Tuesday, February 10, 2009
The Dead C. - 2008 U.S. Tour 12"
This past summer I spent about six months in New Zealand, as followers of this blog well know. When I arrived, the one band that I had hoped to see there were The Dead C. They were always my favorite noise-rockers, always providing interesting, challenging and yes, fun listening. And I knew that unlike many of my other favorite Kiwi bands, they were still active. So imagine my surprise and dismay when I tried to find live dates online...and they are all in the U.S. Yes, at the very time I was in their country, they were in mine. On a very rare U.S. tour.
So I pondered the irony of this a bit, checked the dates, decided that yes, were I home I would travel to San Francisco to see them. I also saw they were playing my old home-town of Philadelphia (home of their label Siltbreeze) so I emailed an old friend and implored her to go see them. She told me they were playing the day after Wire at the same place and yes, she would be at both. I was green with envy at the prospect of her seeing two of my favorite bands back-to-back (The Residents also played earlier in the week), but happy for her.
After the show she emailed that she had gotten this tour-only 12" that you are probably downloading at this very minute. When I returned to the States, this was waiting for me. It's two long-ish tracks, both live I think (Side 2 for sure). Side 1 is the more rock-oriented, while Side 2 is more of a tone piece. It came in a plain black sleeve, clear vinyl. The record plays at 45 from the inside (by the label) out to the edge.
Not really the place you want to start if you are unfamiliar with the band, but a must-have for fans. I like it a lot.
Get the 320 rip HERE