This is part 1 of a 2 part interview I did recently with Michael from Bass Vulgaris, he’s done a bunch of great interviews!
The Cyberne/DEAD tour is now over and it was a fucking corker. And it looks like every city won an award. These are highly coveted in the music industry:
Sydney: Most chunders in the dunnies before the show even started. Go easy folks!
Moruya/Leeton: Equal tie for greatest hospitality.
Canberra: Greatest crowd enthusiasm to size ratio.
Melbourne: Lowest attendance (home town pride)
Castlemaine: Best dancers, best food AND a green room!
Adelaide: In a landslide victory took out the crown for least amount of punters willing to pay any more than $10 entry.
Geelong: In another landslide they took out craziest audience within the first 30 seconds.
I think we played with more killer local bands on this tour than any before. We are very lucky to be able to do this. And of course there are countless people who helped make the tour happen.
And to anyone who came to a show, bought a t-shirt or something thank you very much. We hope we can bring these guys back out again sometime, they are truly a world class live band.
Thank you SO much to all the folks who helped us out in so many ways on the tour!!!!!!!!!!!
So our August US tour was incredible! We did 16 awesome shows and capped it off by recording a new album with Toshi Kasai in LA.
There are so many people to thank!
In particular Josh Harteis, Josh Vanek, Marty, Kari and all the Total Fest crew.
Josh from Eolian Empire for the being awesome and releasing our LP in such a hands on killer way.
All the guys from The Funeral And The Twilight from Minneapolis, and Towers from Portland. We toured with both these bands, they are amazing musicians and great men.
The organisers of Whynot Fest in Minot, ND. You all rule! The Mr Dad guys…thank you!
There are so many others who put us up, fed us, took photos etc……thanks EVERYONE!
We are still mixing the new recording, not sure when it will be out at this stage it’s going to be a slow process.
In the meantime you can download a compilation of 15 of the best bands we met on tour in the US this year all gathered together in one convenient digital location for your FREE listening pleasure.
download here – http://weemptyrooms.bandcamp.com/album/dead-presents-killer-bands-we-met-on-tour-in-usa-2013
We are heading back to the US in August to play the 12th annual “Total Fest” music festival alongside killer bands like Red Fang, Thrones, Fed X, Helms Alee, Gay Witch Abortion and…..do we need to go on? It is just about the greatest festival in the world. We learned this fact in 2011 when we played it with Big Business (and were the first international band to ever play it – it was a win for all Australians). We Will also play Whynot? Fest in Minot, ND and 16 or so other shows across the north/west coast.
We will also make a new recording in L.A with Toshi Kasai – the man responsible for the sounds of many a killer Melvins, Big Business an other rad bands records.
Holy smoke! We are also releasing a new record; Thundaaaaah! remixed. It is Vol. 1 in the ongoing “Nobody Asked For This” series in which we make records that appeal to an even more limited audience than usual. Click the link below to check it out.
August 13th our LP “Idiots” cops a US release by PDX based label Eolian Empire, the best fucking label in the Pacific North West. 100 copies, 180g wax and some re worked, silk screened artwork. Beyond stoked to be working with these guys and to find a label that are even bigger nerds for packaging than ourselves! Check this label out. They are a killer label documenting some amazing heavy tunes right now. http://eolianempire.com/
DEAD will play Total Fest – Missoula, MT (with Red Fang, Helms Alee, Thrones, Gay Witch Abortion and heaps more) and a bunch of shows in The Pacific North West with Towers to promote the release.
We will also record a bunch of new tracks in L.A with Toshi Kasai.
All very exciting, all kinda expensive – we’ll be selling a bunch of stuff/offering mad deals on our label stock to raise some fundage for this venture.
Hi everyone, it’s Monday and I just got out of doing a really filthy cleaning job, the week is looking good! In my excitement I thought I’d do a quick DEAD HQ update.
This Sat we play with The Nation Blue and No Anchor at the Tote….it’s gonna be a great show, I hope people brave the cold and rain to come down.
A couple of weeks ago we played at the Batpiss LP launch at the Tote with a bunch of great bands, it was a party to remember, so many top riffs and lovely people…cheers to our Batpiss mates for having us.
We just got confirmation that our mates from Japan, Cyberne are coming back to Australia in November. We will release tour dates as soon as it’s all finalised. Jem and I are over the moon to be touring with these guys again, they are an incredible live band and some of the best blokes we’ve met.
We also have shows coming up with Wicked City, Nunchukka Superfly, BRUCE!, TTTDC, and heaps more we’re stoked about. Please check our Upcoming Shows page for full info.
Also we will doing a DEAD hoodie in the next couple of weeks, it will be a top quality Aussie made non-sweat shop hoodie packed with art printed by Jem. Needless to say it will be a trend setting garment that will ensure you are always a step a head of the fashionistas. I will put up some pics once they are done. Anyone who is interested in a hoodie can contact Jem at email@example.com. Or you can register your interest on our Facebook page here; https://www.facebook.com/pages/DEAD/107872622609512
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.
DOCUMENTING THE 2012 NATIONAL TOUR
Wed 24th Oct – Hobart – The Brisbane Hotel.
with Starmarker and M.O.1.O (words by Jem)
After years of failed attempts we made our first trip to Tassie. I haven’t been here since travelling with my mum and being denied service in a few place on account of our peculiar skin colour. I’m led to believe it’s changed a lot in that time. But essentially I was in no hurry to travel there unless I knew at least one person wanted us to play.
We flew over at a reasonable hour and made use of the new Musicians extra baggage deal (thanks Music Victoria). This was a completely new experience to us, it was pretty exciting. Then we picked up a hire car, again something I have never had the indulgence of experiencing in ten years of touring. “Bargain Car Rentals” seemed to make a point of being rude and unhelpful, an interesting policy to adopt in the customer service world.
Spare time on tour is not a concept we are used to. With a few hours to kill before the show we headed down the main drag of Hobart and tried unsuccessfully to sell some LPs to the local record store. Seems the dude in charge did not have his finger on the pulse or he’d have jumped at the chance, maybe even asked us for a quick photo. The ladies at the Country Women’s Association shop sorted me out with some reasonably priced fudge (for some reason fudge is everywhere in this state which would lead me to presume they also employ a lot of fudge packers to deal with the demand) so the trip could still be measured as a success.
Back at the venue we met up with Starmarker who are old mates from way back when they were in Adelaide, in different bands, playing shows with my band Fire Witch. They are unusually down to earth people and even if I’ve not seen them in a while it always feels very comfortable, like family. It was their first show and they were great.
M.O.1.O are also totally no bullshit dudes which is always a relief and made for a very cruisy show. I dunno how to describe their music and I’m sure that’s how they like it.
The show itself was very light on numbers wise. This is not really a problem for us. Playing to empty rooms (or emptying previously full rooms) has been the staple of both DEAD members since long before we even met each other. In fact I’d do it all the time if it could pay the travel bill. Played some of my best sets to near empty rooms.
Regardless the show was awesome. We sold a bunch of merch and people were very appreciative.
After the show Jamie Hay from Conation rocked up for some beers after his show down the road. We sat at the bar together feeling kinda old while locals smashed out a dance and karaoke session to tunes of varying quality.
The whole thing left us feeling very eager to come back and lucky to play such a great venue as The Brisbane. Can’t recommend that place enough.
The next day we had a full day off before flying home. We went to MONA and as a dude who generally struggles to appreciate art or handle long periods of time in galleries I can say that it was fucking sick. Probably everyone else already knows that though.
Next up is Alice Springs and Darwin……