Energetic screaming, rugged rhythms and a sloppy swagger that suits anyone looking for a glaring upheaval of standard musical thoroughfare…” “…equivalent to a hyperactive Daniel Johnston recklessly exorcising himself of inner demons with the help of the finest extra-lo-fi equipment.
– Andrew Magilow; Splendid Magazine
‘Destructo-rock’ outfit extraordinaire. Originally formed in Dunedin by Matt Middleton (aka Crude), Rustle Covini and j-Mz Robinson in 1995 in a purely punk flavor, after a few successful parties and the odd gig, j-Mz was replaced by Shaun Jury – the line-up that released the debut ‘My Right to Riches’ LP.
Crude’s Matt Middleton has erupted from the shackles of noise to stomp the grounds of sonic punkdom. Following his forefathers in bands like The Pin Group, Henchmen, and La De Da’s, monsieur Middleton has carved a new sound.
– Forced Exposure
By 1997 Stefan Neville (Pumice / The Futurians) had replaced Covini, but then left in 1998 – off to Auckland, along with Shaun. Pat Kraus (drums) and Fyfe (bass) made up the numbers for the rest of the bands career, eventually releasing the ‘Off’ LP before splitting in 2001.
Matt Middleton (Guitar/Vocals/Keyboards/Saxophone/Drums, 1995 -)
Rustle Covini (Drums)
James Robinson (Bass)
Shaun Jury (Bass/Guitar
Stefan Neville (Drums)
Pat Kraus (Drums)
Jason Barrett (Bass/Saxophone)
Edie Stevens (Bass)
Lynton Denovan (Drums)
Malcolm Deans (Drums)
College Rock Cassette (1997, Dirtlove Records)
I Just Don’t Get It 7″ Lathe (1997, Dirtlove)
Dunedin Punks 7 Cassette (1997, A Stabbies And The Rocket Recording)
Doomtown Fuzz Lathe-Cut 7″ (1997, Dirtlove)
My Right To Ritches LP (1999, Ecstatic Peace!, E#4b)
Split Ep Lathe-Cut 7″ (W/ The Ho Dogs, Dirtlove)
Secrets Of Japanese Nationalism Double 8″ Lathe-Cut (Crawlspace / Dirtlove)
Crown Sat Nov 11 Cassette (W/ Murdering Monsters 2001, Slag Strut Records)
Off (2001, Mental Telemetry, Tele003)
Ugly Ambition (2009, Artless Intent, AI006)
Dusk Husk 7″ Lathe (2010, Epic Sweep, ES002)
Live at the Crown Cassette (2011, Epic Sweep, ES011)
Reguiling atonal plonkery and profound multi-stringed shingle slides by two irrepressible young guns utterly oblivious to the fact that most people wanted to stone them to death with spare change. I can’t believe we did this in public.
– Campbell Kneale describing his work on the Crest95 album
Campbell Kneale (Guitar/Electronics, 1995?)
Matt Lee (Guitar/Samples/Keyboards/Vocals, 1995?)
Airport lathe-cut 10″ EP (Celebrate Psi Phenomenon)
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.
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.
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).
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.
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)
Synthe Vs Friction X C.Juuuuuusz cassette (1984, Industrial Tapes, Industrial010)