Formerly known as Bits and Pieces; BnP make Anarchic punky noise that grab you by the jugular. They burst forth out of Christchurch thanks to the rise of 2nd release ‘Welcome to Mediocrity’ which made some waves in critical publications around the country in early 2012. Comprised of Stephen Nouwens (Vocals), Ben Dodd (Bass), John Harris (Guitar / Backing Vocals), ‘The Ghost Of’ Jamie Stratton (Guitar) and Rhett Copland (Drums), all of which have spent some time in the likes of Doctors, the Lonely Harris Club etc.

Discography (picks in bold)

  • I’m in you [June 2011 self-released]
  • Welcome to Mediocrity [February 2012 self-released]
  • Maybe she’s born with it (single) [April 2012 self-released]



wonderful home-brewed recordings from annabelle alpers – the now auckland-based guitarist, keyboardist and singer-songwriter formerly of the supremely under-recognized christchurch troop hawaii five-0.
her debut ep the end of things is full of memorable, catchy pop gems – smothered in quirky electronic textures, and featuring a guest appearance by none-other than mick elborado (scorched earth policy etc), plus former fang drummer andrea holmes.
in 2006 annabelle produced her 2nd release (and full length debut) ‘isolation loops’, leaving arch hill to form her own electroplate recordings and touring with cross-gender musician ‘stefanimal’ for the albums release.
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ballon d-essai

[profile thanks to Rob Mayes]
christchurch based 5 piece. released 2 eps on flying nun records (both of which included comic books), and the band recorded a bunch of other material plus a live show at the hillsborough tavern and much of this appeared on thefailsaferecords release ‘r.i.p.’, another track was also included on the 1984 accident compilation.
the band consisted of mark rastrick on vocals (last heard of as a resident of sydney), scott wilkinson – drums ( now a graphic designer, animator type) matt campbell – bass (now an illustrator in new york) steven macintyre – bass/guitar (went on to join all fall down) and lindsay davis – guitar. lindsay left the band after the first ep and was replaced by lyndon frasier (lyndon and the liars).
the band were relatively entertaining live, doing the art school thing with props and performance. they were interesting for a while in their use of 2 bass guitars and the peter hook melody lines from that sort of line up. they eventually started to write more traditional songs and lost the edge they originally had from being completely crap at playing their instruments.
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auckland hard-core / skate-punk outfit featuring ben lythberg (drums), mike hall (vox – later of pluto and shayne carters’ crica 2004 dimmer funk-band), rhys williams (gat), dean cameron (bass). balance formed the elevenfiftyseven record label as an effort to raise the profile of auckland hardcore, organising tours and promoting bands at any given opportunity.
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barnard’s star

wonderful now-defunct 4-piece shoe-gazers out of the garden city that put out a single, along with a few college radio songs (guitarist marcus worked at local station rdu and the band enjoyed some moderate underground new zealand success) and a stunning 6-track album that turned out to be their parting recording some 2 years later. comparisons could be drawn to my bloody valentine, slowdive and nowhere era ride – but barnard’s star took a decidedly more etheral approach – distilling the shoe-gazer sound to a fine pulsing tone, which was quite a spectacle live.
playing coffee houses and small gigs in sporadic fashion, they became quite the cult act – especially due to their apparent lack of recorded material, so when they broke up in 2002 – their recordings became as scarce as the muscians themselves. guitarist marcus has gone on to form the undercurrents and now has involvement with the creation venue and art-space, whilst bass player helen and guitarist nick went into seclusion, eventually performing (so far a single gig!) material as helen and nick with a synth-drone focus. finally their drummer tyrone (who replaced original drummer fraser and also handled some drum programming and sampling duties on the ep) moved to sydney, forming electro outfit swingingtastybag.
picks in bold

  • ‘miasma’/’object #6’ 7″ lathe-cut [1998 beat atlas]
  • ‘miasma(helena)’/’nebula’ 7″ lathe-cut [1998 beat atlas]
  • barnard star [1999 beat atlas BEAT009] rn

recommended songs
download from

  • terabytes, terawattsrn
  • arc infityrn
  • jupiter spiralrn


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banshee reel

gavin duncan, andrew moen, allan clark, julia deans, chris o’connell and tony coughlan. a country-tinged pre-cursor to deans’ popular fur patrol who self-released a couple of albums in the mid 90s.
picks in bold

  • culture vulture [199? BAN001]
  • an orchestrated litany of lies [1995 BAN002]

bads, the

ex-pats julie dolphin (a successive british pop outfit that even managed tours with oasis throughout the 1990s) split in the ealy 00s, with founding kiwi duo brett adams (himself an ex-mocker) and dianne swan (everything that flies) returning to new zealand shores.
swan and adams formed the bads as a recording duo – utilizing additional musicians to fill in the rhythm section for their live performances, and were eventiually picked up by stephen mccarthys’ fledgling south recordings label, with an album to be released in early 2005.
picks in bold

  • no major releasesrn

bad evil

fuzzy guitar-rock from a stink magnetic one-man band. evil toured as part of the labels one-man band tour in 2006 finding fans of old-fashioned reverby and fuzzed out guitar rock up and down the country.
picks in bold

  • no releasesrn


short-lived wellington hard-rock 3-piece comprised of head like a hole‘s tom watson and nigel reagan, and bolstered by craig terris. put out a 7″ ep on andrew tolley’s excellent kato label.
picks in bold

  • live from russia 7″ ep [kato Kato 10]