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- Armed Courage by The Dead C
7/10 Clinton Staff review, 30 August 2013
My brother was possibly right after all. Back in the late ‘80s, after he got home from school and played with the dog, he’d stick on The Dead C ‘Helen Said This’ and tell me it was the greatest thing since Manic Miner. God knows how many years on, the powers that be amongst the Wire-reading fraternity cite The Dead C as prime movers amongst the underground noise movers and shakers.
Here we have a new album from the long running noise-ters, containing as you possibly may expect two long tracks that take up a side of the vinyl each. The first piece is dirge-like, a grinding improvised noise. Drums pound away whilst detuned guitars play heavy distorted drones. The second piece is a mellow evocation of amp buzz, drifty drums and those distinctive half-picked detuned guitars with a sleepy murmured vocal wandering on top.
The Wire have recently placed The Dead C on a front cover, claiming that “their influence on contemporary underground music is incalculable”. Yet despite the bands distinctive, uncompromising approach and pummelingly intense compositions, it’s hard to think of more than a handful of artists who could truly be said to have been influenced by them. Instead such intense work plays out more to a small but growing army of listeners who ‘get it’ and who will be pounding down our door for copies of this long awaited record.
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