hamilton based rock band that put out their debut to pretty uniform acclaim, but soon disappeared from view.
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  • shiny [1996 independently release]

The Incisions


Nick ‘Harte’ Hodgson’s loud rock’n’roll outfit.

Started life as Tony Valens and the Incisions in the mid 90’s and were mostly concentrated on harsh primal dirges and noisy guitar flourishes – creating some absolutely brilliant sounds far outside the commercial scope of rock’n’roll.

Self-titled Lathe Cut

Band competitions, a short-lived lead singer and the rock’n’roll revival brought changes to their sound, reverting to a more pop (but still incredibly loud) rock format, but Nick was unhappy and soon the band was changing again.

The result was the manic Let Terror Rain – Nick’s first attempt at adding vocals to his old blend of sonic mayhem, and it worked.

Thick guitar-dirges and sound-checking The Velvet Underground was the order of the day, and it looked like the band was onto a promising direction before Hodgson split the band (and Christchurch) to seek his fame with Auckland-based popsters The Brunettes, eventually settling with his own new band The Shocking Pinks.

The Incisions template did resurface again in 2004 as Black Albino, however this seems to have been a short-lived reunion of sorts (the group featuring Hodgson on guitar and MacDonald on drums played a support slot for Die! Die! Die! at the Jetset Lounge).


  • Nick Hodgson (Guitar/Vocals/Drums, 199? – 200?)
  • Ben Johnstone (Bass/Vocals, 199? – 2003)
  • Brett Croft (Guitar, 199?)
  • Tim MacDonald (Drums, 199? – 200?)
  • Lynton Denovan (Drums, 200?)
  • George Gossett (Keyboards, 200?)
  • Karl Jensen (Bass/Vocals, 200?)


  • Tony Valens and the Incisions Lathe-Cut 7″ EP (High Tension House)
  • All the Greatest Hits of.. cassette (High Tension House, HTH015)
  • Tony Valens and the Incisions (2002, Kato, KCD3)
  • Let Terror Rain (2002, Kato, KCD005)



Indicator Dogs

auckland hard-rock band comprised of dan young (guitar), val hunting (bass), aaron o’rielly and wolf – who released their debut in 2003, after it sat unreleased for quite some time (initial recordings were made back in late 2001) – new vocalist wolf re-recording some of their original vocalists (thomas henry bloomfield) songs.
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  • anschluss [2003 antenna 5837790]


infinitesimal is the electronic feedback/computer improvisation project of mark sadgrove (mhfs, hometown fielding, plains) and paul winstanley (sci hi, audible 3, dial, plains) who first rocked the reactivated auckland scene during the festival in 2004, their first gig. sadgrove uses linux-based c-sound software triggering self-scripted algorithms while winstanley sculpts digital feedback and noise from an effects processor, eq and mixer. subscribers to the adage of ‘machine knows best’, infinitesimal veers towards microprocessor directed soundscapes of turbulent quality. both artists have had numerous releases of their other projects published on labels such as pseudoarcana, celebrate psi phenomenon and scarcelight recordsrn-cmr

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  • cmr cd-r [cmr]

Thee Ideal Gus

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  • circumsession cassette [root don lonie for cash rdl008]
  • live / evil cassette [w/ the pumice root don lonie for cash rdl049]
  • 1977 ep cd-r [root don lonie for cash rdl082]
  • ‘bmstrmstrmbngsplt’/’bullseye’ lathe-cut 7″ [1997 a stabbies and the rocket recording]
  • 1999 double lathe-cut [1999 a stabbies and the rocket recording]
  • ‘thumb point’/’pollen island’ lathe-cut 7″ [2002 a stabbies and the rocket recording]

Idle Star

a christchurch pub band, no less. their self-titled and self-released debut was a valiant attempt at some kind of credibility. maybe next time.
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