cardy, robert

bob cardy has a long history of making lo-fi, shambolic and d.i.y. 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 1990s auckland, often with lil’ stevie mccabe as his song-writing partner.
discography
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  • lallapaloosa cassette [1987 every secret thing EST 33]
  • fat spring coal & diamonds in the lava cassette [1987 sleek bott BOTT 8]
  • milky bar odes cassette [1987 sleek bott BOTT 14]
  • a thousand and one stag nights cassette [1988 sleek bott BOTT 21]
  • gloss cassette [1988 sleek bott BOTT 23]

cassette

formed by tom watson (guitar – head like a hole) and craig terris (drums – hell is other people), and later joined by dave fraser (bass, keys) and paul trigg (guitar). a poppy country-tinged indie-rock outfit that formed in 2000 in wellington (when watson and terris’ former bands broke up), and soon relocated to melbourne, soon scoring a support slot for sonic youth on their sonic nurse [2004] tour.
discography
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  • emo ep [2000 paydirt PMD001]

casualty

sid, chris and mike fegan, jeff betram, steve and greg james.
discography
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  • challange ep [1988 do this records DTR001]
  • hard way to learn [1992 messiah complex ICON002]

cat! cat! cat!

a band that never really got going. cat! cat! cat! was formed by brenda d (guitar), steph (guitar) and bruce (drums) for a one-off gig in 1999, before re-appearing 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.
discography
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  • cat! cat! cat! mini-album [2004 self-released CAT001]

cathedra

word on the street is that this palmerston north 4-piece metal-core / punk outfit comprised of ted moriarty (guitar, vocals), andy campbell (guitar), shaun anderson (drums) and sophie burgess (bass) are just about the best up and coming band in the country. all four are bearly 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.
discography
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  • cathedra [2004 self-released]

catherine wheel

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 & 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 satre experience in their flex ep phase, but with the catherine wheels 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 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 colaborate with drummer dave deacon as the sly and robbie rythm section of christchurch working in golf course alligators, salmonella dub, and 147swordfish, amongst many others.
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  • no major releasesrn

cave of one

i know very little about this outfit other than the appearance of ben spiers on several tracks of their 2003 cd-r.
discography
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  • creative theory submission cd-r [2003 cave of tongue productions]

carnys, the

wellington punk with a violin player! although in 2003 half the band, moved to nelson, they still toured and played whenever possible. feminist folk punk from sian sabotage (gat, vox), sammy vulture (violin), lisa lucifa (bass, vox) and jana java (drums).
discography
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  • carnys [2002 nay records]
  • live and into the gutter [2003]

cement garden

leonard carney, elenaor boekman, sean o’conner and jonathan collins.
discography
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  • the only one ep [1986 meltdown MELT004]

carriage h

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. great live act – i witnessed their last christchurch gig in which parts of drum kit and amplifiers were smashed..
consisting of tiddy smith (gat / vox) and the duo of andrew wilson (bass) and michael prain (drums) who later formed the auckland-based trio