Doctors

Doctors is the original material of Rhett Robert Elliot Copland, a prolific Christchurch guitarist who has been in a number of local groups (The Stash and covers group The Free and Easy). In 2008 Copland formed a live band to perform his material, including several musicians from local act the Lonely Harris Club (mostly a Brian Jonestown Massacre tribute act) – which Copland is also a one-time member.

Though the same handful of musicians would also appear in the original group Bits and Pieces (aka BnP), Doctors had a more slick, guitar-orientated sound and the group released a huge collection of recordings in just a short time-period.

However Copland grew frustrated with the lineup and disbanded the group in early 2012. Members have included: Rhett Copland (Neurology), Matt Sime (Psychology), John Harris (Gastroenterology), Hollan Brabet (Psychiatry), Laura Anne North (Gynecology), Jamie Stratton (Rheumatology) and Ben Dodd (Radiology).

I canned it because I was sick of working with bloody idiots who refused to learn arrangements and cancelled shows for kiwi quarter acre paradise 21st and yard glass sessions.
– Rhett Copland

Discography (picks in bold)

  • Old Meds [October 2009 self-released]
  • By Aeroplane [December 2009 self-released]
  • Save no one [November 2010 self-released]
  • Old, new and forgotten stuff [February 2011 self-released]
  • Domestic [August 2011 self-released]
  • Your a fucking pussy [October 2011 self-released]
  • ‘A’ [November 2011 self-released]
  • Back to rural violence [December 2011 self-released]
  • Happy Birthday Alice! Digital Single [March 2012 self-released]

See-Also

The Dance Asthmatics

Christchurch-based 4-piece mixing up a bit of Dunedin-jangle with punk attitude and some level of funky/dancey type rhythm. Fronted by Stephen Nouwens (Bits and Pieces) with the very handy Brian Feary (Magic Eye etc) on the drums, Joe Sampson (T-54 etc) on guitar and Ben Odering on bass.

Formed in 2010, with an initial demo ep on BandCamp, which they followed up with the ‘Goddammfuck’ ep in 2011.

Discography (picks in bold)

  • Homebake demos ep [2010 self-released]
  • Goddammfuck ep [2011 self-released]

See-Also

dabs, the

3-piece consisting of steve thorpe, geogg hayden and rowan sheddon who put out an ep on simon griggs propeller label and were featured on the it’s bigger than the both of us compilation. steve thorpe later sadly took his own life.
discography
picks in bold

d4, the

the d4 –

danse macabre

post-punk / new-wave outfit from the early 80s and made up of nigel russell, wes prince, ralph crump and roddy carlson. russell eventually went on to form car crash set.
discography
picks in bold

  • between the lines ep [1981 reaction REACT003]
  • last request ep [1982 reaction REACT006]

dana eclair

wellington based pop-rock outfit named after the now-late actor known for playing ‘pete’ on macgyver, and who’s real-life battle with blindness was written into the script. comprised of saul clifford (guitar / vocals), mark dryburgh (bass / vocals), achilles botes (guitar/vocals) and andrew grayson (drums) they eventually morphed into ghostplane (with the departure of clifford, replaced by bassist ash hammer). the group put out two well received, but low-key ep’s and a contribution to the stickmen soundtrack in their original configuration. a slight country-inflection and good melodies, but nothing too memorable.
discography
picks in bold

  • the longest drink in town ep [1998 self-released]
  • the national velvet ep [2001 self-released]

daisy chain halo

hamilton rockers (who describe themselves as having a heavy acoustic sound) daisy chain halo are a trio comprised of ex-porch members carl watkins and corrina watts, along with a succession of drummers, eventually settling on hamilton-native luke hale in mid-2002. they put out their debut self-titled ep on the quickly ascending powertool records label in mid 2004, and achieved a little bit of exposure with a national tour to coninside with its release.
discography
picks in bold

daggy and the dickheads

dan and tim mccartin, mark kennedy, neil michelson and lez white.
discography
picks in bold

  • brothers ep [1982 wea Z20024]

dd smash

dave dobbyn‘s early 80s pop outfit, with peter warryn, rob guy, lisle kinney, scott calhoun, ian morris, gary langsfor and andrew clouston. big singles with ‘devil you know’, ‘whaling’ and of course the staple ‘outlook for thursday’ (which dark tower sampled in the early 00s, and featured dobbyn providing backing vocals), and were hugely successful with their 3 albums from 1981 to 85.
discography
picks in bold

  • cool bananas [1982 mushroom L37832]
  • deep in the heart of texas [1983 live recording mushroom L29016]
  • the optimist [1984 mushroom L38225]

awards etc
rianz awards 1982

  • album of the year ‘cool bananas’rn
  • top group of the year dd smashrn
  • most promising male vocalist dave dobbynrn
  • top male vocalist dave dobbynrn
  • sound engineer of the year paul streekstra/doug rogersrn
  • producer of the year ian morrisrn
  • cover design of the year wayne robinsonrn

rianz awards 1983

  • single of the year ‘outlook for thursday’rn
  • album of the year ‘deep in the heart of taxes’rn
  • top group of the year dd smashrn
  • top male vocalist dave dobbynrn
  • best music video of the year ‘outlook for thursday’rn

dawn of azazel

productive and professional auckland black metal outfit comprised of rigel walshe (bass / vocals), tony angelov (guitar), phill osborne (drums) and joe bonnet (guitar). formed in 1997 and with a whole swag of independent releases to their name. the band undertook an ambitious european tour in 2004 – after their debut commercially-released album the law of the strong was released on polish label agonia records.
discography
picks in bold

  • of bloodshed and eternal victory (demo) [1999 self-released]
  • vita est militia super terram (demo) [2000 self-released]
  • bloodforged abdication 7″ [2002 hellflame productions]
  • the law of the strong [2003 agonia records]