Campus A Low Hum 2011: Day 2, Part 2

The Coolies
The Coolies at Campus

Hey back to the camp reports! missed a whole heap of bands on day 2 – Nudge, Royal Headache, the usually fantastic Sam Hamilton and No Zu before catching a little bit of Karl Stevens’ new bluesy outfit the Drab Doo Riffs.

Bachelorette got a great crowd as she played a set with Hamilton robot band the Trons. things took a while to get going but it was a choice set; including a fantastic cover of the Tall DwarfsNothings Gonna Happen‘.

Glass Vaults were totally chill in the pool, but I missed Rat vs. Possum on the main stage. Unfortunately i’ve lost track of a bit of what went down, some renegade shows went down (including my fellow camper Jos playing a chip-tune set, and the always entertaining Cosbys – both in the renegade room) and there was much revelling…

The Cosbys
The Cosbys at Campus

Things really kicked in to gear next, the Coolies absolutely ripping shit to shreds in the barn. Main their new material rules, totally free form, creative and brutal – I LOVE the new generation Coolies, can’t believe i haven’t got the new LP yet…

Parking Lot Experiments
Parking Lot Experiments at Campus

Parking Lot Experiments played to a big crowd in the pool, completely overwhelming and yes fun once more -these guys really were one of the highlights of Campus for me, and I even managed to catch one of their shows when I got back home to Christchurch.

My Disco
My Disco at Campus

In previous years and in previous A low Hum tours I’ve been front row centre for My Disco. However I’m one of those lame ‘I like your early stuff better’ kind fans as I reckon their earlier LP ‘Cancer’ is their best – it’s so minimal and sharp, I just go nuts when they play that stuff… So yeah their new material doesn’t really sit so well with me. The guys are still amazingly talented, but they’ve lost a bit of that minimal, incredibly tight sound…

Disasteradio!
Disasteradio! at Campus

Luke Rowell is an A Low Hum legend; and he showed it with a stonking, chock-a-block Disasteradio! set in the pool, surrounded by laser lights and stage-invading fans. Oh man, total love-fest of cheezy awesome synthy sounds. Great fun.

The Sneaks
The Sneaks at Campus

Again I missed a couple official outfits – Dunedin kids TFF and the Wilberforces, PlusF in Covers, Blinks DJ Set and All Black Wolf at the party stage, but the Sneaks MORE than brought the party. Those guys are seriously my favourite party band of all time – i was jumping around like mental in the stage area of the Renegade room as Dansey was climbing all over the crowd and letting himself go. There are few bands with so many great songs (Kuzai Heart You Girl, North Shore Pussy, No Sex, Thowback etc etc) that bring such joy and fun to their shows… Thats what camp is ALL about!

Revenger

Biography

The Coolies‘ Sjionel Timu, plus Jewl of Bessamoocho / Goldifox duo (and Pink Air / Girl Alliance mainstays) Liz Matthews and Penny Collins going hardcore.

Released a lathe-cut 7″ ode to King Loser vocalist Celia Mancini, with the B-side being a cover of the Germs ‘Shutdown’.

Members

  • Sjionel Timu (Guitar / Vocals, 1997 – 1999?)
  • Liz Matthews (Drums, 1997 – 1999?)
  • Penny Collins (Bass / Vocals, 1997 – 1999?)

Discography

  • The Revenge of the Revengers 7″ Lathe Cut Single (1997, Pink Air, PINKAIR007)

Links

 

The Coolies

three-piece all-girl punk group in the early shonen knife mold, i.e. sing-shoutty appropriations of the ramones with huge slabs of anarchic (and not to mention, over-the-top) synth thrown in for good measure. they originally existed as an auckland-fareing hamilton-aread group comprised of tina on guitar, sjionel on keys and another drummer, finding support slots for the beastie boys and appearing alongside their local compadre’s the datsuns – but broke up before going on to record anything beyond a 7″. thankfully the reunited in 2002 with new drummer fei, and recorded their danceable, upbeat debut with longtime new zealand rock engineer tex houston, released late in 2003.
discography
picks in bold

  • ‘the coolies’ 7″ single [girl alliance Girl Alliance 003] rn
  • the coolies [2003 !ssuxx! records !ssuxx!01]

The Jewl of Bessamoocho

Biography

One of the first bands to release a single on the small pop-punk Pink Air / Girl Alliance label, which sprung up in the late 90’s, releasing catchy 7″ singles from a series of Auckland punky outfits.

Full of Riot Grrrl attitude and cool vocals from Japanese Vocalist Eri Miyabayashi.

Goldifox had a sort spin off band called The Jewl of Bessamoocho, where Amy stepped away from vocals and their Japanese exchange student friend – Eri Miyabayashi – stepped up to write songs and sing. Penny Collins continued to play guitar and Liz Mathews continued to drum. Eri’s perspective and mysteriously weird, deep and accented voice gave these songs a dreamy, but still punk quality.

Stella Corkery for Tom Tom Mag

Jewels of Bessamoocho – Diggadiggadigga 7″

The Jewel of Bessamoocho are two girls (Liz and Penny) from Kerikeri, New Zealand and their friend Eri the Japanese exchange student and the founder of the anti fake the Beatles union.

Together they have recorded 4 songs of no-fi clatter and pop that will make you cry with their beauty. Mysterious and exotic punk-o-pop

– Pink Air / Girl Alliance website

Matthews and Collins would later enlist The Coolies‘ Sjionel Timu and become The Revengers.

Members

  • Liz Matthews (Drums, 1999)
  • Penny Collins (Guitar, 1999)
  • Eri Miyabayashi (Vocals, 1999)

Discography

  • Diggadiggadigga 7″ Single [1999, Girl Alliance, GA001]

Links

Stefan Neville

Stefan Neville, The Man Behind Pumice And Stabbies And The Rocket Recordings Released An Unusually Titled Cd-R Under His Own Name In 2003.
You’re not welcome cd-r

Stefan Neville is the incredibly talented musician behind Pumice, as well as being the drummer for excellent Auckland punk group the Coolies, playing alongside Chris Knox in the Nothing and releasing material under his own name.

Discography (picks in bold)

  • The Day Tape Challenge Triple Cassette [1997 W/ Sugarjon And Ee Monk A Stabbies And The Rocket Recording]

  • Do Not Destroy/Destroy Only After 10 Years / Can Be Destroyed By Cd-R [2003 A Stabbies And The Rocket Recording]

  • Lathe-Cut 8″ [2005 W/ Richard Francis, Howard Stelzer, Clinton Watkins Cmr Cmr9]

See-Also