The Moas

Pavid Pine, Jamie Mclennan, Damian Woodhouse and William Field.

Discography (picks in bold)

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The Mint Chicks

Excellent post-punk band taking in equal measures of Voidoids style angular guitar and Blood Brothers style furious hardcore screaming and breakbeat crunch. A talented 4-piece with an excellent grounding in music production, they were snapped up by Flying Nun after building a strong live reputation in auckland during 2002-3. ‘licking letters’ is the first single, coming from the break-through Octagon, Octagon, Octagon Ep, and is a jerky, stop-start ripper, few bands have shown such intensity committed to plastic.

With the Nielson brothers Ruban (Guitar) and Kody (Vocals), Michael Logie (Bass) and Paul Roper (Drums), they were a very free-roaming band. Kody is a lively frontman, dancing like a man possessed, jumping round the stage, and fiddling with an on-stage effects unit, while the band falls perfectly in place for all their quick-cutting squeels and explosions of sound. They followed up the debut with an equally spastic sophmore EP Anti-Tiger – repeating an earlier new-wave inflected single. The band have toured Australia and even made the big jump to a British tour, accumulating a stack of the usual NME/Spin etc hype.

Their much-anticipated full-length debut seemed like a bit of a flattening out for the group. After receiving an absolute avalanche of attention (thanks to a bit of biffo during the groups South By South-West performance in Austin Texas, and thrilling big day out crowds with acrobatics and a little bit of chainsaw welding; Fuck The Golden Youth mostly revisited their earlier material, though with new noisier, but less jagged versions of the earlier songs, plus a couple well received singles (‘Opium Of The People’ was a highlight).
the group have since retreated a litte, with side-projects floating about while the group prepare their sophmoric album.

August 2006 saw the release of Crazy? Yes! Dumb? No!, which contained poppy singles ‘Crazy? Yes! Dumb? No!’, ‘Walking Off a Cliff Again’ and ‘She’s Back On Crack’, indicating a new direction and ambition from the group. As Kody and Ruben are dual-citizens of NZ and the United States, the brothers spent a the next couple years living in both Auckland and Portland, Oregon. Mike Logie left the group during 2008 (though he did appear during later performances), and the groups success continue, with album Screens being the catalyst. However in 2010 the group finally decided to dissolve, with Mike Logie surfacing in a solo capacity as F in Math (and later joining Die! Die! Die!, Ruben Neilson in US-based group Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Kody Neilson forming Opossom alongside Bic Runga (Mike Logie later joined as bassist).

Discography (picks in bold)

  • ‘Post Bo Bills’ single [2003]
  • Octagon, Octagon, Octagon EP [2003 Flying Nun Fn480]
  • The Blue Split 7″ [2004 W/ Whilrwind Heat Flying Nun Fn481]
  • ‘Opium Of The People’ single [2004 Flying Nun]
  • ‘Anti-Tiger’/Octagon, Octagon, Octagon (Live)’ 7″ Tour Single [2004 Flying Nun Tour Only]
  • Anti-Tiger Cd / 10″ EP [2004 Flying Nun Fn486]
  • Fuck The Golden Youth 3″ Cd / 7″ Single [2005 Flying Nun Fn492]
  • Fuck The Golden Youth [2005 Flying Nun Fn493]
  • ‘I Don’t Want to Grow Old’ single [2005 Flying Nun]
  • ‘Take It, I Don’t Want It’ single [2005 Flying Nun]
  • Crazy? Yes! Dumb? No! [2006 Flying Nun Fn499]
  • ‘Crazy? Yes! Dumb? No!’ single [2007 Flying Nun]
  • ‘Welcome to Nowhere’ single [2007 Flying Nun]
  • ‘Sleeping During the Day’ single [2007 Flying Nun]
  • ‘Walking Off a Cliff Again’ single [2007 Flying Nun]
  • ‘If My Arm Was a Mic Stand, Would You Hold My Hand?’ single [2008 Flying Nun]
  • ‘She’s Back on Crack’ single [2008 Flying Nun]
  • Mintunes EP [2008 Self-Released]
  • Screens [2009 Flying Nun]
  • ‘Life Will Get Better Some Day’ single [2009 Flying Nun]
  • ‘I Can’t Stop Being Foolish’ single [2009 Flying Nun]
  • ‘Hot on Your Heels single [2009 Flying Nun]
  • ‘Don’t Sell Your Brain Out, Baby’ single [2009 Flying Nun]
  • ‘She’s a Mod’ single [2009 Flying Nun]
  • Bad Buzz USB EP [2010 MusicHy.pe]

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Roy Montgomery

Though appearing in teenage combo the Psychedeliks as early as 1971, Roy Montgomery emerged in the early 1980s as the deep-voiced guitarist for the Pin Group, one of New Zealand’s finest under-appreciated post-punk outfits. Though the Pin Group etched their name into New Zealand history as the very first band to be released on Flying Nun with their gritty debut single ‘Ambivalence’, Montgomery literally disappeared from the music world, after the demise of the Pin Group and it’s short-lived successor the Shallows.

After spending a great part of the 1980s traveling the world and discovering other avenues (including following Bill Direen‘s lead into the theatrical arts), it took Peter Stapleton‘s encouragement to bring this talented guitarist back to music, just as he had established a teaching role in Christchurch. Montgomery, Stapleton and Kim Pieters formed Dadamah, a more reserved and fleshed out, textural approach to music which re-invigorated Montgomerys live performing.

Dadamah gave way to Dissolve (a performing duo of Montgomery and Remarkables guitarist Chris Heaphy), and the first immergence of Montgomery solo recordings in the early 1990s. By now Montgomery had established a very distinct approach to playing a recording.

Montgomery spent his most prolific, style-defining period cooped up in a New York apartment. With just his bet-up 4-pickup Teisco guitar and a 4-track recorder, montgomery started producing vast soundscapes. Odes to the New Zealand countryside, and composed as lengthy evolving suites. His Fantasia on a theme by Sandy Bull from the fantastic Harmony of the Spheres boxset is a 20 minute journey filled with huge peaks and lulls – a masterpiece of interwoven guitar.

I would probably best describe Montgomery’s playing as an elegant, shimmering molass of guitar, rich with reverberation and slow-burning melodies. Montgomeries acknowledged masterpieces (such as the sublime Songs from the South Island and True – also with Chris Heaphy) are very evocative, visual works. Often composed completely free of vocals (though not always), Montgomery forms songs as soundscapes to environments, places, and moments in time.

As we rolled further into the 21st century, Montgomery again retreated from the live and recorded music scenes, continuing his role as a university lecturer and raising his young family. Thankfully in 2004 and 2005 he did return for two live performance in New Zealand, playing the Lines of Flight and Southern Oscillations festivals in Dunedin and Castle Hill (in-land from Christchurch). Performing as the Torlesse Supergroup with Nick Guy (formerly of wonderful space dronsters Barnard’s Star), these appearances might be an indication that we can expect future releases from one of New Zealand’s finest reclusive musicians.

Discography (picks in bold)

  • ‘Submerged And Colourful’ / ‘Cousinsong’ 7″ Single [1995 Hecuba]
  • ‘Long Night’ / ‘Its Cold Outside’ / ‘Film As A Subversive Art’ / ‘German Sister’ Double 7″ Single [1995 SiltbreezeSb58/59]
  • Songs From The South Island [1995 Drunken FishDfr-22]
  • Temple Iv [1995 KrankyKranky008]
  • ‘Zabriskie Point I/Ii’ 7″ Single [1995 Gyttja]
  • Goodbye [1995 W/ Flying Saucer Attack VhfVhf26]
  • ‘Something Else Again’ / ‘Adrift’ 7″ Single [1995 Roof BoltRb 004]
  • ‘Just Melancoly’ / ‘Used To’ 7″ Single [1996 Ajax]
  • Two Trajectories 7″ Single [Enraptured]
  • ‘Sterling Morrison, Corner 10th and First, 1966’ Split 7″ Single [1996 W/ Loren Connors GyttjaOoze-08]
  • Winter Songs 10″ Ep [1997 Roof Bolt]
  • ‘Cumulus And Fugue’ Split 7″ Single [1997 W/ Azusa Plane Colorful Clouds For AcousticsCloud 004]
  • E.N.D. 7″ Single [1998 Drunken FishDfr-27]
  • And Now The Rain Sounds Like Life Is Falling Down Through It [1998 Drunken FishDfr-41]
  • ‘London Is Swinging By His Neck’ 7″ Single [1998 W/ Kirk Lake Rocket GirlRgirl3]
  • ‘Particle’/’Wave’ 7″ Single [1998 Varispeed01 Varispeed]
  • True [1999 W/ Chris Heaphy Kranky]
  • 324 E. 13th St. #7 [1999 Compilation Drunken Fish]
  • Harmony Of The Spheres [1999 Triple Lp Compilation Split With Various Others Drunken FishDfr-50]
  • Allegory Of Hearing [2000 Drunken FishDfr-47]
  • Read Less Books Cassingle [2000 W/ Kirk Lake Victory Garden]
  • Silver Wheel Of Prayer [2001 Vhf Vhf49]
  • Split album with Grouper [2010 Root Strata RSGR004]
  • Split LP with Bruce Russell [2012 Grapefruit]

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David Mulcahy

As A Member Of Jean-Paul Sartre Experience, Mulcahy Was Only Part Of A 3-Pronged Song-Writing Troupe, Responsible For A Terrific Body Of Songs Over Their 10 Year Life Span. In The Mid 90s, After The JPSE Boys Had Gone Their Seperate Ways, Mulcahy Changed Focus To Superette – Creating An Almost Perfect, Dark Materpiece With Their Sole Lp Tiger.

Unfortunately Superette Were Short-Lived, And Mulcahy Retreated To Work On His Own Solo Material. Oddy Knocky Was An Uneven Attempt At Releaving Some Of The Huge Body Of Songs He Had Written Without Releasing, The Occassional Pop Gem Hidden In Generally Pretty Dire By-The-Number Rockers.

In 2004 Mulcahy Resurfaced In Christchurch (Were He Had Moved Several Years Earlier) With New Band Eskimo, And Started Recording Songs With Eskimo Bassist (And Failsafe Label-Head) Rob Mayes And Drummer (Ex-YFC) Michael Daly.

Discography (picks in bold)

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Netherworld Dancing Toys

Through-Out The 80s The Dancing Toys Were (For A Brief Moment) One Of New Zealand’S Most Populal Bands, A Horn-Punctuated Post-Punk Pop Outfit With A Huge Live Following And A Swagger Of Catchy Singles. From Humble Beginnings As High-School Aged Up-And-Comers Supporting Blam Blam Blam To New Zealand’S Top Selling Bands In Just A Couple Of Releases, The 7-Strong Line-Up Of Brent Alexander, Malcolm Black, Graham Cockroft, Nick Sampson, Alistair Perry, Matthew Trubuhovich And Mick Rillstone Faded Almost As Quickly As They Rose, Unable To Support Their Over-Sized Line-Up Within The Limited Confines Of Touring NZ.

Discography (picks in bold)

  • Netherworld Dancing Toys 12″ Ep [1983 Flying NunFn Ndt001]

  • ‘The Trusted Ones’/’Bored To Death’ 12″ Single [1983 Flying NunFn Ndt002]

  • Song And Dance 12″ Ep [1984 Flying NunFn Ndt003]

  • The Blam Blam Blam Story [1984 W/ Blam Blam Blam CbsSbp237993]

  • Painted Years [1985 VirginV3000]

  • Everything Will Be Alright [1989 CBS]

Awards Etc
Rianz Awards 1985


  • Single Of The Year: For Today

  • Album Of The Year: Painted Years

  • Top Group Of The Year: Netherworld Dancing Toys

  • Producer Of The Year: Nigel Stone

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Not Really Anything

Show piece group for the writing talents of local sound engineering guru Rex Visible (real name Brett Taylor). Rex was an ex navy mechanic before he devoted his time to sound engineering, rising to prominence as the sound engineer for the Androidss, then most of the pumping bands round town.

The band went through many and varied line-up and sounds (between 1983 and 1994), the one represented on failsafe’s accident compilation featured rex visible – guitar/vocals, frankie steentjes – bass (Androidss), and occasionally robert key and david toland on drums. rex moved to auckland and worked on the live sound of bands like the headless chickens, bird nest roys and all the best sounding bands. a new auckland line-up released an ep ‘watched the world’ and an album or 2 through Flying Nun. The band never achieved the intensity of their early Christchurch performances.

The Accident compilation track ‘glow’ is taken from a live performance at the Gladstone. Headless Chickens drummer bevan sweeney joined the group and took the band in a new rythmic direction with samplers and triggers, and the bands later shows were reportedly quite good. [Rob Mayes]

discography
picks in bold

  • watch the world 12″ ep [1985 flying nun FN036]
  • mud babies [as n.r.a. 1989 flying nun FN128]
  • hold on to your face [as n.r.a. 1991 flying nun FN163]
  • ‘bruce mclaren’ (unleaded mix)/’rule’ (break it mix) 12″ single [as n.r.a. 1991 flying nun FN183]

Nocturnal Projections

The Jefferies brothers (Graeme and Peter, both later of the Cakekitchen) original Palmerston North lo-fi post-punk outfit.
Quite removed from Peter’s dramatic later recordings, Nocturnal Projections were an immediate, scathing punk outfit (the line-up completed by Gordon Rutherford and Brett Jones) that forged their own venue, released their own albums, and generally ruled the roost in small-town Palmerston North.

Discography (picks in bold)

  • things that go bunt in the night [1981 emission]
  • another year ep [1982 hit singles HIT001]
  • nocturnal projections ep [1983 hit singles HIT003]
  • nerve ends in power lines [compilation 1995 raffmond]

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Olla

Biography

Chris Heazlewood and Sean O’Rielly’s pre-King Loser outfit, featuring former Look Blue Go Purple drummer and Flying Nun alumni Lesley Paris.

Members

  • Chris Heazlewood (Guitar/Bass/Vocals, 1991 – 1992)
  • Sean O’Rielly (Guitar/Vocals/Organ, 1991 – 1992)
  • Lesley Paris (Drums, 1991 – 1992)

Discography

  • Septic Hagfish 7″ EP (1991, Flying Nun Records, FN214)

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