They made provincial art rock, as re-energised by 1970s American mavericks and the initial British post-punk era. Max Harris and Three Years, their late 1980s highpoints, had the chill, stilted beauty of those more complicated listening experiences. From there, they went backwards into European, British and American experimental sounds creating, at times, a seemingly random terrain of sound peaks and shadowed crevices.
Robbie Yeats was the drummer during The Verlaines’ peak mid-1980s period.
Michael Morley performs and records as Gate. His first duo, Wreck Small Speakers on Expensive Stereos, with Richard Ram, was active in Taradale and Dunedin in the early to late 1980s and released many tapes.
Despite being a wilfully left-field trio, The Dead C were able to pack out Auckland pub venues in the mid-1990s.
Michael Morley - guitar, vocals
Robbie Yeats - drums