Duncan Jones

Electronicky Singer-Songwriter fellow with his foot in the door as the guitarist for SJDs band… releases locally on Round Trip Mars and a wee bit of international exposure too.


picks in bold

  • mirror minor ep [2005 Round Trip Mars RTM2008]
  • future past [2006 Virgin/EMI]


mid 90s rock’n’roll outfit from andrew tolley, before he found fame with the hasselhoff experiment. jawload were based in wellington and released an album and two singles on tolley’s own kato label. tolley was joined by rod de spong, andrew goodchild and paul lester.
picks in bold

  • ‘gimp’/’havana joe’ 7″ single [1995 kato Kato 5]
  • seedy [1996 kato]
  • ‘stigma’/’nothing to say’ 7″ single [1997 kato Kato 11]


nelson punk, with johnny trousers formerly of killtrain. johnny knees-up, johnny trousers, chrissy christ.
picks in bold

  • d.i.c. [2001]

Johnny Velox and the Vauxhauls


In September [1977], the nucleus of another band formed at Burnside High School.

Brothers Mark and Scott Brooks were guitarist and bassist and Findlay Calderwood became drummer. From Boys’ High came vocalist Michael Williams.

Initially the band were known as ‘Uncle Meat’, but after they became a quartet they gave themselves a decisively punk identity. The new name managed to lampoon ‘Hoon’ culture and snipe at both middle-class and freak sensibilities.

Johnny Velox and Vauxhalls was again a four-piece band built firmly on the Pistols/Ramones model. Williams became the titular character, Mark and Scott Brooks became Kid Buick and Eugene Dipstick, and Calderwood became Dick Distant.

Though very young (all were in their mid-teens), the band’s instrumentalists had the funky long hair and flares of freakdom but like The Doomed crossed over with the slightly-ripped safety-pinned-opportunity-shop jacket aesthetic of punk.

Williams indulged his character’s glam-rock star roots and wore bright red dyed hair with his wraparound shades, slashed t-shirt and dog-collar choker.

In contrast to The Doomed’s slightly one-dimensional Pistols/English punk outrage, the Vauxhalls had a decidedly more ‘musical’ slant to their version of punk. In the absence of specifically ‘punk’ records for initial set-building material, the Vauxhalls utilized currently available music by acknowledged antecedents.

The early Vauxhalls quickly mashed together and eclectic glam / 1960’s set [covering Bowie, Eno, The Stooges, Roxy Music, Slade, The Who, Velvet Underground etc]… as well as joking covers of television advertisement jingles…

– From Wade Churtons’ Glam, Punk and Scorched Earth Policy

The group were a stalwart of the popular Mollett Street scene, playing alongside contemporaries such as The Doomed, Vapor and the Trails, Vacuum Blue Ladder and The Vandals.


  • Mark Brooks (Guitar, 1977 – 1978)
  • Scott Brooks (Bass, 1977 – 1978)
  • Michael Williams (Vocals, 1977 – 1978)
  • Findlay Calderwood (Drums, 1977 – 1978)





hawkes bay based mostly-instrumental (textural, in the mogwai style) rockers maurice beckett, jeff boyle and jason johnston. three low-run releases have seen them gather quite a bit of interest through-out new zealand, and their live shows are usual well-attended. though lacking a bit of the diversity and melody that made substandard‘s debut such a bright light, they are still a highly worthwhile band, grounded in excellent musicianship.
originally forming in napier, the trio achieved attention through fairly lef-of-centre sources for an instrumental rock out, mainly as a support act for touring dub and electronic acts salmonella dub and pitchblack. subsequently the band was signed to kog transmissions new start-up indie off-shoot midium and worked with the likes of label-mates avotor.
picks in bold

  • jakob ep [1999 venn]
  • subset of sets [2001 midium 99492]
  • cale: drew [2003 midium mid006]

Joed Out

an auckland four-piece of the indie-pop / jangle / flying nun variety (stating their influenced by the likes of the chills, the clean, the verlaines, the 3ds, the bats etc) that formed in a 4-track capacity back in 2000. after shedding a couple of members the core unit of andrew maitai (drums) and ben barrett (guitar / vocals) soldiered on, establishing the powertool records label to release their bedroom recordings, and those of barretts solo alias – feyodor.
with new members matthew backhouse (bass / keys / vocals) and justin schilder, the line-up was complete, and powertool soon released their full length debut heroes & zeroes and the more acocmplished floorshow ep – the first to be mastered by finish producer mikeal h.
picks in bold


5 tracks of field recordings and ultra-harsh electronics. no instruments were used on this recording. constructed entirely using a portable minidisc recorder, contact mics, behringer mixer and patch cords. [limited edition of 50, each packaged in a kraft envelope with unique artwork on each. hand numbered] – release details on introducing something to the system

picks in bold

  • oil leaks and cicadas lathe-cut [carbon records]
  • introducing something to the system [carbon records]


picks in bold

  • the phenomenological experience of being peb 1/2 7″ lathe-cut [self-released]
  • still life 12″ lathe-cut [self-released]
  • still life no. 2 8″ lathe-cut [self-released]
  • ‘salt’/’water’ 8″ lathe-cut [self-released]

The Jewl of Bessamoocho


One of the first bands to release a single on the small pop-punk Pink Air / Girl Alliance label, which sprung up in the late 90’s, releasing catchy 7″ singles from a series of Auckland punky outfits.

Full of Riot Grrrl attitude and cool vocals from Japanese Vocalist Eri Miyabayashi.

Goldifox had a sort spin off band called The Jewl of Bessamoocho, where Amy stepped away from vocals and their Japanese exchange student friend – Eri Miyabayashi – stepped up to write songs and sing. Penny Collins continued to play guitar and Liz Mathews continued to drum. Eri’s perspective and mysteriously weird, deep and accented voice gave these songs a dreamy, but still punk quality.

Stella Corkery for Tom Tom Mag

Jewels of Bessamoocho – Diggadiggadigga 7″

The Jewel of Bessamoocho are two girls (Liz and Penny) from Kerikeri, New Zealand and their friend Eri the Japanese exchange student and the founder of the anti fake the Beatles union.

Together they have recorded 4 songs of no-fi clatter and pop that will make you cry with their beauty. Mysterious and exotic punk-o-pop

– Pink Air / Girl Alliance website

Matthews and Collins would later enlist The Coolies‘ Sjionel Timu and become The Revengers.


  • Liz Matthews (Drums, 1999)
  • Penny Collins (Guitar, 1999)
  • Eri Miyabayashi (Vocals, 1999)


  • Diggadiggadigga 7″ Single [1999, Girl Alliance, GA001]