Desperate Measures

Profile by Rob Mayes
Desperate Measures were Christchurch’s answer to pop punk, a couple of years after the whole sex pistol thing, but they were fun and had a few good songs for all the punk posturing. they had a reasonably heavy following, or it seemed so at the time. the band featured eugene butcher – vocals (now doing something in multi media in london where he has lived for 10 years), eric vandenhoven – bass guitar (later of evasive action, southern front, iceland, champion beat and now doing chef things in auckland), shane – guitar (now runs an auckland recording studio), greg – drums.
the band managed to record and self release a 4 song ep 1984, as well as a live to multi track set which ended up as the firstfailsaferecords release, wasted again (b/w unauthorised). as with many rough punk bands the measures spawned a number of talented musicians, notably eric vandenhoven, who’s inventive bass playing went on to encourage and influence many local musicians.
picks in bold

  • 1984 ep [1982 desperate times DT216] rn
  • desperate measures [1984 w/ unauthorised failsafe SAFE001]

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