The Dead C: Secret Earth (Ba Da Bing)

 |   |  <1 min read

The Dead C: Plains
The Dead C:  Secret Earth (Ba Da Bing)

Let it be said immediately The Dead C out of Port Chalmers are a taste that few have acquired: dense, often lo-fi guitar landscapes of scouring sound, feedback and distortion probably don't make it onto the playlists of people who prefer Norah Jones -- or even the more tuneful end of Sonic Youth, in fact.

So here for Dead C aficionados -- and I suspect no one else -- is the lowdown on this release: it is four tracks of noise-core; the shortest being the opener Mansions at about seven minutes and which recalls early Pere Ubu in its groaning and mournfully slow vocals, the longest track is Stations which at 16 minutes is more of something similar but which sounds like it has been recorded from much further away in the factory/warehouse/practice room.

There is a nine and half minute, and a 12 minute track of guitar noise also. I like Plains which is the 9:39 one: it is bludgeoning and . . . . and someone just came round and asked "What the fuck is that?" before insisting I take it off.

Got annoying people dropping by? Here's your room-clearer.

I like this, but as with various Dead C albums and side projects I doubt I'll play it often.

But I just mentioned Norah Jones and the Dead C in the same piece? Result! 

Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   Music articles index

Steve Reich: Radio Rewrite (Nonesuch)

Steve Reich: Radio Rewrite (Nonesuch)

When composers like Philip Glass and Steve Reich objected the label "minimalism" being applied to their music -- which was, frankly, minimal -- you couldn't help but feel the sense of... > Read more

THE BEST OF ELSEWHERE 2014: THE EDITOR'S CHOICES

THE BEST OF ELSEWHERE 2014: THE EDITOR'S CHOICES

At a very rough guess Elsewhere probably reviewed or wrote about more than 200 albums in the past year . . . and we certainly didn't get to many excellent ones simply by constraints of time.... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

JOHN MAYALL IN THE SIXTIES: And Another Man Done Gone . . .

JOHN MAYALL IN THE SIXTIES: And Another Man Done Gone . . .

When veteran British bluesman John Mayall played the Civic in Auckland in 2010, the concert was both disappointing and crowd-pleasing. Disappointing because, although professionally executed, it... > Read more

THE BARGAIN BUY: Johnny Cash; Original Album Classics

THE BARGAIN BUY: Johnny Cash; Original Album Classics

In about six months Johnny Cash will have been dead a decade, and we might expect some tributes, album reissues and an assessment of his legacy. My bet is most attention will fall on his later... > Read more