The Ruling Elite

Biography

Originally formed as a regularly jamming group comprised of Palace of Wisdom‘s Andrew ‘Ox’ O’Connell (vocals), first-time musician David Branton (guitar) and Crimefront Studio’s Mike Boulden (drums), the group eventually took on a steady line-up with the addition of 2nd guitarist (and O’Connell’s Palace of Wisdom band-mate) Chris Andrews, plus talented free-form drummer Rory Dalley.

This 4-piece line-up quickly recorded the debut ‘Modern Beauty Standard’ with Boulden’s production, and continued to regularly produce new material through 2016 and 2017.

Members

  • Andrew ‘Ox’ O’Connell (Vocals, 2015-)
  • David Branton (Guitar, 2015-)
  • Michael Boulden (Drums, 2015)
  • Chris Andrews (Guitar, 2015-)
  • Rory Dalley (Drums, 2015-)

Discography

  • Modern Beauty Standard (2016, Self-Released)

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The Reduction Agents

James Milne’s reduction agents spawned out of his Brunettes association with Ryan McPhun – which also created the McPhun -led Ruby Suns. Milnes variation create country-tinged pop tunes, infused with a dose of Dennis Wilson era beach boys harmonies and white-boy soul.

The group released a wonderful debut single with urban yard in 2005, a slippery, groovy pop classic.
In 2006 the group made a big splash with their excellent full-length debut, plus Milne’s own solo debut as Lawrence Arabia – both a highly recommended pop sensations!

Discography (picks in bold)

  • Urban Yard lathe-cut 7″ single [2005 self-released]
  • Dance Reduction Agents [2006 Lil Chief LCR014]

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Regular Cadets

The Cadets were a great, original and shambolic live act who were runners up in Victoria University’s battle of the bands in 1984. They were very ahead of their time in those days and Rip It Up magazine (december 1984??) and Karyn Hay of Radio With Pictures rated them as number two best live act of 1984 behind Talking Heads!!!
steve butler

Gisborne-based Regular Cadets were part of the Marching Orders-type scene from around 1983-1985, joining the likes of Martin Kirk and Jackie Clarke. Dave Butler (vocals and guitar) and Dave Williams (vocals, percussion) as the backbone of this five piece which also included Shane Bolingford (drums), Ged Fanselow (guitar), and John Scott (bass).

They had a number one on Wellington student radio station Radioactive with Air-conditioned nightmare in late 1984 and played extensively around Wellington that year. As far as I know they never released any material other than the “Nightmare” single but were the subject of a lot of industry interest in that mid eighties period… Dave Williams has a family and lives in Christchurch these days, [whilst] Butler – a bloke who lived life as hard as he played – sadly died late last year.

Discography (picks in bold)

  • air-conditioned nightmare single [1984]

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Reptiles At Dawn

Discography (picks in bold)

  • Naked In The Wilderness [1986 Cadaver Yprx2369]

  • Nighthawks In Exile Ep [1989 Ima Hitt Hitt Me 11x]

  • Lost Disciples Lathe Cut [Ima Hitt Hitt Me 16x]

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Return Of The Wahlbergs

Solo alias of lo-fi artist brett garrity, who formed the Stinkbuzz label with Julian Desmond (Letterbox Lambs) in 1999. Garrity had a stint as Marineville‘s bassist during the period they recorded their well-liked debut Ready for the Dance.

Discography (picks in bold)

  • It Feels Like Someone Just Walked Over My Gravel [1999 Stinkbuzz]

  • Joe Sent Me [2000 Stinkbuzz]

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Revenger

Biography

The Coolies‘ Sjionel Timu, plus Jewl of Bessamoocho / Goldifox duo (and Pink Air / Girl Alliance mainstays) Liz Matthews and Penny Collins going hardcore.

Released a lathe-cut 7″ ode to King Loser vocalist Celia Mancini, with the B-side being a cover of the Germs ‘Shutdown’.

Members

  • Sjionel Timu (Guitar / Vocals, 1997 – 1999?)
  • Liz Matthews (Drums, 1997 – 1999?)
  • Penny Collins (Bass / Vocals, 1997 – 1999?)

Discography

  • The Revenge of the Revengers 7″ Lathe Cut Single (1997, Pink Air, PINKAIR007)

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Revolver

Discography (picks in bold)

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Jordan Reyne

Jordan Reyne is an acclaimed, yet still relatively low-profile musician with a long history in New Zealand pop and rock, specifically in a dark (and somewhat gothic) direction. Throughout the late 1980s and early 1990s, Reyne gigged as a solo musician (after debuting with first group Shikasta in Paraparaumu) in Kapiti and Palmerston North, before settling in Wellington. There she formed Bloodflower – a group that would eventually secure support for the touring White Zombie.

Working as a contributing vocalist for bands such as Breaks Co-Op and the Strawpeople, in the late 1990s, Reyne started releasing her own solo albums, and was recognised by the likes of the APRA song-writing foundation, and gothic music specialists both nationally and in europe, especially with the rising profile of her group Dr Kevorkian and the Suicide Machine.

Discography (picks in bold)

  • Birds Of Prey [1997 Deep Grooves]

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Rhythm Cage

Discography (picks in bold)

  • Break Our Backs ep [1988 Pagan PAGT1033]

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The Remarkables

Chris Heaphy, Paul Westbury, Alan Gregg, Brendan Conlon, Dean Gunson And Zane Greig. Glimmery guitar pop, though not quite in the same league of shimmering textural guitar as Heaphy’s later bands such as Dissolve.

Discography (picks in bold)

  • Waiting For A Wave Ep [1985 Meltdown Melt002]

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