Red Panda: Thought Creature, Thrill Collins, Bang! Bang! Eche!

Red Panda All-Ages show with debutantes Thrill Collins and the ever-thrilling Bang! Bang! Eche! Another cool show at White Elephants headquarters.

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A Flight To Blackout

Biography

Excellent instrumentalist trio from the garden city formed by Matt Craw (Guitar), James Musgrave (Bass), and Jared Kelly (Drums) in early 2005. Taking cues from a variety of informed directions, the group were prolific features of the local live scene, and attached themselves to both R18 and all-age crowds with varying success. Playing an involved instrumental sound heavy on dynamics, the group enlisted ex-Substandard bassist Gareth Heta as a 2nd guitarist for a short period before reverting back to their original configuration. However, this was soon broken when Kelly left to play with the Pickups full-time, so Cam Walker was recruited to carry on where Jared left off.

Throughout later 2005 and early 2006 the group had a strong association with fellow garden city instrumentalists Coal, with Walker sitting at the throne for both groups for a period – however this was halted by problems with the tendons in Walker’s wrist, which caused him a great deal of pain during a show with the touring groups Jakob and American outfit No Funeral.

After losing Walker, Craw and Musgrave added Thomas Lambert (synth/guitar – aka i.Ryoko) in order to create a fuller sound than the rock trio lineup. Through him they found a great replacement drummer in Adam Jack, who picked up the groove of the songs quickly and added his own heavy hitting style. At this time, Gareth Heta again showed an interest in being part of the band, so he was recruited on guitar (and bass when James swaps to guitar). These changes have lead to further creativity within the group, with new songs eventuating at the start of 2007 (including for the first time, a song with vocals provided by Musgrave).

More live shows followed, a highlight being a gig with The Enright House, Pandora’s Bucket, and Wellingtonians Donatello. Towards the end of 2007, A Flight To Blackout entered the RDU Roundup band competition without any expectations of success, and came away with 2nd place, pipped by the more RDU-friendly (but by no means lesser) Bang! Bang! Eche!

As seemed to be the rule by now, Jack left the group at the end of 2007 to travel to Canada, and Lambert left for Wellington. This allowed the remaining members to focus on the tracking of their debut release, which is currently being mixed and produced by Thomas for release on his and partner Matt Faisander’s Sonorous Circle label before the end of 2008.

In early 2008 Hayden Williams and Josh Black (both also of Neil Robinson) made fine replacements on drums and synth respectively, their first show with the band being the farewell/fundraiser of friends The O’Lovelys.

Members

  • Matt Craw (Guitar, 2005 – 2008)
  • James Musgrave (Bass/Vocals/Guitar, 2005 – 2008)
  • Jared Kelly (Drums, 2005?)
  • Gareth Heta (Guitar/Bass, 2005?, 2007?)
  • Cam Walker (Drums, 2005? – 2006?)
  • Thomas Lambert (Keyboards/Guitar, 2006 – 2007)
  • Adam Jack (Drums, 2006 – 2007)
  • Hayden Williams (Drums, 2008)
  • Josh Black (Keyboards, 2008)

Discography

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Bang! Bang! Eche!

Biography

Christchurch eletro-pop troop that burst onto the All-Ages scene with the super-fun home-recorded MySpace single (‘Nikee’) and then a flurry of live shows, including achieving success as a wildcard entry in the Smoke-Free Rock-Quest regional finals. An exciting mix of electronics, guitar and pulsating rhythm, Bang! Bang! Eche! are Charlie Ryder (guitar), James Sullivan (Drums), T’Nealle Worsley (Bass) and Zach Doney (Vocals / Effects).

The configuration of the group has changed a little over time, specifically shuffling through vocalists – with Emma and Ross (who himself succeeded original vocalist Gino) making way for the absolutely manic Zac in late 2007.

During a chaotic, problematic turn at Southern Amp 2007, James usually Synth-Drum setup failed to function so he quickly moved to the staged (but unamplified!) drum-kit – which went off a treat and since the synth drums have been completely phased out.

In 2008 the group had been building up steam and working on developing their songs with an eye on releasing a debut EP mid-year, though it didn’t actually arrive until September 2009 and was eventually followed by a 2nd in October 2010. By the release of their 2nd EP the group had developed quite a strong on-line presence, but we’re playing less and less (particularly in their home town).

In late 2011 Worsley created the first post-Earthquake music venue for Christchurch with Jasper Bryant-Green (who also runs Gold Sounds records), with the group playing the opening party to a packed crowd.

The group headed their separate ways in 2013. Ryder now plays with one-time tour member Josh Burgess in the popular Yumi Zouma when home from Europe, Sullivan drums for The Salad Boys, whilst both Doney and Worsley have spent time living in Melbourne.

Members

  • Charlie Ryder (Guitar/Keyboards, 2007 – 2013)
  • James Sullivan (Drums, 2007 – 2013)
  • T’Nealle Worsley (Bass, 2007 – 2013)
  • Gino Spiteri  (Vocals, 2007)
  • Emma Kim (Vocals, 2007)
  • Ross Heath (Vocals, 2007)
  • Perry Mahoney (Keyboards/Guitar/Bass, 2007 – 2008)
  • Josh Burgess (2007)
  • Zach Doney (Vocals/Effects/Keyboards, 2007 – 2013)

Discography

  • Bang! Bang! Eche! EP (2008, Self-Released)
  • Sonic Death Cunttt EP (2009, Self-Released)
  • UR THE BEST EP (2013, Self-Released)

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Pop Hits City

Eclectic pop-rock 5-piece based in the Garden City of Christchurch. Formed as a group of friends by former Bang! Bang! Eche! vocalist Ross Heath (keys/vox), the group was fronted by the OLovelys Laura-Lee Watson (vox/synth), with Will MacFarlane (guitar/bass – Shocking Pinks / Overdrive) and Chris Andrews (bass/keys – Palace of Wisdom / Leper Ballet).

Originally backed by Insurgents front-man Chris Young on the kit – but due to other heavy commitments Young fell away; the group initially continuing with drum-machine backing, before Shocking Pinks‘ Nick Harte stepped in. Harte relocated to Auckland in early 2008, and MacFarlane’s former Overdrive band-mate Tim Woods quickly fell into place.

In mid-2008 the group quickly assembled a selection of songs which Andrews recorded in his own home environment – the group intends to release these songs before Watson departs for Europe with her group the OLovelys.

Discography (picks in bold)

  • Five Foxes EP [2008 self-released]

See-Also

Neil Robinson Leaving Party!

Christchurch-based former Rockquest winners and all-round fun-time band Neil Robinson play their last show with the departure of frontman Chris Young for England. Supported by Bang! Bang! Eche! at a well-known Sockburn flat, this was a damn epic (and messy) party.

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O’Lovely

Biography

O’Lovely began as a duo (originally named The O’Lovelys) consisting of Laura Lee Watson (Synth/Vox – also of Pop Hits City) and Brooke Singer (Keys – formerly of the Ragamuffin Children and now French for Rabbits). In 2007 the pair were joined by Matt Scobie (Drums – formerly of Black Market Art and now T54 etc) and Joe Sampson (guitar – formerly of Charlie Bones, now front T54).

Sampson left the group to be replaced by Lee Devinish, but with the groups impending tour of Europe in mid-2008 (where they would be performing as a 3-piece), the line-up was then reverted back to Sampson on guitar for their final few shows. The group were the focus of a lot of attention in late 2007 and 2008, and eventually released their debut self-titled album with distribution through Global Routes.

Around this time the group fractured, with Singer leaving to pursue different avenues, and Watson establishing more authority, quickly building a new line-up. At the same time Watson had been playing in Pop Hits City with Ross Heath (formerly of Bang! Bang! Eche!), Will MacFarlane, Chris Andrews (Bass – Palace of Wisdom) and Tim Woods (Drums). The new O’Lovelys took the rhythm section of Woods and Andrews, and added Perry Mahoney (also a former Bang! Bang! Eche! member) on guitar.

This line-up recorded the ‘Lost Love’ EP with Dale Cotton in Dunedin – songs that eventually made their way onto the groups 2nd album ‘Constellation’. However by the release of the album the group had relocated to Auckland, had cycled through a small handful of supplementary bassists and had been renamed ‘O’Lovely’.

Members

  • Laura-Lee Watson (Vocals/Keyboards, 2006 -)
  • Brooke Singer (Keyboards, 2006 – 2008?)
  • Matt Scobie (Drums, 2007 – 2008)
  • Joe Sampson (Guitar, 2007 – 2008)
  • Lee Devenish (Guitar, 2008)
  • Chris Andrews (Bass, 2009)
  • Tim Woods (Drums, 2009 – )
  • Perry Mahoney (Guitar, 2009 – 2011?)

Discography

  • The O’Lovelys [2008 Self-Released]
  • Lost Love [2009 Self-Released]
  • Constellation [2011 Self-Released]

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LIVE: 47 Diamantes with Tommy Ill and Shorty K

Unfortunately I missed the main Christchurch connection in this Goodbye Blue Monday show, with Tommy Ill trading rhymes in a new duo with Shorty K a little after I arrived; as I’d missed local opener (and Bang! Bang! Eche! frontman) Zack Doney fronting his new project Teen Fortress. Much more upbeat than the last time I saw Tommy rhyme, Shorty K (aka Kelvin Neal of the Crackhouse 5) adds a bit of sing-along to proceedings, helping to get the party started for me.

The hilarious 47 Diamantes feature an ex-garden city-ite anyways in front-woman and exhibitionist Gemma Syme (Dianna Rozz / ex-Holiday with Friends) and brought the night to a great close. After ripping through some electro + screaming classics (with Shorty K manning the keyboards and playing some sweet catchy beats and riffs), Gemma started stripping layers and inviting the crowd forward. Check out the full photo set by clicking the link above.