Eye TV

kinda bland ‘alterna-rock’ band, featuring sean sturm, mike scott, mark pollard and luke casey – they were originally known as the nixons (before changing their name to avoid confusion with the lacklustre american band) but renamed themselves after iggy pop and the stooges tremendous tv eye. they did scrape together the odd decent single and a popular album, but ultimately faded away in the late 90s.
picks in bold

  • tick tock ep [as the nixons 1994 pagan PAC1112]
  • eye tv [as the nixons 1995 pagan PACD1108]
  • birdy-o [1997]
  • as far as the eye-tv [1999]
  • fire down below [2000 antenna/virgin]


dunedin noise legend peter stapleton’s latest performing outfit, featuring stapleton (drums, tapes), peter porteus (guitar) and ryan cockburn (turntables and guitar) with guest appearances from nathan thompson (sandoz lab techs). the group have been performing fairly regularly in dunedin, and releasing limited edition cd-r’s and lathe-cuts through new noise inprint united fairy moons.
picks in bold

The Exponents

jordan luck’s insistent pub band – born out of the south island port town of timaru and forged through beer and indulgence, there was never ever an exponents song that couldn’t be sung in a drunken haze with a million other plebs while drooling over the rugby. needless to say, i hate the fuckin’ band, and everything else that luck has ever touched. they toured for years and went through a huge range of members, including: david gent, brian jones, steve cowan, martin morris, michael harralambi, chris sheehan, mike seymour and (of all people) eddie rayner. they broke up in the mid 80s, but reformed without the ‘dance’ at the front of their name in the early 90s, and their recordings got even more stale and self-celebratory.
picks in bold

  • prayers be answered [1983 mushroom SMX61130]
  • live at mainstreet [1983 w/ the legionnaires mushroom L38017]
  • expectations [1985 mushroom ISMX65427]
  • amplifier [1986 zulu ZPL001]
  • the exponents [1992 mercury]
  • erotic ep [1992 mercury 864 775-2]
  • something beginning with c [1992 polygram]
  • grassy knoll [1994 phonogram 522913-2]
  • like she said ep [1994 polygram]
  • once bitten, twice bitten [1995 warner 0630 12558 / 2]

awards etc
rianz awards 1982

  • most promising group of the year – dance exponentsrn

rianz awards 1984

  • album of the year prayers be answeredrn
  • top male vocalist of the year jordan luckrn

rianz awards 1991

  • single of the year why does love do this to me?rn
  • top male vocalist of the year jordan luckrn

rianz awards 1996

  • top group of the year the exponentsrn


fielding pop-rock outfit thats made a big splash in australia in 2003-4, touring with other mellow (and somewhat girly) pop-rock bands such as keane and snow patrol. formed by the three hume brothers – jon (vocals/guitar), peter (bass) and dann (drums) and for a time keyboardist peter cobbe, the band first came to prominence after winning the 2000 smokefree rock-quest. the band released a sucession of eps that established them in australia, eventually securing a slot at the u.s. south-by-southwest festival. in 2004 the band released their debut full-length, which seems to have shades of coldplay and snow patrol mixed into a generally slick and mellodramatic pop-mollass.
picks in bold

  • on the way cd ep [2000 self-released]
  • oil and water cd ep [2002 warner 5046636662]
  • my own way cd ep [2003 warner 2565609522]
  • it’s too late cd single [2004 warner]
  • dreaming [2004 warner 5046751482]

Evasive Action

the follow on group from desperate measures (1984-5). the line up change featured the drummer of unauthorised jeff paris, and vocalist harry hepworth on guitar, and vocals for the accident compilation track ‘agony’ inspired by a true christchurch case where a mental patient was kidnapped and tortured by other mentally unstable patients. nasty stuff. desperate measures eric vandenhoven on bass and eugene butcher again on main vocals. the band pooled the musical styles of their 2 source bands to write and play a harder darker punk pop, or a lighter song based hard-core punk, which ever you prefer.
picks in bold

  • no major releasesrn

Ent Lang


picks in bold

  • kesteven ave lathe-cut [revolution records]
  • deviation lathe-cut [revolution records]

Eso Steel

aka richard francis – half of small blue torch, a new zealander now living in japan who deals in experimental electronic manipulations.
picks in bold

  • sandpaper cassette [1996 20 city]
  • split lathe-cut 7″ [1996 w/ three 20 city]
  • ‘sect’/’doverider’ split 7″ [1997 w/ birchville cat motel celebrate psi phenomenon]
  • first intermediate period cassette [1997 20 city]
  • ‘nezmet, daughter of zed-khonsu’/’modes in systems’ 7″ lathe-cut [1997 20 city]
  • gallery 1: achernar lathe-cut 10″ ep [1997 20 city]
  • split cassette [1998 w/ birchville cat motel freedom from]
  • gallery 2: formalhuat / gallery 3: beta ceti lathe-cut double-10″ ep [1998 20 city]
  • galleries 1-3 [1999 compilation 20 city]
  • the agents [1999 20 city]
  • ina cd-r [1999 last visible dog LVD013]
  • galleries 4-6 triple 10″ lathe-cut [2000 w/ doe and birchville cat motel 20 city]
  • ‘venusian attitudes’/’resistance is crucial’ 7″ lathe-cut [2000 20 city]
  • the human weapon cd-r [2000 american tapes]
  • snake processions cd-r [2000 20 city]
  • two world walker cassette [2000 white tapes]
  • drone, drop split cd-r [2001 w/ birchville cat motel denshi zatsuon]
  • technologies of sleep lp [2001 20 city]
  • arcana/memories split 8″ [2001 w/ minoru yonemoto 20 city]
  • two ways 7″ [2001 drone records]
  • serene trajectories live cd-r [2002 w/ birchville cat motel celebrate psi phenomenon]



Formed in 2004, Eskimo marks Dave Mulcahy‘s return to the Christchurch music scene, after playing in Superette and solo up north. Playing guitar and singing, Mulcahy is flanked by Rob Mayes (Dolphin, the Failsafe label etc) on bass and Michael Daly (YFC, The Renderers) on drums.

In 2007 Eskimo decided to change their name to Kimo, while working on material for a new release to follow up 2004’s ‘Loverbatim’.


  • Dave Mulcahy (Guitar/Vocals, 2004)
  • Rob Mayes (Bass, 2004)
  • Michael Daly (Drums, 2004)