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.

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  • Birds Of Prey [1997 Deep Grooves]

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Rocko

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Romantic Andes

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  • To Understand the Animals [1994]

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The Rip

Violinist Alastair Galbraith‘s first band. Flanked by Robbie Muir (who went on to make his name with the Dead C)and Peter Jefferies they put out 2 extremely hard to find eps in the mid 80s that show-case Galbraith’s brilliant talent for song-writing at an early age.

Galbraith was originally inspired by witnessing the Clean playing a series of hall gigs back in Dunedin, and immediately formed the Rip with Muir. Both were only 15, so early live performances were a bit of a struggle. Thankfully after a particularly tragic debut (their even younger drummer Nicholas couldn’t make the show – a roped in replacement murdering the 2 songs they managed to play), Wayne Elsey (the Stones / Double Happys) offered a helping hand:

[Wayne Elsey] was there and asked me to come and sit on the steps with him, and just…Blew me away. He told me that i had something, something that he couldn’t really describe, not a great musical talent or instrumental proficiency, more of a spirit that he could see when i played, and that i had to keep doing it. He offered to help me any way he could, and he actually did that over the next few months. He got Robbie a better bass, let us use their practice space, got us gigs supporting the Stones and just encouraged us the whole time, saving us from a very, very short career.
Alastair Galbraith

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Sarah Richards

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The Rhubarb Collective

Andrew Cavanagh, Matthew Garrett, Andrew Penman and James Wilkinson.

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  • Happy Anniversary Darling [1988 W/ Pihed Curious Mr12188]

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Rhombus

Wellington dub outfit immediately recognised for their ‘Clav Dub’ single – which featured a distinctive video themed after the classic kiwi chase film Goodbye Pork Pie. Quite a pop outfit, they’ve been quite high profile through-out 2003 – which was compounded by appearances by Salmonella Dub‘s Tiki Tane (aka MC Rizzla), and MC Mana on guest vocals, joining the core unit of Imon Star (vocals), Koa Williams (DJ) and producers Thomas Voyce (percussion / bass / keys) and Simon Rycroft (sampler / live mix).

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  • Bassplayer [2002 Moko 335902]

  • 4-Track Ep [2004]

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Robot Tigers

Bizarre Auckland spazz-rock band comprised of Luvshorse (bass, vocals), HimynamesdaN (guitar), Tree (lead vocals, drums) Boom Boom (drums).

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  • Nothing to say ep [2006 self-released]

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Ride On Estrada

Loose and quirky Christchurch pop-rock outfit, who spent a couple years slowly building up a set of lo-fi indie-pop songs, and releasing their self-recorded results just as the band itself was calling it quits (with several members travelling overseas). Vocalist Craig Houghton also releases some fine country-tinged indie material as Insert Name Here.

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  • The Discreet Charm Of Ride On Estrada [2004 Polite Albino]

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Dean Roberts

As punk-edged rock outfit Thela started spinning in different directions in the mid 90s, Dean Roberts started producing his own take on improvisational guitar recordings with solo recording alias White Winged Moth before eventually settling on his own name, after fleshing out a more electronically-dependent sound.

With the rise of the Mille Plateaux label in the late 90s, Roberts’ profile grew in underground circles, and along with ex-Thela bandmate Rosy Parlane, he started developing an international reputation as a leader in the new generation of electro-acoustic composers. Roberts has since settled in Vienna, and has released several albums, often collaborating with the likes of Valerio Tricoli, Werner Dafeldecker, Martin Brandlmayr. In 2004 Roberts formed a trio with Dafeldecker and Martin Brandlmayr, performing as the Autistic Daughters.

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  • cassavetes lathe-cut [w/ guy treadgold formacentric]
  • moth park [1998 formacentric]
  • all cracked medais [1999 mille plateaux]
  • the grand cinema [2000 mille plateaux]
  • aluminium [2001 erstwhile]
  • be mine tonight [2003 w/ werner dafeldecker kranky krank063]

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