Garry Bradbury, revered experimental artist and former Severed Heads member, has died

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  • The British-born musician also performed as part of The Wet Taxis and Hiroshima Chair.
  • Garry Bradbury, revered experimental artist and former Severed Heads member, has died image
  • British-born, Sydney-based experimental electronic musician Garry Bradbury has passed away. Born in 1960, Bradbury was best known for his work with experimental group Severed Heads in the early '80s. He collaborated with frontman Tom Ellard on four albums—Clean, Blubberknife, Since The Accident and City Slab Horror—and a compilation called Clifford Darling, Please Don't Live In The Past. Bradbury played on Severed Heads' most successful single, 1983's "Dead Eyes Opened." Ellard posted a series of photographs of Bradbury on his Twitter.
    San Francisco label Dark Entries, which has reissued several Severed Heads records, also shared a tribute. In addition to Severed Heads, Bradbury formed experimental outfit Hiroshima Chair in 1981 with musicians Tokyo Rose and Montgomery Smythe, and played in industrial noise band The Wet Taxis. He also made music under a few solo aliases. His first LP released under his own name, Drug Induced Sex Rituals, came out in 1990. Italian artistic director and curator Alessio Cavallaro, who collaborated with Bradbury, wrote about the late artist on his Facebook page, describing him as "An iconoclast of experimental/electronic music in Australia." Listen to "Dead Eyes Opened" by Severed Heads.
    Photo: Tom Ellard on Twitter