Opossom

The Auckland-based psych-pop group Opossom were originally the creation of ex-Mint Chicks front-man Kody Neilson (vocals, keyboards, drums), though some Opossom recordings we’re also performed by Kody and Bic – Neilson alonside girlfriend girlfriend Bic Runga (drums, vocals, guitar, keyboards). This duo were eventually joined by Neilson’s former Mint Chicks band-mate Mike Logie (bass) to create a touring 3-piece group.

The group experienced significant positive press on the release of their debut album ‘Electric Hawaii’, and the single ‘Blue Meanies’, in late 2011 / early 2012.

Discography (picks in bold)

  • Electric Hawaii [2012 Dark Summer Records]

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1/3 Octave Band

A Bill Wood and Jules Desmond duo, along with other contributors such as Ben Spiers.

String driven shiver floating in a lake of orchestral sheen. Hyper-kinetic drones fashioned from the slow moving gracefulness of supersonic spacejunk. Aimless grandeur
Pseudoarcana

Discography (picks in bold)

  • The System Likes You And Wants To Be Your Friend Cd-R [Pseudoarcana Pa047]
  • Fading Light From Distants Suns Cd-R [Celebrate Psi Phenomenon]
  • Apocalypse Now And Then [Stinkbuzz]
  • Piscean Tragedies Double 8″ Lathe-Cut [Crawlspace]
  • Radiotron Lathe-Cut 7″ [Self-Released]
  • Untitled Cd-R [Freedom From Ff0182]

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147 Swordfish

One of the crop of great bands to surface for 1992’s Operation Music Storm competition 147 Swordfish made the finals coming second and impressing judges and audience with their well crafted sound and strongly melodic undercurrent. Songs like ‘love’ are upliftingly pop while other tracks such as ‘Hang’ drive solidly with it’s distorted bass backbone and deep ringing guitars. 147 Swordfish are melodic and smooth or poundingly tough depending on where in the song you catch them – definitely dynamic. The band consisted of David Wernham (Guitar/Vocals), Mark Tyler (Bass), Dave Deacons (Drums).

The band cut an unusual shape live with the wiry frame of Tyler standing motionless to the right, Deacons animatedly enjoying playing drums, and the hulking figure of Wernham looming over his guitar, usually extruding rivers of sweat. The band recorded 7 songs with Rob Mayes and Failsafe records for the Avalanche and Good Things project. 2 songs were left unfinished and one track remains unreleased. The band were recorded live which included a version of sublime new song ‘Freeze’, also unreleased.

Dave Wernham was at times a difficult character to deal with, but there was no denying his deft hang with a cool melody and driving song. The band were performing a number of excellent songs before they gave up 147 Swordfish for other projects, Tyler and Deacon to Salmonella Dub and Wernham to his sound engineering, eventually touring with bands like Shihad. As good a live engineer as Dave Wernham is it’s a loss to the pop world that he hasn’t pursued his song writing any further. the bands last performances were in 1994.
-Rob Mayes (Failsafe)

Discography (picks in bold)

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Off Our Shoulders

Discography (picks in bold)

  • Off Our Shoulders

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The Offbeats

Wellington based 7-piece ska band with a fairly large following, after a number of tracks on a variety of ska compilations, along with their own self-titled album and an ep.

Discography (picks in bold)

  • just begun ep [1996]
  • the offbeats [2000]

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Offline

…nz underground solo artist shay j klink, combining hard hitting well composed drum machine programming, some well structured dark experimental mood intensities and pounding death/dark metal guitars – sampled and played. check it out
club bizarre

Discography (picks in bold)

  • insainium [self-released]

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Ohm

Ohm is a quartet that includes Campbell Kneale as well as Stefan Neville of Pumice. Their Live at the Crown, packaged within a hilarious upside-down variation on the Who’s Maximum R’n’B logo, is one of the most beautiful albums i’ve heard this year. With live drone and drum improv of the highest order, ohm create a wistfully psychedelic feel. there’s an astonishing chemistry and compositional sensibility within their improvisational method. Nicely recorded and beautifully played, Ohm show extraordinary mastery over their instruments with brilliant drumming patterns. their overall sound rivals the best of the Dead C and Thela‘s improv work.
Dan Vallor: muckraker #9

Discography (picks in bold)

  • ‘as sure as moons is cheese’/’egg jelly up’ 8″ lathe-cut [dirtlove]
  • ou cassette [1996 a stabbies and the rocket recordings]
  • jones cassette [1997 a stabbies and the rocket recordings]
  • live at the crowd cd-r [1997? last visible dogLVD008]
  • re:moon cassette [celebrate psi phenomenon]

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The Orange

Andrew Brough’s pre straitjacket fits rock outfit, much in line with his later dreamy guitar outfit Bike. The Orange were popular in Dunedin during their brief tenure in the mid 80s, though they were over-shadowed by the likes of the Chills and the Verlaines, who constantly received country-wide approval. The Talented song-writer Brough was supported by Jonathan Moore and Peter Bragan.

Discography (picks in bold)

  • fruit salad lives 12″ ep [1986 flying nun FN047]

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Olla

Biography

Chris Heazlewood and Sean O’Rielly’s pre-King Loser outfit, featuring former Look Blue Go Purple drummer and Flying Nun alumni Lesley Paris.

Members

  • Chris Heazlewood (Guitar/Bass/Vocals, 1991 – 1992)
  • Sean O’Rielly (Guitar/Vocals/Organ, 1991 – 1992)
  • Lesley Paris (Drums, 1991 – 1992)

Discography

  • Septic Hagfish 7″ EP (1991, Flying Nun Records, FN214)

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‘Orkid

Popular Christchurch rock outfit originally featuring Paul Hirst, Dylan Nicol-Hawes and Andrew Danks. Culminating a strong live following over many years in the mid to late 90s before finally releasing their debut in 2002, ‘Orkid then slipped out of the limelight, as musicians associated with the band relocated.

They played a brand of loud-quiet dynamic based rock with the odd guitar flourish.
The group changed quite dramatically after the departure of Hirst, for a while the remaining duo of Danks and Nicol-Hawes played as a low-key and vaguely hippy folk group, before Japanese drummer-vocalist Mika Takagi joined, infusing some upbeat rock’n’roll back into the group.

In 2007-08 ‘Orkid were a solid 3-piece rock group (Takagi’s drumming is exceptional and driving), with Nicol-Hawes guitar work taking on an offbeat reggae approach. After the group disbanded, Nicol-Hawes joined Christchurch-based group Lupas Lunar.

Discography (picks in bold)

  • 3 [2002 self-released]
  • practice space ep [2007 self-released]

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