Following the release of Collective Fictions, their vinyl-only split LP with Mark Deutrom (Melvins, Bellringer) earlier in the year, this September sees the official arrival of Untitle, volume two in DEAD’s four LP series The Trilogy* and a starkly different record to anything they’ve done before.**
Hailing from the Australian regional city of Castlemaine, DEAD is a mongrel beast fashioned from the structural scruff of KARP and Melvins; the stuttering ultra aberrations of Wire and Gang Of Four and the technical riffage of GodHeadSilo and No Means No.
Since their formation in 2010 the duo have forged a prismatic catalogue of rained-out sludge, metal and stripped back post-punk releasing records on Eolian Empire, Wantage USA, Tym Records and Rock Is Hell. They worked with producer Toshi Kasai (Tool, Melvins, Helmet, Big Business) for their 2014 album Captains Of Industry; An apt title given that the pair have been cutting a path of their own since 2005 operating independent record label/Screen Printing, We Empty Rooms.
For Untitle, DEAD shifted into three-piece mode with the addition of cult one-man weirdo band BJ Morriszonkle***. No one knows exactly what he played on the record and maybe it’s safest not to know. Armed with a DIY recording setup he entered a garden shed filled with broken instruments and emerged days later covered in sweat, clutching a USB, his parts contained therein. It was an honour for the band to work with him and they make no apology for potentially ruining his career.
Relentless domestic and international tour fiends, DEAD were the first non US band invited to play cult music festival Total Fest alongside the likes of Big Business, Thrones and Hammerhead, and returned to co-headline the festival in 2013 with Red Fang, Helms Alee and Federation X. Since then the band has toured South East Asia, Japan, New Zealand and in Australia at the request of Torche, Jucifer, Earthless, Black Cobra, Monarch and Cough.
Recorded and mixed by Mike Deslandes (Cosmic Psychos, The Nation Blue) Untitle by DEAD will be released on 30th September 2016 via We Empty Rooms. In the meantime however you can stream and share new song ‘Don’t Pray For Us’ here – https://soundcloud.com/weemptyrooms/02-dont-prey-for-us/s-yJQMR
* It’s like a regular trilogy but one better
** DEAD have gained notoriety in certain circles for being “legendary over achievers”