Disconnection

by Deadly Cradle Death

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The story goes that in 2011 He Fan (lead singer and guitarist of Birdstriking) was on tour with Carsick Cars at SXSW, and shared a bill with itinerant noise-head Sewn Leather. Inspired by this collision of punk attitude, piercing feedback, and melted hip hop and techno rhythms, when He Fan got back to Beijing he and Liu Xinyu (founding guitarist of Chui Wan and currently of Sleeping Dogs) started experimenting on iPads, computers, and cheap keyboards. For the next few years Deadly Cradle Death would pop up at now defunct venues in the city, like D-22, Raying Temple, and later on XP. Their live sets could involve masks, or light bulbs shining directly into the audience’s faces, with high-pitched noise giving way to He Fan’s screams and the thudding beats that Liu Xinyu played by hand. Deadly Cradle Death stood out for offering two indie-kids’ creative mishearing of production techniques from hip hop and the EDM that was just hitting the Chinese mainstream. It was like the experience of hearing those genres for the first time with zero context: a pure distillation of dark, alien pop music.

But then, not much happened. As Birdstriking and Chui Wan started touring the world, there wasn’t as much time to put half-broken electronic junk on top of tables. The band released a split single with the Telescopes on Genjing Records in 2015, but was otherwise mostly silent until a trickle of live dates began in 2018. So why a Deadly Cradle Death album in 2020? Beijing is a very different city than it was a decade ago, and He Fan and Liu Xinyu are not the upstart kids of the music scene. In fact, this album has already been recorded as early as 2012, but the band was still hesitating because this version was too delicate. In 2019, they finally think out that the strong rough feeling of the live performances should be restored in this album, so for now we have this re-recorded album after a long waiting.


Two reasons stand out: first of all, it turns out that when your main gig is composing psychedelic pop anthems, even your noise jams will be extremely catchy. Many may remember the duo for the intensity of their live shows, but it is also hard to listen to a song like “Modern People Hate Old Psychedelic Song” without getting it stuck in your head. The fact that the song in question is built out of not much more than extended synthesizer notes, the pounding electronic approximation of a floor tom, and He Fan shouting about people disliking old guitar rock just goes to show the extent of his and Liu Xinyu’s craft. Secondly, free of the expectations and genre limits placed on their other bands, Deadly Cradle Death is a space for the two musicians to mess around with sound, genuinely experimenting just for the fun of it.


Listen to the dancehall backbeat and clave-like percussion of “Animal Thing”; the feedback squeals and out-of-control bells of “Coffee Trip”; the bizarre goth trip hop of “长梦” (Long Dream); or the electronically reconstructed drone rock dirge of closing track “Everything Is Yours”: only Deadly Cradle Death would make these sounds and think to put them together on the same album.

Disconnection Order (断线指令) doesn’t present itself as definitive statement so much as a document of two talented friends playing music together, trying out whatever ideas come to mind—and precisely because of this, if we listen closely, within the cacophony and contradictions, we might actually learn a lot about the past ten years in Beijing and in music.


Written by Simon Frank

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Track Name: Deadly Keithyeetal
you can cheat me I can give you help
you can cheat me I can give you help
now i came high be a shut down
now i can high loving is lost
Wo DE KA LI is loving BAO
everybody any give me help
you can copy each one loving DAO
really way any like her
deadly lover listens
deadly lover listens
deadly lover listens
deadly lover listens
dead lover listening
dead lover listening
dead lover listening
dead lover listening
LI WE SHAI YI FAI did the sad
love is SHAI YI SHAI I can dead
love is SHAI you see I can dead
love is SHAI YI SHAI I can dead
so many so many so many
Love is shit ~~~~~
Love is shit VCR ~~~~
Love is shit VCR ~~~~
LOVE IS SHIT
LOVE IS SHIT
LOVE IS SHIT
DEADLY LOVER LISTEN
LOVE IS SHIT BE MY SAD
LOVE IS SHIT BE MY SAD
LOVE IS SHIT BE MY SAD
LOVE IS SHITTING IN MY BED
LOVE IS SHIT BE MY SAD
LOVE IS SHIT BE MY SAD
LOVE IS SHIT BE MY SAD
LOVE IS SHITTING IN MY BED
OHHHHHH
she is near
she is near
she is near
she is near
iF I SAD
iF I SAD
IF I SAD
YOU CAN TRY each loving part
YOU CAN TRY each loving part
YOU CAN TRY each loving part
Hear this all
Hear this all
Track Name: Modern People Hate Old Psychedelic Song
modern people hate old psychedelic song
modern people hate old psychedelic song
modern people hate old psychedelic song
modern people hate old psychedelic song

we are fear to hear the sound of earthquake
hold the iPhone listen to the rubbish
we do like to chase the wealth
two feet with nice shoe
we don’t like to break the rules
psychedelic is out of the way
we are fear to see the sun god face
dying worms make some noise
Track Name: Animal Thing
We are the souls from thousands years to now
The holographic universe
From the big bang to now that’s all
We are the information animal from thousands years to now from the big bang to now
Your brain inside is totally dark
Why you see the sun
The sun in your brain or in the uninverse
You don’t know the answer
Your brain inside is totally silence
Why you hear the song
The song in your brain or in the live house
You don’t know the answers
How about touch man how about touch the animal how about feel another soul how about feel another soul
How about get something yours
You don’t know the answer
You animal
All animal things
Track Name: Endless Dream
只有黑夜
黑夜都知道
黑夜在吸收白天的信息和暗能量
带领我们走向梦的天堂
或者暗示着死亡
太阳太真实
每天拖着的影子
社会太真实
不断怀疑自我的意识
Oh shit 音乐太真实
变得不是乐趣
生活太真实
慢慢变成身上的链子

我只能在这里寻找真实的意义
却要带着和我毫不相关的信息
进入微机了
火星发现水了
只有觉醒字幕组
告诉我世界是幻觉的
每天做着一个梦接一个梦
内容不重样
给我生命标注出记号
这下我发现我仿佛进入一个沙箱
它陪我出生一直到我死掉
当白天的长梦再给不了我新鲜
当白天的长梦只存在幻觉的时间
我发现我两手空空
晃荡在地铁中
机器无意识
空间有只大手


这些我歌唱的不知重复几万遍
同样的荒野不知重复多少年
在长梦中
太多的纷杂无聊
在长梦里
我们无法拒绝谎言
在长梦里
我们根本看不见
在长梦里
看不见
在长梦里
我们必须减少误差
在长梦里
我们攀比物质奢华
在长梦里
我们遵守利己排他
在长梦里
宇宙的梦在不断扩大
长梦
长梦
长梦
长梦
Track Name: Fight Or Die
I can’t see you
see you no more all all all all
all dead
we will lost we will lost in the heaven door
die die die die die die die
die die die die fight or die
Track Name: NOISE IS DYING (cover song by Sewn Leather)
Noise is dying
Punk’s been dead
The only rock n’ roll rapes in your mind
Track Name: Everything Is Yours
lonely man I hear you get up
you get up
why lonely man hear you get up
you say I know why
i know why
you say
next time I will save your world
next time I will save your world
this lonely dream
donald trump
next time I will save your world
next time I will save your world
this lonely don
this lonely don
Donald trump
Donald trump
It's a lonely Donald
Everything is yours
If
Everything is yours
Everything is yours
Everything is yours
Everything is yours
Everything is yours before i get up
before I get up
I get up get get up
everything is yours before i get up wake up
I should wake me up
I should wake me up
I should wake me up
I should i should i should i should
wake me up
lonely dreamer trump
lonely dreamer trump
lonely dreamer trump
lonely dreamer trump