[profile thanks to blair parkes]
range began at a party in 1995 when hayden asked blair parkes to play some country type music. after playing an acoustic support slot as ‘space rangers’ the name was shortened to range and bert (also in creeley with blair at the time) was asked to join in on drums. late that year they recorded 12 songs at nightshift studios, largely paid for with money earnt installing garden sprinkler systems. three songs from these sessions, ‘nothing’, ‘you know she loves you’ and ‘stand’ were released the following year on the wrong records compilation, dollar mixture [wrong 001].
with bert now living in wellington, and with lots of time on their hands and a new four track, the focus shifted to recording. the best of these were semireleased as a cassette album, ahm#403; ‘city woman’ getting good airplay on student radio.
in april 97 hayden moved to northeast thailand for the next four years. recording continued via airmail until april 1998 when hayden returned to christchurch for a few weeks and ‘all the way to lunch’ was begun at the national grid with john kelcher [also ex-creeley]. recording continued via post until further sessions at national grid in march 1999. more recording followed at st andrews square, carlton mill, new brighton, khon kaen and london.
in january 2002 work began to compile and finish some of these tracks digitally. mixing has started on some 34 songs. some of these are a long way from country.
picks in bold
- ahm#403 cassette [1996?]
- all the way to lunch