Kim Pieters

articulate bassist / guitarist from such bands as rain, flies inside the sun etc. has performed in various free-form works with the likes of bruce russell and peter stapleton.
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Picnic Boys

kevin smith (guitar / vocals – who later went on to find fame as an actor in the likes of hercules before he died tragically in the early 2000s) released a series of tapes, often with pat faigan (drums – aka duane zarakov – later of spacedust) and steve watson (bass / violin / synth) – initially as the picnic boys on their own tv eye label. the fourth tape in this series was a split album from legacy of ears (steve watson) and hyphen-smythe (kevin) who in combination released material on a later album as the hyphen-ears.
discography
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  • split cassette [1982 w/ rythm doktor tv eye TV-Eye001]
  • here comes the jungle cassette [1982 tv eye TV-Eye002]
  • crumbs, it’s a pterodactyl! cassette [1982 tv eye TV-Eye003]

Phonoss

stoner rock lo-fi solo project from joed out‘s micheal brennan.
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Perfect Strangers

A shambling blues-rock trio of notorious obscurity – their split 12″ EP (with The And Band – who shared member Mark Thomas), they existed for a short time playing underground gigs in Christchurch around 1981. Bill Vosburgh ended up recording a split EP as Junkanoo, before forming the Bill Fosby Assassins (with Duane Zarakov), and later joining the Homebacon gang on Brother Love‘s Rock’N’Roll Criminal.

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Phoenix Foundation

acclaimed and eclectic wellington pop outfit with huge flourishes of whimsical instrumentation and whatnot. their debut caused quite a bit of fuss, critics gushing at their use of melody and whatnot. conrad wedde, samuel flynn scott, luke buda, tim hansen, will rickets and richie singleton.
discography
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  • china cove ep [2001 lovely horse PH1]
  • horsepower [2003 capitol recordings CREC1012]
  • pegasus [2005 festival]
  • happy endings [2007 flying nun]

Music Videos

Peking Man

margaret urlich’s original claim to fame, now know purely for their singature track room that echoes, but actually a real touring band back in the day. joined by brother pat, along with tim calder, perry marshall, jan foulkes, neville hall, john fearon and jay f-bula, peking man were pop, spiked with new wave and successfully leveraged a distinctive, ahead of its time music video into an image.
discography
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  • animal instincts [1983 last laugh]
  • venetian blinds ep [1983 unsung unsong021]
  • peking man [1986 cbs SBP8184] rn

awards etc
rianz awards 1985

  • top female vocalist of the year: margaret urlichrn

rianz awards 1986

  • single of the year: room that echoesrn
  • album of the year: peking manrn
  • top group of the year: peking manrn
  • top male vocalist of the year: pat urlichrn
  • top female vocalist of the year: margaret urlichrn
  • producer of the year: bruce lynchrn
  • cover design of the year: phil o’reillyrn
  • sound engineer of the year: graham myhrern

Paua Fritters

auckland-based pop-outfit that managed an apra song-writing nomination for 1998’s ‘her story’, after forming way back in 1991. guitarists alice mckenzie, penny laybourn and hilda mcclutchie were joined by percussionist erwin van asbeck and the band started playing out live in cafes, bars and even victoria market. after the low-rent ‘harbour’ 3 song ep, steve garden produced their debut full-length paua to the people, and the band were commended for their song-writing strengths.
over the years the paua fritters returned to the 3-key founding members, with kararaina pene (drums) and hew jenkins coming on line recently.
discography
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  • harbour ep [1995]
  • paua to the people [1998]
  • cruiseville [2002]

Pasica

recorded in one night during november 1998 in palmerston north, new zealand. a live to tape improvisation featuring paul hirst (bass), simon clough (tapes), and carolyn hicks (bowed bass). a delicious mix of improvised sounds, from dark drones to stuttered radio. a lovely album for that quiet night inrn- sumac

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  • we all left here cd-r [sumac su002]

Paselode

in the tradition, hell – they’re direct followers of fellow wellington sleeze-rockers head like a hole. a 5 piece comprised of brothers gerome and elan (actually cousins of head like a hole‘s over the top frontman booger beazley), lucola, rhys and nato who got together at the turn of the century. loose rock’n’roll spiked with country and a whole lot of cussin’ and hollerin’ they’re pretty fun..
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  • the taming of the wasps [2004 wildside]

Parmentier

the abstract electronic recordings of former thela duo rosy parlane and dion workman. initially started as an outgrowth of thela (the duo had split from guitarist dean roberts) whereby parlane played drums and manipulated tape-loop and workman played guitar, usually with a drone focus, and sustaining frequencies.

starting the sigma label to release their material, the duo quickly settled into a minimal electronic-music sound, a label the duo are quick to dismiss as too narrow. since essentially disbanding in the late 1990s (both parlane and workman globe-trotting after their initial move to melbourne) the duo continue to release material – parlane in particular finding a lot of success with his solo recordings and as pit viper, and their finely crafted sigma label releases are gaining more and more attention in underground circles.
discography
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  • odessa double 8″ lathe-cut [1998 crawlspace]
  • luxsound [1998 sigma sigma002]