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. discography picks in bold
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. discography 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
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oil leaks and cicadas lathe-cut [carbon records]
introducing something to the system [carbon records]
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.
one off side-project from chris knox featuring his partner barbara, doug hood, mark phillips, david kilgour and other strag-a-longs.rn
it was basically whoever happened to be in the flat. that was a christmas single for ’81 or ’82. there was one song based on doug’s cat, bob, and a christmas song.rn- chris knox, taken from a bryan foley interview on forcedexposure.com
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‘bobzilla’/’the worst noel’ 7″ single[1982 flying nun XMAS001]
member of split enz, the swingers, and just about every other high profile band of the 70s and early 80s (including a short stint in toy love!), phil judd finally released a solo album under his name after the demise of the swingers in 1983, and followed it with a soundtrack to the australian movie death in brunswick in the early 90s. discography picks in bold
prolific singer-songwriter who’s played in a number of seminal kiwi dirge-rock outfits, along with his own one-man band projects. primarily playing electric piano and singing, jefferies was a founding member of 2 foot flame and the cake kitchen. discography picks in bold
‘randolphs going home’/’hooked, lined and sunken’ 7″ single [1985 w/ shayne carter