The Primates

edwards lazy, mic and fred feast, johnny snake, chumbo gnu and h w armstrong.
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The Puffins

these guys were my band. during my formulative years of establishing an avid interest in new zealand music, no band were more important than the startling christchurch band, the puffins. i’d sneak into the dux (at age 15, whilst the law was still 20) and party for 2 hours straight to the abosulte best live band christchurch has seen since the golden age of the clean.
some people described lindon puffin as the missing link between split enz and the beatles. i thought they were more than that.
for half a decade this wonderful 4-piece (who went through a number of line-up changes, though mostly based on lindon puffin (gat/vox) j.r. the bear (bass), viper conway (drums) and lake vincent(keys)) continued to play and revise their brilliantly crafted new-wave-synth-bizarro-pop music, seldom releasing recordings. they did, however, gain recognition locally through their infamous ‘lighthouse’ single, unlucky appearance on the ‘showcase’ performance show and lindon’s eventual radio persona. in the late 90s lindon began finally committing to tape the songs that had made them so vital, just as the band was starting to crumble round the edges.
a recording session of mammoth proportions (for a self-funded, independently produced recording) the band locked them selves up in a former hospital in rural rotherham (north canterbury) and

Lindon Puffin

with the break-up of the puffins (with members overseas, in a number of other bands, or just occupied in other ways), lindon reformed in the early 00’s with a speight of new songs, a calmer, more reflective outlook, and his own solo performances. spending a couple of years playing live acoustic shows, playing as a dj on rdu (a local college radio station) and just settling back in to regular life, ‘stuff like that’ finally surfaced in early 2003, along with an imposing, impressive, creative nz funded tour that would take him to even the most remote of new zealand locations.
the new lindon is a man of the people, bringing stories and moments to the people that inspire him. the tour was a bit of a roller-coaster, at times a huge success, whilst in the upper north island lindon struggled with health problems and forgettable shows. a recording and performing friendship with jody lloyd (aka trillion) though has seen lindon continue his solo career, and we look forward to his sollow-up release.
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  • stuff like that [2002 self-released]
  • show pony [2007 self-released]

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  • rock no morern
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Pretty Wicked Head and the Desperate Men

shaun kirkpatrick, kane ker, vaughan burtenshaw, pablo kelly.
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  • new age savage [1990 bmg VPCD0852]


paul ewing, pete solinski, bernie gardner, glen rogers and bronwyn jones.
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Christchurch-Based home-studio duo Geoff Cox (drums, bass, keyboards, writing and production) and Karl Jensen (guitars, bass, vocals and writing). Their ‘Anamalia’ EP features Poppy songs with jazzy overtones and is a promising debut independent release.
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  • Anamalia EP [2007]