Excellent shoe-gaze trio formed around the songs of Annemarie Duff (vocals, electronics and production), with Ché Walden (guitar) and Steven Marr (bass). Duff’s vocals (a wispy Cocteau Twins type approach), enveloping electronics and Walden’s guitar engulf the groups sound, with Marr’s bass adding substantial groove. The Christchurch group picked up steam in 2012 with more and more live performances, but sadly both Duff and Walden are now leaving for Melbourne.

Discography (picks in bold)

  • This & That (home demo’s) [April 2010 self-released]
  • New stuff (Dunedin 2011) [March 2011 self-released]


Magic Eye

3-Piece power-rock outfit based around the songs of Brian Feary (Guitar/Vox), currently with Ben Odering (Bass) and Julian Vares (Drums). Formed some time around august 2009, with the intention of entering the annual RDU-sponsored ‘Round-up’ band competition at the Dux de Lux. The initial line-up of Feary with Mike Ellis (drums) and Jono Press (bass) gave way to the current line-up gradually as members moved north and away from the Christchurch Earthquakes.

No Releases


mad scene, the

when hamish kilgour moved to new york in the early 90s he immediately joined bailter space, but mad scene were to become his new band. enlisting his partner lisa seagul, along with bill grestel and robert vickers – mad scene had more of a pop focus than any of kilgours previous outfits, and unfortunately were never as strong as either the clean or even early bailterspace.
picks in bold

  • a trip thru monsterland [1993 flying nun FNCD191]
  • sealight [1995 summershine SHINECD016]
  • chinese honey ep [1996]

madding crowd, the

featuring stefan wolf.
picks in bold

  • the man with the crooked ear [1998 toonz]

mad cow

taranaki guitar soundscapes, with just a self-released ep under their belts (so far).
from joseph smither
Mad Cow is a five piece band from Taranaki , New Zealand. The band first began over 20 year ago when the guitarist and the drummer formed a school band. That went on to become No Comment, a three piece originals band ,who played at various places around New Plymouth during the late 80


partially improvisational rock outfit out of wellington comprised of foundation member mark williams, and currently joined by geoffrey trail and stephen clover. naming themselves after swell maps brilliant post-punk lp ‘a trip to marineville’ draws obvious conclusions, though the marineville boys hardly encompassed all the unusual, distinguishing characteristics that made nikki sudden, epic soundtracks and the rest of the ‘maps such the distinctive band they were. instead, marineville are more of a (very) guitar heavy sonic-durge kind of band, like sonic youth with-out the abstract lyrics, or a stream-lined tak on television.
picks in bold

  • ready for the dance [2002 oak park records oak001]
  • diving the wreck [2004 involve]

marie and the atom

gill civil, sara westwood, virginia were, alison wallce, david daniel and john quigey. an experimental outfit that started out with a couple of eps on flying nun before relocating to the united kingdom. very unusual approach, taking in both electronics and the usual guitar and drums instrumentation. their early eps are hard to come by these days, and are quite sought after by collectors.
picks in bold

marginal era

power-pop act from the early 80s featuring paul agar (guitar / vocals), david mauger (bass – later of blond comedy), dave larsen (drums) and phil mcdonald filling in the electro side of things on synths. after falling to make much of an impact in new zealand outside of club success, paul agar relocated to australia and started the band afresh with a new line-up, and after a single release the band split up, with australian drummer vincent leigh joining pseudo echo.
picks in bold

  • you fascinate me [1984 reaction]

marching girls

spawned out of first generation punkers the scavengers, the marching girls we’re a stripped down, and more new wave focused attempt for ronnie recent, johnnie volume and des hefner. they re-recorded the ‘scavs brilliant ‘true love’, and appeared on the brilliant punk anthology ak79 (which was then expanded and reissued by flying nun in the early 90s). the marching girls relocated to sydney in the early 80s, but only managed an ep release before it was all over.
picks in bold

  • ‘true love’/’first in line’ 7″ single [1980 propeller REV4]
  • marching girls ep [1983 rtc MG600] rn