phonoss

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

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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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.

discography
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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]

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

parkes, blair

long-standing christchurch singer / song-writer, blair parkes has been a fixture in local indie-pop bands, from all fall down in the early 1980s, through little dead things, the letter 5, swim everything, creeley, and range. these bands saw releases through new zealand instituition flying nun and christchurch’s fail-safe records.
parkes started recording solo material in the late nighties, composing on his trusty 4-track, and playing guitar, keyboards, drums and bass – the results being released throughwrong records.
discography
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  • the end [2000 wrong wrong004]
  • east coast ep [2001 wrong wrong005]

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]