Hit Your Head Music

hawkes bay based independent label: “founded in 1996 as the release machine for lousy rock group big blue blanket, hit your head music now hosts a wide range of musical talents”. check out their website for info on bands like angel hammer, horowitz and other local outfits.
compilation discography
picks in bold

  • a tasting [2002]

contact details
if available

  • hit your head music website [official website]
  • hit your head music email [contact email]
  • +64 6 843-3836 [contact cell-phone]
  • +64 21 130-5464 [contact cell-phone]
  • hit your head musicrn
  • 805 cook placern
  • hastingsrn
  • hawkes bayrn
  • new zealand [postal address]


the new zealand-based home (they have an l.a. based american subsidiary) of the hugely popular eight foot sativa, along with mama said and kosha, intergalactic records have released two compilations of new zealand metal.
compilation discography
picks in bold

  • the first friday the 13th of the millennium []
  • the last friday the 13th of the millennium []

contact details
if available

  • intergalactic website [official website]
  • andrew featherstone [email contact]
  • +64 9 827-4544 [phone contact 1]
  • +64 9 827-4500 [phone contact 2]
  • +64 9 827-4599 [fax contact]
  • po box 15-618 rn
  • new lynn rn
  • auckland rn
  • new zealand [postal address]

Industrial Tapes

small auckland-based home-taping label from the early / mid 80s that formed an important part of the underground development of new zealand – particularly industrial and punk-edged bands (marie and the atom, skeptics, flak etc).
started by paul lurker of phantom forth and this is heaven, and running through 1983 and 1984.
compilation discography
picks in bold

  • uptown friday cassette [1983 Industrial002]
  • a spanner in the works cassette [1984 Industrial012]
  • seven in one blow cassette [1984 Industrial020]

Ima Hitt

new plymouth d.i.y. tape label from the early-mid 1980s who put out some pretty obscure compilations and releases from the likes of otis mace, kiwi animal and thskeptics.
compilation discography
picks in bold

  • ima cassette thing cassette [1983]
  • music to do the dishes to cassette [1983]
  • odd sox crawl cassette [1983]

contact details
if available


specialist independent label that dates back to 1977, distributing a wide assortment of moari, reggae, roots, alternative and womans music – particularly noteable are the excellent early 1980s post-punk releases of the freudian slips, the bizarre avant garage and charlotte yates’ many projects.
compilation discography
picks in bold

  • barking up the right tree [1983]
  • capitol kaos [1984]
  • this island [1984]
  • three points of metal [1984]
  • kiwifruit salad [1984 BURT03]
  • songs from the banana dominion [1984]
  • say something [1985 BURT05]
  • packaged to sell [1985]
  • weird culture, weird custom [1986]

contact details
if available


christchurch based experimental and industrial label producing high-quality low-run material for a small but dedicated national scene, and run by christchurch scene veteran david khan (aka drawing room).
compilation discography
picks in bold

  • the sequel to secret burning desire [1997 KRK082]
  • ta/w [2001 KRK113]
  • strch prst skrz krk [2002? KRK127]

contact details
picks in bold

  • krkrkrk [official website]
  • david khan [label head / email contact]
  • David Khan rn
  • 91 Edward Avern
  • St Albansrn
  • Christchurch 8013 rn
  • New Zealand [postal address]

Lil Chief

at the forefront of new zealand independent pop in the 00s is lil chief records, a small, but firmly established label maintained by [the tokey tones] scott mannion and [the brunettes] jonathan bree. lil chief estasblished their name and chirpy indie-pop focus with the stunning debut of auckland popsters the brunettes, and follow-up releases from the tokey tones, and the sublime nudie suits.
2004 seems to be an even stronger year for the dynamic new label, with the follow-up from the high-riding brunettes, along with new recordings from the dynamic shaft, edmund cake’s quirky solo debut, and the long-awaited 2nd album from christchurch’s alec bathgate, making their way into stores.
compilation discography
picks in bold

  • now we are three [2005 us release]

contact details
picks in bold


Quickly Established Wellington Rock’N’Roll Label. Adding A Little Polish To Their Lo-Fi Primitive Recordings With Professional Cds And Decent Marketing, The Label Quickly Established A Firm Roster With A Couple Of Compilation Releases, Plus Records By The Users, The Raskolnikovs And Cherry.

Compilation Discography (picks in bold)

  • Trashed! [2004]
  • Too Trashed! [2005]


Tiny Christchurch-based label initiated by Campbell McLay, that put out cassette (and some vinyl) releases from the likes of the Bottletops and the Riptoids, and continues to release Ritchie Venus’s many cdr releases (Venus aka Michael Braithwaite is involved in the labels running).

Through-out the 80s the compiled a swagger of local acts onto their Krypton Hits compilation series, and were associated with Arnie Van Bussells’ Nightshift studio. In 2012 the label went through something of a renaissance with German label Unwucht Musik re-issuing Venus’s 1998 album ‘Rocking to the Grave’, and then compiling various back-catalogue tracks from the Krypton Hits series as ‘Krypton Hits’, an excellently packaged vinyl-only release.

Compilation Discography
Picks in Bold

  • twenty solid krypton hits [1982 PR1072]
  • twenty krypton hits: vol. one cassette [1983 K002]
  • donkey and the albatross ep [1983]
  • krypton green cassette [1984 K003]
  • krypton red cassette [1984 K004]
  • krypton amber cassette [1984 K005]
  • kv1 7″ ep [1985 KV001]
  • get up and go video [1985 VC001]
  • k9k9 video [1986 VC002]
  • off our shoulders [1987 PR2377]
  • kveetwo cassette [1987 K007]
  • kveethree cassette [1987 K008]
  • nightshift video [1988 VC005]

Contact Details

  • Michael Braithwaite [email contact]
  • +64 3 338-3071 [phone number]
  • Onset/Offset Recordings
  • P.O. Box 2764
  • Christchurch
  • New Zealand [postal address]