Stink Magnetic

Fantastic DIY record label formed by Dylan Herkes in 1999. Originating in small town Manawatu, Stink Magnetic released hand-made Cassette Tapes by a diverse array of underground New Zealand acts: “NZ garage, surf, Hawaiian industrial, experimental country disco, Spaghetti Western, esoteric trash, rap and stone-age punk bands”.

Herkes has himself been a member of many Stink Magnetic bands such as Pro Drag, The Chandeliers, and his solo project turned reborn band the Tape Men. Stink Magnetic had a studio in Rutland Street, Whanganui, and the various acts on the label were notable for their extended DIY Nation-wide tours – ‘The One-Man-Band Tour’ was documented in a great DVD release. Herkes relocated to Christchurch in 2009/2010, but the label continues to release new music and promote acts across the country.

Acts associated with Stink Magnetic include: Golden Axe, The Side Effects, Space Dust, Hot Swiss Mistress, Boss Christ, High Plains Drifters, Full Fucking Moon, Double Ya D, Knifefight, The Damned Evangelist, Cortina, Star Factory, Wrongdoings, Made For Chickens By Robots, The Hi-tone Destroyers, Pro-Drag, The Raskolnikovs, Delaney Davidson, I Drink Your Blood, Voodoo Savage & His Savages, Mr. Slackjaw, Bad Evil, Sheville, Sets and the Mysterious Tapeman / Tapemen.

The label was strongly tied to Andrew Tolley’s also-excellent Kato records, plus Whanganui venue Eye of the Night, run by the late (great) ALC5.

Compilation Discography
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  • Wolf Party [2010 MAG47]

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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,┬áCHAND001)

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    Pro-Drag

    formerly known as the dallas pro-drag allstars, the all-stars are a loud, hard-rocking wellington-based rock’n’roll combo who put out releases on the lo-fi stink magnetic tape label.
    discography
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    • the 15 minute prototype cassette [as the dallas prodrag allsters kato / stink magnetic KCD004 / MAG 05] rn
    • superspeed system action fix [as the dallas prodrag allstars stink magnetic MAG 06] rn
    • heavy duty 7″ [as the dallas prodrag allstars stink magnetic MAG 10] rn
    • in deep shit cassette [stink magnetic MAG 13] rn