hiss explosion

excellent two-man band that evolved out of old-school christchurch lo-fi pioneers squirm featuring mike hex (aka mike brassell, the current head honcho of the arc life record label) on guitar, backed by peter mitchell. hex moved the two-piece south to dunedin in the early 00s, and continues to be a pioneer of the south island lo-fi scene, incorporating simple delay techniques, open chords and melodic singing to create a beautifully sparse sound. 2002’s 66 was perhaps the finest example of hex’s style, and one of the finest albums of the year.
sadly, mike brassell passed away in early 2004, a victim of sudden illness. a memorial gig was crafted in his honour in both christchurch, and his adopted home of dunedin. along with fleur de lis, i put together the christchurch memorial for mike, and many great bands played, giving their respects to a great man. a short detailing of mike’s creative life and a summation of the night can be found here.
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