Bruce Russell

The man behind Xpressway, corpus hermeticum, and a significant part of the Dead C, Russell finally (after years of eclectic collaborations with a broad selection of New Zealand and international artists) released his solo album on his own Corpus Hermeticum label in 2003.

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Surfing USSR

Greg Malcolms’ excellent kletzmer surf guitar 3-piece. Featuring Malcolmg on guitar, the odd vocal warble, floor guitar and a huge beavy of toys (he prides himself on being able to put on a show for under $5 from the Warehouse!), along with local heavy-duty muso’s Matt Gibb (who plays with several jazz groups) on drums, and Marc Howe (a music tutor, and a player in the Christchurch music scene since his teens originally with the C) on bass.

They put on a pretty damn good show, with all sorts of tricks and whatnot to spice up their bizarre homages to bond films, beatles songs and ‘traditional hungarian folk songs’ (which often turn out to be Iron Maiden covers..). the album is a pretty good reflection of their live sound, taking in all the usual tracks – though its of course the visual element that makes their gigs so lively. they kinda disappeared in 2003, with malcolm putting together two separate solo approaches, but resurfaced in mid 2004 with new drummer Chris O’Connor (formerly a pivotal figure of the wellington avant-garde and jazz scenes) whom Malcolm played with during a European excursion.

Discography (picks in bold)

  • Surfadelic [2001 Proper Music]

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Three Leaning Men

Nigel Corbett, Alan and Lindsay Gregg, Greg Malcolm and Rhys Bevan.

Discography (picks in bold)

  • Fun In The Key Of E [1987 Meltdown Melt006]
  • Industrial Sunset [1987 Meltdown Melt007]

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Breathing Cage

Biography

Something of a dark horse in the New Zealand rock canon, Breathing Cage reads like a super group of New Zealand musicians (vocals by Jay Clarkson, guitar by Greg Malcolm, drums by Gary Sullivan and bass by Michael Kime) and actually went on to win the (then coveted) Rheineck rock awards.

Unfortunately things didn’t pan out when it came to spending the prize (which was a studio recording package) – they went way over budget, the studio foreclosed on their recordings, they couldn’t get a record label to pay for the excess, and the album went unreleased for many years (though eventually resurfaced on Flying Nun Records to very little backing).

Members

  • Jay Clarkson (Vocals)
  • Greg Malcolm (Guitar)
  • Gary Sullivan (Drums)
  • Michael Kime (Bass)

Discography

  • You and Me and the Old Hill Cassingle (1991, as Jay Clarkson Breathing Cage, Flying Nun Records, FN135)
  • Misericord (1991 as Jay Clarkson Breathing Cage, Tall Poppy L30589)
  • Split Milk (2006, Failsafe Records, SAFE078)

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Greg Malcolm – Homesick for Nowhere

2004, Corpus Hermeticum

Brought out on local (Lyttleton-based) Dead C guitarist Bruce Russell‘s Corpus Hermeticum label, ‘Homesick for nowhere’ is quite a departure from Greg Malcolm’s previous releases.

Back in the mid to late 90’s, Malcolm create quite a bit of controversy with his (partially Creative NZ funded) album ‘Trust only this face’ which featured the politically and media-lauded track ‘The ballad of Peter Plumley Walker’, ironically a song meant to criticize the media’s handling of the (now infamous) cricket umpire’s last living moments, and it’s follow-up ‘What is it Keith?’ more recently Malcolm formed his 3-piece kletzmer surf-guitar band Surfing USSR, releasing their debut earlier this year.

The new release is a document of Malcolm’s solo avant-garde performances over the past 2 years, a selection of interpretations of pieces by the likes of Steve Lacy, Konrad Bauer and Ornette Coleman in his self-styled ‘Depresso Guitar’ format.

Malcolm spent several years living and performing in the avant-garde and underground jazz scene in Berlin and these tracks display the creative intricacies he has since refined. Playing as a one-man-band of sorts, Malcolm manipulates many sound devices, mainly a heavily prepared guitar (with an array of pickups, multiple sets of strings and a balancing area of moving objects to roll over), an assortment of devices such as e-bow, fans, slide etc, and also a ‘floor guitar’ which Malcolm taps with his foot to create rhythmic pulses. It’s quite an experience, and Malcolm conjures up some truly beautiful and textural sounds.
Thoroughly recommended for fans of the more unusual.

Greg Malcolm

the multi-talented greg malcolm. he’s been a member of jay clarkson’s breathing cage and suffered the fate of over-spending on their sole lp. he released an album entitled ‘trust only this face’ that lead to controversy (due a song entitled ‘the ballad of peter plumbley walker’ that was misunderstood and vilified by the media), and retreated to berlin. after engulfing himself in the german avant-garde scene, he returned to record the albums follow-up (entitled ‘what is it keith?’), returning to new zealand and starteing up his own children’s entertainment production company (call such’n’such) with his partner jenny ward.
since then he’s been pro-active leading new zealands only kletzmer surf-guitar band – surfing ussr, has recorded an album of prepared guitar instrumentals (2002’s brilliant ‘homesick for nowhere’) that encompasses a wide variety of unusual performance techniques, and has even managed to develop a new live set of down-home folk-country covers (ala johnny cash or hank williams senior).
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