christchurch 4-piece with a heavy birthday party flavour and nick-cave look-alike guitarist, comprised of janus currie (vocals), herbert palmer (guitar / accordian), kris taylor (drums) and rush jopson (bass). these guys exploded onto the local scene in late 2004, claiming an unlucky 3rd place in the annual round up band competition at the dux de lux (behind excellent wall-of-sound propogators happy palace in 2nd and under-performing victors chickenyard) before anybody had ever heard of them. somehow they’ve managed to emerge fully-formed, with a tight and effective rhythm section, some killer guitar and top notch off-kilter vocal spasms (say mark e smith meets a kiwi accent).
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- soft machine [2004 self-released]