The Aesthetics

Biography

Energetic screaming, rugged rhythms and a sloppy swagger that suits anyone looking for a glaring upheaval of standard musical thoroughfare…” “…equivalent to a hyperactive Daniel Johnston recklessly exorcising himself of inner demons with the help of the finest extra-lo-fi equipment.

– Andrew Magilow; Splendid Magazine

‘Destructo-rock’ outfit extraordinaire. Originally formed in Dunedin by Matt Middleton (aka Crude), Rustle Covini and j-Mz Robinson in 1995 in a purely punk flavor, after a few successful parties and the odd gig, j-Mz was replaced by Shaun Jury – the line-up that released the debut ‘My Right to Riches’ LP.

Crude’s Matt Middleton has erupted from the shackles of noise to stomp the grounds of sonic punkdom. Following his forefathers in bands like The Pin Group, Henchmen, and La De Da’s, monsieur Middleton has carved a new sound.

– Forced Exposure

By 1997 Stefan Neville (Pumice / The Futurians) had replaced Covini, but then left in 1998 – off to Auckland, along with Shaun. Pat Kraus (drums) and Fyfe (bass) made up the numbers for the rest of the bands career, eventually releasing the ‘Off’ LP before splitting in 2001.

Members

  • Matt Middleton (Guitar/Vocals/Keyboards/Saxophone/Drums, 1995 -)
  • Rustle Covini (Drums)
  • James Robinson (Bass)
  • Shaun Jury (Bass/Guitar
  • Stefan Neville (Drums)
  • Pat Kraus (Drums)
  • Fyfe (Electronics)
  • Jason Barrett (Bass/Saxophone)
  • Edie Stevens (Bass)
  • Lynton Denovan (Drums)
  • Malcolm Deans (Drums)

Discography

  • College Rock Cassette (1997, Dirtlove Records)
  • I Just Don’t Get It 7″ Lathe (1997, Dirtlove)
  • Dunedin Punks 7 Cassette (1997, A Stabbies And The Rocket Recording)
  • Doomtown Fuzz Lathe-Cut 7″ (1997, Dirtlove)
  • My Right To Ritches LP (1999, Ecstatic Peace!, E#4b)
  • Split Ep Lathe-Cut 7″ (W/ The Ho Dogs, Dirtlove)
  • Secrets Of Japanese Nationalism Double 8″ Lathe-Cut (Crawlspace / Dirtlove)
  • Crown Sat Nov 11 Cassette (W/ Murdering Monsters 2001, Slag Strut Records)
  • Off (2001, Mental Telemetry, Tele003)
  • Ugly Ambition (2009, Artless Intent, AI006)
  • Dusk Husk 7″ Lathe (2010, Epic Sweep, ES002)
  • Live at the Crown Cassette (2011, Epic Sweep, ES011)

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Duncan Bruce

Biography

What makes this album great is the aforementioned brevity of the pieces.
Duncan spans all shapes of the volume curve, sliding through landscapes of barren glacial shifts, torn loudspeaker edits and ye olde drone, and letting the feedback go as it were, all done to a virtually perfect effect for the perfect amount of time.
– Freedom From
Later recordings have featured the likes of Tim Cornelius (Sandoz Lab Technicians), Clayton Noone (The Futurians), Lee Noyes, Matt Middleton (Crude) etc.

Members

  • Duncan Bruce
  • Clayton Noone (Guitar, 2008)
  • Lee Noyes (Reeds, 2008)
  • Tim Cornelius (Saxophone/Electronics/Reeds/Tapes, 2008)

Discography

  • Untitled Artist Series 8″ Lathe-Cut (w/ Wayne Gordon 1999, Crawlspace)
  • Holsun Cassette (2000, Freedom From, FF0107)
  • Economic Target Split-Cassette (W/ Crude, Root Don Lonie For Cash)
  • Still The Man Cassette (W/ Clayton Noone, Extemporanious)
  • Laws Of Association Volumes I & Ii Double-Cassette (Coadm)
  • Some Of That French Avant-Garde Shit Cassette (Dirtlove)
  • New Glass Tapu CDr (2008, lf Records, lf005)

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Matt Middleton

Matt Middleton, otherwise known as Crude, a founding member of the Aesthetics and now part of the live Spacedust ensemble, Middleton is an increasingly productive guy, with a distinct approach to lo-fidelity, trash-electro or screaming noise – Middleton has traversed a catelogue of genres, and brings a distinct sound to every style he tries.

Discography (picks in bold)

  • Clarinet Exercises 7″ Lathe-Cut Ep [Dirtlove]

  • ‘Bradstreet’/’Love Theme 03’ 7″ Lathe-Cut [Dirtlove]

  • ‘Please Pass’/’Crude Kingston’ 7″ Lathe-Cut [Dirtlove]

  • ‘Sexy Lady’/’Society’ 7″ Lathe-Cut [Dirtlove]

  • Turbo Spunk Triple 8″ Lathe-Cut Ep [1996 Crawlspace]

See-Also

Ohm

Ohm is a quartet that includes Campbell Kneale as well as Stefan Neville of Pumice. Their Live at the Crown, packaged within a hilarious upside-down variation on the Who’s Maximum R’n’B logo, is one of the most beautiful albums i’ve heard this year. With live drone and drum improv of the highest order, ohm create a wistfully psychedelic feel. there’s an astonishing chemistry and compositional sensibility within their improvisational method. Nicely recorded and beautifully played, Ohm show extraordinary mastery over their instruments with brilliant drumming patterns. their overall sound rivals the best of the Dead C and Thela‘s improv work.
Dan Vallor: muckraker #9

Discography (picks in bold)

  • ‘as sure as moons is cheese’/’egg jelly up’ 8″ lathe-cut [dirtlove]
  • ou cassette [1996 a stabbies and the rocket recordings]
  • jones cassette [1997 a stabbies and the rocket recordings]
  • live at the crowd cd-r [1997? last visible dogLVD008]
  • re:moon cassette [celebrate psi phenomenon]

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