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]

Fake Purr


All girl Auckland four-piece and part of the trendy new Girl Alliance pop-punk set, fronted by Brenda Dwayne and featuring New Zealand underground veteran Stella Corkery (Queen Meanie Puss / Angelhead).

So far they have a couple of lathe cut releases to their name, and are described as:

‘Catchy and primal rock with a touch of outsider class’

– Pink Air / Girl Alliance.

The duo of Dwayne and Cook would form the sideline group Cat! Cat! Cat! with Xanadu drummer Bruce Wurr in 1999.


  • Brenda Dwayne (Guitar/Vocals, 1996 – 2005)
  • Brigid (Bass/Vocals, 1996 – 2005)
  • Stephanie Cook (Guitar/Vocals, 1996 – 2005)
  • Stella Corkery (Drums, 1996 – 2005)


  • Bad Horsey 7″ Lathe-Cut EP (2002, WhatWasMusic)
  • Nazi Fuck Wit 7″ Single (Girl Alliance, FAKE001)



The Fanatics

two piece electro-punk outfit from auckland comprised of david green (electronics / vocals) and tom clark (guitar / backing vocals). quickly established quite a bit of a following through-out late 2003 and 2004 with their disjointed sound and scattered, aggressive live shows, making for a choice single on ian ‘blink’ jorgensen’s a low hum fanzine, and tour appearances. they put out a 7″ single mid-year with both a side girls and the a low hum track ‘models’ getting student radio-play.
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  • ‘girl’/’machine’/’motorway’ 7″ single [2004] rn
  • the fanatics ep [2004 capitol recordings]



Ben Howe formed Fang after Superette broke up while simultaneously recording material with fellow Superette chum Greta Anderson (as Ben and Greta).

An eclectic 3-piece with songs from all three members; Howe, kiwi music veteran Sonya Waters and Andrea Holmes.

Their debut featured a couple of very catchy singles, but was written and produced in a somewhat haphazard fashion, making for an uneven album.

Touring with the likes of guitarist Francis Hunt (The Stereo Bus) and violinist Bronwyn Robertson, they became quite a sturdy live outfit in the early 00’s, though Holmes left the band around this time.

Unfortunately their follow-up Somewhere Out There wasn’t much of an improvement, as it lacked songs with the hook of their earlier singles.

2004 saw the band with another new line-up, along with a new album (Swim Up Stream) due out before the end of the year.

New members Tom Clark (guitar) and Brignall Wood (drums) complete the new line-up, still based around the core unit of Waters and Howe.


  • Ben Howe (Bass/Vocals, 1999 – 2005)
  • Sonya Waters (Guitar/Keyboards/Vocals, 1999 – 2005)
  • Andrea Holmes (Drums, 1999 – 2003)
  • Francis Hunt (Guitar, 2001 – 2002)
  • Steve Reay (Guitar, 2002)
  • Bronwyn Robertson (Violin, 2003 – 2005)
  • Tom Clark (Guitar, 2003 – 2005)
  • Brignall Wood (Drums, 2003 – 2005)


  • Employee Of The Month EP [1999 Arch Hill AHR002]
  • The Origin Of The Species [2000 Arch Hill AHR004]
  • Somewhere Out There [2002 Arch Hill AHR008]
  • Swim Up Stream [2004 Arch Hill AHR012]



Fat Freddys Drop

wellington dub/soul/funk outfit based around dj mu’s distinct live electronics (handling the rythm) and sporting one of the best horn sections this country has even seen (or heard), fat freddy’s drop formed as a live improvisational group, trading members with fellow wellingtonians trinity roots. by 2002 they had become one of the countries most admired and best live acts, often playing no more than a couple of songs in any one gig, but drawing each track out to its most funkiest conclusion. in fact, they celebrated their live oeuvre on debut by releasing a 4 song live set from wellington’s long-established matterhorn bar, as their cherished full-length debut.
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Fat Mannequin

william hickman, leon dahl, jeremy scott, daniel kennedy and jacob van hulst.
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  • bigger than budha ep [1994 red cloud RC1001]



Early Flying Nun band who’s sole (commercial) release was a split EP with 8 Living Legs that had major production issues (the Australian printing press accidentally dropped the first song! – as documented in Matthew Bannisters’ Positively George Street).

Flak also released a cassette on Paul Lurkers Industrial Tapes home-taping label. The duo of Jansen and Webster (who had previously been in North Shore group The Bombers) moved to Amsterdam and formed If.

Jansen eventually resurfaced in Teeth and Queen Meanie Puss.


  • Dieneke Jansen (Guitar/Vocals, 1983 – 1984)
  • Mark Webster (Bass/Vocals, 1983 – 1984)
  • Larry de Zoete (Drums, 1983 – 1984)


  • Emigration EP (1983 w/ 8 Living Legs, Flying Nun Records, FLEG001)
  • Monitor Cassette (1983, Industrial Tapes, IND006)


The Flaming Werepigs

raw rock’n’roll from the stink magnetic tape fiends.
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  • ‘sweet rosalie’/’suit wearin’ kin’/’swamplicken blues’ 7″ single [kato Kato 6] rn
  • hellway to high [kato KR002] rn
  • live like arse cassette [stink magnetic MAG 14] rn

Flash Harry

the solo project of black seeds front-man barnaby weir. weir released a self-titled album under the flash harry moniker in 2003; with production from electronic artist 50hz, flash harry takes in various different styles from electronic through reggae to lo-fi.
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  • flash harry [2003 capital recordings CREC1006]