Quadrophenia

Also known as: Daegar Bar, Bar Particular

Location: 651 Colombo Street, Central Christchurch

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Current Status: Demolished post-earthquake, now part of Ballantynes

Active as a live music venue: 1993 – 1996?

Bar Manager: The Yee Family

All-Ages: No

Central city bar that had live shows from local bands such as Future StupidLoves Ugly Children, Range, Hawaii Five-O, Creeley, Ape Management, Brother Love, Space Dust, Snort, Squirm, Pumpkinhead and early Salmonella Dub, plus touring groups such as Superette, Nothing At All, and Wendy House.

Located upstairs on the corner of Lichfield and Colombo Streets (though the address is Colombo Street, the entrance was actually on Lichfield) and ran by the Yee family for a few years in the mid 90’s.

..Open around mid ’93. Owned by the Yee Family. Had bands and then even had happy hardcore/trance parties! Daega Bar was downstairs to the left of the main entrance. Got demoed and replaced with the Contemporary Lounge part of Ballantynes.

-Tim Baird (Pinacolada Records)

Posters from the era show that it was a very regular venue with shows 4 nights a week and close ties to both then-student radio station RDU and local skate and clothing outlet Cheap Skates.

Particularly notable are posters from Ape Management‘s Rock Hardman, showing a very dynamic comic style which would also feature on Ape Management (and other Homebacon groups) art work over the coming years, along with further posters at the likes of Warners and His Lordships.

History

1993?: Quadrophenia opens as a venue hosting bands up to 4 nights a week

1996?: Quadrophenia closes, replaced by Daegar Bar?

2011: Building is heavily damaged and eventually demolished after the Canterbury Earthquakes, replaced by what is now part of Ballantynes.

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The Black Panthers

Biography

Late 90’s sleaze rockers out of Christchurch and featuring Garden City rocker extraordinaire Matt Alien (aka Matt Johnson also of The Hi-Tone Destroyers).

Made a habit of being even more extreme than The Hi-Tones, with Matt constantly baiting the audience (not having to play guitar freed him up to provoke the surly members of the audience).

Alien was joined by Bob Cadillac (aka Rob Buick), Ayatolla Blitzkrieg (Vaughen Richardson) and Leon Zchvargo (aka Matt’s brother Ben), and put out a small issue self-titled release on the local Kato label in 1998.

Both The Hi-Tone Destroyers and The Black Panthers used the disclaimer ‘No Squares or Hippies!’ on all their posters and releases, though bassist Blitzkrieg was always accompanied by a handful of hippy girls eager to throw marmite-stained underpants at him while he performed.

The group was less prominent than the Hi-Tones, and disappeared once Alien relocated to Auckland forming the similarly minded Slavetrader.

Members

  • Matt Johnstone (Vocals, 1996? – 2003?)
  • Ben Johnstone (Drums, 1996? – 2003?)
  • Vaughen Richardson (Bass, 1996? – 2003?)
  • Rob Buick (Guitar, 1996? – 2003?)

Discography

  • Hey Hey 7″ single (1998, Kato Records, KR79)
  • The Black Panthers (2001, Kato Records, KR003)

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The Chandeliers

Biography

3-piece surf trio out of Wellington.

With a distinctive organ driven sound The Chandeliers released a punchy, dynamic debut LP, which (much like their live show) bubbles over with thumping bass and thumping tribal drums. the group is comprised of former Side Effects and Pro-Drag members, associated with the thoroughly rock’n’roll Kato and Stink Magnetic labels.

Members

Discography

  • The Chandeliers (2004, Stink Magnetic, CHAND001)

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The Hasselhoff Experiment

possibly the loudest 2-man band on earth, the hassellhoff experiment we’re raw and dangerous with just a guitar and drums format (well before the white stripes hit out shores). andrew tolley (guitar / vocals – the head of the kato label) and brendan moran (drums) started out with self-released debut on tolley’s fine rock’n’roll imprint (vinyl only!), but pretty soon flying nun had snapped them up, reissueing the debut and eventually putting out the bands two follow-ups.
with a brilliant video for third album single ‘drag-racer’ by the back of the y / deja voodoo boys, the hasselhoff experiment were making great inroads – when. unfortunately just like morans’ other band (the short-lived but excellent subliminals) didn’t last, the duo splitting ways after the release of ‘out of the sandpit and onto the drive’.
discography
picks in bold

  • the hasselhof experiment [1998 kato / flying nun FN417]
  • always outnumbered [1999 flying nun FN431]
  • out of the sandpit and onto the drive [2002 flying nun FN463]

Jawload

mid 90s rock’n’roll outfit from andrew tolley, before he found fame with the hasselhoff experiment. jawload were based in wellington and released an album and two singles on tolley’s own kato label. tolley was joined by rod de spong, andrew goodchild and paul lester.
discography
picks in bold

  • ‘gimp’/’havana joe’ 7″ single [1995 kato Kato 5]
  • seedy [1996 kato]
  • ‘stigma’/’nothing to say’ 7″ single [1997 kato Kato 11]