Alchemy

Biography

Christchurch hard-rock-with-female-vocals type group from the mid 00’s.

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Alien

Biography

Approximate time period – 1982 – 1983, Alien were comprised of John Kelcher (Sneaky Feelings), Tucker, and Nick Hall.

They were particularly of interest because of their moody melody tinged music, and reasonably outstanding in their song writing.

The band played sporadically, and low key, which would explain their relatively unknown status.

They went on to mutate into ‘The Wang” who I never actually saw play, but apparently included 2 bassists in the line-up, Mike Kime of Expendables and Breathing Cage fame being the other bassist…

– Rob Mayes

Members

  • John Kelcher (Bass)
  • Tucker (Guitar)
  • Nick Hall (Drums/Vocals)

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Alien8

Biography

Wellington 5-piece in the rock/metal/prog vein (not to be confused with the British electronic act of the same name) who self-released their debut EP in 2000.

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All Fall Down

Biography

Christchurch 5 piece (from the mid to late 80’s) originally started life as a 4 piece with Blair Parkes, Campbell Taylor, Easther McNaughton and Brett Lupton.

Lupton was later replaced by Bert Aldridge and the band also acquired Steven MacIntyre.

The band were a favorite support act for visiting Flying Nun bands and eventually released an EP on that label. The band did have a knack for a good melodic hook, but had an off putting feyness to them occasionally.

MacIntyre straightened the band out a lot with his well crafted simple tunes, perfectly captured in the wonderful actifed blues.

Parks and Aldridge went on to form Creeley, with Sneaky Feelings man John Kelcher, MacIntyre left for Asian worlds, Campbell moved into video production.

Members

  • Blair Parkes (Guitar/Vocal)
  • Campbell Taylor (Bass)
  • Easther McNaughton (Violin/Vocals)
  • Brett Lupton (Drums)
  • Bert Aldridge (Drums)
  • Steven MacIntyre (Guitar/Vocals)

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All Red Cables

Biography

Prolific underground muso Andrew Spittle’s (Dating Godot) latest project, incorporating guitar and Spittle’s lyrical touch.

Members

  • Andrew Spittle (2004 – 2010)

Discography

  • Under Volcano Fields: All the Hits 2004 – 2010 (2012, Epic Sweep, ES019)

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Alpaca Brothers

Biography

Dunedin based outfit comprised of Nick Wilkinson, Bruce Blucher and a young Steve Cournane.

They were fast furious guitar [band] with thumping bass, made one EP and had a great song called ‘The Infinite Tick’. Later they became Trash Hotel [who recorded as just Trash] and were involved in a more theatrical chaos.. Started performing The Trash Hotel at the art gallery … infamous performance and that ended with a suspicious burglary of the art gallery.. no one found to blame.

Later Bruce and Nick wanted to take The Trash Hotel overseas and went to Thailand and bought a bar here they were to form the real “Trash Hotel” although it was short lived as the local prostitutes that wanted to protect their patch forced the boys to leave by gunpoint.

– Donald Harman (ex-Weetbix Boys)

Blucher returned to Dunedin, performing alongside Sandra Bell and in the mid-90’s outfit Cyclops. Wilkinson went way up North into obscurity, whilst Cournane joined The Verlaines, and later the skiffle group the Weetbix Boys, eventually settling in to make a living as a touring jazz musician (with the likes of C.L. Bob).

Members

  • Bruce Bluchers (Guitar/Vocals, 1984 – 1986)
  • Nick Wilkinson (Bass/Vocals, 1984 – 1986)
  • Steve Cournane (Drums/Vocals, 1984 – 1986)
  • Paul Cahill (Guitar, 1985? – 1986)
  • Peter Gutteridge (Keyboards, 1986)
  • Ivan Purvis (Vocals, 1986)
  • Norma O’Malley (Vocals, 1986)

Discography

  • Legless EP (1986, Flying Nun Records, FN050)

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Alternate Dischord

Biography

Auckland based 3-piece punk outfit.

Formed in 1999 and comprised of kirk dyson (guitar), kyle travis (bass) and alastair mace (drums).

Members

  • Kirk Dyson (Guitar, 1999)
  • Kyle Travis (Bass, 1999)
  • Alastair Mace (Drums, 1999)

Discography

  • AD 2003 (2003)

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The Amazing Carlton Heston

Biography

Industrial noise improv collective out of Palmerston North as a Skeptics off-shoot (with appearances by David D’Ath, Nick Roughan and Rob Gauld).

Formed with a couple shows at Massey University before settling in to a residency at the (then new) Snail Clamps venue, as detailed in the liner notes to their cassette ‘Synthe Vs Friction X C.Juuuuuusz’, released on Industrial Tapes.

The History of The Amazing Carlton Heston

 

Members

  • P. Harvey (Synthe, 1983 – 1984)
  • S. Jones (Synthe, 1983 – 1984)
  • Nick Roughan (Synthe, 1983 – 1984)
  • P. Davis (1983 – 1984)
  • S. Downey (1983 – 1984)
  • Rob Gauld (1983 – 1984)
  • David D’Ath (1983 – 1984)
  • P. Cook (1983 – 1984)

Discography

  • Synthe Vs Friction X C.Juuuuuusz cassette (1984, Industrial Tapes, Industrial010)

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Kyle M. Adcock

Biography

Dunedin musician with 2 Peter King Lathe releases to his name.

Members

  • Kyle M. Adcock (1995 – 1996)

Discography

  • Mouse-trapped: demos in disguise lathe-cut (1995, Self-Released)
  • Girl in the green beret 7″ lathe-cut (1996, Self-Released)

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Angelhead

Biography

Dark Xpressway post-punk outfit featuring Rachel Shearer (Lovely Midget), Michael Morley (The Dead C, Wreck Small Speakers on Expensive Stereos), Stella Corkery and Deborah Hinden.

Pretty much in the same vein (and influenced by) other port-chalmers based bands of the era.

Eventually Angelheads’ Shearer, Hinden and Corkery took on board Flak / Teeth guitarist Dienke Jansen and rechristened the band Queen Meanie Puss.

Members

  • Rachel Shearer (Guitar/Bass/Vocals, 1990 – 1991)
  • Michael Morley (Guitar/Vocals, 1990 – 1991)
  • Stella Corkery (Drums, 1990 – 1991)
  • Deborah Hinden (Bass/Guitar/Vocals, 1990 – 1991)

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