Stink Magnetic

Fantastic DIY record label formed by Dylan Herkes in 1999. Originating in small town Manawatu, Stink Magnetic released hand-made Cassette Tapes by a diverse array of underground New Zealand acts: “NZ garage, surf, Hawaiian industrial, experimental country disco, Spaghetti Western, esoteric trash, rap and stone-age punk bands”.

Herkes has himself been a member of many Stink Magnetic bands such as Pro Drag, The Chandeliers, and his solo project turned reborn band the Tape Men. Stink Magnetic had a studio in Rutland Street, Whanganui, and the various acts on the label were notable for their extended DIY Nation-wide tours – ‘The One-Man-Band Tour’ was documented in a great DVD release. Herkes relocated to Christchurch in 2009/2010, but the label continues to release new music and promote acts across the country.

Acts associated with Stink Magnetic include: Golden Axe, The Side Effects, Space Dust, Hot Swiss Mistress, Boss Christ, High Plains Drifters, Full Fucking Moon, Double Ya D, Knifefight, The Damned Evangelist, Cortina, Star Factory, Wrongdoings, Made For Chickens By Robots, The Hi-tone Destroyers, Pro-Drag, The Raskolnikovs, Delaney Davidson, I Drink Your Blood, Voodoo Savage & His Savages, Mr. Slackjaw, Bad Evil, Sheville, Sets and the Mysterious Tapeman / Tapemen.

The label was strongly tied to Andrew Tolley’s also-excellent Kato records, plus Whanganui venue Eye of the Night, run by the late (great) ALC5.

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  • Wolf Party [2010 MAG47]

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  • The Raskolnikovs

    the raskolnikovs formed in wellington in 2003. members include: airini beautrais (violin), brett moodie (also of the snares on guitar & vocals), dan lucka (bass), justin barr (mink, the users, cherry on drums), and matt steindl )accordion & vocals).
    not knowing what to expect, they ended up creating a dark, rock’n’roll / east european folk music hybrid. they released their first ep (accordion crimes) the following year. recorded by menno huibers (the users, knife fight) and released on thernmonsterr label.
    in 2005 they released a second ep (h.m.s.fortune) recorded by mike gibson at inca, and self-released. in september 2006 they released their self-titled debut full-length album. recorded in the martinborough town hall by willy ‘boss christ‘ mckay in 2005, the album is released on, and available through, stink magnetic.
    the raskolnikovs are currently sleeping at the moment (with the exception of a september 2006 album release tour).
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    Monsterr

    Quickly Established Wellington Rock’N’Roll Label. Adding A Little Polish To Their Lo-Fi Primitive Recordings With Professional Cds And Decent Marketing, The Label Quickly Established A Firm Roster With A Couple Of Compilation Releases, Plus Records By The Users, The Raskolnikovs And Cherry.

    Compilation Discography (picks in bold)

    • Trashed! [2004]
    • Too Trashed! [2005]