Yokel Ono

Striking and popular 2-piece wunderkind featuring Thom Burton on guitar and vocals with Glen Johnson pummelling the drums. The duo formed in Hamilton back in 2000 before relocating to Auckland and immediate finding themselves on bills with the likes of Die! Die! Die! and the A Low Hum tours.

The group seemed to slip under the radar in the late 00’s, with Burton resurfacing with new group the Wilberforces and then later Glen Johnson got in to all sorts of trouble in Yemen while working as an undercover journalist – ‘Captured Journalist in Horror Cell’ [New Zealand Herald]

Discography (picks in bold)

  • our dream home wrecked our lives [2005]

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Yokel

Palmerston North pop-punk 4-piece formed in 1999 by Jamie (Vocals, Guitar), James (Bass), Quinton (Guitar) And Tim (Drums) with an EP out on Stakeout Records.

Discography (picks in bold)

  • Amish Rake Fight [2000 Stakeout Records Sr0201cd]

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Charlotte Yates

Wellington based singer songwriter who (after releasing a debut in 1991) made her name in the parody act When The Cats Been Spayed before spending some time in Australia in the 90s, and now continues to release albums.

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YFC

Originally called Youth For Christ, just to piss off the local Christians, the band got told to change their name…. Or else. Their line-up was three piece, no guitar. Bassist/vocals – johnathon ogilvie, bassist/vocals – grant horsnell, and drummer micheal daily. The band performed throughout new zealand teaming up with children’s hour for gigs. The band recorded and released one 6 song EP through Hit Singles, but split before they managed to release most of their best songs, including such favourites as ‘Black Train’ and ‘Waltz’. YFC were exceptionally inventive in their sound.

Both Daily and Horsnell went on to join Shafts Micheal Williams in Sydney based This Cage. Ogilvie and Daily also started up Sydney based Leadleg who recorded and released a version of the YFC track ‘Waltz’ but the song was greatly altered from the original. Daily then joined former Jean-Paul Sartre Experience frontman Dave Mulcahy in a new three-piece called Eskimo alongside Dolphin‘s Rob Mayes.
Failsafe

In early 2005 however, the trio finally reconvened for the release of Failsafe‘s excellent Retrogenic series, playing a handful of live shows and releasing ‘Richochet’, a compiled anthology of unreleased or out of print YFC material.

Discography (picks in bold)

  • Between Two Thieves Ep [1984 Hit Singles Hit15]

  • Richochet [2005 Failsafe 062cd]

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Damien Youth

Discography (picks in bold)

  • St. Helena 7″ Lathe-Cut Single [Insample In001]

  • ‘Site’/’Realm’ [W/ Batthew Bower Insample / Vhf In003]

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