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

The Dabs

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
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Daggy and the Dickheads

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

  • brothers ep [1982 wea Z20024]

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
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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]

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]

Dating Godot

the highly productive andrew spittle.
discography
picks in bold

  • river stone 7″ lathe-cut [self-released]
  • ‘all i’ve got is you’/’make’ 7″ lathe-cut [self-released]
  • flicker [1992]
  • viva la rover [1993]
  • amber [1993]
  • elephants graveyard lathe cut [1994 self-released]
  • road of the patent wheel ep [1995 self-released]

The Datsuns

emerging out of hamilton in the mid 90s, originally as the more pop ‘trinket’, the datsuns soon became the epitome of raucous rock’n’roll. with the release of the ‘super-gyration’ single and a strong tour ethic, the band produced a fervent fan base. quite simply in the couple of years before their overseas success, the datsuns we’re the most explosive and primarily, most in-your-face-fun band in new zealand – maybe even the world.
sure it wasn’t original, but their huge riffs, sing-shout vocals, and ‘in-with’them approach to stage presence was something to behold. eventually the band became notorious as part of the rock’n’roll revival that built up in 2002 – they had been touring the united states and britain with the same kind of enthusiasm they displayed back home when journalistic interest took hold. signing to richard branson’s virgin offshoot (and home of fellow rock’n’rollers the white stripes) v2, they become a phenomena in new zealand, selling out show after show to increasingly manic audience, and further tightening their repertoire.
the self-titled debut was unfairly over-looked by most critics, mostly due to the entire hoopla involving the revival itself. what it represented was a raw, powerful collection of pure rock songs that was far more t-rex than ac/dc, but some critics didn’t see it that way. unfortunately, as they’ve become such a spectacle now, its a little hard to relate to the human side of their live performances, as playing on a big stage to a big crowd is a little different than mucking it in with 20 or so punters down the local.
2004 saw the band release their jean-paul jones (he of led zepplin fame) manning the decks for their sophomoric release, outta sight / outta mind, recorded at jacob studios in surrey.
discography
picks in bold

  • ‘super-gyration!’/’hoochie mama’ 7″ single [2000 hell-squad HS002]
  • ‘fink for the man’/’transistor’ 7″ single [2001 hell-squad HS003]
  • ‘lady’/’motherfucker from hell’ 7″ single [2001 hell-squad HS005]
  • ‘in love’/’little bruise’ 7″ single [2002 hell-squad HS007] rn
  • 2002 european tour 7″ single [2002 hell-squad HS008] rn
  • the datsuns [2002 in-fidelity IF001CD] rn
  • ‘harmonic generator’/’freeze sucker’ 7″ single [2002 hell-squad HS012]
  • ‘motherfucker from hell’ 7″ single [2003 hell-squad HS015]
  • outta sight / outta mind [2004 in-fidelity IF011CD]

recommended songs
download from mp3.co.nz

  • super-gyrationrn
  • motherfucker from hellrn
  • ladyrn

Datura

totally under-the-radar stoner rock band that formed in 1994 in hamilton. they were a trio comprised of craig williamson (bass and vocals – now performing in a solo capacity as lamp of the universe), brent middlemiss (guitar) and jon burnside (drums), and that they released 2 albums of drawn-out stoner-psych jams on the unknown cranium label, and actually reissued on u.s. label brainticket. reviews and whatnot seem to point towards a heavy early black sabbath influenced, crossed with kyuss and monster magnet style stoner elements. williamson now
discography
picks in bold

  • allisone [1998 cranium]
  • visions for the celestial [1999/2000 cranium/brainticket]