Short-lived Wellington punk outfit (originally known as Johnny Mono And The Steroids) that featured on the Wellingtonzone compilation – a not quite as successfull follow-up to the acclaimed **** release from the previous year.
Forming in April 1979, The Steroids played a pretty standard post-punk style, punctuating their setlist with choice covers by the likes of Wire, Gang Of Four and early Cure. Comprised of Andrew Dray (Ex-52 and a one-time member of The Amps – Bass/Vocals), Alan Jimson (Guitar / Vocals) and Robbie Holmes (also an ex Amp – Drums), the band was a prominent figure in Wellingtons’ early punk scene.
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Highly active in the Wellington scene during the early 80s, the Wallsockets featured Fran and Martin Walsh (lead guitar and bass respectively), Brett Carstairs (rhythm guitar), and originally Tennessee (another guitarist) and drummer Nezzie, though the band brought in new vocalist Lynette Moss and drummer Simon by 1980 – and it was this line-up that completed their recordings.
The band were one of the more persuasive Wellington outfits, organizing gigs and parties, along with establishing practice and performance spaces in central Wellington. Spending time in Sausage Studio’s made the band much tighter, and by the time of their initial recordings, they were a honed and professional outfit, capable of pop-flavored punk with a dark edge.
Fran was also a one-time member of fellow wellington band Naked Spots Dance – both bands contributing to the Wallsockets-organized **** compilation featuring four post-punk bands from the era.
- Fran Walsh (Guitar, 198?)
- Martin Walsh (Bass, 198?)
- Brett Carstairs (Guitar, 198?)
- Tennessee (Guitar, 198?)
- Nezzie (Drums, 198?)
- Lynette Moss (Vocals, 198?)
- Simo (Drums, 198?)
- **** [1980 W/ Beat Rhythm Fashion, Life In The Fridge Exists, Naked Spots Dance Sausage]
wellington-based post-punk from the early 1980s known for their excellent track ‘have you checked the children?’ which featured on the famed (and hard to find) **** wellington compilation. essentially an art-house performance troup, life only really existed for a short-period in the early stages of the wellington terrace scene.
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