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Bruce Russell, one-third of New Zealand noise terrorists the Dead C, has published a free-noise manifesto whose philosophy of going beyond music and beyond rules permeates the group's music; where other musicians stand on the precipice of chaos or walk a tightrope over it, Russell and his collaborators Michael Morley and Robbie Yeats plunge right in. The trio, all multiinstrumentalists, play songs, but 90 percent of what happens within each song is improvised. The Dead C can be relied on to take any style they appropriate to sonic and temporal extremes; on "Driver UFO" they don't just play space music, they use up an album side evoking the sound of a spaceship slowly disintegrating. Similarly they thrash the one-minute hardcore punk tune "I-You-Move-It" like a bunch of barking madmen drunk on turpentine. In New Zealand they prefer home-studio experimentation to live performance, and this isn't just their first American tour, it's the first time they've played more than three cities in a week during their eight-year existence, which makes this appearance even more special. V3 opens. Wednesday, 9 PM, Lounge Ax, 2438 N. Lincoln; 525-6620.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): Photo/Tom Lax.

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