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French for Rabbits

Lovely Dream-pop from former Ragamuffin Children keyboardist Brook Singer (keyboards and vocals) and John Fitzgerald (guitar). First appeared with the release of the BandCamp single ‘Two’s Company’ in late 2010, showing how strong and evocative Singer’s song-writing has become.

Discography (picks in bold)

  • Claimed by the Sea [November 2010 self-released]
  • Two’s Company [November 2010 self-released]
  • The Cats [July 2011 self-released]

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Flip Grater

Formerly Christchurch and now Auckland-based singer-songwriter with an Indie-Country feeling to her songs.

Flip reached a greater level of exposure with the release of her own cookbook, which consisted of many vegetarian meals, and which she toured around New Zealand playing shows with a backing band consisting of Kris Wilson (banjo, also of Happiness Stan), Simon Hall (mandolin, electric guitar), Tim Chesney (bass) and Simon Brouwer (drums).

Flip has enjoyed continued success in the past 3 years, playing the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, and having her songs used heavily in New Zealand Television advertising.

Discography (picks in bold)

  • Cage for a Song [August 2006 self-released / maiden records]
  • Be All and End All [July 2008 self-released / maiden records]
  • While I’m Awake I’m at War [July 2010 self-released / maiden records]

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Miniatures

Excellent shoe-gaze trio formed around the songs of Annemarie Duff (vocals, electronics and production), with Ché Walden (guitar) and Steven Marr (bass). Duff’s vocals (a wispy Cocteau Twins type approach), enveloping electronics and Walden’s guitar engulf the groups sound, with Marr’s bass adding substantial groove. The Christchurch group picked up steam in 2012 with more and more live performances, but sadly both Duff and Walden are now leaving for Melbourne.

Discography (picks in bold)

  • This & That (home demo’s) [April 2010 self-released]
  • New stuff (Dunedin 2011) [March 2011 self-released]

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Psych Tigers

Originally the solo recording alias of teenage frontman Sam Perry (Vox/Guitar), now a live band also consisting of Matt Gunn (Bass, also of Ipswich), Steven Marr (Guitar, Ipswich and Miniatures) and Todd Williamson (Drums). Perry’s recordings have made a splash since first appearing in mid 2011 – very colored, stylistic sounds from such a young musician, showing a lot of variation and a spazzy, exciting approach to making music.

The Group is now trying their hand at establishing themselves in the Christchurch live scene; with both Marr and Gunn also quite prolific in local Post-Punk 3-piece Ipswich.

Discography (picks in bold)

  • Glitter [May 2011 self-released]
  • Crystal Methods single [June 2011 self-released]
  • Baptism (Crystal Castle remix) [July 2011 self-released]
  • Psych Tigers EP [November 2011 self-released]
  • Wake-Up single [December 2011 self-released]

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Ipswich

Excellent young Christchurch Noise-Pop / Post-Punk group featuring a trio of musicians that are becoming regular sites around local venues. Steven Marr (Guitar/lead vocals, also of Psych Tigers and Miniatures), Matthew Gunn (Bass/backing vocals, Psych Tigers), and Jamie Larson (Drums).

The group released their debut EP in late 2011, and then signed to Auckland-based independent label Muzai Records in early 2012, releasing a live album, then the full length studio album ‘Baby Factory’. Along the way the group were the 2012 champions of the coveted RDU (Christchurch Student Radio) Round Up band competition.

Discography (picks in bold)

  • Ipswich EP [May 2011 Self-Released]
  • Living In A Strangers Home EP [November 2011 Self-Released]
  • Live In Dunedin [April 2012 Muzai]
  • Baby Factory [July 2012 Muzai]

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Fauxhound

Downbeat chiptune’s from ex-Christchurch resident Jos van Beek, currently residing in Auckland. Jos has been pretty heavily involved in making Chiptune music more visible in New Zealand (particularly Christchurch), playing a renegade slot at Camp A Low Hum, supporting touring Chiptune artists like cTrix and collaborating with Bang! Bang! Eche! vocalist Zach Donney.

2011 was particularly productive, with his debut self-titled EP, the single ‘Door to Door’ and 2nd EP ‘he lives forever so that we may sing’ (released by net-label ‘pxl-bot’) all appearing in quick succession.

Discography (picks in bold)

  • Fauxhound [June 2011 self-released]
  • Door to Door single [September 2011 self-released]
  • he lives forever so that we may sing [November 2011 pxl-bot]

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Sleepy Age

Disco-pop indie-rock tunes from Christchurch’s own Josh Burgess (Guitar/Synth and Vocals, ex Bang! Bang! Eche!) with Josh Black (Bass, ex A Flight to Blackout), Julian Vares (Drums, Magic Eye) and more recently Charlie Ryder (Keyboards, Bang! Bang! Eche!).

The group formed in 2009, initially as a more straight-forward indie-rock group with Hayden Williams (drums, also ex A Flight to Blackout) and Will Edmonds (guitar, ex Insurgents) who contributed greatly to their original sound; with the group even going on to win the annual RDU ‘Round-up’ band competition at the Dux de Lux.

In 2010 and 2011 the group went through several line-up and style changes; played a low-key European tour and then released the excellent pop video ‘Décor’, which solidified their new direction.

Discography (picks in bold)

  • Self-Titled EP [September 2010 self-released]
  • Décor Single [June 2011 self-released]

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Magic Eye

3-Piece power-rock outfit based around the songs of Brian Feary (Guitar/Vox), currently with Ben Odering (Bass) and Julian Vares (Drums). Formed some time around august 2009, with the intention of entering the annual RDU-sponsored ‘Round-up’ band competition at the Dux de Lux. The initial line-up of Feary with Mike Ellis (drums) and Jono Press (bass) gave way to the current line-up gradually as members moved north and away from the Christchurch Earthquakes.

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T54

Rock Power-Trio from Christchurch City, announced in late 2011 as one of the revitalized Flying Nun records new signings. Led by guitar-slinger Joe Sampson, with productive drumer Matt Scobie (Undercurrents, Black Market Art, Planet of the Tapes) and bassist Sam Hood the group only formed in 2009 but quickly shot to prominence in their home-town before ‘making our way to Dunedin in July 2010 to record 6 songs in Dale Cotton’s home studio’. They’ve since released those recordings on Jasper Bryant-Green’s ‘Gold Sounds’ label, plus a 2nd EP in late 2011.

Discography (picks in bold)

  • Drone Attacks [December 2010 Gold Sounds]
  • Scammers [October 2011 Self-Released]

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Piha Rescue

Most likely defunct 3-piece surf-guitar covers group from Christchurch. Formed some time around late 2009 by Che Walden (guitar, also of Miniatures), Ben Dodd (bass, Lonely Harris Club, Bits and Pieces) and Alice Connelly (drums), who left for Wellington in early 2012. The group became quite popular at venues such as the pre-earthquake central city favourite Goodbye Blue Monday and Lyttleton surf-guitar-haven El Santo Porteno for their rough and ready, well-recognizable surf-guitar classics.

Discography (picks in bold)

  • Misirlou [April 2010 self-released]
  • Live at El Santo [July 2010 self-released]
  • Shakin’ and Stompin’ (MAINZ Legit) [August 2010 self-released]
  • Happy Days! [October 2011 self-released]

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