Auckland-based pop-rock 5-piece formed by a bunch of ex-Cantabrians: Jason Kerrison (vocals), Matt Treacy (guitar), Tim Skedden (guitar), Bobby Kennedy (drums) along with the english-born Ian Munro (bass).
The band kinda came out of no-where in 2004 with a record deal and debut album before anybody had really even heard them play – though the group had been formed by the Smoke-Free Rockquest winning duo of Kennedy and Clint Harris (Rockquest ’89 winners ‘Outer Control’). They immediately jumped into a major-label bracket (their Siren debut was distributed by Capitol/EMI), and performed alongside the likes of che fu and the feelers.
Their debut ‘You are here’ reached number 17 on the New Zealand album charts and eventually went platinum, and was followed up by the even more successful ‘2nd hand Planet’, a chart-topping triple-platinum release on Siren records that relied on the huge success of signature tune ‘Maybe’, which has become a staple in New Zealand television advertising.
discography picks in bold
You are here [2004/5 siren]
2nd Hand Planet [2007 siren]
Until the end of Time [20011 OpshopMusic/Rhythmethod]
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.
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.
O’Lovely began as a duo (originally named The O’Lovelys) consisting of Laura Lee Watson (Synth/Vox – also of Pop Hits City) and Brooke Singer (Keys – formerly of the Ragamuffin Children and now French for Rabbits). In 2007 the pair were joined by Matt Scobie (Drums – formerly of Black Market Art and now T54 etc) and Joe Sampson (guitar – formerly of Charlie Bones, now front T54).
Sampson left the group to be replaced by Lee Devinish, but with the groups impending tour of Europe in mid-2008 (where they would be performing as a 3-piece), the line-up was then reverted back to Sampson on guitar for their final few shows. The group were the focus of a lot of attention in late 2007 and 2008, and eventually released their debut self-titled album with distribution through Global Routes.
Around this time the group fractured, with Singer leaving to pursue different avenues, and Watson establishing more authority, quickly building a new line-up. At the same time Watson had been playing in Pop Hits City with Ross Heath (formerly of Bang! Bang! Eche!), Will MacFarlane, Chris Andrews (Bass – Palace of Wisdom) and Tim Woods (Drums). The new O’Lovelys took the rhythm section of Woods and Andrews, and added Perry Mahoney (also a former Bang! Bang! Eche! member) on guitar.
This line-up recorded the ‘Lost Love’ EP with Dale Cotton in Dunedin – songs that eventually made their way onto the groups 2nd album ‘Constellation’. However by the release of the album the group had relocated to Auckland, had cycled through a small handful of supplementary bassists and had been renamed ‘O’Lovely’.
The alias of Pauly Fuemana, and taken from his former South Auckland hip-hop posse the Otara Millionaires Club, OMC somehow managed to have the most successful single in the history of New Zealand pop with the infectious ‘How Bizarre’ – a global phenomenon (and pretty much one-hit wonder) through-out 1995 and 1996.
OMC’s album was actually fairly well produced, featuring slick polynesian instrumentation, honey’d grooves, down-tempo vocals and the odd sentimental vocal (the New Zealand charting single ‘Land of Plenty’ being the obvious point of reference).
Always to be remembered more for the one-hit than the sound behind it, OMC continued to perform and record throughout the 1990’s, but by the 2000’s had fallen on tough times. With a royalties fallout with his producer Alan Jansson in 1998 and continued problems with drugs and alcohol, he faded from the public point of view until his death in January 2010.
The popular 4-piece of Glen Ross (guitar/vocals), Karen McLean (bass/guitar/vocals), Ants Anema (drums/vocals) and Donald Ferns (guitar/bass/vocals) have been making what they describe as a mix of ‘The Clean, The 3Ds and Bailter Space and the DIY punk ethic of the early days of Flying Nun Records to spew forth their own greasy amalgam of guitar noise, catchy melody, and distinctive weirdness’, and their excellent performances so far certainly point in that direction.
They self released a CDr EP, before an album proper in 2004, and have been associated with Aucklands’ Powertool Records label (though their releases have come out on their own ‘Madfishwish’ imprint). The group took what may be a permanent break some time around 2009.
Glen Ross (Guitar/Vocals)
Karen McLean (Bass/Guitar/Vocals)
Ants Anema (Drums/Vocals)
Donald Ferns (Guitar/Bass/Vocals)
Quarterpack cd-r EP (2002, Self-released)
Hang on, i’m still mutating (2004, Madfishwish, MFW003)
Auckland-based soul-funk-pop 10 piece led by vocalist/guitarist Richard Setford. They’ve made a big impression nationwide with their live performances, including quite a bit of television exposure around the nationwide national anthem charity event.