Well we’re totally stoked to be supporting Torche on Sat 18th Oct at The Corner! We’re on first so come EARLY!!!
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.
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.