Nunchukka Superfly was the victim of a serious physical assault while he was at work driving his cab. Apart from this being ridiculously shit, he won’t be able to work for at least a couple of months due to the head injuries he sustained. Also the Hard-Ons were forced to cancel their remaining tour dates which will see Blackie and the band further out of pocket. We will be playing at three benefit shows that will hopefully help Blackie get back on his feet. The shows are listed in our gigs section and can also be found at https://www.facebook.com/events/243644935742068/ In the meantime, anyone wishing to donate to Blackie to help get him through the next few months and help with medical bills etc can do so via the band’s Paypal address: email@example.com
The Australian version or our first album ‘Thundaaaaah!’ has now sold out, copies of the USA version are still available via http://www.wantageusa.com/
That warm fuzzy feeling that you previously thought could not be bought now can be purchased for as little as $7. And a few clicks of the keyboard and mouse is far less hassle than helping that struggling mum with a pram onto the tram, or the old bloke next door bring in his shopping.
After several failed attempts at gaining government funding for tours and records (which have all gone ahead and racked up a hefty bill) DEAD are joining the crowd funding bandwagon.
It simple; pledge cash, receive cool stuff in return.
Full details can be found here:
And a digital live album found here:
And finally a bake sale/market/record fair type event to be announced in the next month or so.
A more in depth explanation can be found at the link above. Oh and you can suggest other “incentives” you’d like to see from us.
Elisa Bryant has donated a portrait of DEAD (above) that featured (and sold) in her recent exhibition at The Old Bar Gallery
If anyone else has stuff they think would be good to donate please get in contact.
Thank you in advance to all the supporters!
End of year lists……they seem kind of stupid at times but I like to pretend my opinion matters somewhere and it seems like as good a time as any to take stock.
A lot has happened in camp WER this year, mainly it involved DEAD and their foolhardy attempt to cover the globe with their riffs. One of the better outcomes of this relentless and unsustainable tour regime was getting to meet great people and bands along the way. So in no order of hierarchy I present to you some of my musical highlights of the year. It’s not all of them, I can’t be expected to remember them all at once. And fuck mate……we’ll be here all day.
Carburetor Dung in Kuala Lumpur put on one of the best punk shows i’ve ever seen. Turns out punk bands can have melody. My auntie came to the show and rather than be disgusted at what I do with my life she cried after we played. Career highlight right there.
Ghaust in Jakarta hosted a packed show in a great venue and managed to play an innovative and engaging set despite its’ post rock tendencies. A win in my book.
Vrosk in Jogjakarta and Jakarta were flat out menacing, a beast of a drummer and a scary vocalist.
Throughout this tour we met Cher from the DIY booking collective 7x0x7 who turned out to be a champion and a tireless upholder and active promoter of decent and humane ethics. She also found our harsh accents endearing which was a welcome surprise and cause of confusion.
In my mum’s old stomping ground, Batu Pahat, we played one of my favourite DIY venues to date called The Wall. I can’t remember the names of the awesome local bands but the organisers and promoters (like all on that tour) were exceptional hosts.
Unstoppable Death Machines proved that relentless touring equals having helpful mates in every little pocket of the country. They showed that audience participation can be fun and not daggy every night for a month in between driving ten hours a day, booking more tours and doing touristy shit with the wide eyed Aussies. They waste no time in waiting around for shit to happen for them, I’m expecting their hard work to pay off in the form of a much larger fanbase any day now.
Catacombz from Milwaukee were the best answer i’ve seen to Trans Am so far. Maximum good times, maximum nudity and tight as players. Their LP is exceptional road trip material.
In Minneapolis Gay Witch Abortion were quite simply one of the best live bands i’ve had the pleasure of watching. Guitar/Drums units often fall short of the mark for me. Too often the guitarist tries to re-create a wall of bass and it turns to mud. Much like local legends Hotel Wrecking City Traders these guys maintained a killer guitar tone with some very tasteful use of effects pedals. And the drummer….FUCK OFF! Fans of Pure Evil Trio’s John Irish would do well to check this guy out. Their album ‘Maverick’ is fantastic.
In Minot, North Dakota we played an exceptionally awesome DIY festival called Why Not? The orgnaniser of the festival played a great set, standing up with a broken leg or knee or something. He also presented me with a birthday cake on stage. Career highlights are piling up.
TOTAL FEST!!!! Um……I need a separate email for this thing entirely. Imagine the ultimate festival, hosted by the ultimate dudes in a great town and multiply it by 1000:
Vaz blew my mind to a fairly empty room. The heavyness to empty room ration had not been this high since I first witnessed Nunchukka Superfly in 2004. Upon return i tracked down their entire discography and it is all fucking great and quite varied which may explain why a fanbase has eluded them for a decade or so. Remind me of a more poppy and more brutal (yes the two can co-exist) version of our very own Deep Where All Drown. I will have some of their stuff for sale soon too.
Hammerhead (who feature 2/3 Vaz Members) breached the capacity of the bandroom and live music license of the venue. Some of you fools gotta discover Vaz.
Pygmy Shrews I was told had just got a new drummer. I dunno who the old guy was but this guy totally ran the show. Maximum power, minimal fucking about.
Big Business exceeded all expectations both times which, in hindsight, was a near impossible feat.
Thrones proved why he is the king of whatever you call that genre he dwells within/created. Never before has a rock band really only needed one person.
White Shit managed to put the fun back into hardcore (or perhaps for the first time?) which i’m sure would have upset any hardcore fans in the audience. Jared Warren proved to be an exceptional front man.
In Richmond Hex Machine were nerdy/clunky/riffy bliss. The large empty room didn’t faze them one bit, I always respect this. I picked up their album Omen Mass and it’s a corker.
In Philadelphia we played what turned out to be our last show of the tour and managed to play with two of the best bands of said tour:
Drums Like Machine Guns reminded me of our own Dead Boomers. Two piece noise unit who actually listen to eachother! And have “songs”.
Bubonic Bear pulled off the drummer/guitarist combo with the earlier mentioned wall of sound approach from the guitar. Double points for nailing that approach boys. Reminded me of Black Cobra but not in a derivitive way at all.
In New York (and earlier in Melbourne) Night Toilet were the only noise/ambient band I would ever want to be in. And this is no joke, they are exceptional in their ability to feed off eachother. A self described “fake band” it is apt that they have no website but i found this one instead
We didn’t manage to play a gig with water temples but they looked after us when we needed it. I hope they come back to Australia soon.
I got to see onion play live a lot this year and even got to play with her in Darwin. She brings a kind of stripped back approach to noise/ambient/drone stuff that eludes most who can’t see the riff for the pedals. Hopefully I can release something of hers next year so more of you can hear it. – get a website Lara.
Cyberne upheld the tradition of Japanese bands who tour Australia being tight as all fuck, total shredders and top human beings. They also released an album that is fierce from start to finish.
Mr Sterile Assembly (New Zealand) visited us and played to a frustratingly small audience in a shit venue but still put on a primo set.
No Anchor raised eyebrows across the country and gave other underground/sludgey/noisy bands hope that maybe, just maybe we could get enough people to shows to cover the cost of the mixer! Another band who seem to press forward with their sound rather than dwell in one place.
The Reverend Jessie Custer destroyed a living room in Canberra on the last show of the Cyberne/DEAD tour. For me what sets this band apart from others of their ilk is an exceptionally tight and creative drummer. He really puts in those 1 percenters. They have a record out via Less Talk Records who rule.
Adelaide: what the fuck? Has been totally punching above its’ weight in the form of bands like Hydromedusa, Death Cult Jock, Poisonous Viper Gang, She’s The Band, Sex Wizard, Prison Bitch, Night Hag and of course Space Bong and others i can’t recall just this minute. Melbourne may have more gigs but Adelaide is delivering the high quality riffs in bucket loads.
Wicked City went to europe where for once they got to play to packed rooms, an elusive yet totally deserved occurrence back at home. They are better than ever.
Bone stepped it up a notch with a batch of new songs and a tour of China. Seriously one of my fave new(ish) bands going round.
Blacklevel Embassy did much the same as newest drummer Joel Ellis (Nunchukka) got used to his role. The heaviness factor got a lot higher but they don’t play nearly enough.
Babymachine from Wollongong released a record and it is a rock-n-rolling machine that bears many repeated listens.
Hotel Wrecking City Traders released a collab. e.p with Gary Arce of Yawning Man fame. Apart from it being a dream come true for the band the pairing proved, unsurprisingly, a total win.
I’m sure i’ve missed out on double what I just wrote. The world may be going to shit but good music spews forth at an alarming rate.
Thanks to everyone who has supported WER this year. Next year I hope to release a few more great records and host some sweet tours.
Hey friends, we are officially launching our debut LP Thundaaaaah! on Mon 31st October at The Prague in Thornbury. This is also the first show of our east coast tour with Cyberne from Japan. Joining us will be Bodies, Bowcaster, Scul Hazzards and Dude Mountain – it’s gonna be bloody awesome!
If for some unforeseen reason you cannot make our launch show then please check out or gig page or the poster below and come to one of the shows on our tour. These will be DEAD’s first shows in Brisbane, Byron Bay AND Tamworth! We are stoked! We will have copies of our LP for sale at all shows and a new batch of T-shirts hot off the Hardy St presses. Also for sale will be a limited edition 3 colour screen print of the tour poster below, please contact us if you would like us to hold one for you as there are only 22 in existence. As usual all or merch is hand made/printed and comes with that caring personal touch that we can all feel special about.
DEAD / Unstoppable Death Machines USA Tour dates are now up on the upcoming gigs page. Not only do we get to play nearly every day for over a month but we get to share the stage with Big Business, Megachurch, Hex Machine, Country Bucks, Japanther, White Shit, Thrones, Gay Witch Abortion and many many more……….holy shit!!!!
Test pressings for our LP release are here and……it’s awesome! At this stage ‘Thundaaaaah!’ will be out late July through Wantage USA in the States, and WeEmptyRooms in Australia. Read more about it at http://www.wantageusa.com/
Hello friends….we had an incredible time in SE Asia! Firstly, huge thanks to Cher and 7x0x7 for booking and managing the tour, we really appreciate all the hard yakka you put in. I can safely say that I would have ended up missing flights and smashing airport computers if it weren’t for Cher stepping in and calmly sorting shit out.
Thanks to everyone who fed us, lent us gear, fed us, helped with shows, fed us, showed us around etc….the hospitality we copped everywhere we went really blew us away!
Thanks to everyone who took photos and video from our shows! We have updated the gallery page with pics from the tour, it’s slowly growing, if you have a pic you wanna share please forward it to us.
Thank you to Joe Kidd from Ricecooker and Shaun Tenzenmen for releasing the cassette, they have limited copies left for anyone interested, and looks like they will be releasing a cd version of the album soon too.
We need more shirts to print our awesome designs on.
So here are some killer offers.
*Bring in 4 or more blank shirts to a gig and we’ll swap you for a printed shirt + patch or a pair of DEAD Undies.
* Bring in one blank shirt and we’ll print it for you for $5
* Bring in one Hoody and we’ll print it for $10 (they are harder to print!)
* Anything in between just bring it along and we’ll sort you out with a ripping deal.
Why are we doing this?
DEAD use second hand shirts/hoodies to print our merch on. ‘cos we can’t afford decent quality (100%cotton) NON SWEATSHOP shirts and most of them come in shitty cuts.
So when you buy a DEAD shirt you get something truly unique! And you don’t support sweatshops.
Stay tuned for a sweet competition where the best photos involving DEAD merch will win cool stuff.
Saw Swans on Thursday night…holy shit!!! Jem saw a million bands over a two week period but I was too broke to go and now I have to listen to him drop anecdotes about awesome moments from shows I wish I got to see….I just shut my eyes and try to think of So Good vanilla ice cream or hover cars, but in all honesty, the man is merciless!
Last weekend we played with Monarch (France) and Eagle Twin (USA), was a great show…Eagle Twin are an incredible live band!! Blew my tiny brains out! Also this month we head up to the Wombarra Bowlo to play with Nunchukka Superfly who are another incredible live band…my life is really good at the moment. The following week we travel to Adelaide for two shows, last two trips to SA have been awesome, cool bands, great people! Jem has a lotta pinball planned and hopefully I will get to visit Kegan’s permaculture farm. Please check our upcoming gigs section for all show details.
So we are waiting impatiently for our album to be mastered, at this stage there will be a cassette release in May for the South East Asia tour and then vinyl/download in August for USA tour and the rest of the universe.
DEAD will be touring the USA in Aug/Sept with Unstoppable Death Machines from New York. This will be the first time Jem or I have visited the US, we will be there for a month…and we are stoked!! Details will be posted in the coming months.
Also, Jem was interviewed by Kristy Newton on the Wollongong based Helter Smelter blog page, to read said interview please follow the link.
Confirmed dates for Indonesia leg of South East Asia Tour.
Further dates to be posted soon.
Feb 2011- took my son to see legendary Australian fast bowler Jeff Thomson give a talk yesterday, man even with his beer gut that bloke looks like he could still bowl rockets!…well…mixing of our album is complete so just mastering to go and I gotta finish the artwork off too, stay tuned for release dates etc…. Adelaide is fast becoming our favourite place to play, had two rad shows there last weekend, thanks Stevie and everyone else who helped us out! Got two shows coming up this week with Water Temples (USA), please check our gig guide for details. Jem is still printing all manner of merch so please contact us to buy some! One of Jem’s other bands Inappropriate Tough Guy Behaviour is playing this Thurs at the Arthouse after he plays an early set with DEAD at the Old Bar, I reckon he will need a 2 for 1 gatorade deal to get through it but it’s gonna be good either way! Jace
Jan 2011 – our first tour was really cool! Thank you to everyone who helped with shows, accommodation, food, applause etc. We sold out of DEAD undies! Will be printing more in the coming weeks so give us a shout if you want a pair. We still have t-shirts, hoodies, patches, pillow slips and tea towels left, I will put some pics of all these up this week……..ALSO we have just finished recording at Head Gap, did 8 tracks with Neil Thomason engineering, one of which features several Melbourne rock gods ‘n’ goddesses lending their vocal talents group style in an almighty ‘f**k chorus’….it’s awesome! Will post release info soon…..Cheers…Jace