phantom forth

drum-machine propelled post-punk outfit featuring the brother and sister team of paul and debbie luker, along with lorraine steele on casio-tone keyboard. had an ep on flying nun, along with an appearance on the (brilliant) last rhumba compilation, before paul went on to form his label industrial tapes. he now plays guitar and sings with hip – a 2nd generation band of sorts, out of auckland.
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pig out

live electro-house-rave band founded as a side-project by house of dolls‘ marie celeste (keyboards) and kit clayton (vocals, drum programming); with the original intent of being joined by the enigmatic nick harte (shocking pinks) – though he essentially exists as a part time member. soon pig out had an identical lineup to the dolls with bassist frase and drummer kris soon joining; though eventually frase left both groups to vocals on his expanding frase+bri project.

pig out live at happy, filmed by neonsleep

pig out songs are essentially long rambling jams based around marie’s synth and huge percussionary involvement, though with kris now on drums this has taken a more polished, complete feeling. the group quickly grew in popularity across the country, being a fore-runner in the rave-rivivalism scene that emerged in 2006. hugely fun and tongue-n-cheek; the group are hard at work getting their debut ‘club poems’ ready for release on pinacolada records.
July 2007 saw the group embark to Europe, playing the Midi festival on the French Riviera, along with further shows in France, England, and Continental Europe.

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  • Club Poems [2006 Pinacolada]

p-bass expressway

studio-based five piece funk outfit formed in christchurch by nava thomas (aka confucious / soul providah) and ariel white, and featuring contributions from erstwhile members in melbourne and all over the globe, the band did play locally in the late 90s, reforming with the release of their debut album in early 2004.
their recordings and live show encompass performances from many of christchurch’s dub, funk and electronic regulars – but in my opinion they have quite propelled themselves beyond the soul-jazz-lite level to credible dirty-funk yet (with their album sounding far too clean and focused to really groove).
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  • express funk[2004 heavy weight soul HWSP01]

pieters, kim

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.
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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]

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.
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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.
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  • odessa double 8″ lathe-cut [1998 crawlspace]
  • luxsound [1998 sigma sigma002]

parlane, rosy

rosy parlane is the alias of paul douglas – prolific former-auckland experimental music soloist who originally made his name as the drummer and pianist for thela in the mid 1990s, along with contributing to emperical‘s recordings, and drumming for pit viper. since relocating to melbourne, and recently moving on to london, parlane has even managed to collaborate with high-profile sound-manipulator christian fennesz.
discography
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  • #1 lathe-cut 7″[1997 self-released]
  • #2 lathe-cut 7″[1997 self-released]
  • #3 lathe-cut 7″[1997 self-released]
  • untitled 7″[1998 w/ r.s.w. lundon self-released]
  • #1-4 [1998 sigma sigma 001]
  • untitled [2000 w/ j. shin rm 212]
  • fennesz / rosy parlane [2000 w/ christian fennesz synaesthesia]
  • the peetoom files 7″ [2001 tonschacht]
  • getxo [2001 sigma sigma 010]
  • iris [2004 touch TO58]