Wonderfully loose rock’n’roll band that seem to exist more as an every now and then collective of friends than an actual band per se. Based around Pat Faigan (aka Duane Zarakov, one of the many drummers for the brilliant King Loser) and his sister violet – a vocalist who had previously never sung before. Joined by excellent bassist John Christoffels (Terminals et all) and a multitude of others (they seem to have a problem holding down guitarists, with Mick Elborado, Matt Alien, John Segovia and Lynton Denovan all taking up the reigns on the odd occassion, along with several keyboardists, such as Matt Middleton (Aesthetics, Crude etc). Their last Christchurch line-up (mid-2003) was Violet (Vocals), Duane (Drums), Elborado (Guitar – Scorched Earth Policy), Christoffels (Bass – Terminals) and Lisa Preston (Yamaha Electric Organ – Snort / Lo-Liners).
They’ve been a bit invisible over the past 5 or so years, occassionally resurfacing in either Dunedin or Christchurch (and occassionally Auckland) – sometimes sharing a multitude of members with whoever Brother Love is using at the time, other times re-uniting the original line-up. No Kissing In Public isn’t that hard to find, but their other albums (of which, only Beatle! has officially been released) [Note: This has now changed, as a small pile of 1st To The Future LPs were recovered from their original American label in 2004, and have since been distributed across the country, and its an album well worth finding].
Discography (picks in bold)
- ‘Cool Car’ 7″ Single [1994 Homebacon]
- No Kissing In Public [1996 Kato]
- Beatle! [1996 18 Wheeler]
- First To The Future [1996 Self-Released]
- Live 93 Cassette [Stink Magnetic]
Formed by Martin ‘Brother Love’ Henderson and sharing a few members with Spacedust (i.e. John Christoffels (also of The Terminals) – bass, Pat ‘Duane Zarakov’ Faigan – drums/synth) in their original formation, then Ape Management allum Rob ‘Rock Hardman’ Haarkman, Ken ‘Ken E Bear’ Mexted and Dave ‘Dragstrip‘ Clarke, Rob Thorne in later releases, with Willy McKay floating in and out on further releases.
They made a similar sort of fuzzed out 60’s influenced stoner-rock to Spacedust, though with more country-tinged leanings, and slacker-style male vocals.
Picks in Bold
- ‘King Acid’/’Christine’/’Penis Developer’ 7″ single [1994 New World of Sound NWOS4]
- Every Garden Grows One 12″ EP [1994 New World of Sound]
- My Own Worst Enemy [1996 New World of Sound]
- Rock’N’Roll Criminal [1997 September Gurls]
- Carkus lathe-cut 7″ EP [w/ Gene Pool Belmondo, Duane Zarakov Truly Fine Citizen 3]
- Sin Aesthetic [2003 Kato KCD006]
Matt Middleton, otherwise known as Crude, a founding member of the Aesthetics and now part of the live Spacedust ensemble, Middleton is an increasingly productive guy, with a distinct approach to lo-fidelity, trash-electro or screaming noise – Middleton has traversed a catelogue of genres, and brings a distinct sound to every style he tries.
Discography (picks in bold)
- Clarinet Exercises 7″ Lathe-Cut Ep [Dirtlove]
- ‘Bradstreet’/’Love Theme 03’ 7″ Lathe-Cut [Dirtlove]
- ‘Please Pass’/’Crude Kingston’ 7″ Lathe-Cut [Dirtlove]
- ‘Sexy Lady’/’Society’ 7″ Lathe-Cut [Dirtlove]
- Turbo Spunk Triple 8″ Lathe-Cut Ep [1996 Crawlspace]