Small Auckland-based independent label that sprung up out of Flying Nun Record’s corporate changes in the late 90’s and run by (former Superette bassist) Ben Howe to release material for his own band Fang, along with associated other musicians (fellow ex-Superette members Dave Mulcahy and Greta Anderson, and Jim Laing’s Lanky).
Characterized by having quirky pop moments (Pine released their debut in 2002 on the label) and a simple / flexible approach to recording, they’re a promising label to look out for.
In June 2004, Arch Hill Recordings announced that Kiwi music legend David Kilgour would be releasing his latest album (tentatively titled Frozen Orange) in September of the year, adding to a band roster that now also includes Ghostplane and Australian outfit Dappled Cities Fly.
Arch Hill Recordings also offer their recording facilities for non-label artists, with reasonable charge out fees. Arch Hill Studios record digitally onto Pro-Tools24, but has a well used selection of off-board analogue pre-amps, EQ, compressors, effects and other equipment.
– Arch Hill Studios
Using a pretty standard Pro-Tools/Focusrite/Genelec monitors setup along with what looks like a pretty good selection of microphones, along with solid-state and valve compressors and effects, they currently (July 2004) offer an NZ$50 per hour engineer-included rate, or NZ$350/$400 per weekday/weekend day, which isn’t bad for an Auckland-based studio.
- Introducing Arch Hill (2001, AHR006)
- The Hill Is Alive – Compilation 2 (2003, AHR009)
- Arch Hill (Official Website)
- Ben Howe (Label-Head / Email Contact)
- +64 9 360-0772 (Phone Number)
- Arch Hill Recordings
- 331 Great North Rd
- Po Box 68-194
- New Zealand (Postal Address)
Very slick and sadly short-lived country-flavored group out of Auckland.
With a handful of choice support slots (including Evan Dando, Lambchop and Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy), the group quickly rose in profile, before disbanding on the release of their fine debut EP.
The catalyst of their sound came about with the addition of legendary guitarist John ‘Segovia’ Markie (The Axel Grinders, Space Dust etc) adding lap-steel to their down-beat folk-country sound, composed by original band members Benny ‘Boxcar’ Maitland, Marcus Joyce and Kari Hammond.
- John Markie (Guitar, 2005)
- Ben Maitland (Guitar/Vocals, 2005)
- Marcus Joyce (Bass, 2005)
- Kari Hammond (Drums, 2005)
- Kerrin Worsford (Drums, 2005)
The Polish-born front-man (birth-name Lukaz Buda) for downbeat Wellington Popsters The Phoenix Foundation, after two albums Luke Buda has really found his feet as a professional pop song-writer, and found time to write and record his own solo debut in 2006 – the well received Special Suprise, among his groups many successes and the birth of his son.
Featuring contributions from Craig Terris, Rio Hemopo, Luke Benge, Sarah Jane Pardon, Mike Fab, Tom Callwood and the rest of The Phoenix Foundation lads, it reads like a who’s who of Wellington guest performers.
- Lukaz Buda (Vocals/Guitar/Keyboards, 2005 – 2008)
- Craig Terris (Drums/Vocals, 2006 – 2008)
- Tom Watson (Guitar/Bass/Vocals, 2006 – 2008)
- Tim Prebble (Bass, 2008)
- William Ricketts (Percussion, 2008)
- Samuel Scott (Vocals, 2008)
- Conrad Wedde (Drum Programming, 2008)
- Kezia Hinchey (Vocals, 2008)
- Sophie Burbery (Vocals, 2008)
- Andrew Bain (Bass, 2008)
- David Long (Banjo, 2008)
- Lee Prebble (Guitar, 2008)
- Stephen Gallagher (Piano/Organ, 2008)
- The C Sides (2005, Slow Boat Records)
- Special Surprise (2006, Arch Hill Recordings, AHR020)
- Vesuius (2008, Arch Hill Recordings, AHR035)