Coal are energy in another form.
Long-lasting groovy Christchurch noise-rock cum post-rock band based around the core guitar duo of Andrew Hensley and Jeremy Symonds.
Despite the best part of 2 decades as a live act, the group has yet to record, and have been through several ‘phases’ in their lifetime with an evolving sound and band line-up.
The group have connections to several groups, with members of A Flight to Blackout, The Pickups, Smith the Alien, and The Shocking Pinks forming the base of the group over the years.
Circa 2016/2017 the group are now a tight 4-piece with a huge sound – bolstered by excellent bassist Gareth Heta’s shear volume and the confidence the group now posses. Hensley in particular has come on in spades, with a great snarl and caustic lyrics (ala Mark E Smith) added to his guitar attack. ‘Peter Mead’ is a live favorite.
- Andrew Hensley (Guitar/Vocals, 2004 -)
- Jeremy Symonds (Guitar, 2004 – )
- Lachlan Beban (Guitar, 2004 – 2006?)
- Scott Butcher (Drums, 2004 – 2006?)
- Jared Kelly (Drums/Bass, 2006 – 2008?, 2014 – 2015)
- Cam Walker (Drums, 2006?)
- William Daymond (Bass/Organ, 2006 – 2007)
- Fleur De Lis (Guitar, 2006, 2007)
- Matt Craw (Guitar, 2007?)
- George Gossett (Keyboard?, 2007?)
- Paul Kidd (Electronics, 2008)
- Danny Knight-Bare (Drums, 2008? – )
- Gareth Heta (Bass, 2015? -)
Front-Woman for long-running Christchurch group The Dialtones. Fleur has also been a fixture in the Christchurch music scene since the 1990’s and has contributed guitar to Coal‘s live performances, plus several other local groups. De Lis (who’s real last name is Walden) is the daughter of 1950’s/60’s vocalist Paul Walden.
- Fleur Walden (Vocals/Guitar)
- To your health 10″ EP [1997 Noseflute]
Excellent two-man band that evolved out of old-school Christchurch Lo-Fi pioneers Squirm featuring Mike Hex (aka Mike Brassell, the head honcho of the Arc Life record label at the time) on guitar, backed by Peter Mitchell.
Hex moved the two-piece south to Dunedin in the early 00’s, and continued to be a pioneer of the south island Lo-Fi scene, incorporating simple delay techniques, open chords and melodic singing to create a beautifully sparse sound.
2002’s 66 was perhaps the finest example of Hex’s style, and one of the finest albums of the year.
Sadly, Mike Brassell passed away in early 2004, a victim of sudden illness.
A memorial gig was crafted in his honor in both Christchurch, and his adopted home of Dunedin.
Along with Fleur De Lis, I put together the Christchurch memorial for Mike, and many great bands played, giving their respects to a great man.
A short detailing of mike’s creative life and a summation of the night can be found here.
- Mike Brassell (Guitar/Vocals, 199? – 2004)
- Pete Mitchell (Drums, 199? – 2004)