Seht

Stephen Clover – who also released lathe cut albums under the names Logstore and the Longshoremen.

Yet another of the post H-Corp NZ bands that have risen in the aftermath of the mid-90’s free noise frenzy. Seht is much more about minimalism, field recordings, and still, beautiful moments. Some tracks here (like ‘Canned Laughter’) are outright disturbing and quite experimental while others focus only on solo acoustic guitar. Like Antony Milton, Seht demonstrates an all-too-genius use of field recordings, the pinnacle of which being the 10 minute ‘St. Valentine’s Day’ track that escalates a found recording of a Salvation Army Band to near cosmic proportions!
Last Visible Dog

Discography (picks in bold)

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Small Blue Torch

As I understand it, small blue torch is the duo of [Campbell] Kneale and Eso Steel‘s Richard Francis (though line-up changes in this scene are not uncommon). Both are among the finest of new zealand’s current sound artists. Offering an epic double cd-r compilation as their american debut, Small Blue Torch create lovely drones and soundscapes with occasional bouts of abrasiveness and industrial/mechanical percussive repetitions. Their work is often meditative but still more dynamic than the bulk of either artists’ catalog. SBT offer haunting feedback which floats symphonically between the speakers, and with the exception of one out of place saxophone excursion, the duo create an often deeply pleasing environment. Some of the tracks are mastered to end abruptly, which is a bit disconcerting for close listening, but all in all this is great modern stoner music, best when played kinda softly
Dan Vallor: Muckraker #9

Small Blue Torch started as Campbell Kneale’s first real recording ‘noise’ band, and was quite aggressive in their approach (Kneale describes these sessions as ‘[We would] get together on sunday afternoons, demolish equipment, record live-in-the-living room and release the odd thing’. When Kneale relocated from Dunedin to Eellington, he formed the much calmer and controlled Lugosi

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Ben Spiers

Ben Spiers is a highly productive Wellington based experimental musician. He is a member of Campbell Kneale’s Celebrate Psi Phenomenon collective, half of the duo Seen Through with Antony Milton, a member of recording/performing outfits Empty Mirror and Kaosphere Orchestra, an occassional member of Cave Of One, 1/3 Octave Band and Kneale’s Birchville Cat Motel, and has recorded as a duo with Bill Wood.

Discography (picks in bold)

  • Untitled Split Cassette [W/ Campbell Kneale 1999 Celebrate Psi Phenomenon]
  • There Is No One Who Can Return From There Cd-R [2002 Last Visible Dog Lvd038]
  • Again Cd-R [2003 Transient Recordings Tr003]
  • Dark Field Cd-R [2003 W/ Bill Wood Celebrate Psi Phenomenon]
  • Spin You Cd-R [2004 Transient Recordings Tr005]
  • Cinders Cd-R [2004 Pseudoarcana]

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Peter Wright

Co-founder of the Krkrkrk label (along with David Khan) and a prolific member of a number of Christchurch underground bands dating back to the early 90s, Peter Wright is also an exceedingly prolific solo musician, releasing material under multiple guises on Krkrkrk (Bent Gastropod Omnibus, In Vitro, Coitus) as well as on his own label, Apoplexy. Wright is also one of the creative minds behind the brilliant Krautrock superstars Beautiful Losers.

Discography (picks in bold)

  • Wank [As Bent Gastropod Omnibus 1993 Krkrkrk Krk003]
  • Expresso Spasm [As Bent Gastropod Omnibus 1993 Krkrkrk Krk004]
  • Haggis [As Bent Gastropod Omnibus 1994 Krkrkrk Krk010]
  • Dust To Dust [As In Vitro 1995 Krkrkrk Krk043]
  • Drag [As In Vitro 1995 Krkrkrk Krk051]
  • Seep [As In Vitro 1995 Krkrkrk Krk058]
  • 040769 [As Coitus 1996 Krkrkrk Krk060]
  • Man In Blue Box [As Coitus 1996 Krkrkrk Krk064]
  • Man In Glass Cage [As Coitus 1996 Krkrkrk Krk074]
  • Duna Cdr [1997? Last Visible Dog Lvd024]
  • Lp #1 [1998 Apoplexy Apx05]
  • Syncopate Cdr [1998? Apoplexy Apx06]
  • Moments Of Inappropriate Abandon Lathe-Cut Double-7″ [1998? Apoplexy Apx07]
  • Radioplay Cdr [1999? Apoplexy Apx09]
  • Automaton Cdr [1999? Apoplexy Apx10]
  • Confinement And Release Cdr [2000 W/ Dave Khan Apoplexy Apx12]
  • Transfusion Cdr [2000 Last Visible Dog Lvd044]
  • Distant Bombs Cdr [Apoplexy Apx15]
  • Bent Gastropod Omnibus [Compilation Of Bent Gastropod Omnibus Material 2002 Krkrkrk Krk120]
  • In Vitro No. 1 [Compilation Of In Vitro Material 2002 Krkrkrk Krk121]
  • In Vitro No. 2 [Compilation Of In Vitro Material 2002 Krkrkrk Krk122]
  • Coitus [Compilation Of Coitus Material 2002 Krkrkrk Krk123]
  • A Tiny Camp In The Wilderness [Celebrate Psi Phenomenon]
  • Catch A Spear As It Flies Cd-R [2003? Celebrate Psi Phenomenon]
  • The Broken Kawai Cd-R [2003? Pseudoarcana Pa017]
  • Desolation Beauty Violence Cd-R [2004 Foxglove Foxglove026]
  • Yellow Horizon [2005 Pseudoarcana]

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The Stumps

The Stumps are the New Zealand superspawn of Antony Milton (Pseudoarcana, The Nether Dawn, Etc), Stephen Clover (Seht), and James Kirk (Sandoz Lab Technicians, Gate etc). With a laundry list of individual accomplishments preceding them, “Lost Weekends” brings high expectations. Compared to such seminal acts as Acid Mothers Temple and Fushitusha, these kiwis have their own twist in their psychedelic cosmic explorations. They are robust and powerful; an exciting and often overwhelming listening experience. It’ll burn out your eardrums and douse the flames in hot wax. But fear not, within these methodic blasts are moments of icy calm. Underneath all this chaos is a relaxed thread, keeping some semblance of order intact.
Foxy Digitalis

Discography (picks in bold)

  • Lost Weekend Cd-R [2006 Foxglove Foxglove121]
  • The Black Wood [2007 Last Visible Dog]
  • Split Fleet Dodge Lp [2007 Palindrone]

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The Terminals

After a 12-year recorded absense, the Terminals finally return! One of Christchurch’s most-loved underground bands, the Terminal’s have laid dormant, playing one-off shows every year or so since their Flying Nun days, but with Brian Crook resurfacing back up in Christchurch, it was just a matter of time before a new album would resurface – that being ‘Last Days Of The Sun’ on American label Last Visible Dog.

The Terminals were an outgrowth of the legendary Scorched Earth Policy (well techinally, they were a reunion that stuck) that ended up putting out some of the best, and darkest pop-rock songs this country has ever produced. I can’t imagine describing the terminals without the phrase ‘rolling thunder’ coming to mind, as they play paranoid, disturbed songs full with doom and gloom (care of Peter Stapleton) over a backing of musical anarchy.

Revitalising scorched earth policy’s early 80s songs like ‘lolita’ and ‘mekong delta blues’, the terminals have released 3 albums under Flying Nun and an assortment of limited distribution releases on their own Medication imprint, and continue to play live on rare one-off occassions (with members spread across the country).

Comprised of Stapelton (Stand-Up Drums), Crook (Guitar), Mick Elborado (Keyboards), John Christoffels (Bass) and the Booming, Charismatic Voice of Stephen Cogle.

Discography (picks in bold)

  • Disconnect 12″ Ep [1987 Flying Nun Fn091] Rn
  • ‘Do The Void/Deadly Tango’ 7″ Single [1990 Xpressway X/Way17] Rn
  • Uncoffined [1990 Flying Nun Fn116] Rn
  • Disease [1991 Xpressway X/Way19]
  • Cul-De-Sac [Compilation 1992 Flying Nun Fn239]
  • Touch [1992 Raffmond Raff001]
  • ‘Medusa’ 7″ [1993? Roof Bolt]
  • Little Things [1995 Raffmond Raff014-2]
  • Last Days Of The Sun [2007 Last Visible Dog Lvd-116]

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Nether Dawn

Yet Another Antony Milton Project! Guitar-Noise/Drift/Drone. Nz Free Noise Turns All Psychedelic And Transcendental. Everything Is Beautiful And Broken. If This Was The Foundation Of Western Music, Vhf Records Would Be Top 40 And Mathew Bower Would Be Our President.
Last Visible Dog

My Late Night Electric Guitar Drone ‘Blues’ Project. When I Record This Project I Generally Hand A Mic Out Of A Window Sometime Around Midnight (Usually On Rainy Nights), And Improvise Along With The Incidental Sounds, Building Up Layers (With More Guitars, Organs, Violin) Until I Have A ‘Finished’ Piece. Its Kind Of ‘Gestural’ And Lush (Lots Of Reverb…)
Antony Milton [Bands.co.nz]

Discography (picks in bold)

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Ohm

Ohm is a quartet that includes Campbell Kneale as well as Stefan Neville of Pumice. Their Live at the Crown, packaged within a hilarious upside-down variation on the Who’s Maximum R’n’B logo, is one of the most beautiful albums i’ve heard this year. With live drone and drum improv of the highest order, ohm create a wistfully psychedelic feel. there’s an astonishing chemistry and compositional sensibility within their improvisational method. Nicely recorded and beautifully played, Ohm show extraordinary mastery over their instruments with brilliant drumming patterns. their overall sound rivals the best of the Dead C and Thela‘s improv work.
Dan Vallor: muckraker #9

Discography (picks in bold)

  • ‘as sure as moons is cheese’/’egg jelly up’ 8″ lathe-cut [dirtlove]
  • ou cassette [1996 a stabbies and the rocket recordings]
  • jones cassette [1997 a stabbies and the rocket recordings]
  • live at the crowd cd-r [1997? last visible dogLVD008]
  • re:moon cassette [celebrate psi phenomenon]

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