Stephen Cogle, Alan Meek, Tony O’Grady, Peter Stapleton and (for the later period) Mary Heney – most of whom also formed Scorched Earth Policy with Brian Crook (em>The Renderers, Bible Black, Bathysphere) and eventually made their mark with the legendary Terminals. The Victor Dimisich Band’s recordings (an original Flying Nun EP and the extremely lo-fi live document Mekong Delta Blues – a cassette only Xpressway release) are highly collectable and very hard to find (despite being reissued with bonus tracks in 1997 on the Medication label), and show Cogle and Stapleton just developing their dark and morbid style (after spending time with Bill Direen‘s many bands).
Contemporaries to Christchurch’s Pin Group and the early rattlings of Bill Direen‘s Bilders, in fitting with the “Christchurch sound” at the time they favored something of a denser and darker than their southern Dunedin neighbours, expressed through a bleak vision and Velvet Underground inspired abandon.
– Dan Vallor: Taken from Popwatch #9
Discography (picks in bold)
- Native Waiter 7″ EP [1982 Flying Nun]
- Victor Dimisich Band 12″ Ep[1983 Flying Nun Fnvd001]
- The Mekong Delta Blues Cassette [1988 Xpressway Xway08]
- Native Waiter 7″ EP [Reissue Crawlspace Space005] Rn
- My Name Is K [Compilation Medication Med002]