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

Marching Orders

picks in bold

  • ‘the dancer’/’games we play’ 12″ ep [1984 flying nun FN GIS001] rn


auckland punk-metallers darryl tapsell, bruce mutch, julian price, chris walter.
picks in bold

  • almost like something completely sinister
    [1996, warped records]

  • windows 666 ep [2002]

Greg Malcolm

the multi-talented greg malcolm. he’s been a member of jay clarkson’s breathing cage and suffered the fate of over-spending on their sole lp. he released an album entitled ‘trust only this face’ that lead to controversy (due a song entitled ‘the ballad of peter plumbley walker’ that was misunderstood and vilified by the media), and retreated to berlin. after engulfing himself in the german avant-garde scene, he returned to record the albums follow-up (entitled ‘what is it keith?’), returning to new zealand and starteing up his own children’s entertainment production company (call such’n’such) with his partner jenny ward.
since then he’s been pro-active leading new zealands only kletzmer surf-guitar band – surfing ussr, has recorded an album of prepared guitar instrumentals (2002’s brilliant ‘homesick for nowhere’) that encompasses a wide variety of unusual performance techniques, and has even managed to develop a new live set of down-home folk-country covers (ala johnny cash or hank williams senior).
picks in bold

Mainly Spaniards

the following was contributed by dave swift – the drummer for mainly spaniards, and now a journalist living in the united kingdom:rnmainly spaniards formed in early 1981 from regulars among the early christchurch punk scene.
uni student richard james (vocals and guitar) wrote most of the songs. nick strong, another student, was on bass. david swift (drums), a journalist and rock music reviewer on the press, had played in the 1980 group buying a hat, while screen printer mike jeffris (guitar) played in several bedroom/rehearsal groups dating back to early 1978 and the original mollett street market punk rock scene.
mike was one of several to audition for the 4th spot in the band after months of rehearsals as a trio. ross humphries (the pin group) would have been a superb addition too but despite several rehearsals he was busy with other music projects. the name came from my own ridiculous idea of reading newspapers and circling any two words that taken out of context might work. a report on the press foreign news pages, (which i occasionally laid out and edited!) about a bus crash in spain that killed 35, ‘mainly spaniards’, did the job.
we gigged through 1981 and 1982, playing at the two pubs in central christchurch that hosted all the right names of the day. that was the db gladstone (durham st) and the star and garter (oxford terrace – demolished in the late 90s). as i recall, mainly spaniards only played once outside christchurch and that was at the empire tavern in dunedin with ballon d’essai in late 1981.
the highlight of our gigging career was most definitely two nights with the clean at the star and garter in 1982. 500 people crammed in each night and the clean, by then getting very popular, wanted us to play last. we did – and no one left before we came on….. we also supported/played with the chills, the pin group, the newtones, sneaky feelings and others.
roger shepherd, a mate of ours, had started flying nun and having seen most of our gigs offered us a single. flying nun 014 (that’s what friends are for / questions / secretaries’ lunch break) was recorded by chris knox on his famous 4-track in paul kean’s house in sydenham in march 1982 and released in the middle of that year.
500 were pressed and sold out pretty quickly and it was a mild disappointment that we did not make the national top 40. got good university radio station airplay, though, and nice words in rip it up when they did a feature on the chch scene in 1982. my rock journalism rival, rob white, was forced to give us an interview in the christchurch star in 1982 owing to our popularity in the city



The Malchicks formed in the late eighties in the Auckland guitar scene, and rose to prominence with substantial radio play for an early recording of the song ‘Vanilla’, which was eventually released on one of the bFM Freak the Sheep compilations.

– Rob Mayes of Failsafe Records


  • Coralie Martin (Bass/Vocals, 1989 – 1995)
  • Mac Hodge (Guitar, 1989)
  • Miranda Makin (Vocals, 1989 -)
  • Lorna Kittel (Drums, 1989 – 1990)
  • Mark Pollard (Drums, 1990)
  • Simon Matthews (Guitar, 1989 – 1995)
  • Matthew Dalzell (Guitar/Vocals, 1989)
  • Jason Ennor (Drums, 1990 – 1991)





mhfs is mark sadgrove, an auckland-based physicist currently working on a doctorate in experimental quantum dynamics. in his spare time he makes sound with open source software tools. ‘ti point wharf’ is in keeping with his previous “location themed” recordings, “a nelson city hymnal” on abd, and “west auckland driving songs” on celebrate psi phenomenonrn- sourcelight

picks in bold

  • west auckland driving songs cd-r []
  • a nelson city hymnal cd-r []
  • ti point wharf 3″ cd-r [sourcelight SLR29]