Dissonant, purposely Lo-Fi and exceedingly experimental Christchurch 3 piece built on Michael Morley and Bruce Russell’s guitar work and Robbie Yeats (The Renderers, Verlaines) pounding drumming.
Their initial recordings were exercises in tonal freak-outs – pushing the limits of how self-confessed non-musicians could make music, but their early masterpiece (the stunning Eusa Kills) is actually one of their most accessible releases.
All three members are exceedingly prolific musicians and scene figure-heads, with side projects such as A Handful of Dust, The Renderers and Gate keeping the trio busy.
- Michael Morley (Guitar/Vocals)
- Bruce Russell (Guitar, Noise…)
- Robbie Yeats (Drums)
- The Dead See Perform M. Harris (1987, Diabolic Root)
- 43 Sketch For A Poster ?(Cass, C30) (1987, Diabolic Root)
- DR503 4 versions, (1988, Flying Nun Records)
- The Live Dead See ?(Cass), (1988, Xpressway, X/WAY 1)
- The Sun Stabbed 7″ EP (1988, Xpressway, XPRESSWAY VII)
- Eusa Kills (1989, Flying Nun Records)
- Perform DR503b (1989, Xpressway, X/WAY 12)
- Runway (1989, Precious Metal, PM1)
- Trapdoor Fucking Exit (1990, Precious Metal)
- Helen Said This / Bury 12″ MiniAlbum (1990, Siltbreeze SB02)
- Hell Is Now Love / Bone 7 (1991, Siltbreeze, SB06)
- Mighty / Power / Peace 7″ EP (1991, Forced Exposure, FE-026)
- Harsh 70’s Reality (1992, Siltbreeze)
- Clyma Est Mort (1992, Siltbreeze/Xpressway)
- The Operation Of The Sonne (1993, Siltbreeze, SB30)
- The Dead C Vs Sebadoh 7″ (1993, Siltbreeze, SB25)
- Metalheart EP (1994, Siltbreeze)
- World Peace Hope Et Al. Compilation (1994, Shock, SX 027 CD)
- The White House (1995, Siltbreeze)
- Repent (1996, Siltbreeze, SB-66)
- Tusk (1997, Siltbreeze, SB64)
- Perform DR 503C Compilation (1999, Flying Nun Records, FNCD443)
- The Dead C (2000, Language Recordings, Language Recordings 1 & 2)
- Live U.S.A. 1995 (2000, No Frillz Records, NF015)
- Stealth / The Factory 7″ (2000, Sub Pop)
- Load (2001, MM, MM1)
- New Electric Music (2002, Language Recordings, LR3)
- The Damned (2003, Starlight Furniture Co., *21)
- Konono No. 1* / The Dead C – Split Series #18 12″ EP (2005, FatCat Records, 12FAT050)
- Hi God People* / The Dead C – Split LP (2006, Nervous Jerk, JERK002)
- Relax Fallujah – Hell Has Come 7″ Single (2006, Ba Da Bing!, BING-049)
- Vain, Erudite And Stupid (Selected Works: 1987-2005) Compilation (2006, Ba Da Bing!)
- Future Artists (2007, Ba Da Bing!)
- Secret Earth (2008, Ba Da Bing!)
- Golden / Canine 12″ Single (2008, Ba Da Bing!, BING-065)
- Patience (2010, Ba Da Bing!)
- Armed Courage (2013, Ba Da Bing!)
- The Dead C / Rangda – The Dead C Vs Rangda ?(2013, Ba Da Bing!, BING-081)
- The Twelfth Spectacle (2014, Grapefruit Records (2))
- Palisades 7″ EP (2015, I Dischi Del Barone, IDDB007)
- Trouble (2016, Ba Da Bing!)
Fuzz-guitar god Chris Heazlewood had been a visible part of the New Zealand underground for at least a couple years prior to meeting Celia Mancini in Dunedin back in 1991 (and thereby forming the legendary King Loser).
In Sferic Experiment Heazlewood was loud and caustic, putting out a cassette on Bruce Russell‘s iconic XPressway label way back in 1989, flanked by future King Loser alumni Sean O’Rielly and Greg Cairns.
A year later Heazlewood put out his first solo release – entitled ‘Ratfink A Booboo!‘, this ultra-rare cassette release was a blueprint for future releases named after a suitably obscure 1960’s b-movie.
A 2nd solo cassette entitled ‘Hellmouth 66‘ in 1991, along with a 7″ EP as Olla – a group comprising Heazlewood, O’Rielly and Ex-Look Blue Go Purple drummer Lesley Paris, Heazlewood’s first release on Flying Nun Records.
From 1993 through 1996 Heazlewood recorded and release four 7″ singles, and Flying Nun Records would release the combined results as ‘Ca$h Guitar‘ in 1998. By then King Loser were on permanent hiatus, and fairly soon Heazlewood would disappear from view altogether, eventually resurfacing in late 2015.
However the preceding years had been tough on Heazlewood – along with the death of good friend and former band-mate Peter Gutteridge had passed away, plus a Kickstarter page was created to help pay for his own stage four liver disease.
Heazlewood began to recover and even managed a King Loser reunion in 2016/2016, unfortunately brought to an abrupt end in mid 2017 with Celia Mancini’s passing. However circa 2017, Chris Heazlewood continues to perform in a solo capacity.
- Chris Heazlewood (Guitar/Vocals/Bass/Drums)
- Ratfink A Booboo! (1990, A One-Off Productions)
- Hellmouth 666 Cassette (1991, Xpressway, X/Way 23)
- Surfs Up In Malibu 7″ Single (As Heazlewood 1993, Flying Nun Records, FN222)
- They Slaughter Small Children, Don’t They 7″ Single (1993, Turbine, TUR004)
- Badge Or Medallion? 7″ Single (As Heazlewood 1995, Flying Nun Records, FN354)
- The Ron Asheton Club 7″ EP (1995, Crawlspace, SPACE003)
- Ca$H Guitar (1996, Flying Nun Records, FN398)