christchurch 5 piece (from the mid to late 80s) originally started life as a 4 piece with blair parkes (guitar / vocal), campbell taylor (bass), easther mcnaughton (violin / vocals), and brett lupton (drums). lupton was later replaced by bert aldridge and the band also acquired steven macintyre (guitar/vocals).
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.
Discography (picks in bold)
- My Brand New Wallpaper Coat [1987 Flying Nun FN89]
dunedin based outfit comprised of nick wilkinson, bruce blucher (trash), 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 supicious 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-90s outfit cyclops. wilkinson went way up north into obscurity, whilst cournane joined the verlaines, and later the skiffle group the weetbix boys, performing settling in to make a living as a touring jazz musician (with the likes of c.l. bob).
prolific underground muso andrew spittle’s (dating godot) latest project, incorporating guitar and spittle’s lyrical touch.
dark exressway post-punk outfit featuring rachel shearer (guitar/vocals – later to become lovely midget), michael morley (guitar – dead c, wreck small speakers), stella corkery (drums) and deborah hinden (bass), 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‘ dienke jansen and rechristened the band queen meanie puss.
auckland based 3-piece punk outfit. formed in 1999 and comprised of kirk dyson (guitar), kyle travis (bass) and alastair mace (drums).
energetic screaming, rugged rythms 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 (drums) and j-mz robinson in 1995 in a purely punk flavor, after a few successfull 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 (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.
picks in bold
- dunedin punks 7 cassette [1997 a stabbies and the rocket recording]
- off [1998 esctatic peace]
- ‘doomtown fuzz’/’better dead than red’/’202’ lathe-cut 7″ [dirtlove]
- split ep lathe-cut 7″ [w/ the ho dogs dirtlove]
- ‘i just don’t get it’/’motor ella’/’i think you’d better leave’ lathe-cut 7″ [dirtlove]
- secrets of japanese nationalism double 8″ lathe-cut [ crawlspace / dirtlove]
- crownsatnov11 cassette [w/ murdering mosters slag strutSS2]
- off [2001 mental telemetry tele003]
christchurch rock outfit from the mid 2000s.
picks in bold