- Sjionel Timu (Guitar / Vocals, 1997 – 1999?)
- Liz Matthews (Drums, 1997 – 1999?)
- Penny Collins (Bass / Vocals, 1997 – 1999?)
- The Revenge of the Revengers 7″ Lathe Cut Single (1997, Pink Air, PINKAIR007)
All girl Auckland four-piece and part of the trendy new Girl Alliance pop-punk set, fronted by Brenda Dwayne and featuring New Zealand underground veteran Stella Corkery (Queen Meanie Puss / Angelhead).
So far they have a couple of lathe cut releases to their name, and are described as:
‘Catchy and primal rock with a touch of outsider class’
– Pink Air / Girl Alliance.
Girl-crew (and Kerikeri residences) Jewl of Bessamoocho‘s Liz Matthews and Penny Collins joined by a third member named Amy and playing the kind of pop-punk making a strong return in Auckland.
Released a real vinyl 7″ single on the start-up Girl Alliance label.
Girl Alliance followed shortly after and was a different thing altogether. It was a purely Riot Grrl label but this did not mean the music wasn’t experimental. When I first heard Kerikeri band Goldifox they really hit me over the head. On the first listen I immediately realized it was the sound I had been waiting to hear from a group of NZ girls for years. Kind of a mixture of The Clean, The Germs and Bikini Kill. I felt they were important and needed to be documented on vinyl. There was also a purity in their form. They were teenage girls from a small town in NZ, lo fi recordings made on a ghetto blaster in their bedrooms. Their vision was clear.
– Stella Corkery in Tom Tom Mag
One of the first bands to release a single on the small pop-punk Pink Air / Girl Alliance label, which sprung up in the late 90’s, releasing catchy 7″ singles from a series of Auckland punky outfits.
Full of Riot Grrrl attitude and cool vocals from Japanese Vocalist Eri Miyabayashi.
Goldifox had a sort spin off band called The Jewl of Bessamoocho, where Amy stepped away from vocals and their Japanese exchange student friend – Eri Miyabayashi – stepped up to write songs and sing. Penny Collins continued to play guitar and Liz Mathews continued to drum. Eri’s perspective and mysteriously weird, deep and accented voice gave these songs a dreamy, but still punk quality.
The Jewel of Bessamoocho are two girls (Liz and Penny) from Kerikeri, New Zealand and their friend Eri the Japanese exchange student and the founder of the anti fake the Beatles union.
Together they have recorded 4 songs of no-fi clatter and pop that will make you cry with their beauty. Mysterious and exotic punk-o-pop
– Pink Air / Girl Alliance website