ben howe formed fang after superette broke up while simultaneously recording material with fellow superette chum greta anderson (as ben and greta). an eclectic 3-piece with songs from all three members; howe (bass / vocals), kiwi music veteran sonya waters (guitar / keyboards / vocals) and andrea holmes (drums). their debut featured a couple of very catchy singles, but was written and produced in a somewhat haphazard fashion, making for an uneven album.
touring with the likes of guitarist francis hunt (stereobus) and violinist bronwyn robertson, they became quite a sturdy live outfit in the early 00s, though holmes left the band around this time. unfortunately their follow-up somewhere out there wasn’t much of an improvement, as it lacked songs with the hook of their earlier singles.
2004 sees the band with another new line-up, along with a new album (swim up stream) due out before the end of the year. new members bronwen robertson (violin/guitar), tom clark (guitar) and brignall wood (drums) complete the new line-up, still based around the core unit of waters and howe.
picks in bold

  • employee of the month ep [1999 arch hill AHR002]
  • the origin of the species [2000 arch hill AHR004]
  • somewhere out there [2002 arch hill AHR008]
  • swim up stream [2004 arch hill AHR012]

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