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

 

The Features

[the features ‘city scenes/secret/police wheels’] our first single, recorded at mascot studios for a cost of $1100, which left me with a shortfall of $700, sold about 1000 over three or four weeks…breaking even was never our strong point! a wonderful record, full of angst, which summed up auckland pretty much for me thenrn- simon grigg: taken from griggs’ propeller archive website

jed town, karel van bergen, chris orange and james picker. a short lived auckland punk band who managed to make it on to the excellent and highly recommended ak79 compilation. jed town went on to form the highly bizarre fetus productions.
discography
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  • ‘city scenes’/’secret’/’police wheels’ 7″ single [1980 propeller REV1] rn
  • perfect features exposed ep [1980 propeller REV6] rn

Fang

Biography

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.

Members

  • 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)

Discography

  • 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]

Links

 

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.
discography
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Fat Mannequin

william hickman, leon dahl, jeremy scott, daniel kennedy and jacob van hulst.
discography
picks in bold

  • bigger than budha ep [1994 red cloud RC1001]

Fake Purr

Biography

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.

Members

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

Discography

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

Links

 

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.
discography
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  • ‘girl’/’machine’/’motorway’ 7″ single [2004] rn
  • the fanatics ep [2004 capitol recordings]

Fagan

former mockers front-man andrew fagan’s name-piece after the demise of his signature band. released an album and an ep before fagan moved to london.
discography
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  • jerusalem ep [live recording 1993 epic]
  • blisters [1993 epic 473896.2]

Finn

in 1995, new zealand luminaries neil and tim finn (of crowded house and split enz fame) toured new zealand as the brothers finn, releasing a hugely popular album and follow-up ep, showcasing the brothers huge popularity. this effectively jump-started neil finn’s post crowded house solo career, whilst simultaneously bring tim finn back in to the public spotlight (after sever less than high-profile early 90s releases).
discography
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  • finn [1995 emi 72438 35632 2 7]
  • suffer never ep [1995 emi 72438 82436 2 9]
  • everyone is here [2004 parlophone]

Neil Finn

neil finn was originally drafted in to split enz as phil judd’s replacement during their original spell in england. in the time the boys had been away launching themselves in australia and finding their feet in england, neil had developed a reputation as a good guitarist and an excellent song-writer – effectively filling the whole left by judd (who up until that point was actually considered the bands greatest asset). neil finn gained fame and popularity touring with split enz – eventually becoming their primary song-writer – but this exposure was doubled by the m.o.r. success of his own group, crowded house.
crowded house released album after album of finn compositions, forming a huge fan base the world over. after the success of neil and tim’s album as the finn brothers in 1995, the younger neil launched an acclaimed solo career, immediately picking up where crowded house had ended.
discography
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  • try whistling this [1998 emi]
  • one nil [2001 emi]
  • 7 worlds collide: live at st. james [2001 live recording emi]

awards et
rianz awards 1987

  • international achievement neil finnrn

rianz awards 1988

  • international achievement neil finnrn

rianz awards 1991

  • songwriter of the year neil finnrn

rianz awards 1998

  • top male vocalist of the year neil finnrn