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]