girl-crew (and keri keri residences) jewl of bessamoocho‘s liz and penny collins joined by a third member named amy and playing the kind of pop-punk making a strong return in auckland. released a real vinyl 7″ single on the start-up girl alliance label.
picks in bold
- ‘forming’/’mike watt tribute’ + r’ed horse and his friends’ 7″ lathe-cut single [self-released] rn
- ‘tool set’ 7″ single
[girl alliance Girl Alliance 002] rn
- untitled 7″ single[1996 rev003] rn
i don’t know what to say about goldenhorse. as a fan of geoff maddock’s previous bizarre tour-de-force bressa creeting cake i was disappointed to see him retreat to the relatively ‘safe’ goldenhorse – a band that draws lavish attention, yet fails to deliver its promise on its debut album (its not that the album isn’t pleasant, its just that they’re probably capable of so much more). see the attention has switched to vocal focus point kirstin morelle, a talented, playful vocalist fronting a group of musicians 10 years her senior, which could be mistaken for nothing more than a session musician backing band. gah… i dunno, proove me wrong.
the auckland-based duo of maddock and kristin are flanked by ben king (guitar), vincent hine (bass) and ben collier (drums). the album was the slowest ascending sleeper hit in new zealand’s pop history, taking the better part of 2 years to climb to the top of the new zealand album charts as lead single ‘maybe tommorrow’ started appearing as an advertising favorite, and the band had fully crossed over into an adult contemporary market.
picks in bold
- ‘golden dawn’ cd single [2002 siren 5512200]
- riverhead [2002/3/4 siren SRN9001]
- ‘wake up brother’ cd single [2003 siren 5527890]
- ‘maybe tommorrow’ cd single [2003 siren GOLDPRO1]
- out of the moon [2005 capitol 8734592]
Bizarre Auckland synth and vocal duo (Chris Cudby and Daif King) who play a gritty, distorted and, err, wiggly take on drone-pop. I had an unfortunate habit of missing each of their sets on a recent excursion up north, caught between being witness to the Shocking Pinks shedding members during their Eden’s Bar show, and rushing to see Sonic Youth as the duo busked outside. But i did pick up their debut cd-r, a rambling and chaotic mix of blurred vocals, white noise and…. catchy melodies! All recorded in sub-atomic ultra-lo-fi goodness and packaged in unique sleeves. Made for a positively jolly ride to the airport, surrounded by a bus full of chart-pop fan swedes.
As A Low Hum‘s Blink will attest (one of their first releases graced the 2nd edition of his excellent fanzine), there’s something magnetic about their Casio-tone driven grind and junk-shop music mentality. Kinda like if the Tall Dwarfs indulged in a little more La Monte Young action (huge distorted walls of droning lo-fi – in their case in keyboard form) while wearing live squid strapped onto their faces. warped.
Late in 2004 the duo finally made it south, touring as part of the A Low Hum collective, this time carting CD-r’s of Hypercolours – their third release, an album-lengthed EP. Its bit more cohesive and full-formed than the debut, its a pretty twisted, but enjoyable sunday afternoon headphone piece.
Discography (picks in bold)
- Golden Shakehands CD-r [2004 Self-Released]
- Yum CD-r EP [2005 Self-Released]
- Hypercolours CD-r EP [2005 Self-Released]
- Party Alarm Bells [2006 Stink Magnetic]
- Peaceful Planet Live Cassette [2008 Crystal Magic]
- Fabourite New Machine (Thought Creature) Remix CD-r EP [2008 Stink Magnetic / Crystal Magic]
- Best Of Both Worlds Cassette [2009 Crystal Magic]
- Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ Digital Single [2009 Crystal Magic / Cheese On Toast]
- Hot And Cold EP [2009 Crystal Magic]
- We Walk In Circles (Computers Want Me Dead) Remix CD-r [2009 Crystal Magic]
- Golden Axe Ampler CD-r [2010 Crystal Magic]
- Free Time Digital EP [2010 Crystal Magic]
- Fantasy Footwork [2010 Crystal Magic]
- Telephone EP [2010 Crystal Magic]
- Sexual Angel (Featuring Princess Chelsea) Digitial Single [2011 Crystal Magic]
- Liquid Bacon [2011 AMDiscs]
- untitled 7″ single