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The Axel Grinders

Biography

The infamous Axel Grinders – a terrific Christchurch noise-punk / garage beat combo from the late 1980’s and early 1990’s formed by John ‘Segovia’ Markie, Pat ‘Duane Zarakov’ Faigan, and Martin ‘Brother Love’ Henderson, with Celia Patel (aka Celia Mancini, at that stage performing as Celia Pavlova) completing their early line-up.

The Axel Grinders started out by doing covers. They even covered “We Care A Lot” (Faith No More). They played hard-charging skate punk. They pretended they were shit hot skateboarders but none of them could actually skate. (laughs) They took action shots of themselves skating. It was pretty funny.

– Steve McCabe from an interview with Ryan Leach

Celia left the group some time in 1989 (she later said in an interview with Ryan Leach that she was kicked out for ‘being too Iggy’), the group would go on to record their signature tune ‘Apparatus of Love’ with Celia’s Stepford 5 band-mate Reta La Quesne stepping in as their new vocalist, releasing the single alongside the noisy B-Side ‘Don’t hurry, be sappy’ for the US Dionysus imprint.

Several lo-fi cassettes were produced by the group, though it took over 25 years for the full length release ‘Kill Them Twice!’ surfaced on streaming services, though no physical copies were produced prior to Patel’s passing in 2017.

Members

  • John Markie (Guitar/Vocals, 1988 – 1990)
  • Pat Faigan (Drums, 1988 – 1990)
  • Phil Prescott (Bass, 1988)
  • Martin Henderson (Bass, 1988 – 1990)
  • Celia Patel (Vocals, 1988 – 1989)
  • Reta La Quesne (Vocals/Guitar, 1989 – 1990)

Discography

  • Come Together Cassette (1989, Sourpuss Recordings, AXEL001)
  • The Trip/1989 Cassette (1989, Sourpuss Recordings, AXEL002)
  • Too Cool Cassette (1990, Sourpuss Recordings, AXEL003)
  • Etheric K.O. Cassette (1990, Sourpuss Recordings, AXEL004)
  • Apparatus of Love (1990, Dionysus Records, ID074517)
  • It’s in the bag Cassette (199?, Sourpuss Recordings)
  • The Trip Cassette (1993 Reissue, Homebacon)
  • Kill Them Twice! (2014, Imperial)

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Constant Pain

Biography

Constant Pain are the bastard offspring of legendary Auckland band Supercar.
Formed in Dunedin, they have played in such notable groups as Snapper, Figure 60, Verlaines, Renderers & Dimmer.
‘Trail of Destruction’ is a wailing Snapper’ish rock epic recorded live during one of their many anarchic live shows.
The flip, a long lost psychedelic influenced track titled ‘Million Miles’. Jump aboard the bus, as there are only 150 of these black trips going around
– Crawlspace

Cameron Bain passed away in 2014 and Roddy followed him in 2016.

Constant Pain was Roddy Pain and Cameron Bain, an Auckland-based act by then. ‘Million Miles’ was a glorious psychedelic shiver that prompted the same spaced awe as The Thirteenth Floor Elevators’ second album version of Dylan’s ‘(It’s All Over Now) Baby Blue’. The flipside ‘Trail Of Destruction’ rattled along on a trashcan ‘Sister Ray’ riff with Nicholas Clarke drumming.

AudioCulture entry on Crawlspace Records

Members

  • Cameron Bain (Guitar/Vocals, 1996? – 1999?)
  • Roddy Pain (Guitar/Vocals, 1996? – 1999?)
  • Pat Faigan (Drums, 1996?)
  • Greg Cairns (Drums, 1996?)
  • Nick Clarke (Drums, 1999?)

Discography

  • Constant Pain 7″ Single (1996, Carburetor, BRT12]
  • Trail of Destruction 7″ Single (1999, Crawlspace, SPACE006]

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Chris Heazlewood

Biography

Fuzz-guitar god Chris Heazlewood had been a visible part of the New Zealand underground for at least a couple years prior to meeting Celia Mancini in Dunedin back in 1991 (and thereby forming the legendary King Loser).

In Sferic Experiment Heazlewood was loud and caustic, putting out a cassette on Bruce Russell‘s iconic XPressway label way back in 1989, flanked by future King Loser alumni Sean O’Rielly and Greg Cairns.

Ratfink A Booboo!

A year later Heazlewood put out his first solo release – entitled ‘Ratfink A Booboo!‘, this ultra-rare cassette release was a blueprint for future releases named after a suitably obscure 1960’s b-movie.

A 2nd solo cassette entitled ‘Hellmouth 66‘ in 1991, along with a 7″ EP as Olla – a group comprising Heazlewood, O’Rielly and Ex-Look Blue Go Purple drummer Lesley Paris, Heazlewood’s first release on Flying Nun Records.

From 1993 through 1996 Heazlewood recorded and release four 7″ singles, and Flying Nun Records would release the combined results as ‘Ca$h Guitar‘ in 1998. By then King Loser were on permanent hiatus, and fairly soon Heazlewood would disappear from view altogether, eventually resurfacing in late 2015.

However the preceding years had been tough on Heazlewood – along with the death of good friend and former band-mate Peter Gutteridge had passed away, plus a Kickstarter page was created to help pay for his own stage four liver disease.

Heazlewood began to recover and even managed a King Loser reunion in 2016/2016, unfortunately brought to an abrupt end in mid 2017 with Celia Mancini’s passing. However circa 2017, Chris Heazlewood continues to perform in a solo capacity.

Members

  • Chris Heazlewood (Guitar/Vocals/Bass/Drums)

Discography

  • Ratfink A Booboo! (1990, A One-Off Productions)
  • Hellmouth 666 Cassette (1991, Xpressway, X/Way 23)
  • Surfs Up In Malibu 7″ Single (As Heazlewood 1993, Flying Nun Records, FN222)
  • They Slaughter Small Children, Don’t They 7″ Single (1993, Turbine, TUR004)
  • Badge Or Medallion? 7″ Single (As Heazlewood 1995, Flying Nun Records, FN354)
  • The Ron Asheton Club 7″ EP (1995, Crawlspace, SPACE003)
  • Ca$H Guitar (1996, Flying Nun Records, FN398)

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King Loser

Biography

King Loser is the kind of band I’ve always wanted to form. More of a loose collection of friends (with an almost comical approach to drum-throne rotation), yet somehow managing to get it together enough to release 3 brilliant albums and a number of inspired singles, King Loser put the scuzz in scuzz-rock.

Like some kind of evil take on Nancy Sinatra and Lee Heazlewood, the domineering front of Chris Heazlewood and Celia Mancini (nee Patel, then later Pavlova) trade off vocal barbs (him – rugged and biting, her – sultry and fork-tongued) over a bed of surf-guitar, jungle-grooves or just good-old american Lo-Fi hiss-rock.

The duo formed King Loser after meeting in Dunedin in 1991. Mancini had previously been in a handful of influential underground Christchurch groups (The Stepford 5, The Axel Grinders and a lounge group called The After Dinner Mints) and had managed Into the Void.

Utterly theatrical, each band member who passed through their ranks took on a distinct persona (Pat Faigan became Duane Zarakov, Lance Strickland became Tribal Thunder) and the band played up their over-the-top american inspiration. thankfully it wasn’t all show, as King Loser laid down some of the meanest guitar and hottest songs this country has even seen, and deserved far greater recognition than they actually received.

After an exceedingly prolific 3 years the group faded away – essentially disbanded by late 1997. Mancini would resurface in short-lived Auckland group Mothertrucker.

A live performance of a reunited King Loser surfaced in 2015, with the group going on to play a handful of reunion shows up and down the country – however any hope of the group continuing was lost when Celia Mancini passed away in September 2017.

Members

  • Glen Campbell (Vocals, 1991)
  • Chris Heazlewood (Guitar/Vocals, 1991 – 1997, 2016)
  • Celia Mancini (Organ/Vocals/Bass, 1991 – 1997, 2016)
  • Sean O’Reilly (Drums/Guitar, 1993, 1995 – 1997, 2016)
  • Duane Zarakov (Drums, 1991 – 1994?)
  • Gregg Cairns (Drums, 1991?)
  • James Kirk (Drums, 1993 – 1994)
  • Peter Jeffries (Drums, 1993)
  • Billy TK (Guitar, 1994)
  • Steve Dean (Drums, 1994)
  • Tribal Thunder (Drums/Guitar, 1995 – 1997, 2016)

Discography

  • Supersonic Hi-Fi (1993 Turbulence/Flying Nun Records, TUR005/FN299)
  • Tie Us Down 7″ EP (1993, 18 Wheeler, EWR-005)
  • A Bitch on Heat Cassette (1994, Self-Released)
  • Stairway To Heaven 7″ Single (1994, Flying Nun, FN283)
  • You Cannot Kill What Does Not Live (1995, Flying Nun Records, FN309)
  • Caul Of The Outlaw (1996, Flying Nun Records, FN382)
  • Troubled Land Single (1996, Flying Nun Records, FN394)

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Mothertrucker

Biography

Celia Mancini‘s post King Loser band, consisting of herself on vocals and guitar and various other contributors such as Clayton Noone, Cameron Bain (formerly of Constant Pain) and many others, as the band had trouble keeping line-ups.

More heavy metal (in the Deep Purple or Black Sabbath sense) than King Loser, the band disintegrated with Mancini’s decline (she has struggled with drug and alcohol issues).

According to Noone though, Mancini was in positive spirits in late 2001 – having a great night reuniting with Chris Heazlewood for an impromptu King Loser performance.

Noone’s label Root Don Lonie For Cash released the Mother Trucker debut, which he has described as being bloody good.

Members

  • Celia Patel (Vocals / Guitar)
  • Clayton Noone (Bass)
  • Cameron Bain (Guitar)

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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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The Osterbergs

Biography

East-Auckland garage-rock fanatics (and followers of the might Ig) The Osterbergs consisted of Paul E. Snake, Lance Strickland, Mark Jones and Shirley Charles by the time of the only release.

According to the liner notes “With the successful implantation of Jules on the bass guitar the Osterbergs have mutated into a five headed beast called ‘Freak Power'”.

Cover for Freak Power (from Switched Out)

The group also contributed a track Loaded Tapes ‘Unloaded’ compilation in 1989, alongside Chainsaw Masochists, S.P.U.D. etc.

Members

  • Lorna (Drums, 198?)
  • Mac Quitz (Guitar, 198?)
  • Paul E. Snake (Bass / Vocals, 198? – 199?)
  • Lance Strickland (Guitar, 198? – 199?)
  • Mark Jones (Guitar, 198? – 199?)
  • Shirley Charles (Drums, 198? – 199?)

Discography

  • Freak Power (1990 Onslaught Records)

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