Rhombus

Wellington dub outfit immediately recognised for their ‘Clav Dub’ single – which featured a distinctive video themed after the classic kiwi chase film Goodbye Pork Pie. Quite a pop outfit, they’ve been quite high profile through-out 2003 – which was compounded by appearances by Salmonella Dub‘s Tiki Tane (aka MC Rizzla), and MC Mana on guest vocals, joining the core unit of Imon Star (vocals), Koa Williams (DJ) and producers Thomas Voyce (percussion / bass / keys) and Simon Rycroft (sampler / live mix).

Discography (picks in bold)

  • Bassplayer [2002 Moko 335902]

  • 4-Track Ep [2004]

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Salmonella Dub

The very definition of ‘I like your old stuff better than your new stuff’, Salmonella Dub started out creating bass and horn-heavy dub ready to get down too, but slowly (well, more like immediately after former sound-man Tiki Tanae joined the band) they morphed into a pop-focused dub-lite outfit, totally devoid of the grooves of their earlier recordings.

Pretty much everything change around for the band with the release of ‘For the love of it’, an EP culled from 1999s major-label debut Killervision. Taane became the focal point of the group, and the recordings veered in a distinctly pop material, despite remixes from heavy-weights Mad Professor and New Zealand outfits like the Nomand and Pitchblack. Virgin continues to pimp the band, even resorting to releasing second string material from Killervision – ‘Johnny’ was released some 4 years after appearing on the album!

I get the feeling the line-up of Dave Deakins, Andrew Penman, Mark Taylor, Conan Wilcox and Even Tiki Taane; some of whom came from punk and metal backgrounds – have tired of the pop direction the band has taken. We can only wait and see. As of now the band has indulged in vinyl dubs and remix releases, often aimed at a european market – but have been quiet through-out 2004.

Discography (picks in bold)

  • Salmonella Dub [1994 Curious Recordings 8489922]

  • Dubtomfoolery [1995 Curious Recordings 8489932]

  • Thc Winter Ep [1996 Curious Recordings 8489942]

  • Calming Of The Drunken Monkey [1997 Curious Recordings 8453822]

  • Killer Vision [1999 Virgin Nz 8476082]

  • For The Love Of It Ep [1999 Virgin Nz 8958082]

  • Colonial Dub Ep [2000 Virgin Nz 8894032]

  • Inside The Dub Plates [2001 Virgin Nz]

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Slim

4-piece christchurch hard-rock outfit who made a bit of an impact in the late 90s through to 2002 with a few singles (particularly ‘Bullet In My Hand’, which receieved significant radio play) and a few high-profile support slots. Championed by the Wildside allumni, Slim were Aaron Hogg (Ex-Pumpkinhead – Lead Vox / Gat), Scott Mason (Drums / Vox), Donald Mcclure (Bass / Vox) And Simon Meehan (Gat).

Slim were also connected to the ever-popular Salmonella Dub vocalist Tiki performing sound duties, as well as being frontman Hogg’s former band-mate in Braaspadeak. The album took a loooong time to come out, with several of the key tracks being pre-released singles from their earlier days, and slim broke up not too long after.

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Tinnitus

Auckland-based industrial outfit that featured a young Michael Hodgson, along with audio pruction assitance from Angus Mcnaughten (Unitone Hi-Fi). Their sole Flying Nun release was a retrospective from over a decade of multimedia performances that had seen release in extremely limited diy capacity.

Visual manipulation had always played a large part in Tinnitus performances and the early 90’s was the perfect time to explore the role of the VJ within the arts and live music scene. Over the next few years Michael provided visual enhancement for performances by the Headless Chickens, Jean Paul Satre Experience, Supergroove, Not Really Anything and many others
– Taken from Club Bizarre

In 1992 Hidgson started releasing dub remix albums under the name of Projector Mix, working with the likes of the Hallelujah Picassos, DLT and (most notably) Salmonella Dub, which would eventually led to the birth of the duo Pitchblack with Paddy Free.

Discography (picks in bold)

  • Ire In Red Desert [1986 Self-Released]
  • Come [1986 Self-Released]
  • Tinnitus Alive [1987 Self-Released]
  • Untamed [1987 Self-Released]
  • Central Delivery [1987 Self-Released]
  • X- Spiritualistic Function [1987 Self-Released]
  • Ringing In Your [1987 Self-Released]
  • Subjective Experience For The Inside Of Your Head [1988 Self-Released]
  • Firepower Nov.1988 [1988 Self-Released]
  • Affliction Addiction [1991 Self-Released]
  • Futures Past [1992 Self-Released]
  • ‘Necessary Tension’/’Fire Power’/’In The Air’ Cassette Single [1992 Flying Nun Fn134]
  • Futures Past Alive And Studio ’86-’91 [1992 Flying Nun Fn156]

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147 Swordfish

One of the crop of great bands to surface for 1992’s Operation Music Storm competition 147 Swordfish made the finals coming second and impressing judges and audience with their well crafted sound and strongly melodic undercurrent. Songs like ‘love’ are upliftingly pop while other tracks such as ‘Hang’ drive solidly with it’s distorted bass backbone and deep ringing guitars. 147 Swordfish are melodic and smooth or poundingly tough depending on where in the song you catch them – definitely dynamic. The band consisted of David Wernham (Guitar/Vocals), Mark Tyler (Bass), Dave Deacons (Drums).

The band cut an unusual shape live with the wiry frame of Tyler standing motionless to the right, Deacons animatedly enjoying playing drums, and the hulking figure of Wernham looming over his guitar, usually extruding rivers of sweat. The band recorded 7 songs with Rob Mayes and Failsafe records for the Avalanche and Good Things project. 2 songs were left unfinished and one track remains unreleased. The band were recorded live which included a version of sublime new song ‘Freeze’, also unreleased.

Dave Wernham was at times a difficult character to deal with, but there was no denying his deft hang with a cool melody and driving song. The band were performing a number of excellent songs before they gave up 147 Swordfish for other projects, Tyler and Deacon to Salmonella Dub and Wernham to his sound engineering, eventually touring with bands like Shihad. As good a live engineer as Dave Wernham is it’s a loss to the pop world that he hasn’t pursued his song writing any further. the bands last performances were in 1994.
-Rob Mayes (Failsafe)

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