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.
- Nigel Russell
- David Bulog
- Trevor Reekie
- Simon Brown (Drums)
- Rick Robertson (Saxophone)
- Henry Downes (Percussion)
- Sharon Tuapawa (Vocals)
- Ryan Monga (Bass)
- Breakdown 7″ Single (1983, Reaction, REACT019)
- No Accident 7″ single (19834 Reaction, REACT021)
- Another Day EP (1986, Reaction / Festival, X19021)
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.
- 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)
- Carnys (2002, Nay Records)
- Live And Into The Gutter (2003)
Palmerston North 4-piece with a single EP to their name. Vocalist Boekman would go on to the Bananamen.
- Leonard Carney (Drums, 1986)
- Elenaor Boekman (Vocals/Bass, 1986)
- Sean O’Conner (Guitar, 1986)
- Jonathan Collins (Guitar/Saxophone/Vocals, 1986)
- The Only One EP (1986, Meltdown Records, MELT004)
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.
- Tim Smith (Guitar/Vocals, 1999 – 2002)
- Andrew Wilson (Bass, 1999 – 2002)
- Michael Prain (Drums, 1999 – 2002)
- Power of Grey Skull (2002, Turbine Records, TURBINE001)
Melodic mid 90’s (1996-8) Christchurch popsters (Nathan Bycroft, Jamey Holloway and Tom Mountfort).
Released 3 songs to student radio only – ‘Splint’, ‘At the Centre’ and ‘We Go Down’, and then a 5 track, 6 minute EP called the ‘A Flat Pop Songs’ (‘A Flat Pop Songs One’, ‘..Two’ ‘..Three’ and ‘..Four’ and ‘The Key’) which we made in Nathan’s lounge on the little four track and Mike Brassel (aka Mike Hex
) sent it out on Noseflute for us.
– The Centre Will Hold
Halloway and Bycroft would later form the long-running Christchurch group The Undercurrents
- Nathan Bycroft
- Jamey Holloway
- Tom Mountfort
- The A Flat Pop Songs EP (1998?, Noseflute)
- Murray Couling
- Debbie Silvey
- Darren McShane
- Ricky McShane
Facing Up EP (1989, Still Ill Tapes)
Periphery (1991, Flying Nun Records, FN170)
Thrashing Around 7″ Single (1991, Flying Nun Records, FN182)
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.
- Justin Buli
- Les O’Neil
- Stefan Neville
- Rico Cassette (1995, A Stabbies And The Rocket Recording)
- Anteatus (1996, A Stabbies And The Rocket Recording)
- Casagrante Apparatus Double 8″ Lathe-Cut (1996)
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.
- The Chandeliers (2004, Stink Magnetic, CHAND001)
Dunedin based pop-rock featuring a young Jan Hellriegel, backed by Vanessa Anich, Flick Rhind, Sarah McNab, Megan Miller, Leanne Ibell and Zan Wright. released a couple of EP’s during their short tenure: 1988-1991.
- Jan Hellriegel (Guitar/Vocals/Piano, 1988 – 1991)
- Vanessa Anich (Drums, 1988 – 1991)
- Flick Rhind (Bass, 1988 – 1991)
- Sarah McNab (Percussion/Vocals, 1988 – 1991)
- Megan Miller
- Leanne Ibell (Guitar/Percussion, 1988 – 1991)
- Zan Wright (Vocals, 1990)
- Debs Frame (Saxophone, 1988)
- Danny Manetto (Cello, 1988)
- Private Wasteland EP (1988, Jayrem, JAY142)
- Your Estimation Cassette Single (1990, Jayrem, TC-Jay 738)
- The Cassandra’s Ears Story (2010, Blind Date Records, BDR003)