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Rhombus

Wellington dub outfit immediately recognised for their ‘Clav Dub’ single – which featured a distinctive video themed after the classic kiwi chase film Goodbye Pork Pie. Quite a pop outfit, they’ve been quite high profile through-out 2003 – which was compounded by appearances by Salmonella Dub‘s Tiki Tane (aka MC Rizzla), and MC Mana on guest vocals, joining the core unit of Imon Star (vocals), Koa Williams (DJ) and producers Thomas Voyce (percussion / bass / keys) and Simon Rycroft (sampler / live mix).

Discography (picks in bold)

  • Bassplayer [2002 Moko 335902]

  • 4-Track Ep [2004]

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The Rhubarb Collective

Andrew Cavanagh, Matthew Garrett, Andrew Penman and James Wilkinson.

Discography (picks in bold)

  • Happy Anniversary Darling [1988 W/ Pihed Curious Mr12188]

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Sarah Richards

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Ride On Estrada

Loose and quirky Christchurch pop-rock outfit, who spent a couple years slowly building up a set of lo-fi indie-pop songs, and releasing their self-recorded results just as the band itself was calling it quits (with several members travelling overseas). Vocalist Craig Houghton also releases some fine country-tinged indie material as Insert Name Here.

Discography (picks in bold)

  • The Discreet Charm Of Ride On Estrada [2004 Polite Albino]

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Root Don Lonie For Cash

Small but quickly expanding cassette, cd-r and lathe-cut 7″ label run by Clayton Noone (aka CJA) and utilized by a fair few nation-wide artists since the mid 90s. Over the course of just a decade the label has accumulated a huge back catelogue of New Zealand underground releases.

Compilation Discography (picks in bold)

  • Yeah of the root cd-r [rdl039]
  • Cia blowup cassette [rdl051]
  • Telly cassette [rdl052]
  • Looking for love/dunedin night life cassette [rdl064]
  • Animals double cd-r [rdl100]
  • Tahi 3″ cd-r [2003 rdl100a]
  • Rua 3″ cd-r [2003 rdl100b]
  • Toru 3″ cd-r [2004 rdl100c]

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Royal Rumble

Rimu Tahu, Mark Burns, Tim Dewar, Nick Baty, James Baty, Justin Hooper.

Discography (picks in bold)

  • This Are Rumbletones [2000 Grass Roots Records Grc012]

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Royce T Doyster

..A loose cowpunk outfit that played a mixture of originals and country covers. Royce T Doyster got compared to the Violent Femmes a lot, mostly because people couldn’t see past the stand up drums. The band played 15 gigs altogether, the first at 303 Cashel St (a private venue in Christchurch at the time) in 1990, with the Axel Grinders, and the last one in 1993 in a warehouse in Litchfield st with a band called Cheese.
– Dave Clark

Christchurch outfit comprised of David Clark (aka Dragstrip – guitar / vocals), Chris Clements (bass / vocals) and Simon McLaren (Loves Ugly Children, Sleepers Union – stand-up drums / vocals).

They recorded one song, ‘Ukulele’, with David Wernham at a crappy studio that was run as part of the access scheme, (the government unemployment initiative of the time). ‘Ukulele’ received some airplay on student radio. Audio and video recordings were made of the first two shows at 303 Cashel st in 1990, the videos are hilarious because the guy that did them had a new-fangled sony effects unit which he proceeded to put over almost everything, they played two gigs in Dunedin with Sex Trash Automobile, won a busking competition and supported a touring comedy act at the university.

Discography (picks in bold)

  • no major releases

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RST

Aka Andrew Moon, the head of Imperial Recordings and ex-drummer for Flying Nun legends Goblin Mix. Moon worked with RSW London in the late 80s, forming Celine, but its been in RST that Moon (now as a solo musician) has found his sound as a guitarist.

Second full-length offering from this nz master of squeal ‘n sheen guitar textures. Guaranteed to pin your head to the floor with calm, carefully abraded and composed blocks of unrelenting noise. Confounds the armchair cynics who claim the guitar is devoid of meaning, in RST’s hands it is reclaimed and made to do new work creating thermal pools for your mind.
– Bruce Russell on the ‘Warm Places’ release

Discography (picks in bold)

  • Event Horizon 12″ Lathe-Cut [1995 Imperial Recordings]

  • Acceleration Stations Lathe-Cut 10″ [1995 Imperial Recordings]

  • ‘Retrograde’/’Retrograde Motion’ Lathe-Cut 8″ [Imperial Recordings]

  • ‘Voltage’/’Garden’ Lathe-Cut 8″ [Blue Silver Records]

  • ‘Containment’/’The Problem’ Lathe-Cut 7″ [Imperial]

  • R136a [1996? Ecstatic Peace E#89]

  • Warm Planes [1998 Corpus Hermeticum Hermes032]

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Rubicon

Originally an inane Auckland-based pop-rock 3-piece formed by ex-Christchurch lads Paul Reid (vocals / guitar / drums – previously of both the D4 and Loves Ugly Children‘s last drummer) and Gene Bennet (drums), with Aucklander Jon Corker (bass). Reid was also known as a character on Shortland Street – New Zealand’s longest running soap-opera tv series.

After spending a great chunk of Wildside‘s ever-depleting cash for the release of 2002’s under-selling Primary Colours, in mid 2004 Bennet and Corker left the group to pursue their own interests. Reid took the opportunity to permanently relocate to Los Angeles (where the band had been attempting to make a break) and he has since formed plans for a new session-musician based version of Rubicon. Generally pandering crap to be avoided at all costs.

Discography (picks in bold)

  • ‘The Captain’ Cd Single [2000 Wildside]

  • ‘Funny Boy’ Cd Single [2001 Wildside]

  • ‘Bruce’ Cd Single [2001 Wildside]

  • Primary [2002 Wildside]

  • ‘Rockstar (Yeah Yeah)’ Cd Single [2002 Wildside]

  • ‘Drive’ Cd Single [2004 Wildside]

  • ‘Remember’ Cd Single [2005 Wildside]

  • The Way It Was Meant To Be [2005 Wildside]

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Rumblefish

Former Wellington hair-rock outfit who put out some of the earliest recordings on Murray Cammick’s Wildside recordings.

Discography (picks in bold)

  • Pull Up To The Bumper Cassingle / 7″ Single [1991 Wildside]
  • Choice Freak Dog Live! Cd Ep [1992 Wildside 26075]

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