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
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
- Cameron Bain (Guitar/Vocals, 1996? – 1999?)
- Roddy Pain (Guitar/Vocals, 1996? – 1999?)
- Pat Faigan (Drums, 1996?)
- Greg Cairns (Drums, 1996?)
- Nick Clarke (Drums, 1999?)
- Constant Pain 7″ Single (1996, Carburetor, BRT12]
- Trail of Destruction 7″ Single (1999, Crawlspace, SPACE006]
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.
- 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)
- 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)
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.
- Celia Patel (Vocals / Guitar)
- Clayton Noone (Bass)
- Cameron Bain (Guitar)