Car Crash Set

Biography

3-piece Auckland new wave act from the early/mid 80’s featuring Nigel Russell (Spelling Mistakes, Danse Macabre), David Bulog and Trevor Reekie, though they went through many other members.

After an EP and an album the band disbanded with Russell going on to join Greg Johnson Set. Car Crash Set are recognized as one of New Zealand’s pioneering electronic acts, taking inspiration from the likes of Suicide and New Order.

Members

  • Nigel Russell
  • David Bulog
  • Trevor Reekie
  • Simon Brown (Drums)
  • Rick Robertson (Saxophone)
  • Henry Downes (Percussion)
  • Sharon Tuapawa (Vocals)
  • Ryan Monga (Bass)

Discography

  • Breakdown 7″ Single (1983, Reaction, REACT019)
  • No Accident 7″ single (19834 Reaction, REACT021)
  • Another Day EP (1986, Reaction / Festival, X19021)

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Cathedra

Biography

Word on the street is that this Palmerston North 4-piece metal-core / punk outfit comprised of Ted Moriarty, Andy Campbell, Shaun Anderson and Sophie Burgess are just about the best up and coming band in the country.

All four are barely out of high school, but the quartet made quite a name for themselves during 2004 thanks to the annual Smokefree Rockquest and appearances alongside Die! Die! Die! 

Members

  • Ted Moriarty (Guitar/Vocals)
  • Andy Campbell (Guitar)
  • Shaun Anderson (Drums)
  • Sophie Burgess (Bass)

Discography

  • Cathedra (2004, Self-Released)

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Catherine Wheel

Biography

No relation to the UK band of the same name, this one was formed in 1988 if it makes any difference. Following on from Genie and the Wild Children‘s Dave Hunt, Brett Lupton and Mark Tyler and with Paul O’Brien joining, the band became brilliantly adept at working up catch pop and indie rock numbers.

The band recorded 6 songs with Rob Mayes in the bands warehouse on 4 track yielding exceptional results, and self released minimal copies of it to friends. One track ‘Love and justice’ was included in the Pagan Records indie guitar compilation Positive Vibrations.

This batch of songs mined similar territory to the Jean-Paul Sartre Experience in their Flex EP phase, but with the Catherine Wheel’s own slanted style. Easily as good though.

Another series of recordings were completed at the same warehouse on 8 track yielding 4 more songs, none of which were released.the band also committed to tape a large part of their set at a recording session at Rob Mayes Gilby Street home but the sessions were scrapped due to difficulty with O’Brien’s drum sounds. These songs represented a wealth of cool pop songs, and most were not recorded again. Later developments in recording technology would have allowed correction of the original problem, but no use crying over spilt milk.

Catherine Wheel stumbled on to average success, the band always having trouble with live gigs, through technical difficulties, and in some cases stage fright. Eventually the band split with Lupton going on to form Squirm, Hunt went on to form Supertanker, and recorded and released material with Failsafe.

Supertanker went through a few line-up changes before folding, and Hunt eventually ended up as replacement guitarist for Christchurch grungsters Pumpkinhead. At Pumpkinhead’s demise Hunt joined David Yetton’s Stereobus project, joining after the release of the first album. Bassist Mark went on to collaborate with drummer Dave Deacon as the Sly and Robbie rhythm section of Christchurch working in Golf Course Alligators, Salmonella Dub, and 147 Swordfish, among many others.

– Rob Mayes

Members

  • Dave Hunt (Guitar/Vocals, 1988 -)
  • Brett Lupton (Guitar/Vocals, 1988 -)
  • Mark Tyler (Bass, 1988 – )
  • Paul O’Brien (Drums, 1988 -)

Discography

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The Cement Garden

Biography

Palmerston North 4-piece with a single EP to their name. Vocalist Boekman would go on to the Bananamen.

Members

  • Leonard Carney (Drums, 1986)
  • Elenaor Boekman (Vocals/Bass, 1986)
  • Sean O’Conner (Guitar, 1986)
  • Jonathan Collins (Guitar/Saxophone/Vocals, 1986)

Discography

  • The Only One EP (1986, Meltdown Records, MELT004)

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Carnys

Biography

Wellington pirate punk with a violin player!

Although by 2003 half the band moved to Nelson, they still toured and played whenever possible.

Feminist folk punk from Sian Sabotage Sammy Vulture, Lisa Lucifa and Jana Java. The group took on a strong anti-discrimination stance after their 14yr old friend Jeff Whittington was murdered in 1999 – apparently over his appearance.

Members

  • Sian Sabotage (Guitar/Vocals, 1999 – 2004?)
  • Amelia (Vocals, 1999?)
  • Sammy Vulture (Violin, 1999 – 2004?)
  • Lisa Lucifa (Bass/Vocals, 1999 – 2004?)
  • Kitty (Drums, 1999?)
  • Jana Java (Drums, 1999? – 2004?)
  • Adam (Guitar)
  • Rosemary (Violin)

Discography

  • Carnys (2002, Nay Records)
  • Live And Into The Gutter (2003)

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Cave of One

Biography

Completely unknown presumably-experimental recordings that involve Glory Fckn Sun member (and now UK resident) Ben Spiers in some capacity (Guitar? Violin?).

Members

  • Ben Spiers (2003)

Discography

  • Creative Theory Submission CDr (2003, Cave of Tongue Productions)

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The Cartoon

Biography

Members

  • Brendan Kaufman
  • Chris Verryt
  • Steven Price
  • Peter Brebner

Discography

  • The Cartoon (1995, Metro Marketing, MCD2465)

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The Chandeliers

Biography

3-piece surf trio out of Wellington.

With a distinctive organ driven sound The Chandeliers released a punchy, dynamic debut LP, which (much like their live show) bubbles over with thumping bass and thumping tribal drums. the group is comprised of former Side Effects and Pro-Drag members, associated with the thoroughly rock’n’roll Kato and Stink Magnetic labels.

Members

Discography

  • The Chandeliers (2004, Stink Magnetic, CHAND001)

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Carriage H

Biography

Now defunct Dunedin guitar-texturalists (in the High Dependency Unit vein) that created loud, driving rock that tread the line between post-rock and heavy-metal while still in their mid teens. The group consisted of Tim ‘Tiddy’ Smith and the duo of Andrew Wilson and Michael Prain.

Great live act – I witnessed their last Christchurch gig in which parts of drum kit and amplifiers were smashed…

After winning the 2001 Smokefree Rockquest and recording the Power of Grey Skull album, Wilson and Prain moved to Wellington and enlisted Ricky French on Bass (Wilson switched to guitar and vocals) before the core of Wilson and Prain moved further North to Auckland, forming the long-standing punk trio Die! Die! Die! with Xanadu bassist Kane Goultier replacing French.

Members

  • Tim Smith (Guitar/Vocals, 1999 – 2002)
  • Andrew Wilson (Bass, 1999 – 2002)
  • Michael Prain (Drums, 1999 – 2002)

Discography

  • Power of Grey Skull (2002, Turbine Records, TURBINE001)

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Chainsaw Masochist

Biography

 

Members

  • Murray Couling
  • Debbie Silvey
  • Darren McShane
  • Ricky McShane

Discography

Facing Up EP (1989, Still Ill Tapes)
Periphery (1991, Flying Nun Records, FN170)
Thrashing Around 7″ Single (1991, Flying Nun Records, FN182)

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