musician from Australia, known for his work in several small-time bands as well as his own solo work. The former is usually well received, while the latter is polarizing, to say the least. He runs a small record label called Cantankerous Records along with Carey Knight, with who he has done multiple collaborations.
He's gained a small amount of popularity through Snuff Budgies, considered an underground favorite in the world of Harsh Noise
in which he showed the ability to use static as a means to create a song, in similar ways Merzbow
usually does, and his jazz trio New Miracle Force, in which he showcased his abilities as a drummer.
Then, there's his solo work. This is where things get particularly strange for Mr. Dennis. His stage name as a soloist is "Fuck, The Retarded Girl." Here, he covers all manner of styles and means, from eerie drone and industrial to Harsh Noise
laden with Sensory Abuse
, running everything from sampled vinyls to powertools. He's rather prolific, too; While not at the same level of Dental Work or RedSK, he can put out as many as 15 recordings or more a year. He can be an utterly trying musician, but his style is known for its unique atmosphere.
As whether or not he can technically be considered a musician is a topic of heated debate,
we suggest quite strongly that the Rule of Cautious Editing Judgment
contains examples of the following tropes:
- All There in the Manual: His solo music is allegedly a comment on what is acceptable in society, inspired by a group of mentally handicapped foulmouths, so says his MySpace Page as Fuck, The Retarded Girl.
- Bestiality Is Depraved: "Two Zoophiles," off the Dead Horse Tapes.
- Born in the Wrong Century: He draws a lot of influence from the first half of the 20th century.
- Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: Two Zoophiles. The track opens with an atonal drone before the sample kicks in.
- Careful With That Axe: At least one live set saw him screaming into a microphone.
- Contemptible Cover: A lot of them.
- Epic Rocking: The title track from "The Dead Horse Tapes" is over 35 minutes long, and that's just one example.
- Everything Is an Instrument: He did one track with a power drill and a record player.
- Exactly What It Says on the Tin: Everything he did in Snuff Budgies prior to Red Tape was named after its packaging. However, to its credit, a red X made of tape was featured prominently on the cover of Red Tape...
- Genre Roulette: Harsh Noise, creepy industrial, tape music, Noise Rock, modern classical, drone, even a mixtape!
- Harsh Noise: His genre of choice.
- Intentionally Awkward Title: As Fuck, the Retarded Girl
- I Have Many Names: Fuck, the Retarded Girl, Danii Minoise, Electric Dress...
- Joke Item/Promotional Powerless Piece of Garbage: Among the things he did for Cantankerous Records is an edition of seven 7" vinyl E Ps which he boiled, covered in spray paint, and dinged up quite thoroughly.
- One of Us: Volume Three of his works as Electric Dress is referred to as the Jigglypuff Theme edition, the cover art of FTRG's "Abuse" is taken from a hentai film, he collects (and is occasionally inspired by) vintage porn, and he has been known to take roots from classical music as well.
- He's also somewhat of a geek in the context of the noise scene as well; among the artists he claims to have influenced his works as Fuck, the Retarded Girl, he cites The Gerogerigegege, a Japanese musician who hasn't released an album in almost ten years, whose entire known discography is nigh impossible to find, and whom a single CD by can fetch for ridiculous sums.
- Sensory Abuse: Par for the course in his line of work.
- Serial Escalation— Just when you think something like Lou Reed's Metal Machine Music was downright unlistenable, Kyle's stuff proves that you can get much, MUCH worse.
- Shout Out:
- The more obvious one: His "Electric Dress" persona takes its name from a live show Merzbow was part of.
- The less obvious one: Danii Minoise is both a jab at Danii Minogue, Kylie Minogue's sister, and a nod to an obscure British artist nicknamed Kylie Minoise.
- Up to Eleven: His treatment of the already extreme noise scene.