Sleepy Age

Disco-pop indie-rock tunes from Christchurch’s own Josh Burgess (Guitar/Synth and Vocals, ex Bang! Bang! Eche!) with Josh Black (Bass, ex A Flight to Blackout), Julian Vares (Drums, Magic Eye) and more recently Charlie Ryder (Keyboards, Bang! Bang! Eche!).

The group formed in 2009, initially as a more straight-forward indie-rock group with Hayden Williams (drums, also ex A Flight to Blackout) and Will Edmonds (guitar, ex Insurgents) who contributed greatly to their original sound; with the group even going on to win the annual RDU ‘Round-up’ band competition at the Dux de Lux.

In 2010 and 2011 the group went through several line-up and style changes; played a low-key European tour and then released the excellent pop video ‘Décor’, which solidified their new direction.

Discography (picks in bold)

  • Self-Titled EP [September 2010 self-released]
  • Décor Single [June 2011 self-released]

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Salmonella Dub

The very definition of ‘I like your old stuff better than your new stuff’, Salmonella Dub started out creating bass and horn-heavy dub ready to get down too, but slowly (well, more like immediately after former sound-man Tiki Tanae joined the band) they morphed into a pop-focused dub-lite outfit, totally devoid of the grooves of their earlier recordings.

Pretty much everything change around for the band with the release of ‘For the love of it’, an EP culled from 1999s major-label debut Killervision. Taane became the focal point of the group, and the recordings veered in a distinctly pop material, despite remixes from heavy-weights Mad Professor and New Zealand outfits like the Nomand and Pitchblack. Virgin continues to pimp the band, even resorting to releasing second string material from Killervision – ‘Johnny’ was released some 4 years after appearing on the album!

I get the feeling the line-up of Dave Deakins, Andrew Penman, Mark Taylor, Conan Wilcox and Even Tiki Taane; some of whom came from punk and metal backgrounds – have tired of the pop direction the band has taken. We can only wait and see. As of now the band has indulged in vinyl dubs and remix releases, often aimed at a european market – but have been quiet through-out 2004.

Discography (picks in bold)

  • Salmonella Dub [1994 Curious Recordings 8489922]

  • Dubtomfoolery [1995 Curious Recordings 8489932]

  • Thc Winter Ep [1996 Curious Recordings 8489942]

  • Calming Of The Drunken Monkey [1997 Curious Recordings 8453822]

  • Killer Vision [1999 Virgin Nz 8476082]

  • For The Love Of It Ep [1999 Virgin Nz 8958082]

  • Colonial Dub Ep [2000 Virgin Nz 8894032]

  • Inside The Dub Plates [2001 Virgin Nz]

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Jason Sad

Discography (picks in bold)

  • Saduction EP [1982 Jsa2]

  • Lilac Dan And The Underworld Ep [1983]

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Salad Daze

Robbie Ans Simon Kay, Kieren Cooney, Luke Casey and Miles Gillett.

Discography (picks in bold)

  • Gib Ep [1991 Sting Sd2]
  • ‘Pulling The Strings’/’It’S In My Mind’/’Intrusion’ Lathe-Cut 7″ [Self-Released]

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Satan’s Pitbull

An experimental lo-fi/noise release from Lynton Denovan (Space Dust, CM Productions etc), recorded on a simple 4-track setup and released in a Peter King lathe cut 7″ format through Denovan’s one-off Hit-Machine label.

Discography (picks in bold)

  • Satan’s Pitbull Lathe-Cut 7″ Ep [1998 Hit-Machine Hit001]

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Salon Kingsadore

Ultra-mellow surf-instrumental act out of auckland. Very soundtrack-like atmospherics (described as Ennio Morricone meets Milton Nascimento) from this band, originally comprised of John Howell (Guitar), Billy Squire (Rhodes Keyboard), Matt Sandford (Drums), Hayden Sinclair (Bass) And Gianmarco Liguori (Guitar). Howell and Sandford have since left the band, with Chris Dawson replacing Dandford on the kit.

Discography (picks in bold)

  • Flaming Morricone Ep [2003 Sarang Bang Records Sb010]

  • Salon Kingsadore [2004 Sarang Bang Records]

  • Hotel Azteca [2007 Sarang Bang]

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S.P.U.D.

Brash and noisy Flying Nun rock act from the early 1990s.

Discography (picks in bold)

  • ‘Breakdown Town’/’Slo’Gin’ 12″ Single [1990 Flying Nun Fn132]

  • Sour Mini-Lp [1990 Flying Nun Fn133]

  • Gnaw [1991 Flying Nun Fn198]

  • ‘Creep’/’Recliner’ Cassette Single [1991 Flying Nun Fn211]

  • ‘Recliner’/’Shitman’/’Hee-Ha’ 7″ Single [1992 Flying Nun Fn238]

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Sandoz Lab Technicians

Fairly free-improv and underground Dunedin-based group comprised of James Kirk (one time King Loser member, along with the Glen Campbell Experience), Tim Cornelius, Nathan Thompson and occasionally Mark Curragh.

Sandoz Research Laboratories was where Albert Hoffmann accidentally discovered LSD in the ’20s. There’s always been quite a heavy drug influence in the band. You’ve come across it.
– Tim Cornelius on the band names origin, taken from the Sandoz interview with Opprobrium

A fairly constant stream of releases on their own Blunt Instrumentals label, often comprised of off the cuff ramshackle performances (particularly their earlier recordings which date back to late 1993). With Curragh living in Australia, Thompson formed Unspecified with Cornelius, and Curragh and Thompson with Curragh, both as off-shoot additional side-projects.

Thompson keeps himself very busy by also performing in the Flies Inside The Sun off-shoot Sleep.

Discography (picks in bold)

  • Lost Early Recordings Cassette [1993 Blunt Instrumentals Bint000]

  • Sandoz Lab Technicians 8″ Lathe-Cut Ep [1994 Blunt Instrumentals Bint001]

  • Big Shiney Ship Lathe-Cut 7″ Ep [1994 Blunt Instrumentals Bint002 / Bint004]

  • Live! And 12b Cassette [1994 Blunt Instrumentals Bint003]

  • Sandoz Lab Technicians Cassette [1995 Blunt Instrumentals Bint008]

  • Daily Light [1995 Blunt Instrumentals Bint009]

  • Sleeping Beneath The Clay Lathe-Cut 7″ Ep [1996 Blunt Instrumentals Bint011]

  • Sandoz Lab Technicians [1996 Siltbreeze Sb-55]

  • The Tale Of The Pixielamb [1997 Lotus Sound]

  • An Ounce Of Birds Blood Lathe-Cut 7″ Ep [1998 Blunt Instrumentals Bint012]

  • Synaptic Acres [Metonymic]

  • The Three Imposters Triple 8″ Lathe-Cut Ep [Crawlspace]

  • Let Me Lose My Mind Gracefully [1998 Corpus Hermeticum Hermes027]

  • Everythings Fifteen [2004 Celebrate Psi Phenomenon 1007]

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Satina Saturnina

One-woman band of country-fied blues rock with a cd and 7″ on Andrew Tolley’s Kato label.

Discography (picks in bold)

  • ‘Annabelle’ / ‘Doll Valley’ 7″ Singlern[Kato Kato 8]

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Scavengers

High-profile first wave Auckland punk outfit (archivists declare them THE original New Zealand punk outfit) who actually evolved out of the 1b Darlings, a glitter and glam r’n’b cover act dating back to 1976 comprised of Michael Simmons (soon to be Mike Lesbian – vocals), Marlon Hart (Mal Licious – bass), Simon Monroe (Des Truction – drums) and Paul Cooke (Johnny Volume – guitar). During late ’76 and 77 the band laid low, practising and cultivating their attack on new zealand, with a slew of imported british singles as their inspiration.

With the explosion of punk in New Zealand in min ’77, they steeped forward into the limelight, bringing the punk spectacle to Auckland along with the Suburban Reptiles, and brought out a couple of singles (including the fantastic anthem ‘Mysterx’ – later used in a telecom ad!, and the even better ‘True Love’), featured on the AK79 compilation. In the early 80s the Scavs had a number of line-up changes, eventually renaming themselves the Marching Girls and then relocating to Melbourne – producing an underwhelming EP.

They eventually had an album produced post-humously (from their some-what limited recordings) in 2003 with their self-titled (Scavengers) release.

Discography (picks in bold)

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