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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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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Rocko

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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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Romantic Andes

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  • To Understand the Animals [1994]

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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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Room Noir

Dark and electronic flaboured studio recordings from Hadley Cylkk and Geoff Ljiraq. With Ljiraq’s vocals, synth, piano, electronic and guitar textures, the duo released their debut album in 2004 with plans for a stripped down ep release to come.

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  • White Earth [2004 self-released]

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Sarah Richards

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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.

Discography (picks in bold)

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

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Rik Starrr

Appearing as a one-off 7″ single in 1995 (during a speight of similar projects from the likes of King Loser and the 3D’s side-projects such as Chris Heazlewood‘s solo debut Spacious etc), the rather dubiously Australian-themed ‘A Sort of Holiday’ single was something of an undiscovered gem – and the recording debut of Auckland wacko Edmund Cake (aka Edward McWilliams.

Though the single itself went nowhere, Cake later resurfaced as a critical member of bizarro-pop trio Breast Secreting Cake (later redubbed to the slightly less vulgar Bressa Creeting Cake), who in turn released a heck of a debut album and the left-of-centre video-hit Papa People.

Discography (picks in bold)

  • A Sort Of Holiday [1995 Flying Nun FN338]

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