White Saucer

Improv-heavy duo Stella Corkery (Sweetcakes, Queen Meanie Puss) and Alan Holt making a variety of different noises in all sorts of directions. Featuring Corkery’s drumming, plus guitar and electronics, many of the duo’s releases so far have been odes (so far to Sun Ra, Christchurch film-maker Paul Jones and the legendary Billy TK), all captured by the upstart Pink Air label.

Discography (picks in bold)

  • White Saucer Triple 8″ Lathe-Cut [Crawlspace]
  • ‘Phoenix’/’Give It Up’ Lathe-Cut 7″ [Pink Air Pink Air002]
  • ‘Built To Die’/’Fire On Your Horizon’ 8″ Lathe-Cut Single [Pink Air Pink Air003]
  • White Saucer 3″ Cd-R [Pink Air Pink Air013]
  • White Saucer W/ Lovely Midget + Guy Cassette [W/ Lovely Midget / Guy Freedom From Ff0136]

See-Also

Teeth

Biography

80’s post-punk with a big, Joy Division-influenced bass sound that released a pretty sloppy EP on Flying Nun Records.

Dieneke Jansen (later of Queen Meanie Puss), Mark Webster and Peter Moerenhout.

Members

  • Dieneke Jansen (Guitar/Vocals, 1988?)
  • Mark Webster (Bass, 1988?)
  • Peter Moerenhout (Drums, 1988?)
  • Rex Visible (Cello, 1988)

Discography

  • Grate! 12″ EP (1989, Flying Nun Records, FN118)

Links

 

Angelhead

Biography

Dark Xpressway post-punk outfit featuring Rachel Shearer (Lovely Midget), Michael Morley (The Dead C, Wreck Small Speakers on Expensive Stereos), Stella Corkery and Deborah Hinden.

Pretty much in the same vein (and influenced by) other port-chalmers based bands of the era.

Eventually Angelheads’ Shearer, Hinden and Corkery took on board Flak / Teeth guitarist Dienke Jansen and rechristened the band Queen Meanie Puss.

Members

  • Rachel Shearer (Guitar/Bass/Vocals, 1990 – 1991)
  • Michael Morley (Guitar/Vocals, 1990 – 1991)
  • Stella Corkery (Drums, 1990 – 1991)
  • Deborah Hinden (Bass/Guitar/Vocals, 1990 – 1991)

Discography

Links

 

Fake Purr

Biography

All girl Auckland four-piece and part of the trendy new Girl Alliance pop-punk set, fronted by Brenda Dwayne and featuring New Zealand underground veteran Stella Corkery (Queen Meanie Puss / Angelhead).

So far they have a couple of lathe cut releases to their name, and are described as:

‘Catchy and primal rock with a touch of outsider class’

– Pink Air / Girl Alliance.

The duo of Dwayne and Cook would form the sideline group Cat! Cat! Cat! with Xanadu drummer Bruce Wurr in 1999.

Members

  • Brenda Dwayne (Guitar/Vocals, 1996 – 2005)
  • Brigid (Bass/Vocals, 1996 – 2005)
  • Stephanie Cook (Guitar/Vocals, 1996 – 2005)
  • Stella Corkery (Drums, 1996 – 2005)

Discography

  • Bad Horsey 7″ Lathe-Cut EP (2002, WhatWasMusic)
  • Nazi Fuck Wit 7″ Single (Girl Alliance, FAKE001)

Links

 

Flak

Biography

Early Flying Nun band who’s sole (commercial) release was a split EP with 8 Living Legs that had major production issues (the Australian printing press accidentally dropped the first song! – as documented in Matthew Bannisters’ Positively George Street).

Flak also released a cassette on Paul Lurkers Industrial Tapes home-taping label. The duo of Jansen and Webster (who had previously been in North Shore group The Bombers) moved to Amsterdam and formed If.

Jansen eventually resurfaced in Teeth and Queen Meanie Puss.

Members

  • Dieneke Jansen (Guitar/Vocals, 1983 – 1984)
  • Mark Webster (Bass/Vocals, 1983 – 1984)
  • Larry de Zoete (Drums, 1983 – 1984)

Discography

  • Emigration EP (1983 w/ 8 Living Legs, Flying Nun Records, FLEG001)
  • Monitor Cassette (1983, Industrial Tapes, IND006)

Links

Queen Meanie Puss

Biography

Punky all-girl outfit from the early 90’s who evolved out of the similar Angelhead, and put out a couple of quirky EPs before fragmenting.

Rachel Shearer now releases material as Lovely Midget.

Members

  • Debbie Hinden (Bass/Vocals, 1991 – 1992)
  • Stella Corkery (Drums, 1991 – 1992)
  • Dieneke Jansen (Guitar/Vocals, 1991 – 1992)
  • Rachel Shearer (Guitar/Vocals, 1991 – 1992)

Discography

  • The Beauty of Dogs 7″ EP (1991, Flying Nun Records, FN215)
  • The Darkling EP (1992, Siltbreeze, SB015)

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