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The Bads

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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.

Members

  • Dianne Swan (Vocals, Guitar, 2005 -)
  • Brett Adams (Guitar, 2005 -)

Discography

  • Earth From Space [2005, South Recordings, SR0001]
  • So Alive [2009]
  • Travel Light [2013, Warner Music, 5310561542]
  • Losing Heroes [2017, Self-Released, BAD001LP]

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Bad Evil

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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.

Members

  • Aidan Moody (Guitar/Vocals)

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Baconfoot

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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.

Terris and Watson went on to form Cassette.

Members

  • Tom Watson (Guitar)
  • Nigel Reagan (Guitar)
  • Craig Terris (Drums/Bass/Vocals)

Discography

  • Live From Russia 7″ EP (1997, Kato, KATO10)

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Bailter Space

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Starting life as the Gordons, Bailter Space were one of the most abrasive aggressive and (primarily) loudest bands to ever emerge out of Christchurch and the Flying Nun scene of the early 80s. Comprised of Alister Parker on guitar/vox, John Halvorsen on bass and Brent Mclachlan on drums, the Gordons were the sonic exploration end of the dunedin sound, creating tremendous walls of weedback and distortion, never seen before on the New Zealand scene. Parker’s deadpan monotone growl was the icing on the cake in these early albums, and the Gordons were reasonably successful as a local act before disintegrating in 1986, releasing two solid albums on Flying Nun.

Parker formed Bailter Space in 1987 (initially as Nelsh Bailter Space), retaining his role from the Gordons years, but bringing in the Clean‘s Hamish Kilgour on lead guitar, the Pin Group‘s Ross Humphries on bass and Glenda Bills on drums. This line-up never seemed to settle though, with Kilgour switching to drums, Humphries and Bills leaving the group to make way for original Gordons bass player John Halvorsen to resume the bass playing role. This line-up recorded their stunning, ear-bashing debut Tanker, but once Kilgour had rejoined the Clean full time again in time for 1989’s Modern Rock, Brent Mclachlan was brought back in to complete the original Gordons line-up.

Through out the 90s, Bailter Space continued to release brilliant, dense rock albums, cultivating their wall-of-sound to the point of My Bloody Valentine comparisons, but Bailter Space were always more aggressive and indeed louder than their Irish cousins. After several impressive North American tours, Matador signed the band for American distribution, releasing the 4 song ep The Aim to a burgeoning US audience. The positive feedback that Vortura and Wammo (their mid 90s classics) receieved led to the band relocating to New York.

After adapting to a looser, more ‘Indie’ sound with 97s Capsul, the band then set about a less hectic schedule, gradually developing their sound at a more relaxed pace, taking several years between Capsul and Solar.3, even after the more considerable amount of press these albums receieved. In 2004 the (newly coporatized) Flying Nun / Festival Mushroom Group issued a best-of compilation compiling the history of Bailter Space. Though put together and designed by the band themselves and contains many classic character-defining Bailter Space songs, the compilation skimps on any band info or details along with some of the more direct and obvious compilation choices, leaving their albums (particularly Tanker and Wammo) much better starting points for the band.

After a lengthy hiatus whilst the members were living in various cities in New Zealand and the United States, Bailter Space re-emerged in 2012 with new recordings on the Arch Hill label – previewing tracks on-line before the new albums eventual release in August 2012 – some 14 years since Solar.3 was released!

Members

  • Alister Parker (Guitar/Vocals/Bass, 1987 -)
  • Hamish Kilgour (Guitar/Drums, 1987 – 1989)
  • Ross Humphries (Bass, 1987)
  • Glenda Bills (Drums, 1987)
  • John Halvorsen (Bass, 1987 – )
  • Brent Mclachlan (Drums, 1987 – 1989)
  • Todd Lindner (Bass, 2012)

Discography

  • Nelsh Bailter Space EP (1987, Flying Nun Records, FN094)
  • New Man 7″ Single (1987, Flying Nun Records, FN096)
  • Grader Spader 12″ Single (1988, Flying Nun Records, FN106)
  • Tanker (1988, Flying Nun Records, FN107 / FNE31)
  • Thermos (1990, Flying Nun Records, FN142 / FNE32)
  • The Aim Ep (1992, Flying Nun Records, FN232)
  • Shine 7″ Single (1992, Clawfist)
  • Robot World (1993, Flying Nun Records, FN259)
  • B.E.I.P. EP (1993, Flying Nun Records, FN284)
  • Vortura (1994, Flying Nun Records, FN295)
  • Splat EP (1995, Flying Nun Records)
  • Retro CD Single (1995, Flying Nun Records)
  • Wammo (1995, Flying Nun Records)
  • Capsule (1997, Flying Nun Records/Turnbuckle, FN375/TB005)
  • Capsule 7″ Single (1997, Turnbuckle)
  • Solar.3 (1998, Wildside/Turnbuckle, TB017)
  • Photon EP (1998, Turnbuckle)
  • Bailter Space Compilation (2004, Flying Nun Records)
  • Strobosphere (2012, Arch Hill Records/Fire Records, AHR052)
  • Trinine (2013, Arch Hill Records/Fire Records, AHR056)

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Bedford Tours

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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.

Members

  • Rob Scott
  • Andrew Strang

Discography

  • Chch To Dunedin Cassette (1984, Every Secret Thing, EST 11]

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Belle Motions

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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 RecordsBiding Out Time’ compilation.

David Toland also played with The Playthings, Springloader, Chicane, and Future Stupid.

Members

  • Donna Sheene (Vocals/Guitar, 1986?)
  • Ollie Scott (Guitars, 1986?)
  • David Toland (Drums, 1986?)
  • Mark Wilson (Bass, 1986?)

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Ben and Greta

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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.

Members

  • Ben Howe (Guitar/Vocals)
  • Greta Anderson (Drums/Vocals)

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Bang! Bang! Eche!

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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.

Members

  • 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)

Discography

  • Bang! Bang! Eche! EP (2008, Self-Released)
  • Sonic Death Cunttt EP (2009, Self-Released)
  • UR THE BEST EP (2013, Self-Released)

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Betchadupa

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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.

Members

  • Liam Finn (Guitar/Vocals, 1997 – 2006)
  • Matt Eccles (Drums, 1997 – 2006)
  • Chris Garland (Guitar, 1997 – 2006)
  • Joe Bramley (Bass/Vocals, 1997 – 2006)

Discography

  • 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)

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Barzell

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Lower Hutt rock via punk quartet who formed in 1997, but split in 2001 after releasing a split album with Discenter.

The members (and Discenter’s) reunited in band successor the Valley Five..

Members

  • Jonny Davis (Bass, 1997)
  • Paul Herschell (Guitar, 1997)
  • Alex Young (Drums, 1997)
  • Andrew Young (Guitar, 1997)

Discography

  • The Valley 8 (w/ Discenter 2000, Self-Released)

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