Robert Cardy

Biography

Bob Cardy has a long history of making lo-fi, shambolic and DIY rock music.

From the early days of post-Vacuum Blue Ladder Christchurch with the infamous Axemen (then known as Bob Brannigan), through to the eventual rise of Shaft in late 1990’s Auckland, often with Lil’ Stevie McCabe as his song-writing partner.

Members

  • Robert Cardy (Vocals/Guitar)

Discography

  • Lallapaloosa Cassette (1987, Every Secret Thing, EST33)
  • Fat Spring Coal & Diamonds In The Lava Cassette (1987, Sleek Bott, Bott8)
  • Milky Bar Odes Cassette (1987 Sleek Bott, Bott14)
  • A Thousand And One Stag Nights Cassette (1988 Sleek Bott, Bott21)
  • Gloss Cassette (1988, Sleek Bott, Bott23)

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Casagrante Apparatus

Biography

Dunedin trio made up of Justin Buli, Les O’Neil and Stefan Neville (Pumice).

They say it’s the water, I reckon it’s the beer! Either seeping out of a cold practice room or squawking out of a warm venue, these ‘youngsters’ blend an exciting mixture of cosmic jazz. 5 songs in a green dayglo sleeve with gold lino prints.

Members

  • Justin Buli
  • Les O’Neil
  • Stefan Neville

Discography

  • Rico Cassette (1995, A Stabbies And The Rocket Recording)
  • Anteatus (1996, A Stabbies And The Rocket Recording)
  • Casagrante Apparatus Double 8″ Lathe-Cut (1996)

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Cat! Cat! Cat!

Biography

A band that never really got going.

Cat! Cat! Cat! was formed by guitarists Brenda Dwayne and Stephanie Cook of Fake Purr with Xanadu drummer Bruce Wurr, playing a one-off gig in 1999. The trio re-appeared in 2002, then again in 2003 – this time with The Aesthetics Shaun Jury taking up the role of bass-player.

This line-up recorded their self-titled mini-album before the band split in mid-2004.

Members

  • Brenda Dwayne (Guitar, 1999 – 2004)
  • Stephanie Cook (Guitar, 1999 – 2004)
  • Bruce Wurr (Drums, 1999 – 2004)
  • Shaun Jury (Bass, 2003 – 2004)

Discography

  • Cat! Cat! Cat! Mini-Album (2004, Self-Released, CAT001)

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Casualty

Biography

Members

  • Kerri Paton (Bass/Vocals, 1988 -)
  • Chris Fegan (Vocals/Guitar, 1988 -)
  • Mike Fegan (Drums/Vocals, 1988 -)
  • Jeff Betram
  • Steve James
  • Greg James

Discography

  • Challenge EP (1988, Do This Records, DTR001)
  • Hope 7″ Single (1991, Messiah Comples, ID002)
  • Hard Way To Learn CD EP (1992, Messiah Complex, ICON002)

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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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