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
picks in bold

  • 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).
discography
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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
picks in bold

  • 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

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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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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Martin Phillips

Although Martin Phillips can essentially be regarded as the heart and soul of his two-decade old troop the Chills (and the only surviving member of some 20+ line-up changes), Phillips has released material in a solo capacity which he clarified as being a seperate entity from his long-standing band.

2000’s ‘Sketchbook Vol. 1’ was a finely compiled and represented anthology of some of Phillips lost material – as over the years he has taken it upon himself to record several hundred hours of song-fragments that failed to make it to release.

Phillips originally debuted back in the late 70s with the unrecorded The Same – a punky troup who shared the same characteristics of the early Clean, though a little greener-still behind the ears. The Same were born into the same scene that spawned Shayne Carters’ high school gang Bored Games, and were inspired to action by witnessing small-town heros the Clean and (primarily) the Enemy in their formulative stages.
Discography (picks in bold)

  • Sunburnt [1996 As Martin Phillips And The Chills Flying Nun Fn303]

  • ‘Come Home’/’How Much This Place Has Changed’/’Lies, Lies, Lies’/’The Streets Of Forgotten Cool’ Cd Single [1996 As Martin Phillips And The Chills Flying Nun Fn340]

  • ‘Come Home’/’The Streets Of Forgotten Cool’ 7″ Single [1996 As Martin Phillips And The Chills Flying Nun Fn340]

  • ‘Surrounded’/’Friends Again’/’Stupid Way To Go’/’Yabba Dabba Doo’ Cd Single [1996 As Martin Phillips And The Chills Flying Nun Fn365]

  • ‘Surrounded’/’Yabba Dabba Doo’ 7″ Single [1996 As Martin Phillips And The Chills Flying Nun Fn365]

  • Sketch Book Vol. 1 [2000 Flying Nun Fn415]

See-Also

Blair Parkes

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
picks in bold

  • the end [2000 wrong wrong004]
  • east coast ep [2001 wrong wrong005]

Rosy Parlane

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]

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]

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..
discography
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  • the taming of the wasps [2004 wildside]