Operation Rolling Thunder

Tight instrumental (drums and guitar) outfit in the High Dependency Unit or Jakob vein based around Dunedin-born brothers Rob and Adam Falcolner. 2 years after the release of their debut EP ‘White Light’ in 2005 the group recorded a 3 day session with Dale Cotton, which eventually surfaced 3 years later as their vinyl/download only full length ‘III’.

Discography (picks in bold)

  • White Light EP [2005 Monkey Killer Records]
  • III [2010 Monkey Killer Records]



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.

picks in bold

  • You are here [2004/5 siren]
  • 2nd Hand Planet [2007 siren]
  • Until the end of Time [20011 OpshopMusic/Rhythmethod]


picks in bold

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]



Chris Heazlewood and Sean O’Rielly’s pre-king loser outfit, featuring former look blue go purple guitarist and flying nun alumni Lesley Paris.

picks in bold

  • ‘septic hagfish’/’ditch’/’don’t fall too hard’/’olla putrido’ 7″ ep [1992 flying nun FN214]


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]



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’.


picks in bold

  • The O’Lovelys [2008 Self-Released]
  • Lost Love [2009 Self-Released]
  • Constellation [2011 Self-Released]



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 phenomenum (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.

picks in bold

  • ‘how bizarre’ cd single [1995 huh Huh3]
  • ‘right on’ cd single [1995 huh Huh4]
  • how bizarre [1996/7 huh mercury Huh6]
  • ‘on the run’ cd single [1996 huh Huh8]
  • ‘land of plenty’ cd single [1996 huh Huh9]
  • ‘how bizarre’ dance promo 12″ [1996 huh Huh10]
  • the uptown project 10″ / cd ep [1996 huh Huh11]
  • ‘i love la’ cd single [w/ sina 1996 huh Huh13]

awards etc
rianz awards 1995

  • single of the year ‘how bizarre’
  • most promising group of the year


Blenheim-based underground experimental musician of notorious repute:

Outdated synthesizers, delay pedals and tape loops to shape plastic signal patterns and oblique modulations to evoke sprawling voids of nightmarish emptinessrn

Jim Haynes in the Wire issue 223

Has recorded on Bruce Russell‘s Corpus Hermeticum, as well as extensively on his own Deep Skin imprint.

picks in bold

  • intromit cassette [self-released]
  • overcast cassette [self-released]
  • alienation cassette [self-released]
  • open spaces cassette [self-released]
  • signals cassette [self-released]
  • disfunctions cassette [self-released]
  • inception cassette [self-released]
  • ionspheres double-cassette [self-released]
  • fluid cassette [self-released]
  • transmogification cassette [self-released]
  • retraction 7″ ep [1993 stomach ache021]
  • quad double-tape / triple-cd [corpus hermeticumHERMES024-026]
  • the invision state lathe-cut 7″ ep [trinder]
  • rundowns cassette [self-released]
  • ‘fore-casts’ 7″ ep [1992 w/ dust fisheye] rn
  • zero lathe-cut double-7″ [self-released]
  • frequency drop points types lathe-cut 7″ ep [aegri somnia vana]
  • ‘complacency’/’dissipation’ lathe-cut 7″ [self-released]
  • slow movement 7″ [w/ k-group]
  • interior desolation [1998 corpus hermeticumHERMES030]
  • transfusions cassette [self-released]
  • storage [2001 collaboration with k-group fusetron]
  • rejector [2003? anomalous records]
  • tracer double cd-r [sysecular]
  • tracer double cd [2005 reissue helen scarsdale hms005]


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, 3D’s and Bailterspace 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 cd-r 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.

picks in bold

  • Quarterpack cd-r EP [2002 self-released]
  • Hang on, im still mutating [2004 Madfishwish MFW003]
  • Sneepy EP [2006 Madfishwish – MFW004]