The Feelups

Biography

Short-lived 3-piece garage-rock group comprised of Palace of Wisdom and Ruling Elite duo Andrew ‘Ox’ O’Connell (vocals) and Chris Andrews (stand-up drums) along with The Convics’ Connie Benson (guitar).

Made their debut in June 2017 with a short set at the newly re-opened Hellfire Club (formerly El Santo Porteno and originally the British Hotel).

Members

  • Andrew ‘Ox’ O’Connell (vocals, 2017)
  • Connie Benson (guitar, 2017)
  • Chris Andrews (drums, 2017)

Discography

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French for Rabbits

Lovely Dream-pop from former Ragamuffin Children keyboardist Brook Singer (keyboards and vocals) and John Fitzgerald (guitar). First appeared with the release of the BandCamp single ‘Two’s Company’ in late 2010, showing how strong and evocative Singer’s song-writing has become.

Discography (picks in bold)

  • Claimed by the Sea [November 2010 self-released]
  • Two’s Company [November 2010 self-released]
  • The Cats [July 2011 self-released]

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Flip Grater

Formerly Christchurch and now Auckland-based singer-songwriter with an Indie-Country feeling to her songs.

Flip reached a greater level of exposure with the release of her own cookbook, which consisted of many vegetarian meals, and which she toured around New Zealand playing shows with a backing band consisting of Kris Wilson (banjo, also of Happiness Stan), Simon Hall (mandolin, electric guitar), Tim Chesney (bass) and Simon Brouwer (drums).

Flip has enjoyed continued success in the past 3 years, playing the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, and having her songs used heavily in New Zealand Television advertising.

Discography (picks in bold)

  • Cage for a Song [August 2006 self-released / maiden records]
  • Be All and End All [July 2008 self-released / maiden records]
  • While I’m Awake I’m at War [July 2010 self-released / maiden records]

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Fauxhound

Downbeat chiptune’s from ex-Christchurch resident Jos van Beek, currently residing in Auckland. Jos has been pretty heavily involved in making Chiptune music more visible in New Zealand (particularly Christchurch), playing a renegade slot at Camp A Low Hum, supporting touring Chiptune artists like cTrix and collaborating with Bang! Bang! Eche! vocalist Zach Donney.

2011 was particularly productive, with his debut self-titled EP, the single ‘Door to Door’ and 2nd EP ‘he lives forever so that we may sing’ (released by net-label ‘pxl-bot’) all appearing in quick succession.

Discography (picks in bold)

  • Fauxhound [June 2011 self-released]
  • Door to Door single [September 2011 self-released]
  • he lives forever so that we may sing [November 2011 pxl-bot]

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4 Man Bob

6-piece ska band from Christchurch formed in 2001. Nolan Hungerford (Guitar/Vox), Aaron Chandler (Trombone), Joshua Hughes (Trumpet), Brendon Grant (Guitar/Vox), Chris Head (Drums) and Malisa Palalagi (Bass – though i think she may have been replaced). Played a number of high-profile support slots and council organised events since forming, and placed well at the 2003 Dux band competition, despite splitting the audience.

Their debut album was self-funded, recorded at Sweetjuice Studios and released, though they’ve seen a bit of national distribution and exposure (thanks to a choice time-slot on the ‘Play It Strange’ televised event). Personally not my flavor, they have become quite popular in the garden city.

Discography (picks in bold)

  • 4 Man Bob [2004 Self-Released]

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55 Polish Workers

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F.L.O.W.E.R

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Fats White

eclectic powertool records outfit with an affinity for unusual instruments: ‘carpenters saws, a largerphone, made up entirely from recycled bottletops – washboards, horns whistles, jew harp’. released their debut in 2005 whilst appearing on a couple of powertool records’ live documents – the kaleidoscope world series.
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Feast of Frogs

a short-lived bill direen project.
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  • feast of frogs ep [1983 prototype publications PR2025]

Feast of Stevens

Biography

Their sound was definitely New Zealand – melodic and human, but their tight playing and dynamic punch set them in their own space, related to but different from other NZ guitar bands. The Feasties began performing in December 1989 and hailed from Palmerston North. They made several low-key jaunts around the country including an Orientation tour to the South Island.

They released their own independently distributed 7 song cassette in November 1990 and contributed 2 songs to the Yellow Bike Records ‘Dynamite Groove’ CD compilation of Palmerston North bands in 1991. The band consisted of two guitarists / vocalists in Andrew Coy and Hamish Anderson, with Glen Fletcher on drums and John Trimble on bass.

In March of 1992 they met up with Rob Mayes of Failsafe Records and successfully applied for an Arts Council Grant which with renewed enthusiasm lead to the ‘Etch’ EP.

The band performed a release party in their home town of Palmerston North with fellow label mates Throw performing as a 2 piece for the event.

The concert did not go without problems when on the morning of the event drummer Fletcher went missing and could not be found. Fletcher had checked himself into a psychiatric hospital, and the band had to retrieve him narrowly making the band’s show.

Further recordings were done in January 1993 at Auckland’s York Street Studios with Nick Roughan (Bailter Space, Skeptics, David Kilgour, Writhe Studios). Nine tracks were completed of which three have been released on 7″ single. Soon after the recordings Hamish Anderson made a departure from the band leaving the band a three piece.

– Rob Mayes on Failsafe Records

The band would go on to record the debut release (a 7″ single) for the excellent Crawlspace label.

Members

  • Andrew Coy (Guitar/Vocals, 1990 – 1993)
  • Hamish Anderson (Guitar/Vocals, 1990 – 1993)
  • Glenn Fletcher (Drums, 1990 – 1993)
  • Andrew Leslie (Bass/Guitar/Vocals, 1990 – 1992)
  • Jon Trimble (Bass, 1992 – 1993)

Discography

  • Etch EP (1992, Failsafe Records, SAFE021CD)
  • Amsterdam 7″ Single (1993, Crawlspace, SPACE001)

Links

Feast of Stevens on Failsafe Records website