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I know very little about this New Zealand group other than what I can gleam from their 1986 12″ single ‘Time will tell’.
The record lists Dave Cammock, Si Jaxn, Steve Entwhistle and Astrid Muller as performers.
The evening began with the debut Christchurch performance of Flying Sorcerers – a Wellington-based trio of displaced Christchurch-natives, augmented by local musician extraordinaire Simon Nunn.
Playing a brand of country-inflected Indie-Rock, they rushed through a swag of brief, catchy numbers at lightening speed.
Formed by Hit-Machine members William Daymond and Paul Glub and with Margaret Gordon on drums, the 4-piece created a great rapport with the audience.
Ed Muzik (and his ‘Burning Sensations’) have a habit of polarizing his audiences. With lyrics heavy on sarcastic witticisms and a level of irony in his music, he’s found it hard to gather a strong following over the past few years and not without trying.
This would be his last performance (at least, with the current backing band), and so he attempted to pull out all the stops.
Unfortunately his rather skillful bassist and drummer were drowned out behind his own electronic rhythms, and I felt the duet performance of a certain Ace of Base hit single (with Icelandic-born vocalist Hera) fell a little flat.
Steffan van Soest’s eponymous group are more of a semi-regular event than an actual gigging band these days.
With only the front-man and drummer ‘Heavy-Metal’ Simon McKenzie usually available for local shows the group tends to play when their various out-of-town members are around. With Nunn, Glubb and Daymond well warmed up from their opening slot, the 5-piece hammered out a loud and brash set, lacking a bit of finesse but certainly high on fun – a cornerstone of most Hit-Machine shows.
Published in the Christchurch Press [25-05-2012]
Phenomenal show at Dux Live. Check out all of my photos here:
I started the evening checking out the newly opened and somewhat controversial ‘Smash Palace’ bar on the corner of Victoria and Bealey Avenue. Run by Johnny Moore (former proprietor of the red-zoned ‘Goodbye Blue Monday’), Smash Palace is an outdoor bar with a focus on the social environment. Those familiar with Moore’s previous bars will feel right at home at Smash Palace, with plenty of seating and a good selection of Beer and Wine.
Opening the show at Dux Live was the low-key 3-piece shoe-gaze band Miniatures. I’d recommend checking out their BandCamp recordings as they’re about to relocate to Melbourne. With shimmering, glacial guitar, simple electronic drumming, groove-heavy bass and ethereal vocals reminiscent of Scottish shoe-gaze cornerstones the Cocteau Twins – they are an immersive experience.
Dunedin 3-piece Brown took things in a more conventional direction, with poppy songs that focused on tight performances and snappy lyrics. Garnishing a good response from what was now a decent Dux Live crowd, they set the scene for Tono, who was up next.
After recently hitting the New Zealand album charts with their terrific album ‘Up here for Dancing’, Tono and the Finance Company have been on the up and up, and it’s easy to see why. With songs full of catchy melodies and deadpan lyrical platitudes, the group relive the prime pop groups of the britpop era – the influence of Morrissey is particularly prominent in the style of Tono’s vocals. With the support of a top-notch touring band behind him, Tono commands the stage with the authority of a slick professional frontman.
The night concluded with bombastic 3-piece T54 – a common site at the Dux these days, the boys have been trying out new material and of course performing with as must gusto and technical skill as any local group.
Originally known as Bits and Pieces; BnP make Anarchic punky noise that grabs you by the jugular.
The group were originally a young house party group with songs about slinging back whiskey and a whole lot of sloppy covers, however with Stephen Nouwens on vocals BnP stepped things up a notch.
They burst forth out of Christchurch thanks to the rise of 2nd release ‘Welcome to Mediocrity’ which made some waves in critical publications around the country in early 2012.
Each member of the group has been active in a variety of local Christchurch acts – as is the tradition, in fact the majority of those involved with the band have also been members The Lonely Harris Club, Doctors and (currently) The Brian Tamaki Massacre.