Wasp Factory

3 piece pop-punk band out of Gisborne featuring Martin Kirk, Mark Revington and Jason Fawcett. A couple of releases on the tiny F Star label, along with an appearance on the Positive Vibrations compilation on Pagan, showing influence from american punk pop like Husker Du, Dead Kennedys, Cramps etc.

I left the Flaming Stars to form the Wasp Factory With Mark Revington (Bass) and Jason Fawcett (Drums). We released an eponymous album in 1986 (FS002) and a 4-track EP, ‘Hick-Hate’ in February 1987 (FS003). The tracks on the album were ‘Eric’s Song’, ‘TV Scream’, ‘Australia’, ‘Dream’, ‘I Won’t Be There’, ‘Watch Your Back’, ‘Sunday Room’, ‘Work’, ‘Crimes Of Passion’ And ‘Age Away’.

Discography (picks in bold)

  • Wasp Factory [1986 F Star FS002]
  • Hick Hate EP [1987 F Star FS003]

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The Wastrels

Biography

Peter Cooke, Anton Jenner, Johnny Brinson and Richard Hlavac. A short lived 4 piece who had an ep and an appearance on Pagan’s Kiwifruit Salad compilation under their belts before disappearing in 1984.

Anton Jenner was also in the Solatudes and the group regularly played alongside the Dance Exponents.

After winning a local band competition in 1982 the group recorded ‘The Jenner Affair’:

A TVNZ Shazam televised concert in May 1984 (with The Mockers, The Body Electric and Netherworld Dancing Toys) promised bigger things but momentum was finally lost when guitarist Peter Cooke fractured two fingers when an amplifier fell on him.

Audio Culture profile on The Wastrels

Members

  • Peter Cooke (Guitar/Vocals, 1982 – 1984)
  • Anton Jenner (Vocals, 1982 – 1984)
  • Johnny Brinson (Bass, 1982 – 1984)
  • Richard Hlavac (Drums, 1982 – 1984)

Discography

  • The Jenner Affair Ep [1983 Hit Singles Hitm010]

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Sonya Waters

Sonya first appeared with an EP under her own name way back in 1983 on Ripper records, but then disappeared before resurfacing in the 00s with former Superette‘r Ben Howe in Fang.

Discography (picks in bold)

  • No Pain 12″ EP [1983 Ripper Rpr006]

Awards Etc

Rianz Awards 1983


  • Most Promising Female Vocalist Of The Year Sonya Waters

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Ways Of God To Man

Discography (picks in bold)

  • The Ways Of God To Man Cd-R [2004 Root Don Lonie For Cash Rdl111]

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Weetbix Boys

Dunedin-based skiffle group featuring Simon Vare, Steve Cournane (Alpaca Brothers, C.L. Bob Etc), Andy Scott (Electric Blood) and Richard Morris. Andy Scott left the band in 1989, replaced behind the kit by Donald Harman.

The band toured the North Island, and supported the likes of the proclaimers and the Violent Femmes. Their sole release was their contribution to the 4-band Out Of The Yellow-Eye compilation put together by Yellow-Eye founders Vare and Cournane to document the sounds of Dunedin.

Discography (picks in bold)

  • Out Of The Yellow-Eye [1991 W/ My Deviant Daughter, Funhouse, Cynthia Should Yellow-Eye Eye001]

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Wendyhouse

Daniel ‘EE Monk’ Powell (Guitars and Vocals) and Bryce ‘Mr. Pudding‘ Galloway (Beats, Toys and Vocals), with sometimes contributions from Graham Agnew. Quirky and prolific out with a swagger of independently produced and released albums. Their latest release Pan) features EE Monk and Mr. Pudding recording an album of tracks each in mono, with the results tied together (EE Monk on the left, Mr. Ppudding on the right) meaning its a confusing listen, the listener invited to Pan between the channels.

Wendyhouse started life as an art-installation back in 1992. this was at soundwatch, artspace, auckland, new zealand. at this stage wendyhouse was a 3-piece which only used toy musical instruments. a year later wendyhouse began to embrace the rock venue as more egalitarian than the uptight environs of the art gallery. in 1995 after self-releasing several cassettes and a debut cd, core-member ee monk left new zealand to live in europe for three years. this marked the start of the groups forays into postal recording (the love quadrangle ’97), eventually leading to experiments in blind/chance recording (wendyheads ’00): these are recordings involving four contributors who respond to a title without listening to each others’ contributions.
– Taken From Petra Jane‘s Fine Antirock Listings

Discography (picks in bold)

  • Santas Lament Lathe-Cut 7″ [Wiggly Tapes]

  • 2032ad Cassette Mini-Album [1992 Wiggly Tapes]

  • Cruising Cassette Ep [1993 Wiggly Tapes]

  • Xanadu Cassette Mini-Album [1994 Wiggly Tapes]

  • Hot Action Plastic Ep [W/ Mr Snakes 1994 Wiggly Tapes / Fridge Records Frwt001]

  • Dead Man’S Shoes Cassette [1995 Wiggly Tapes]

  • Live From The Pillow [1999 Wiggly Tapes]

  • Utopia Metopia Ep [2000 With 10 Extra Tracks From Wendyheads Wiggley Tapes Wt/Cd003]

  • Pan [2004]

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Weta

Aaron Tokona, Gabriel Atkinson, Clinton Den Heyer and Clinton Tokona – Wellington band that split almost immediately after the release of their thoroughly acclaimed 2000 debut.

Discography (picks in bold)

  • Natural Compression Ep [1999 Warner]
  • Geographica [2000 Warner 8573839332]

Awards Etc
Rianz Awards 1999

Woll

Obscure (and terribly named) group who put out an EP on the Ode label in 1986.

Discography (picks in bold)

  • Barricades EP [1986 Ode Sodep259]

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The Winter

Wellington trio led by Dave Edwards (guitar / harmonica), with San Shimla (Cello) and prolific New Zealand music journalist Simon Sweetman (Drums / Percussion). Edwards has been self releasing on his own Fiff Dimension website his own recordings for a few years, and the Parataxes album marks his debut in a group ensemble (on Antony Milton‘s fine Pseudoarcana label), which Foxy Digitalis‘s Brad Rose commends for the interact improv feel of the recordings.
Discography (picks in bold)

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Witcyst

Perhaps the most prolific artist new zealand has ever produced, Michael Veet Ruiliude has produced as Witcyst, or as an number of his other mysterious alias, Veetjist, M. W. Vit, Wytcystallio, Mxvxwx, Thighte Whistle, or a handful of groups – Falcoxi, Failian Falien, Naughty Pakehas, G.A.M etc etc the list goes on.

On his own Extemporanious and Lifespace labels there are over 600 documented Ruiliude recordings, and this number is growing daily, as he tends to release pretty much everything he records.

Purely a mail-order marvel, a witcyst package contains a bizarre array of musical snippets in any grab-bag stylistic approaches, and acompanied by various pieces of visual artwork. With all this activity, Ruiliude has also found time to collaborate with and contribute material with Clayton Noone and his Root Don Lonie For Cash label, whilst still maintaining a release schedule on his own labels of mammoth proportion.

Selected Discography (picks in bold)

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