Back in November, Atlanta “post-goth” trio Dead Register released their infectious and gloomy Captive EP. Included on said EP is a cover of “Blood from a Ghost” by the criminally underrated Oakland act, Dead and Gone. Due to the band’s love for the goth-punks, we decided to reach out to Dead Register frontman M. Chvasta to discuss his favorite Dead and Gone tracks. Check it out below.
Chvasta (voice/bass vi/bass iv) from Dead Register here to chat with you about one of my all time favorite bands, Dead and Gone. Dead and Gone were one of those bands who’s recordings were cool, but their live shows were breathtaking. Tonally superior to anyone at the time, the crushing, bellowing bass runs stacked with “I don’t want my guitar to sound like guitar, I hate guitar” guitar tones mangled through a noisy mojo’d echoplex and dimed through crispy dirt, with chaotic busy pummeling toms lifting the songs into the atmosphere, bringing it down… with the ever-present atonal growling lows to the raspiest most desperate vocals… a perfect artsy gothic hardcore death punk package. Bonus points that the band were total sweethearts.
I was asked by Svbterranean to write about my favorite 10 Dead and Gone songs. It was a tough call, but I managed to scrape together ten of my favorite Dead and Gone songs and created a playlist for YOU, as well as some descriptions to help guide you if your ears are broken. Also, I can’t count. Here are 10 songs that speak to me plus a bonus.
In case you care, my favorite D&G album start-to-finish is God Loves Everyone but You. Favorite songs are on the Beautician. Best mood/experience is Shiny and Black. TV Baby is still rad.
Leave the Dead to Bury the Dead (Beautician) – Creepy. Gnarly bass dissonance and twinkly swirling guitars and hammering toms. The despairing vocals deliver vivid visions, “allergic to your own skin.” Peculiar, slow, disjointed goodness.
Blood from a Ghost (Beautician) – A weird grinding, pulsating romp through death and back. The band Dead Register likes this song and makes a mangled melodic cover of this fine track on their Captive EP.
Blackout (God Loves Everyone But You) – Slow and delicious to thrashing and harrowing. Vicious live. The titular line is delivered from the LP title. Highkicks, floorpunches, then lurking in the corner ready pounce on that dickhead who elbowed you in the nose and didn’t lend a hand to pick you up from the floor.
Trainwreck (God Loves Everyone But You) – DUH. This is the song that hooked me into loving these guys. “If you look into my eyes, you can see I’m not really there” – That’s how I’ve lived my life, mostly. A cloud of detachment. My early/middle life was nothing but a trainwreck. I identify. Such cool parts, thoughtful hooky, herky jerky radness. Dark as fuck.
Mary King’s Close (God Loves Everyone But You) – Burst of catharsis. Poison Idea’s Kings of Punk through a chorus pedal on a broken skipping turntable. Fucking sick. Cover your eyes, cover your skin, cover your mouth. Tear your shirt off and windmill some fists into your neighbor’s chest in the pit. They’re pissed, they’re serious. The build up to the end of the song is DOPE. MKC Reprise.
North of the Unlocked Star (Beautician) Twang + reverb, bumbling intro into a frenzied “yarrrr” crusty chorus that sounds like the song is falling apart… which it does. A bottomless void of feedback and slow lumbering bass. Beautiful. Disgusting. Love.
The Eye (Shiny & Black 2×7”) – Big brother is watching. Or perhaps it’s the peeping pedophile in the water closet. Should we care? The riffs are nasty. The atmosphere is caustic. The blisteringly fast tribal toms heighten the sense of urgency. The walls are thick. Oh fuck, is that a mirror? No? Fuck, where am I? My eyes are crossed. Paranoia.
Gay Black Mansion (Shiny & Black 2×7”) – The dongwater runs heavy in the GBM. Dead Kennedys force-fucking Neurosis’s royalty checks while the then young/exciting Nickave celebrates his birthday while INXS-ing in the closet.
Wires (TV Baby) – Electric spaghetti. One of their punkier moments, smash your fucking skull in. Shane holds the mic in Stern’s face to sing the back-ups. Urgency. This’n always got the crowd riled up, until the chill ass tribal sacrificial part reminds us that it’s over way too soon at 2 minutes L.
Red Handed (Unreleased) – An alternate recording of the TV Baby version that sounds much better than the original…. makes a GD BILJOE jealous. Slow, lumbering, deep, and bleak. If anybody has any other songs from this session, SEND THEM TO ME.
Porn Habit (Wonders of Giardia) – BONUS – Matt Decker replaced Shane for an album in between God Loves Everyone but You and The Beautician. I can’t remember the story, so whatever. Wonders of Giardia was released as Creeps on Candy. This song is NASTY and DRIVING. Nice. Shane came back and so did the name.
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Thanks for reading and listening.
M.Chvasta – Voice Bass VI/Bass IV Dead Register