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Swampy Dunedin rock act comprised of ex-Alpaca Brothers Paul Cahill and Bruce Blucher, plus Robbie Yeats (The Renderers / Dead C) and Andre Richardson.

They were fast furious guitar [band] with thumping bass, made one EP and had a great song called The Infinite Tick. Later they became Trash Hotel [who recorded as just Trash] and were involved in a more theatrical chaos.. Started performing The Trash Hotel at The Art Gallery … Infamous performance and that ended with a suspicious burglary of the Art Gallery.. No one found to blame.

Later Bruce and Nick wanted to take the Trash Hotel overseas and went to Thailand and bought a bar here they were to form the real “Trash Hotel” although it was short lived as the local prostitutes that wanted to protect their patch forced the boys to leave by gunpoint.

Donald Harman (Weetbix Boys)

In 1993, a curious one-off 7″ from Bill Meyer’s excellent Rolf Bolt label appeared in the form of Brown Velvet Couch – who were essentially Trash, but led by the smooth vocals of Viv Crowe, and also an album and single from Cyclops, which featured both Richardson and Blucher.

Trash split in the mid 90s – I was there to witness it as they literally disbanded one night on stage at the Empire Tavern with Blucher throwing down his guitar and about to storm off, until drummer Robbie Yates told him to pick the f***king thing up, plug it in and play.

Chris Walker (Counting the Beat blog)



  • On And On With Lou Reed 7″(1992, New World Of Sound, NWOS01)
  • Gritt And Butts (1992, Turbulence, TUR003)
  • Not Gate (1994, New World Of Sound, NWOS06)
  • Mihiwaka (1995, IMD, IMDCD10060)
  • ‘Hurtin’/’F.U.F.P’ Lathe-Cut 7″ (IMD)

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