The Cakekitchen

Biography

After the demise of This Kind Of Punishment, Graeme Jefferies recorded a solo EP called ‘Messages From The Cakekitchen‘, and needed to form a band to perform the material in a live environment:

[Started] as a two piece guitar, vocal and drum project with drummer Robert Key (The Sombretones) agreeing to help Graeme play a series of live shows at The Rising Sun Tavern on Auckland’s notorious Karangahape Road to promote the then new release on Flying Nun Records messages for The Cakekitchen.

The 2 piece format (an idea used by The White Stripes to great effect years later) evolved into a more easily palatable 3 piece lineup with the inclusion of young Auckland bass player Rachael King.

Together they toured New Zealand 3 times, recorded two albums worth of material and made a healthy impact for themselves before calling it a day and going their separate ways in April 1990

– Graeme Jefferies

With the band going in different directions, Graeme formed a new Cakekitchen in London with expatriates Keith McLean and Huw Dainow, recording the ‘How Far From The Sun’ album and touring Europe and then the States, securing a deal with homestead records in New York just as things were falling apart in England.

Jefferies had soon again relocated – this time to France, and with the departure of his London backing band he started recording with french multi-instrumentalist Jean-Yves Douet.

With ajax releasing Jefferies back catalog in Europe (including the long out of print This Kind Of Punishment material), the new Cakekitchen duo recorded two of their most acclaimed releases; ‘Stompin Thru The Boneyard’ and ‘Devil And The Deep Blue Sea‘.

What they (The Cakekitchen) lacked in personal, they more than made up for with hands, legs and fingers, managing at one time or another to play 6 different instruments during the course of their sometimes over two hour long shows
– Graeme Jefferies

This configuration of The Cakekitchen lasted until 1995, securing European distribution through the Raffmond label, and stateside through Merge along the way, touring 7 countries and playing many high-profile festivals and performance slots.

Graeme resurfaced in Bavaria with another duo, this time using Raffmond boss (and a member of The Notwist) Marcus Archer as a collaborator on analogue 8-track recordings which eventually constituted the everything’s going to work out just fine album.

The Cakekitchen continued to tour (including an american jaunt with The Mountain Goats) using many different musicians (Stefanie Bohm, Marion Gerth, Andre Richels, Paul Lemp, Steven Keusch, Dieter Roseeuw, Herbert Dee etc) releasing ‘Talking To Me In My Sleep‘ and the soundtrack to the successful German film ‘Sonnenallee’ for director Leander Hausmann.

More live work followed in 2002 when Graeme played solo for the first time in 10 years when he took to the road with Robert Scott‘s ‘Creeping Unknown‘ package tour.

The tour was a healthy 14 shows and after jamming with Robert in a hotel room in Dortmund Graeme joined his band at the end of the night to play some additional songs with them such as the classic Flying Nun chestnuts “Tally Ho” and “Anything Could Happen”.

The traditional two piece Cakekitchen line-up was even resurrected for a couple of the shows on this tour when at the Munster and Koln shows Herbert joined Graeme on stage for the entire set.

– Graeme Jefferies

‘How can you be so blind?’ was recorded with Michael Heilrath and released in late 2002, with Marcus archer rejoining to fill in the percussion roles.

the performing line-up continues to fluctuate, with Graeme performing through-out Europe utilizing many different configurations for an increasingly eclectic Cakekitchen.

A very active documenter, Graeme tracks the bands history and current progress on the excellent Cakekitchen website. (where Graeme’s various quotes have been taken from).

Members

  • Graeme Jeffries (Vocals/Guitar/Piano, 1990 -)

Discography

  • The Cakekitchen 12″ EP (1990, Flying Nun Records, FN126)
  • Time Flowing Backwards (1991, Homestead, HMS156)
  • World Of Sand (1992, Homestead / Raffmond, HMS176)
  • Far From The Sun (1993, Homestead / Raffmond Raff003)
  • Stompin’ Thru The Boneyard (1994, Merge / Raffmond, RAF012)
  • Bald Old Bear EP (1995, Merge / Raffmond)
  • Devil And The Deep Blue Sea (1995, Merge / Raffmond, RAF017)
  • Everythings Gonna Work Out Just Fine (1996, Merge / Raffmond)
  • Talkin’ To Me In My Sleep (1999, Eggbox)
  • How Can You Be So Blind? (2003, Hausmusik)

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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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Cassette

Biography

Formed by Tom Watson (Head Like A Hole) and Craig Terris (Hell Is Other People), and later joined by Dave Fraser and Paul Trigg.

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 2004 Sonic Nurse tour.

Members

  • Tom Watson (Guitar)
  • Craig Terris (Drums)
  • Dave Fraser (Bass/Keyboards)
  • Paul Trigg (Guitar)

Discography

  • Emo EP (2000, Paydirt, PMD001)

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