Catherine Wheel

Biography

No relation to the UK band of the same name, this one was formed in 1988 if it makes any difference. Following on from Genie and the Wild Children‘s Dave Hunt, Brett Lupton and Mark Tyler and with Paul O’Brien joining, the band became brilliantly adept at working up catch pop and indie rock numbers.

The band recorded 6 songs with Rob Mayes in the bands warehouse on 4 track yielding exceptional results, and self released minimal copies of it to friends. One track ‘Love and justice’ was included in the Pagan Records indie guitar compilation Positive Vibrations.

This batch of songs mined similar territory to the Jean-Paul Sartre Experience in their Flex EP phase, but with the Catherine Wheel’s own slanted style. Easily as good though.

Another series of recordings were completed at the same warehouse on 8 track yielding 4 more songs, none of which were released.the band also committed to tape a large part of their set at a recording session at Rob Mayes Gilby Street home but the sessions were scrapped due to difficulty with O’Brien’s drum sounds. These songs represented a wealth of cool pop songs, and most were not recorded again. Later developments in recording technology would have allowed correction of the original problem, but no use crying over spilt milk.

Catherine Wheel stumbled on to average success, the band always having trouble with live gigs, through technical difficulties, and in some cases stage fright. Eventually the band split with Lupton going on to form Squirm, Hunt went on to form Supertanker, and recorded and released material with Failsafe.

Supertanker went through a few line-up changes before folding, and Hunt eventually ended up as replacement guitarist for Christchurch grungsters Pumpkinhead. At Pumpkinhead’s demise Hunt joined David Yetton’s Stereobus project, joining after the release of the first album. Bassist Mark went on to collaborate with drummer Dave Deacon as the Sly and Robbie rhythm section of Christchurch working in Golf Course Alligators, Salmonella Dub, and 147 Swordfish, among many others.

– Rob Mayes

Members

  • Dave Hunt (Guitar/Vocals, 1988 -)
  • Brett Lupton (Guitar/Vocals, 1988 -)
  • Mark Tyler (Bass, 1988 – )
  • Paul O’Brien (Drums, 1988 -)

Discography

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Pihed

Biography

The starting point for two key members of the Christchurch Music Community, Pihed featured Andrew Penman on Bass / Vocals (Rhubarb Collective, Golf Course Alligators, Salmonella Dub – Curious George Records), Tom Mahon – Guitar / Lead Vocal (Rhubarb Collective, Strange Loves, Holy Toledos, Del Burgers), Caroline O’Neil – Vocals (Blue Marbles), Bede Pascoe – Electric Piano, Andrew Cavanagh – Drums (Rhubarb Collective).

The band recorded a set of songs with their then live sound engineer Rob Mayes at Penman’s Christchurch flat, utilizing hired PA equipment and a borrowed 4 track. The results ended up on a split album with The Rhubarb Collective, one track –¬†“Slow Haze”¬†only available on the Failsafe Records Compilation South.

These sessions were the first of Rob Mayes mobile studio recordings which would provide the Failsafe Label with most of its material. The results were rough, and reverb heavy, this being the first time he or the band had seen a digital reverb, let alone used one.

The band eventually mutated into the Rhubarb Collective featuring Penman and Cavanagh, as well as guitarist James Wilkinson (Lap Dogs, Rua, various respected folk projects, and brother of Scott Wilkinson of Ballon d’Essai), and vocalist / Guitarist Matthew Garrett.

– Rob Mayes on Failsafe Records

Members

  • Andrew Penman (Bass/Vocals)
  • Tom Mahon (Guitar/Vocals)
  • Caroline O’Neil (Vocals)
  • Bede Pascoe (Keyboards)
  • Andrew Cavanagh (Drums)

Discography

  • Happy Anniversary Darling (w/ The Rhubarh Collective, 1988)

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