hamilton hardcore featuring sean and lindz who were nz distributors of profane existence and flat earth records.
picks in bold

  • profane death clown 7″ lathe-cut ep [profane earth records earth001]
  • force fed, the backlash [profane earth records earth002]

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.
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.
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]

David Kilgour

This week I got to interview one of my idols – New Zealand Music legend David Kilgour; who’s song-writing, singing and guitar-work has been a cornerstone of the New Zealand sound since the Clean first surfaced in 1979.
Tell me about your new album ‘The Far Now’. Rather than producing the album in the States (like 2004’s ‘Frozen Orange’ Nashville), this latest album is a purely back-home release?
In a lot of ways the recording of Frozen Orange in nashville came about by serendipity and coincidence. The Far Now approach was to record when we had a song or two or three, keep them fresh and then wait till the next batch turned up and so on and so forth.The Far Now was released in the USA on Merge and in Australia on Remote Control.

The Album was produced with the Heavy Eights, Solo, and with the help of Alan Starrett what did Alan bring to the project?
Once we had the basic tracks recorded Alan came up to my house and recorded for a day. I think all his contributions were pretty much recorded in one hit. I tend to let Alan do whatever he wants on whatever instruments he feels suits the track. Alan is very good at first takes being his best takes.

Are you a collaborative song-writer?
Well I co wrote a lot of songs with the Clean etc. And more and more the Heavy 8s are contributing to the songs. Especially Alan and Tony


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
picks in bold

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

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.
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

Dating Godot

the highly productive andrew spittle.
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]


auckland hip-hop crew with heavy ‘community-based’ funding and advertising that ended up sending their debut to the top of the new zealand charts on release. they’re a sturdy, if not too flashy crew and have been playing live fairly regularly, including high-profile support slots with brilliant u.s. turntablist q-bert during his 2003 tour. their singles are a little underwhelming.
picks in bold

  • white sunday [2003]


origianlly a christchurch group based on (the teen angels) aman pilgrim’s song-writing, and completed by james ‘noizyboy’ guthrie (also of cinematic) and greg hitzel (atomic blossom), who was replaced by whetham allpress when the band relocated to the united states. basically playing a grungey take on pop-rock, the band have had to deal with their members being split across the globe, with releases coming out through american label dirge.
picks in bold

  • that clean fresh taste 7″ lathe-cut ep [self-released]
  • democity ep [1995 dirge]
  • super 8 mayhem [1997 dirge]
  • she’s the bomb [1999 dirge]