an auckland four-piece of the indie-pop / jangle / flying nun variety (stating their influenced by the likes of the chills, the clean, the verlaines, the 3ds, the bats etc) that formed in a 4-track capacity back in 2000. after shedding a couple of members the core unit of andrew maitai (drums) and ben barrett (guitar / vocals) soldiered on, establishing the powertool records label to release their bedroom recordings, and those of barretts solo alias – feyodor. with new members matthew backhouse (bass / keys / vocals) and justin schilder, the line-up was complete, and powertool soon released their full length debut heroes & zeroes and the more acocmplished floorshow ep – the first to be mastered by finish producer mikeal h. discography picks in bold
5 tracks of field recordings and ultra-harsh electronics. no instruments were used on this recording. constructed entirely using a portable minidisc recorder, contact mics, behringer mixer and patch cords. [limited edition of 50, each packaged in a kraft envelope with unique artwork on each. hand numbered] – release details on introducing something to the system
discography picks in bold
oil leaks and cicadas lathe-cut [carbon records]
introducing something to the system [carbon records]
One of the first bands to release a single on the small pop-punk Pink Air / Girl Alliance label, which sprung up in the late 90’s, releasing catchy 7″ singles from a series of Auckland punky outfits.
Full of Riot Grrrl attitude and cool vocals from Japanese Vocalist Eri Miyabayashi.
Goldifox had a sort spin off band called The Jewl of Bessamoocho, where Amy stepped away from vocals and their Japanese exchange student friend – Eri Miyabayashi – stepped up to write songs and sing. Penny Collins continued to play guitar and Liz Mathews continued to drum. Eri’s perspective and mysteriously weird, deep and accented voice gave these songs a dreamy, but still punk quality.
one off side-project from chris knox featuring his partner barbara, doug hood, mark phillips, david kilgour and other strag-a-longs.rn
it was basically whoever happened to be in the flat. that was a christmas single for ’81 or ’82. there was one song based on doug’s cat, bob, and a christmas song.rn- chris knox, taken from a bryan foley interview on forcedexposure.com
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‘bobzilla’/’the worst noel’ 7″ single[1982 flying nun XMAS001]
prolific singer-songwriter who’s played in a number of seminal kiwi dirge-rock outfits, along with his own one-man band projects. primarily playing electric piano and singing, jefferies was a founding member of 2 foot flame and the cake kitchen. discography picks in bold
‘randolphs going home’/’hooked, lined and sunken’ 7″ single [1985 w/ shayne carter
deep throated and dark singer-song-writer, brother of peter, and fellow member of legendary new zealand post punk outfit nocturnal projections. went on to form the cake kitchen [main entry]. discography picks in bold
messages from the cakekitchen [1988 flying nun / ajax GRJ1] rn
For a band that has so much influence and family history spread across its members, Jean-Paul Sartre Experience (later shortened to JPS experience, due to legal wrangles with Sartre’s family estate) produced what could be considered a limited body of work – never living up to the expectations they had made for themselves as one of New Zealand’s best live acts during the late 80’s and early 90’s.
However ‘Love Songs’, their brilliant first album, is something of a New Zealand classic – an infectious example of quirky New Zealand guitar-pop. A varied album based around love and positively, i always find something to enjoy every time I come back to it. Jangley numbers such as ‘The Loving Grapevine’, cherished sing-a-longs like ‘I Like Rain’, and all-out fun romps such as ‘Crap-Rap’ keep me entertained, if only for the fun aspect.
After the subdued but often sparkling quirky debut, they took a very long time to release ‘The Size of Food’, which showed a change to a more rock sound.
Dave Mulcahy (Bass/Vocals, 1984 – 1994)
Dave Yetton (Guitar/Vocals, 1984 – 1994)
Jim Laing (Guitar/Vocals, 1984 – 1994)
Gary Sullivan (Drums, 1984 – 1994)
Russell Baillie (Keyboards, 1991 – 1993)
Matt Heine (Keyboards, 1993 – 1994)
Love Songs (1986, Flying Nun Records/Communion, FN078/COMM2)
Jean-Paul Sartre Experience EP (1986, Flying Nun Records, FN057)
I Like Rain/Bo Diddley 7″ Single (1987, Flying Nun Records)
The Size of Food (1990, Flying Nun Records, FN122)
Elemental/Flex EP (1991, Communion, COMM24CD)
Precious 7″ Single (1991, Flying Nun Records)
Bleeding Star (1993, Flying Nun Records, FN246)
Masked and Taped EP (1993, Flying Nun Records, FNCD244)
Breathe EP (1993, Flying Nun Records, FNCD245)
Into You EP (1993, Flying Nun Records, FNCD271)
Ray of Shine/Shiver 7″ Single (1993, Flying Nun Records)
The Jean-Paul Sartre Experience Compilation (1995, Flying Nun Records, FNCD078)
mid 90s rock’n’roll outfit from andrew tolley, before he found fame with the hasselhoff experiment. jawload were based in wellington and released an album and two singles on tolley’s own kato label. tolley was joined by rod de spong, andrew goodchild and paul lester. discography picks in bold
‘gimp’/’havana joe’ 7″ single [1995 kato Kato 5]
seedy [1996 kato]
‘stigma’/’nothing to say’ 7″ single [1997 kato Kato 11]