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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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Noisepussy

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Nocturnal Projections

The Jefferies brothers (Graeme and Peter, both later of the Cakekitchen) original Palmerston North lo-fi post-punk outfit.
Quite removed from Peter’s dramatic later recordings, Nocturnal Projections were an immediate, scathing punk outfit (the line-up completed by Gordon Rutherford and Brett Jones) that forged their own venue, released their own albums, and generally ruled the roost in small-town Palmerston North.

Discography (picks in bold)

  • things that go bunt in the night [1981 emission]
  • another year ep [1982 hit singles HIT001]
  • nocturnal projections ep [1983 hit singles HIT003]
  • nerve ends in power lines [compilation 1995 raffmond]

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Live Music Reviews and Photos

Otautahi Social Centre Show

Great fun at this new All-Ages venue run by the Food Not Bombs people. We (Palace of Wisdom) had a great time playing alongside Abortion Bucket, Tweak, Mikkey Pixton and Craig and Teke.

Click Here for the Photoset.

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‘Orkid

Popular Christchurch rock outfit originally featuring Paul Hirst, Dylan Nicol-Hawes and Andrew Danks. Culminating a strong live following over many years in the mid to late 90s before finally releasing their debut in 2002, ‘Orkid then slipped out of the limelight, as musicians associated with the band relocated.

They played a brand of loud-quiet dynamic based rock with the odd guitar flourish.
The group changed quite dramatically after the departure of Hirst, for a while the remaining duo of Danks and Nicol-Hawes played as a low-key and vaguely hippy folk group, before Japanese drummer-vocalist Mika Takagi joined, infusing some upbeat rock’n’roll back into the group.

In 2007-08 ‘Orkid were a solid 3-piece rock group (Takagi’s drumming is exceptional and driving), with Nicol-Hawes guitar work taking on an offbeat reggae approach. After the group disbanded, Nicol-Hawes joined Christchurch-based group Lupas Lunar.

Discography (picks in bold)

  • 3 [2002 self-released]
  • practice space ep [2007 self-released]

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The Orange

Andrew Brough’s pre straitjacket fits rock outfit, much in line with his later dreamy guitar outfit Bike. The Orange were popular in Dunedin during their brief tenure in the mid 80s, though they were over-shadowed by the likes of the Chills and the Verlaines, who constantly received country-wide approval. The Talented song-writer Brough was supported by Jonathan Moore and Peter Bragan.

Discography (picks in bold)

  • fruit salad lives 12″ ep [1986 flying nun FN047]

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Op-Shop

Auckland-based pop-rock 5-piece formed by a bunch of ex-Cantabrians: Jason Kerrison (vocals), Matt Treacy (guitar), Tim Skedden (guitar), Bobby Kennedy (drums) along with the english-born Ian Munro (bass).

The band kinda came out of no-where in 2004 with a record deal and debut album before anybody had really even heard them play – though the group had been formed by the Smoke-Free Rockquest winning duo of Kennedy and Clint Harris (Rockquest ’89 winners ‘Outer Control’). They immediately jumped into a major-label bracket (their Siren debut was distributed by Capitol/EMI), and performed alongside the likes of che fu and the feelers.

Their debut ‘You are here’ reached number 17 on the New Zealand album charts and eventually went platinum, and was followed up by the even more successful ‘2nd hand Planet’, a chart-topping triple-platinum release on Siren records that relied on the huge success of signature tune ‘Maybe’, which has become a staple in New Zealand television advertising.

discography
picks in bold

  • You are here [2004/5 siren]
  • 2nd Hand Planet [2007 siren]
  • Until the end of Time [20011 OpshopMusic/Rhythmethod]
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Operation Rolling Thunder

Tight instrumental (drums and guitar) outfit in the High Dependency Unit or Jakob vein based around Dunedin-born brothers Rob and Adam Falcolner. 2 years after the release of their debut EP ‘White Light’ in 2005 the group recorded a 3 day session with Dale Cotton, which eventually surfaced 3 years later as their vinyl/download only full length ‘III’.

Discography (picks in bold)

  • White Light EP [2005 Monkey Killer Records]
  • III [2010 Monkey Killer Records]

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Record Labels

Onset/Offset

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]
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Onelung

The solo alias of former Cicada guitarist (and originally the Doubting Thomas‘s bass player) Kevin Tutt. Since Cicada disbanded in 1997, Tutt has been very productive under the Onelung moniker, releasing a total of 4 albums and an ep in just 6 years, the latest (enetitled Nu Scientist) coming out on the fledgling Monkey Records label – an excursion into electronic sounds.

discography
picks in bold

  • You Get a Positive [1998 self-released]
  • The Electronic Labratory [1999 self-released]
  • Flashbacks [2000 Floating]
  • Nu Scientist [Monkey Records]