lurch

[profile thanks to rob mayes]
arising from the distant ashes of blue flesh syndrome and cell, lurch were a combination of british shoegazing and semi-industrial riffing, with a touch of early goth. the band consisted of: layton davies – vocalist / guitarist (cell, cilium 19), wayne leary – guitar, stuart britten – drums, and rebecca bishop – bass.
both leary and britten had been in blue flesh syndrome and that band’s shoegazing and gothic overtones were bought through to lurch’s dark overtones. davies previous outings had been aimed at the industrial sounds of bands like nine inch nails and he bought through that side to the sound of lurch. the result was at times quite powerful, the stand out track live being “risk”, an ambient groove of a track that spits random bursts of guitar chords through out. the band recorded 4 tracks with failsafe toward the avalanche and good things projects. an excellent version of “risk” appears on the avalanche cd. live the band could surround you in an envelope of sound and draw you in, or alternately the could be self-indulgent and aimless. the band finished their career with a slot at the avalanche release party where they decided not to play any of the tracks from the release and instead performed a sprawling free form composition for their 20 minute set. since then davies has gone on to experiment in techno stylings with baiter cell.
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  • no major releasesrn

lung

the clear turned into lung in 1991, immediately releasing a live recording of their new material (actually performing still as the clear). they actually went on to a bit more acclaim than their earlier incarnation, and had slight cult success in europe, we’re they toured in the mid 90s. the clear’s line-up of david white, brent gemmill, phil williscroft and graeme gaylor remained.
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  • live stomach [1991 yellow bike]
  • cactii [1991 yellow bike yellow bike 003]
  • paralysis ep [1992 yellow bike yellow bike 007]
  • 3 gheads on a plate [1993 yellow bike yellow bike 008]
  • feeding fucking vera [1994 yellow bike yellow bike 015]

lundon, robert stewart william

experimental noise musician (and member of the acclaimed pit viper), who has recently turned to hip-hop as a member of the aoteroa records label.
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  • a view of winged emotion lathe-cut 7″ [imperial recordings]
  • soundedit 16 lathe-cut 7″ [imperial recordings]
  • untitled lathe-cut 7″ [w/ rosy parlane imperial recordings]

lugosi

dunedin-based 3-piece outfit comprised of campbell kneale (guitars, synth, drums, vocal), andrew savage (guitar, percussion) and leon schultz (guitar, effects, drums), who released a series of home-brew and relatively melodic noise/drone/guitar pice albums on kneales own celebrate psi phenomenon label.rn

everybody loves lugosi. their radiant, sunset-sounds sit way down the ‘beautiful’ end of the nz free-thing. their finely tuned (yes tuned!) feedback, organ drone, and naked guitar twang set all the pretty girls hearts a-thumpin’ down at the local baptist church where they rehearsed and recorded. due to misfortune, their long-awaited cd is still long-awaited and all those who have requested more from this superb band will have to be content with a reissue of this fabulous, long out-of-print, c/psi/p cassettern

monarch cd-r reissue
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love in a gas oven

dunedin group from circa 1984, featuring ivan purvis (guitar), nathan mcconnell (drums) and jonathan underhill (saxophone/vocals).
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love and violence

andrew and scott newth.
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  • the nth times [1993 airwigg AIR CD001]

louie and the hotsticks

Christchurch stalwat al parks’ 80s outfit, featuring danny wilson, jim walmsley, helen mulholland, wayne beecroft and wayne jamieson. a slick professional band who played regular residencies with long sets featuring both covers and originals.
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  • stickability ep [198?]

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