DEAD/Vaz (USA) Split 7″


Hi everyone, well I have 2 things to announce…..firstly IT RAINED IN CASTLEMAINE!!!!! Secondly you can now pre order the DEAD/Vaz split 7″

VAZ/DEAD SPLIT 7″ (Wantage/We Empty Rooms)
At some point in 2012 the Australian band Dead hosted Fargo/Moorehead/New York group Vaz for a tour of their continent. The members of Vaz had been in some other bands (notably, Hammerhead) and so had Dead’s members (Inappropriate Tough Guy Behaviour, Fire Witch). The tour was nice where the swimming and tunes were concerned. Commercially it failed. The bands toured Malaysia, had amazing curry and parted ways. This 7″ is the commemorative oversized-foam-hand-with-index-finger-pointed-skyward … if you follow, of those tours. It offers up two of our favorite bands of the past 5 or so years, in all their desperate, excellent glory. Dead is a two-piece with a vibe owing to the much-abused “90s,” “Amrep” and “noise rock” descriptors. We think its more like a vegan, southern hemisphere Motörhead, though. Vaz is Apollo Liftoff and Jeff Mooridian’s new, post Hammerhead groups, ca. 1999. Vaz has existed much longer now than Hammerhead ever did, but that’s the reference point most used. To us, Vaz offer up Cold War paranoiac space rock. Desperate, fast, deftly-played and riffy without pandering to anything that could be called “stoner.”

Split label release between WeEmptyRooms and Wantage USA. Total of 313 copies.
Black 7″ records housed in a letter pressed envelope printed by the D.E DuVall Co. in Philly.
100 on kraft stock (mail order or from the band only), 213 on silver/grey.
Double sided screen printed insert printed by WER.

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Bass Vulgaris interviews Jace

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!

DEAD/Cyberne Tour Done N Dusted

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!!!!!!!!!!!


US Tour – Thank You, We Had A Blast!

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 – 

US Tour Aug 2013/ Thundaaaaah! Remix Album

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… 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.

‘Idiots’ US Release

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.

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.

Cyberne are coming back to Australia!!!

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 Or you can register your interest on our Facebook page here;

Leaning Curve RSD Compilation

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;

Australia and rest of the universe can buy it here; 


Ten Volt Shock







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!


SUN 31st MARCH @ BRIDGE HOTEL, Castlemaine (w/Dead)


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)

March 13 Update

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;

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.

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;

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.