Auckland hard-core / skate-punk outfit.
Balance formed the ElevenFiftySeven record label as an effort to raise the profile of Auckland hardcore, organizing tours and promoting bands at any given opportunity.
- Stefan Thompson (Bass, 1994)
- Ben Lythberg (Drums, 1994 – 2000)
- Cyrus (Vocals, 1994 -)
- Mike Hall (Vocals)
- Rhys Williams (Guitar, 1994 – 2000)
- Dean Cameron (Bass)
- Chasing Shadows Cassette EP (1994, Piecemal Records, RD252)
- Mineshaft Burning &” EP (1994, Piecemeal, BALANCE001)
- One Existence (1997, ElevenFiftySeven, 1157 001)
- Never Quit 7″ EP (1998, Shortfuse Records, SFR02)
- Truth Respect And Spirit (1998, ElevenFiftySeven, 1157 004)
- Live Hardcore (1999 W/ State & Grace, DSM, ElevenFiftySeven, 1157 005)
Put out two releases on underground label Root Don Lonie For Cash. Potentially something to do with The Futurians… Or Campbell Kneale?
- Tram To The Rise CDr (Root Don Lonie For Cash, RDL080)
- Dog Lathe 7″ (Root Don Lonie For Cash, RDL088)
Ex-pats The Julie Dolphin (a successive British pop outfit that even managed tours with Oasis throughout the 1990’s) split in the early 2000’s, with founding kiwi duo Brett Adams (himself an ex-Mocker) and Dianne Swan (Everything That Flies, When the cats away) 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 eventually picked up by Stephen McCarthys’ fledgling South Recordings label, with an album to be released in early 2005.
- Dianne Swan (Vocals, Guitar, 2005 -)
- Brett Adams (Guitar, 2005 -)
- Earth From Space [2005, South Recordings, SR0001]
- So Alive 
- Travel Light [2013, Warner Music, 5310561542]
- Losing Heroes [2017, Self-Released, BAD001LP]
Fuzzy guitar-rock from a Stink Magnetic one-man band, Aidan Moody.
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. His party anthem ‘Mermaids Ride UFOs’ was released on the Wolf Party compilation in 2010.
Moody spent a period as The Palace of Wisdom‘s guitarist between 2008 and 2010, before joining Luke Woods surf-guitar group The Grand Chancellors.
- Aidan Moody (Guitar/Vocals)
A fine and surprisingly accessible collaborative band that featured the usually challenging Peter Wright (Guitar) and Dave Khan (Keyboards), with the ever-propulsive drumming of Rustle Covini.
The band lasted throughout 2002 and 2003 before Wright relocated to London, though Khan’s Fostex VF16 Digital 16-track records live on, as the group released a self-titled double-album on both Khans’ kRkRkRk and Wright’s Apoplexy labels in 2004, and subsequently a digital release entitled ‘First to the Sun’ in 2013.
- Peter Wright (Guitar, 2003 – 2004)
- David Khan (Keyboards, 2003 – 2004)
- Rustle Covini (Drums, 2003 – 2004)
- Bootleg CDr EP (2003, Self-released)
- Beautiful Losers Double CDr (2004, kRkRkrk / Apoplexy)
- First to the Sun (2013, Distant Bombs, 994)
One of Rob Scott’s many one-off bands – this time with Andrew Strang.
They put out the Chch To Dunedin cassette on Scotts’ own Every Secret Thing label.
- Chch To Dunedin Cassette (1984, Every Secret Thing, EST 11]
The Belle Motions were a fine pop blast, strongly melodic and guitar led.
They didn’t make much of an impact locally but I remember enjoying the chiming guitar tones and melodies of this band. The band played with guitars handmade by Scott, and Wilson played an eight stringed Hagstrum, which featured a higher octave string next to each of the normal strings.
Ollie Scott is a world authority on Buster Keaton and has written a definitive book on him.
– Rob Mayes at Failsafe Records
Belle Motions sole recording ‘Living‘ was included on Failsafe Records ‘Biding Out Time’ compilation.
David Toland also played with The Playthings, Springloader, Chicane, and Future Stupid.
- Donna Sheene (Vocals/Guitar, 1986?)
- Ollie Scott (Guitars, 1986?)
- David Toland (Drums, 1986?)
- Mark Wilson (Bass, 1986?)
Essentially the rhythm section of a post-breakup Superette.
They released charming single ‘Creep Around The House’ on ‘Introducing…’ – a compilation compiled of artists associated with Howe’s then-fledgling Arch Hill label (which he’d set up with sound engineer Ed Case to release music that had been recorded in Case’s Arch Hill Studio).
Unfortunately it wasn’t long before the duo faded from view – with Howe spending his most of his time with Fang – a group he’d formed with his partner Sonya Waters.
Anderson later resurfaced with The Pencils – a make-shift project based around her own song-writing and a variety of all-star contributors and made a similar appearance on the 2nd Arch Hill label compilation.
- Ben Howe (Guitar/Vocals)
- Greta Anderson (Drums/Vocals)
Christchurch eletro-pop troop that burst onto the All-Ages scene with the super-fun home-recorded MySpace single (‘Nikee’) and then a flurry of live shows, including achieving success as a wildcard entry in the Smoke-Free Rock-Quest regional finals. An exciting mix of electronics, guitar and pulsating rhythm, Bang! Bang! Eche! are Charlie Ryder (guitar), James Sullivan (Drums), T’Nealle Worsley (Bass) and Zach Doney (Vocals / Effects).
The configuration of the group has changed a little over time, specifically shuffling through vocalists – with Emma and Ross (who himself succeeded original vocalist Gino) making way for the absolutely manic Zac in late 2007.
During a chaotic, problematic turn at Southern Amp 2007, James usually Synth-Drum setup failed to function so he quickly moved to the staged (but unamplified!) drum-kit – which went off a treat and since the synth drums have been completely phased out.
In 2008 the group had been building up steam and working on developing their songs with an eye on releasing a debut EP mid-year, though it didn’t actually arrive until September 2009 and was eventually followed by a 2nd in October 2010. By the release of their 2nd EP the group had developed quite a strong on-line presence, but we’re playing less and less (particularly in their home town).
In late 2011 Worsley created the first post-Earthquake music venue for Christchurch with Jasper Bryant-Green (who also runs Gold Sounds records), with the group playing the opening party to a packed crowd.
The group headed their separate ways in 2013. Ryder now plays with one-time tour member Josh Burgess in the popular Yumi Zouma when home from Europe, Sullivan drums for The Salad Boys, whilst both Doney and Worsley have spent time living in Melbourne.
- Charlie Ryder (Guitar/Keyboards, 2007 – 2013)
- James Sullivan (Drums, 2007 – 2013)
- T’Nealle Worsley (Bass, 2007 – 2013)
- Gino Spiteri (Vocals, 2007)
- Emma Kim (Vocals, 2007)
- Ross Heath (Vocals, 2007)
- Perry Mahoney (Keyboards/Guitar/Bass, 2007 – 2008)
- Josh Burgess (2007)
- Zach Doney (Vocals/Effects/Keyboards, 2007 – 2013)
- Bang! Bang! Eche! EP (2008, Self-Released)
- Sonic Death Cunttt EP (2009, Self-Released)
- UR THE BEST EP (2013, Self-Released)
2nd generation pop rockers that aren’t too bad.
A young Liam (son of Neil) Finn started playing music in his pre-teen years, and he developed quite an ear for good melody. Joined by Matt Eccles (son of Australian hero Brent Eccles of The Angels), Chris Garland and Joe Bramley, they continued to improve and improve, both live and on record beyond their teenage years.
For quite a time they were a very popular across New Zealand and then spreading into Australia, building up a strong catalog of singles and albums, having a heavy video presence, whilst still retaining some level of independent credibility – even splitting from Flying Nun around the time of their amalgamation into the international Festival Mushroom Group.
Eventually Finn would go on to record his own solo material, finding even further success.
- Liam Finn (Guitar/Vocals, 1997 – 2006)
- Matt Eccles (Drums, 1997 – 2006)
- Chris Garland (Guitar, 1997 – 2006)
- Joe Bramley (Bass/Vocals, 1997 – 2006)
- Betchadupa EP (2000, Flying Nun Records, FN445)
- The 3D EP (2001, Flying Nun Records, FN455)
- Awake CD Single (2001, Sputnik Records, NZROCKPRO1)
- Dirty Creature (w/ King Kapisi 2001, Self-Released)
- Man On My Left CD Single (2001, Sputnik Records, NZROCKPRO2)
- Sleepy News EP (2002, Flying Nun Records, FN461)
- Supa Day Single (2002, Flying Nun Records, FN464)
- The Alphabetchadupa (2002, Flying Nun Records, FN465)
- Move Over EP (2003, Liberation Music, LIBSP5086.2)
- Who’s Coming Through The Window EP (2004, Liberation Music, LIBEP6132.2)
- Aiming For Your Head CD Single (2004, Liberation Music, LIBCD61332)
- My Army of Birds and Gulls EP (2005, Liberation Music, LIBSP7160.2)