feast of stevens

feast of stevens were andrew coy – guitar/vocals, hamish anderson – guitar/vocals, glenn fletcher – drums, with first bassist andrew leslie bass/guitar/vocals, then jon trimble – bass. their sound is definitely new zealand – melodic and human , but their tight playing and dynamic punch set them in their own space, related to but different from other nz guitar bands. the feasties have been performing since december 1989 and hail from palmerston north. they have made several low key jaunts around the country including an orientation tour to the south island in march of this year.
they released their own independently distributed 7 song cassette in november 1990 and contributed 2 songs to the yellow bike records dynamite groove cd compilation of palmerston nth bands in 1991. the band consist of two guitarists / vocalists in andrew coy and hamish anderson, with glen fletcher on drums and john trimble on bass. in march of 1992 they met up with rob mayes of failsafe records and successfully applied for an arts council grant which with renewed enthusiasm lead to the etch ep.
the band performed a release party in their home town of palmerston north with fellow label mates throw performing as a 2 piece for the rnevent. the concert did not go with out problems when on the morning of the event drummer fletcher went missing and could not be found. fletcher had checked himself into a psychiatric hospital, and the band had to retrieve him narrowly making the bands show. further recordings were done in january 93 at auckland’s york street studios with nick roughan (bailter space, skeptics, david kilgour, writhe studios). nine tracks were completed of which three have been released on seven inch single. soon after the recordings hamish anderson made a departure from the band leaving the band a three piece.
etch is the very extended seven track ep, recorded at wellington’s word of mouth studios in seven days, and mastered at marmalade studios with the infamous nigel stone. fast and fresh. the ep is the result of a qeii arts council new recording artist scheme grant and was co-produced with failsafe’s rob mayes, (dolphin & throw, avalanche eps) and features some searing guitar tracks such as “eyes”, and “alone at home” as well as melodic gems such as “sunday” and somewhere in between you get

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