Triffids

Incredibly young band who impressed during their short existence in 1983-4, narrowly losing to the whiteboys in the 1984 battle of the bands, the Triffids were sort of pre dance based guitar pop, a band in development. Their music was bouncy rhythmic stuff, and they probably owned a lot of British postcard pop and bands like 23 Skidoo, and Scritti Politti. They consisted of Marc Howe (Bass), Jamie Mccabe (Vocals) and Craig Gurny (Drums) all of the bands Verve, Burn and Rocket Monster, plus Ben Stockwell (Guitar). Howe went on to
moderate success with both Breathing Cage and Surfing USSR.

The band hit problems with their own perception of their music, and the inevitable drugs, and split. They released 2 tracks, both appearing on Failsafe records compilations. Howe has continued his love of music and is presently studying jazz at the Christchurch Polytech Jazz School. His father was a jazz player who performed with Miles Davis.
– Rob Mayes

Discography (picks in bold)

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Surfing USSR

Greg Malcolms’ excellent kletzmer surf guitar 3-piece. Featuring Malcolmg on guitar, the odd vocal warble, floor guitar and a huge beavy of toys (he prides himself on being able to put on a show for under $5 from the Warehouse!), along with local heavy-duty muso’s Matt Gibb (who plays with several jazz groups) on drums, and Marc Howe (a music tutor, and a player in the Christchurch music scene since his teens originally with the C) on bass.

They put on a pretty damn good show, with all sorts of tricks and whatnot to spice up their bizarre homages to bond films, beatles songs and ‘traditional hungarian folk songs’ (which often turn out to be Iron Maiden covers..). the album is a pretty good reflection of their live sound, taking in all the usual tracks – though its of course the visual element that makes their gigs so lively. they kinda disappeared in 2003, with malcolm putting together two separate solo approaches, but resurfaced in mid 2004 with new drummer Chris O’Connor (formerly a pivotal figure of the wellington avant-garde and jazz scenes) whom Malcolm played with during a European excursion.

Discography (picks in bold)

  • Surfadelic [2001 Proper Music]

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