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The Dead C - Trouble


Label Ba da Bing

“There’s a reason why our relationship with The Dead C is Ba Da Bing’s
longest running. It’s not because they are the hardest working band we’ve
ever met. It’s not because they are the largest selling band we’ve ever
released. It’s not because we’re inspired to support our local music scene.
“Yes, there’s definitely a reason... please give me a minute... oh, ok, I
got it (just put on this record). Like every time I hear their recordings, I’m
reminded that they are one of the greatest rock bands to ever pick up a
guitar and attempt to play it wrong. Listening to The Dead C causes me
to think differently. It brings up emotions with which I’m otherwise unfamiliar.
It strikes to the essence of my being and reveals what otherwise
remains hidden. I take solace in knowing that one out of every thirty of
you reading this know exactly what I’m talking about.
“On the spectrum of The Dead C’s sound output, Trouble could very
well be seen as springing from the same realm as the massive “Driver
UFO,” one of the band’s greatest tracks ever, off Harsh 70s Reality.
There’s a youthful aggression here, a churning anger, deadened by
pounding drone. Much like H70s, this record serves as a gateway drug—
if you were ever looking for an album to play to a newbie curious about
experimental rock, this would be it. The visceral strength of their performance
trembles out of the speakers. The magnificence of their stamina
survives each album side.
“We are in a creative highpoint for the trio at the moment. Bruce Russell
has just released a captivating solo album on Feeding Tube, while
Michael Morley’s solo project Gate just put out a release on MIE. Robbie
Yeats has been performing of late as backup for Alastair Galbraith.
The fact that there are still means to commute between Lyttelton and Port
Chalmers on the South Island of New Zealand means these three can still
find time to get together, and allows for what we have here today. And it’s
fucking glorious. ’’
—Ben Goldberg, Ba Da Bing