Ron Bridgman is a New Zealand author and spoken word artist with a somewhat suspect past.
After delving in a little too much chemical supplements and dealing with anxious and depressing times during the early 00’s, Bridgeman began writing fictional material, and eventually recorded an album with Stellar*’s Kurt Shanks producing the musical backing.
- Ron Bridgeman (Vocals)
- Kurt Shanks (Guitar)
- White Hot Earth (2003, Muse, MCD70101.2)
The Polish-born front-man (birth-name Lukaz Buda) for downbeat Wellington Popsters The Phoenix Foundation, after two albums Luke Buda has really found his feet as a professional pop song-writer, and found time to write and record his own solo debut in 2006 – the well received Special Suprise, among his groups many successes and the birth of his son.
Featuring contributions from Craig Terris, Rio Hemopo, Luke Benge, Sarah Jane Pardon, Mike Fab, Tom Callwood and the rest of The Phoenix Foundation lads, it reads like a who’s who of Wellington guest performers.
- Lukaz Buda (Vocals/Guitar/Keyboards, 2005 – 2008)
- Craig Terris (Drums/Vocals, 2006 – 2008)
- Tom Watson (Guitar/Bass/Vocals, 2006 – 2008)
- Tim Prebble (Bass, 2008)
- William Ricketts (Percussion, 2008)
- Samuel Scott (Vocals, 2008)
- Conrad Wedde (Drum Programming, 2008)
- Kezia Hinchey (Vocals, 2008)
- Sophie Burbery (Vocals, 2008)
- Andrew Bain (Bass, 2008)
- David Long (Banjo, 2008)
- Lee Prebble (Guitar, 2008)
- Stephen Gallagher (Piano/Organ, 2008)
- The C Sides (2005, Slow Boat Records)
- Special Surprise (2006, Arch Hill Recordings, AHR020)
- Vesuius (2008, Arch Hill Recordings, AHR035)
Trumpets blow out of walls, guitars shoot auditory tendrils out of the earth like upward lunging ivy plants, organs drone and lurch and steam like black rain clouds from the next to last days, speckled electronic tones dance across the spectrum like gas bubbles belched out of a catfish’s burrow and into some hidden eddy that spins it miles away before it hits the surface.
– Bill Meyer
A textually inclined song-smith with connections to Alistair Galbraith, Bunn has been very slow at releasing his recorded material, with Index (his debut full length) surfacing almost a decade after Galbraith included his ‘Goodbye God Baby Goodbye‘ on the Killing Capitalism with Kindness compilation.
- Earlyman Recordings 7″ Lathe (1996, Trinder Music, TM08)
- Index (1999, Emperor Jones, EJ24CD)