The Nudie Suits

Quirky whimsical 3-piece based around one-man studio mark lyons, along with cohorts dionne and tam taylor. haphazardly recorded during the late 90s and early 00s, and then finally released in 2003, the thoroughly involving songbook debut was created using simple technology – the cd booklet proudly proclaims the album was recorded with ‘martantz ec1 consenser microphone that cost my grandfather $14.95 in 1978 from farmer’s department store’.

For all this lo-fi indulgence, the nudie suits seem to squeeze out more intricate instrumentation and joyful songs than most digital studio’s would ever record. Released on the charming Lil Chief records (home of the like-minded Brunettes), the album features contributions from a number of auckland retro-pop regulars (such as the Brunettes Jonathan Bree, Malcolm Deans, Paul Mortenson, Ricky McShane and Scott Mannion) and is full of wonderfully twee songs and delicate lap-steel and hawaiian guitar work.

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Nova Echo

Auckland based post-punk outfit. After the group dissolved in 2005, 4 of their original members reconvened with guitarist Nick Johnstone now on vocals to become shaky hands, who eventually changed their name to Cut off Your Hands…

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  • no major releases

Nouveau Riche

4-piece Wellington-based indie-rockers – Shannon Mathew (songwriter / lead vocalist / guitar), Jeremy Cullen (backing vocals / guitar / keys), Greg Pawsey (bass) and Ben Cole (drums). Formed in 1999.

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  • The Sound of Nouveau Riche [2004 self-released]

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NoTV

The solo project of krkrkrk contributor (and member of TMA-1) J-MZ (aka James) Robinson, putting together influences from early 80’s punk/new wave and electro-industrial music.

Robinson’s live performance includes a mix of electronics, keyboards, tape manipulation and textured guitar – a grab-bag of sounds that created quite a heady, disorientating mix.

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  • fears [1994 krkrkrkKRK006]
  • amitriptyline [1995 krkrkrkKRK022]
  • retrovision [compilation of fears and amitrptyline 1999 krkrkrkKRK097]
  • popster [2001 krkrkrkKRK119]
  • file under techno [2003 krkrkrk KRK128]

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Nothing At All

Featuring a young Dion Palmer on bass (who went on to form the d4 with Jimmy Christmas), along with a couple guys named Tony Brockwell and Paul Foster, making loud, obnoxious rock’n’roll roll with a bit of a punk leaning.

They were quite popular round Auckland for a couple of years (originally forming out of Rosmini College back in 1993). They split in 1997, with Dion and Paul both exercising new interest, but sadly Tony passed away in april 1998 of cancer – a very very sad day in new zealand rock.

He was an inspired and energetic front-man, and the timing of his death (within a month of fellow auckland rock’n’roll Darcy Clay made matters all the more tragic. their album (which spawned a couple of college hits and generally did very well) can still be found here and there.

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  • busted ep [1995]
  • nothing at all [1995 zerophonic D31543]

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Chris Knox and the Nothing

After the abstract computer-orientated Friend project, Chris Knox (guitar and vocals) got back to business as a live performer by forming the Nothing with the very talented Stefan Neville (Pumice) on drums, and Jol Mulholland (Gasoline Cowboy on guitar. The trio record their self-titled debut in a real studio – the first time Knox had done so since his days in Toy Love.

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  • Chris Knox and the Nothing [2005 a major label]

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Not So Experimental, Ed Muzik, Tiger Tones

At the Dux de Lux, oct 7th 2006

What a tremendous show! i felt real local harmony tonight as some of christchurch’s freshest local acts took a step up and showed what the garden city is capable of.

My first time seeing ed muzik and i must say i’m impressed. Hugely funny and entertaining fellow, Ed delighted the crowd with a soviet-themed performance that involved enya samples, songs about ipods, and a couple really kooky outfits.

Now a lot of you out there will be familiar with the Tiger Tones, especially since they won roundup a couple weeks ago. we’ll things have taken a major step forward with the addition of guitarist james; freeing up frontman mark to play keyboards and giving the group a whole new set of songs – upbeat and just about the most fun i’ve ever had.

With the gauntlet set down, not so experimental also took a step up, thrilling the crowd with a cataclysmic performance, vocalist johnny throwing himself about the stage and amongst the crowd as the group reached peak after peak. in fact the crowd were so eager for more songs the guys had to repeat themselves as an encore…

see more photos from this show at flickr

Not So Experimental

Young and exciting screamo-pop from Christchurch, have their foot in the door with the local all-age scene and with a little exposure (recent low hum tours) could make themselves a popular r18 favorite too. A technically proficient 4-piece featuring the very young Jack on breakbeat drumming, Jonny on screaming, Robert Martelli on guitar and keys and Scott Stanton on bass, the group are tied to Rob’s other outfit, the more indie-pop-orientated tiger tones.

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  • untitled cd-r ep [2006 self-released]

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Not Really Anything

Show piece group for the writing talents of local sound engineering guru Rex Visible (real name Brett Taylor). Rex was an ex navy mechanic before he devoted his time to sound engineering, rising to prominence as the sound engineer for the Androidss, then most of the pumping bands round town.

The band went through many and varied line-up and sounds (between 1983 and 1994), the one represented on failsafe’s accident compilation featured rex visible – guitar/vocals, frankie steentjes – bass (Androidss), and occasionally robert key and david toland on drums. rex moved to auckland and worked on the live sound of bands like the headless chickens, bird nest roys and all the best sounding bands. a new auckland line-up released an ep ‘watched the world’ and an album or 2 through Flying Nun. The band never achieved the intensity of their early Christchurch performances.

The Accident compilation track ‘glow’ is taken from a live performance at the Gladstone. Headless Chickens drummer bevan sweeney joined the group and took the band in a new rythmic direction with samplers and triggers, and the bands later shows were reportedly quite good. [Rob Mayes]

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  • watch the world 12″ ep [1985 flying nun FN036]
  • mud babies [as n.r.a. 1989 flying nun FN128]
  • hold on to your face [as n.r.a. 1991 flying nun FN163]
  • ‘bruce mclaren’ (unleaded mix)/’rule’ (break it mix) 12″ single [as n.r.a. 1991 flying nun FN183]

Normal Ambition

Formed in Auckland ’82 by Jeffrey Bunt, Peter Matich and Gregg McKenzie, and later joined by David Ford on drums (all originally from Taupo), the Normal Ambition recorded two studio albums in 83/84, releasing them on Paul Lurker’s Industrial Tapes independent cassette label.

an edgy new wave pop band occupying the zone somewhere between the jagged ‘gang of four’ and sweet ‘china crisis’ … [we] played anywhere and everywhere from the then prestigious ‘mainstreet’ and ‘streets ahead performance cafe’ to remote hippie bashes in northland

gregg mckenzie

Eventually the group evolved into and overlapped the later line-up called ‘the Lifeboats’ who were basically jeoff and gregg with keyboards and a drum machine, frequently appended with half a dozen other guest musicians, graffiti artists, dancers and knife jugglers. the lifeboats and normal ambition both dissolved in 1985.

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