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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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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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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Revolver

Discography (picks in bold)

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The Revengers

The Coolies Sjionel, plus Jewl of Bessamoocho / Goldifox duo (and Pink Air / Girl Alliance mainstays) Liz and Penny collins. Released a lathe-cut 7″ ode to King Loser vocalist Celia Mancini.

Discography (picks in bold)

  • ‘Mancillia’/’Shutdown’ Lathe-Cut 7″ Single[Pink Air Pink Air007]

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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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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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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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The Renderers

The Renderers are New Zealand’s prime example of southern-fried country, and are indeed one of our finest ever bands. Brian Crook formed the Renderers with his partner Maryrose in early 90s christchurch when the Max Block Group failed to go anywhere. He was already part of the Scorched Earth Policy / terminals sequence of bands that was picking up wind again – but the Renderers were the Crooks band (they’ve cycled through line-ups, with John Billows, Peter Mitchell (also of squirm and Hiss Explosion), Denise Roughan (the 3Ds, Look Blue Go Purple et all), Robbie Yeats Dead C, verlaines) and Haydn Jones, whilst the Crooks’ have always remained consistent.

Their early recordings stuck to a strictly country approach and seemed a bit too forced and distant, it wasn’t until the band relocated to port chalmers, a small bay just outside of dunedin that the Renderers really found their sound. Maryrose’s vocal on the 7″ sincle ‘a million lights” is like a defining moment in New Zealand rock. An achingly beautiful, brief song that has since featured on many Flying Nun and xpressway compilations, the song typified the Renderers new found dark and country-tinged rock sound.

Over the course of the 90s, the Renderers albums grew stronger and stronger – culminating in the masterpiece that is 1998’s dream of the sea. Featuring a wonderful cover of Ritchie Venus forgotten gem forbidden planet and a swagger of fine, dark songs themed around the sea, it was welcomed with open arms by the u.s. Underground music scene, whilst going mostly ignored in New Zealand. The Renderers are still going strong, touring sporadically, whilst both Maryrose and Brian have released their own solo material (most notable Brian’s 2002 album as Bible Black, and Maryroses contributions to the Arc Life series of dunedin music compilations).

In early / mid 2004 during the process of organising a christchurch show with the band, i managed to conduct an interview with the duo, and have kept up to date on their schedule for future releases. Since the recent demise of arc life, plans are now intact for the Renderers to start their own label. With Maryrose’s first solo release, a further solo release from Brian in a form similar to that of his fractured solo debut bathysphere under his current Anti-Clockwise performing alias, and perhaps the 5th Renderers release on the way, to boot.
circa mid-2005 the group made further line-up changes, this time coinciding with a possible move back to christchurch. Original bassist john bellows was reinstated, and drummer mike daly (also of Eskimo and formerly YFC) become the groups rhythm section for a one-off christchurch show, still preceeding the highly-anticipated 5th album.

discography
picks in bold

  • trail of tears [1991 Flying Nun fn184]
  • ‘bigger than texas’/’revival radio’ 7″ single [1991 Flying Nun fn185]
  • ‘a touch of evil’/’howling at the moon’ 7″ single [1993 Flying Nun fn254]
  • that dogs head in the gutter gives off vibrations [1995 Ajax ajax042]
  • surface of jupitor [1996 Ajax]
  • dream of the sea [1998 Siltbreeze]
  • ghost of our vegas lives [2005 as ‘Maryrose Crook’ Tinsel Ears]

recommended songs

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  • dream of the sea
  • i hear the devil calling me
  • pure poison
  • a million lights
  • forbidden planet
  • dimmer waters

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