Harsh Noise 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 be followed.
Kyle Dennis 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.
- Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: VERY HARD 11, par the course of harsh noise.
- 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.
- 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.