Volcanic Tongue Catalogue

Bruce Russell & John Wiese

Helicopter H-40


More evacuated noise tectonics from the dream-team hook-up of US noise wunderkind John Wiese and NZ sound-thinker and Dead C member Bruce Russell. Limited to 300 copies.

Richard Francis/Jason Kahn/Bruce Russell

CMR #27


Fantastic all-electric three way that sees Bruce Russell of The Dead C (on analog electronics) joined by Richard Francis on modular synth and computer and Jason Kahn on analog synth, radio and mixing board: recorded live on January 28th 2011 at Dunedin Public Art Gallery in New Zealand, this is a single 38 minute improvisation that feels environmental in scale but with a heady synthesized aspect that makes for a ghostly metal machine music. Three distinct voices make for a bafflingly beautiful combination, with odd almost-melodies that feel like the F/X from a 1960s Supermarionation production soundtracked by Joe Meek going up against the kind of massive UFO touchdown aspect of MEV or CCCC and some supremely invasive alarm tones that have all the flesh-penetrating third ear aspect of Bernhard Gunter or Maryanne Amacher. Whenever Bruce is involved there’s always a great non-technical garage band approach to wrassling electricity into caveman submissions and at points this feels like the scientific power trio of your dreams. A great set, highly recommended. 

The Dead C/Rangda
Dead C Vs Rangda

Ba Da Bing Records BING-081


Massive two-header that presents unreleased archival recordings from legendary NZ underground group The Dead C paired with new tracks from the trio of guitarists Sir Richard Bishop (Sun City Girls) and Ben Chasny (Six Organs Of Admittance) and drummer Chris Corsano: the Dead C side is a particular revelation, with the discovery of previously unreleased tracks that were under consideration for inclusion on their masterful 1992 album for Flying Nun, Eusa Kills. On the flip Rangda make with some dazzling power trio moves, re-thinking rock dynamics with drooling polyrhythms and overdosed modal guitar histrionics that take off on Sonny Sharrock circa Monkey-Pockie-Boo. 

The Dead C
Eusa Kills

Flying Nun FN-130


Original Flying Nun copies of this massive Dead C side: Eusa Kills functions as almost the fulcrum of The Dead C’s entire back catalogue, beautifully balancing their early proto-song form with the destructo fury of their live work. Highly recommended. 

The Dead C
Harsh 70s Reality

Siltbreeze SB-11/12


Original copies of one of the central documents of the 1990s underground, The Dead C’s seminal, sprawling masterpiece Harsh 70s Reality from 1992. Nothing else comes close. Rare and OOP, very highly recommended!