The Aesthetics

Biography

Energetic screaming, rugged rhythms and a sloppy swagger that suits anyone looking for a glaring upheaval of standard musical thoroughfare…” “…equivalent to a hyperactive Daniel Johnston recklessly exorcising himself of inner demons with the help of the finest extra-lo-fi equipment.

– Andrew Magilow; Splendid Magazine

‘Destructo-rock’ outfit extraordinaire. Originally formed in Dunedin by Matt Middleton (aka Crude), Rustle Covini and j-Mz Robinson in 1995 in a purely punk flavor, after a few successful parties and the odd gig, j-Mz was replaced by Shaun Jury – the line-up that released the debut ‘My Right to Riches’ LP.

Crude’s Matt Middleton has erupted from the shackles of noise to stomp the grounds of sonic punkdom. Following his forefathers in bands like The Pin Group, Henchmen, and La De Da’s, monsieur Middleton has carved a new sound.

– Forced Exposure

By 1997 Stefan Neville (Pumice / The Futurians) had replaced Covini, but then left in 1998 – off to Auckland, along with Shaun. Pat Kraus (drums) and Fyfe (bass) made up the numbers for the rest of the bands career, eventually releasing the ‘Off’ LP before splitting in 2001.

Members

  • Matt Middleton (Guitar/Vocals/Keyboards/Saxophone/Drums, 1995 -)
  • Rustle Covini (Drums)
  • James Robinson (Bass)
  • Shaun Jury (Bass/Guitar
  • Stefan Neville (Drums)
  • Pat Kraus (Drums)
  • Fyfe (Electronics)
  • Jason Barrett (Bass/Saxophone)
  • Edie Stevens (Bass)
  • Lynton Denovan (Drums)
  • Malcolm Deans (Drums)

Discography

  • College Rock Cassette (1997, Dirtlove Records)
  • I Just Don’t Get It 7″ Lathe (1997, Dirtlove)
  • Dunedin Punks 7 Cassette (1997, A Stabbies And The Rocket Recording)
  • Doomtown Fuzz Lathe-Cut 7″ (1997, Dirtlove)
  • My Right To Ritches LP (1999, Ecstatic Peace!, E#4b)
  • Split Ep Lathe-Cut 7″ (W/ The Ho Dogs, Dirtlove)
  • Secrets Of Japanese Nationalism Double 8″ Lathe-Cut (Crawlspace / Dirtlove)
  • Crown Sat Nov 11 Cassette (W/ Murdering Monsters 2001, Slag Strut Records)
  • Off (2001, Mental Telemetry, Tele003)
  • Ugly Ambition (2009, Artless Intent, AI006)
  • Dusk Husk 7″ Lathe (2010, Epic Sweep, ES002)
  • Live at the Crown Cassette (2011, Epic Sweep, ES011)

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Beautiful Losers

Biography

A fine and surprisingly accessible collaborative band that featured the usually challenging Peter Wright (Guitar) and Dave Khan (Keyboards), with the ever-propulsive drumming of Rustle Covini.

The band lasted throughout 2002 and 2003 before Wright relocated to London, though Khan’s Fostex VF16 Digital 16-track records live on, as the group released a self-titled double-album on both Khans’ kRkRkRk and Wright’s Apoplexy labels in 2004, and subsequently a digital release entitled ‘First to the Sun’ in 2013.

Members

  • Peter Wright (Guitar, 2003 – 2004)
  • David Khan (Keyboards, 2003 – 2004)
  • Rustle Covini (Drums, 2003 – 2004)

Discography

  • Bootleg CDr EP (2003, Self-released)
  • Beautiful Losers Double CDr (2004, kRkRkrk / Apoplexy)
  • First to the Sun (2013, Distant Bombs, 994)

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Cat! Cat! Cat!

Biography

A band that never really got going.

Cat! Cat! Cat! was formed by guitarists Brenda Dwayne and Stephanie Cook of Fake Purr with Xanadu drummer Bruce Wurr, playing a one-off gig in 1999. The trio re-appeared in 2002, then again in 2003 – this time with The Aesthetics Shaun Jury taking up the role of bass-player.

This line-up recorded their self-titled mini-album before the band split in mid-2004.

Members

  • Brenda Dwayne (Guitar, 1999 – 2004)
  • Stephanie Cook (Guitar, 1999 – 2004)
  • Bruce Wurr (Drums, 1999 – 2004)
  • Shaun Jury (Bass, 2003 – 2004)

Discography

  • Cat! Cat! Cat! Mini-Album (2004, Self-Released, CAT001)

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Crude

the one-man band that is matt middleton. using a variety of instruments (all the usuals along with clarinet and studio baffonary) middleton produced a bunch of self-release tapes in the early 90s, before flying nun released the inner city guitar perspectives compilation in 1996. matt has since made a bit of an underground name for himself due to an exorbitent release schedule and a oddly compelling noise-tainted lo-fi and electronic manipulation.
middleton landed in christchurch (from invercargill) in the mid-90s, befriending drummer-supremo and general guy-in-the-know on underground music duane zarakov – eventually becoming a member of the live spacedust crew. again relocating – this time to dunedin, and forming the rock-assault squad the aesthetics middleton grew more and more prolific, with american cd-r label mental telemetry releasing a series of his cd-r’s.
discography
picks in bold

  • the world is so you have something to stand on cassette [1994]
  • notes from the micro-community cassette []
  • we shall nurture solipsists cassette []
  • crn9143 cassette []
  • dominion as delusion cassette []
  • sottogoverno cassette []
  • nuevold cassette []
  • kama ka z cassette []
  • order cassette []
  • gpi cassette []
  • end of the world cassette []
  • exp heavy metal cassette []
  • scd-2 cassette []
  • anorexic cassette []
  • unlimited credits cassette []
  • bionica 7″ ep [crawlspace SPACE004]
  • ‘imbroglio’/’quork’ 7″ lathe-cut single [1995 trinder TM04] rn
  • ‘fear part 2’/’lexican 3’ 7″ lathe-cut single [dirtlove] rn
  • inner city guitar perspectives [1996 flying nun FN363]
  • worlds worst saxophone solos vol. 48 8″ lathe-cut [crawlspace] rn
  • refute a myth society [1997]
  • sax sothis [1998]
  • beta test lathe cut [1998 a stabbies and the rocket recording]
  • artless intent signatures vol. 1 cd-r [mental telemetry]
  • bank cd-r [mental telemetry AI001]
  • catelogue of meaninglessness cd-r [mental telemetry AI002]
  • artless intent signatures vol. 1 cd-r [mental telemetry AI003]
  • controlled payment technologies cd-r []
  • intelsat 707 cd-r []
  • c3 cd-r []
  • death satellite 2 cd-r []
  • stalino cybernetics cd-r []
  • sci-fi sound cd-r []
  • mikro-tek cd-r []
  • cyp3a5 cd-r []
  • proliferation of drones cd-r []
  • web ep 1 [the stray] cd-r []
  • web ep 2 and 3 [stand your ground] cd-r []
  • auto series volumes one to nine 9 cd-r []
  • raytheon cd-r []
  • stored value system cd-r []
  • fasb 52 cd-r []
  • capitalist experiment cd-r []
  • nasdaq cd-r []
  • mars cd-r []
  • datastream cowboy cd-r []
  • popular source codes cd-r []
  • slow code cd-r []
  • auto series volumes 1 to 9 cd-r []
  • special edition cd-r []
  • informatik 105 cd-r []
  • intelsat 103 cd-r []
  • new fundamentals cd-r []
  • resistant protein cd-r []
  • sax serpentine cd-r []
  • intelsat 103 cd-r []
  • intelsat 103 cd-r []
  • intelsat 103 cd-r []
  • sax serpentine (remix) cd-r [mental telemetry AI004]