Ex-pats The Julie Dolphin (a successive British pop outfit that even managed tours with Oasis throughout the 1990’s) split in the early 2000’s, with founding kiwi duo Brett Adams (himself an ex-Mocker) and Dianne Swan (Everything That Flies, When the cats away) returning to New Zealand shores.
Swan and Adams formed the Bads as a recording duo – utilizing additional musicians to fill in the rhythm section for their live performances, and were eventually picked up by Stephen McCarthys’ fledgling South Recordings label, with an album to be released in early 2005.
- Dianne Swan (Vocals, Guitar, 2005 -)
- Brett Adams (Guitar, 2005 -)
- Earth From Space [2005, South Recordings, SR0001]
- So Alive 
- Travel Light [2013, Warner Music, 5310561542]
- Losing Heroes [2017, Self-Released, BAD001LP]
Damien Binder is an Auckland-based singer-songwriter in the Greg Johnson mold with a couple of independently recorded and released albums under his belt.
Binder was previously the front-man for pop-grunge group Second Child.
Binder has had success through-out the 00’s, touring as support for Marianne Faithful and David Gray – eventually securing a SXSW slot in 2002.
His second album took a full 2 years to realize, and includes production work from Steve Garden, Bob Shepherd and Chris van De Geer, with additional backing vocals for Everything That Flies‘ Dianne Swann (now back in New Zealand with new band The Bads.
- Damien Binder (Guitar/Vocals, 2000 – 2003)
- Steve Garden (Drums, 2000 – 2003)
- Bob Shepherd (Bass/Keyboards, 2000 – 2003)
- Chris van De Geer
- Dianne Swann (Vocals)
- Damien Binder (2000, Muse Entertainment, MCD610002]
- Til Now (2003, Muse Entertainment, MCD80903]
Short-lived vocal-pop outfit fronted by a young Dianne Swan (Lead Vocals, Guitar, Keyboard), formed alongside Clive and Bruce Sheridan (Guitar, Keyboard) and Steve Wesley. Other members included Warren Richardson (Drums), Mark Agree (Bass), and Later Peter Harrison (Keyboards, Vocals), David Manning (Bass, Vocals) and Wayne Bell, (Drums, Vocals).
Picked up a video of the year award for their debut ep, then promptly disbanded – with Swan releasing a solo 7″ single, before joining ex-Mocker Brett Adams in England to form Julie Dolphin.
Swan and Adams have since resurfaced back in New Zealand with the Bads, and have a debut album about to be released through Stephen Mccarthy’s new label South Recordings.
Discography (picks in bold)
- Bleeding Hearts EP
- As The Sun Goes Down [1986 Pagan]