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© 2018 by Dead Arms

"One of the most sensitive indie albums in history" 
 
MonoMagazine

THINGS PEOPLE WROTE 

ABOUT DEAD ARMS

BIRTHDAY CAKE FOR BREAKFAST -

'SIMPLY DEAD' ALBUM Review

 

"The best punk records, on the other hand – and I’m going to say this three times so you know for sure it’s true, Dead Arms have made one of the best punk records (whatever is said three times is true, that’s in a book you can look it up.) The best punk records sound like they’re going to overflow the room, like the band will get down off the stage into the crowd and you’re going to get swept up in it all and together you all are going to take this party and this energy out of the room and into the rest of your life and things will be different from now on.

While this record deals with heavy things, there’s a light to it, a sense that the darkness can end, a light that never goes out if you’ll pardon the Morrissey-ism. That lightness is partly about saying the things you should but often don’t. To overstate the point, noise rock dramatises through sound how shit’s fucked up. Punk on the other hand, especially Dead Arms’s kind of punk, which is the very bes – ah you get it, no need to say it again. Punk like this is about how we carry on despite, and, eventually, can bring to an end, all that fucked up shit."

Read The Full Review here

SONIC ABUSE -

'SIMPLY DEAD' ALBUM Review

 

"Some bands have eloquent press sheets with huge descriptive passages that practically sing from the page. Lyrical and evocative, they draw you into another world and invite you to rest your weary bones in a place free from the everyday stress of modern life.  Other bands, however, have song titles that spit in your face and threaten you with ABH. Bands like Dead Arms, for example, who follow in the footsteps of unconventional noiseniks The Jesus Lizard, gleefully making their music an exhilarating endurance test in the process. It’s not big, it’s not pretty (it might be clever, it’s kinda hard to tell), but it sure will leave you a sweating, hapless wreck as the band dispatch ten songs in a mere twenty-five minutes....

 

...Anyone can grab a guitar, turn the volume up to 11 and blaze away in a garage. What separates the likes of Mudhoney, Jesus Lizard and Dead Arms is the barely-concealed gift they have for somehow crafting the most atonal noise into coherent, even memorable, blasts of punk rock fury. White hot and adrenalin-charged it may be, but there’s a malevolent presence beneath the surface scree that will keep you coming back to the record, long after the initial shock of its delivery wears off. Buy it, play it – loud – you may end up with a bloody nose, but you’ll still come up smiling off the floor."

Read The Full Review here  

Read our Six of the Best here

50ThIRDAND3RD -

'SIMPLY DEAD' ALBUM OF THE WEEK

 

"The London quartet clock in with their sophomore record ‘Simply Dead‘ and you can call it noise rock, hardcore, or whatever you want, this record kicks ass.

With Phil Glitter’s brazen guitar attack, the punishing rhythm section of Kitty Techno on drums and Danny 5 Bands on bass, and the manic pipes of General Waste, ‘Simply Dead‘ is 10 tracks of combative vocals and blistering riffs forged into wild two and three-minute joyrides.

Lyrically the record is a sign of the messed up times we are living in, hitting on politics, fascism, immigration, and sex scandals; it reads like a newspaper. ‘Simply Dead‘ is visceral, empowering, and a perfect soundtrack for night driving, battling the Night King, and brain freezes."

Read The Full Review here

12XU -

'SIMPLY DEAD' ALBUM REVIEW

 

"Vier Jahre nach ihrem Debütalbum legt die Londoner Band um Mitglieder von Death Pedals und USA Nails jetzt einen Nachfolger vor - zeitgleich mit dem neuesten Streich der letztgenannten. Selbstsicherer kommen sie dabei rüber mit einem Sound, der einiges an Druck zugelegt hat. Noise Rock und Postcore, der wie ein dumm und stur geradeaus dreschender Cousin der genannten Bands klingt, außerdem hat man dem Penner eine hochdosierte Drive Like Jehu-Infusion verpasst."

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DEAD aIR AT THE PULPIT -

'SIMPLY DEAD' ALBUM REVIEW

 

"On Simply Dead, Dead Arms offer up ten tracks of ugly, raw, and discordant sounding punk, garage rock, and noise rock.  Overall, Simply Dead makes for an awesome listen and definitely should not be missed.  Highly recommended!  Enjoy!"

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BEATS TO THE BAR -

'SIMPLY DEAD' ALBUM REVIEW

 

"Dead Arms, from London (also via Kent and California), have just released their first album since 2015's excellent “All The Hits” and it’s a powerful aural assault. Full of shout-along choruses with pissed off delayed vocals a la David Yow, pulsating drums and vicious guitars. This is a relentlessly fast-paced set of ten songs.

 

They take aim at Nigel Farage (Grandad Hates You), corporate media (Biased Broadcasting Corporation), Hollywood (Tom Hanks), the nostalgia circuit (MacKaye Convention), and the chaos and damage of Brexit (Deceptive Carafe).

 

There is an anger and anxiety that runs through the album. Every song is no-nonsense, with no part lasting too long and great dynamics - the shifting power in the guitar work in Apocalypse Yow, the chugging harmonic section of Biased Broadcasting Corporation into the almost Motorhead-esque verses. The driving bassline, great drum beat and angular guitarwork on Tom Hanks have a real Jesus Lizard-like quality.

This is a great hardcore album.

 

You may like this if you like: The Men, Fucked Up, Anxiety, The Jesus Lizard, At The Drive-In, Lower Slaughter"

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50THIRDAND3RD -

'APOCALYPSE YOW' SINGLE Review

 

"The first salvo from the new album – ‘Apocalypse Yow‘ is an abrasive stomper. Opening with with a Black Flag-esque riff, the track drops into a cacophony of noise, a wall of guitars, a pummeling rhythm section and the scabrous vocals of General Waste.

Lyrically cryptic but accompanied by a video alluding to the shit storm that is Brexit. The title is also possibly a reference to the great David Yow, as Dead Arms certainly play in the Jesus Lizard sandbox."

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AURAL AGGRAVATION -

'SIMPLY DEAD' Album Review

 

"No messing: Dead Arms play proper punk, hardcore style, fast and incredibly furious: the rage burns and pours from every pore, every bar, every note. And yes, the influence of The Jesus lizard on their gritty, dirty, sweaty heft of noise is more than apparent even without single cut ‘Apocalypse Yow’ ... The howling mania and jolting, juddering, lurching rhythm and angular guitars are raw and primitive, and there’s nothing pretty about this. With the majority of the songs clocking in well under the three-minute mark, it’s a short album that achieves maximum impact through sheer brute force."

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THE FRAGMENTED FLÂNEUR -

'SIMPLY DEAD' Album Review

 

"This is music that mainlines direct into your system… music that is immediate and visceral… no pissing about. That does not, however, mean that this is a shallow album as the band deal with elements of politics and culture that are every bit as serious as this album is direct. So while there is absolutely no messing about with this album it is also a real statement in its own terms and is played in a way that is simple but far from amateur… this is punk/ garage, however you want to term it… but it is presented with seasoned dexterity."

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JUST SOME PUNK SONGS -

'SIMPLY DEAD' Album Review

 

"If you're a fan of pissed off noise then it'll be for you. There's songs about a racist called Nigel who immigration drove to racial hate, broadcast news being full of lies (spin is king), homelessness etc. The music is hard hitting, the lyrics often cryptic and relevant to the world around us, it's an album with plenty to say." 

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ECH((10))ES AND DUST -

LIVE Review - CARDIFF PSYCH & NOISE FEST 2019

 

"Dead Arms lean more towards bands like Fucked Up, with a singer who enjoys a good dance in the crowd, and who can’t resist a good political rant between tracks (despite apparently promising himself he’d stay quiet). They put on an absolute powerhouse of a performance"

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rAD_yAUTe -

LIVE Review - POST TENEBRAS ROCK / USINE, GENEVA MAY 2019

 

"Comptant dans ses rangs le gratteux des Death pedals, Dead arms officie dans un punk-rock rentre-dedans et qui file généralement tout droit, un peu comme les précités. La voix âpre et hargneuse du chanteur ajoute une touche davantage hardcore, qui rappelle un peu Poison idea par moment ou même Motorhead."

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Blame it on math-rock: an interview here

OPDUVEL -

'SIMPLY DEAD' ALBUM REVIEW

 

"Simply Dead duurt slechts vijfentwintig minuten, maar van elke noot, elke riff en elk woord spat de urgentie af. Energie, vuiligheid en woede zijn samengebald in tien explosieve tracks waarvan er niet een uit de toon valt. Leve de punk, leve de noise en leve Dead Arms."

Read The Full Review here

666REVOLUTIONSPARMINUTE -

'SIMPLY DEAD' ALBUM REVIEW

 

"Parce que Simply Dead est tout simplement impérial et foudroyant. Il ne se contente pas d’être un disque furieux et abrasif, Simply Dead est tout simplement grand."

Read The Full Review here

BEARDED GENTLEMEN MUSIC -

'SIMPLY DEAD' ALBUM REVIEW

 

"Do you remember a time when FUCKED UP were genuinely worth listening to? Dead Arms do and the results are brilliant. No danger of eighteen-minute long concept songs about the struggles of being an inner city vegan single parent squirrel in ancient Greece or similar bollocks.

 

Simply Dead sounds like it was recorded in a stinking tiny room with carpets your feet stick to and pools of sweat dripping off the ceiling. PROPER.

 

Other reviews of this record seemingly written by cloth-eared fuckwits frequently inaccurately name check THE JESUS LIZARD which is just utter pish, no sinister jazz vibes contained here whatsoever. The actual sonic road map would give directions towards, Keith/Dez era BLACK FLAG, reduced goth quota EIGHTIES MATCHBOX B-LINE DISASTER a bit of MCLUSKY and a shake of some AmRep style unpleasantness. DECENT."

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NORMAN RECORDS -

'SIMPLY DEAD' ALBUM REVIEW

 

"Sometimes there's nothing better than some blackened, chewy, angry noise rock (is there any other kind?) to brighten up your day. London group Dead Arms have released their second studio album 'Simply Dead' (also a super name for a Simply Red metal cover band, incidentally) and it's a proper banger. It careers in with a blast of distortion and thunderous drums, stays that way for about twenty-three minutes, and departs as unceremoniously as it arrived."

Read The Full Review here

50THIRDAND3RD -

2019 SO FAR: MY TOP RECORDS

 

"I always need a little politically charged noise rock in my life and London’s Dead Arms always deliver the goods"

Read The Full Review here

PERTE & FRACAS -

'SIMPLY DEAD' ALBUM REVIEW

 

"Bras morts mais toujours les premiers pour filer des torgnoles de l’enfer. Brutales et vigoureuses avec la traces des doigts qui restent sur la joue. Cinq années pour peaufiner son art de la baston. Et le moins qu’on puisse dire, c’est que les années supplémentaires au compteur n’ont pas calmé leurs ardeurs. Plus punk et sauvage que jamais. Dead Arms va droit au but et les amorces de mélodies, il faut du courage et de la pratique pour les entendre sous la mitraille. Le rythme va grand train, les dix titres dépassent rarement les trois minutes et c’est largement suffisant pour torcher des punk songs qui flattent les tympans tout en les faisant saigner. C’est presque déstabilisant au début. Une rusticité, une aura générale basique et une course en apnée. Quelques écoutes sont essentielles pour s’acclimater, faire les réglages indispensables pour dénicher les riffs qui font feu de tout bois à toute berzingue, les joutes rythmiques furibardes en aller-retour, s’habituer à cette charge rugueuse et sans concession qui finit par délivrer ses secrets et ses purs moments de félicité."

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Meet…Dead Arms –

It’s All About That Bass

"it makes me want to jump in the pit, guzzle beer and swear like a sailor."

Read The Full Interview with 50thirdand3rd.com here

 

Interview with Dead Arms

"As I listen to it, I feel like I am whisked away to a magically trashy punk bar where I am punched in the face by some drunk who then insists on paying for my drinks the rest of the night"

Read The Full Interview with Bearded Gentlemen Music here

Perte & Fracas -

Album Review

 

"Quant au chanteur, il bouffe du papier de verre au petit déjeuner et mon tout est un groupe qui a furieusement digéré les anciens qui traînaient du coté de Wiiija records comme Sun Carriage et Loveblobs en rajoutant une couche de noise-rock ferrailleux, véhément et mal élevé." 

Read The Full Review here

Staticfraction - 

Album Review

"You like Part Chimp?... Todd?... Metz?... Motorhead?... Cigarettes, cheap beer and shots of whiskey?"

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12XU -

Album Review

 

"Ausgezeichneter Garagen-/Noisepunk der neben besagten Death Pedals wahlweise auch mal mal an Pissed Jeans, Hot Snakes, Lo Fat Getting High oder die gestern hier geposteten Beast Fiend erinnern mag. Und natürlich etwas an die unvermeidlichen Jesus Lizard."

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The Monitors -

Live Review

 

 

"It’s a good thing I like the album too as Dead Arms play it song for song, in its running order. It’s fucking great. Bass-heavy punk rock."

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Built On A Weak Spot - 

Album Review

 

"effectively combines some of the rock ‘n’ roll aesthetic that bands like Cows and Vertigo brought to the table"

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Punk Gunk - 

Album Review

 

"totally am rep quality shit right here. heavy-bass riffs and screeching vocals...if jesus lizard, cows, etc. are your thang"

Read The Full Review here

 

UnDerGround ZerO - 

Album Review

"Ce qui a pour résultat que le plaisir est direct et immédiat et ce dés l'ouverture du premier morceau et de sa basse apocalyptique qui, tout au long du disque, entraîne les autres dans une cavalcade sauvage et éprouvante, à la limite du stakhanovisme"

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STORGE - 

LIVE Review

"Dead Arms are probably the heaviest of the night and have a sound littered with riffs reminisent of bands such as The Jesus Lizard."

Read The Full Review here

 

NOT REAL MUSIC - 

EP REVIEW

"a less insane version of Nails, a much more abrasive and noisier version of Idles"

 

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