Nic Endo White Heat (1998)
DHR’s sole noise release that took everyone by surprise because everyone expected jungle, trash, and techno and got the total opposite. Nic Endo of Atari Teenage Riot questioned the lack of female noise artists and answered it directly by creating five tracks of constant choking, sizzling hot-blast noise and female empowerment. “Instant Balm #1” goes full throttle heaving, kicking, and screeching in all of its amazing glory. The very end of the video blinks a very special message…pay attention or you will literally miss it.
During my community college days before the turn of the millennium, I found only one other DHR fan besides myself who was wearing a Bomb 20 hat. I stopped him and soon after he made eight 120-minute cassettes of DHR stuff, this being one of many he recorded for me. I played it on my Walkman on a train ride to witness the Sensation Art exhibit, the same art exhibit that gave up Chris Ofili’s elephant dung paintings, The Chapman Bros. mannequins, Damien Hirst’s animal cut-ups, and so much more.