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Sedative

Sedative was an ambitious attemp to form an improvisational project utilising primal-industrial sound textures. Featuring Brendon Mably, Ed Wilson and Nigel Cooper; Sedative only lasted roughly the length of 1997 but managed to leave behind a half hour recording, utilising the unaccustomed luxury of 16-track facilities of Nga Mata Waka sound engineering course that Ed was attending at the time. In true KRKRKRK style, the only mixdown of this studio session sat on a cruddy tape for a couple of years before being revived to the CD-r medium.
– From KRKRKRK‘s Website

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  • Controlled Release [1997 Krkrkrk Krk098]

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Seen Through

The duo of Antony Milton and Ben Spiers – both prominent wellington based experimental artists. Seen Through is a largely improvisation guitar-distortion duo, releasing material on Pseudoarcana, and a split release with US Outfit Davenport on Haamumaa.

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Seht

Stephen Clover – who also released lathe cut albums under the names Logstore and the Longshoremen.

Yet another of the post H-Corp NZ bands that have risen in the aftermath of the mid-90’s free noise frenzy. Seht is much more about minimalism, field recordings, and still, beautiful moments. Some tracks here (like ‘Canned Laughter’) are outright disturbing and quite experimental while others focus only on solo acoustic guitar. Like Antony Milton, Seht demonstrates an all-too-genius use of field recordings, the pinnacle of which being the 10 minute ‘St. Valentine’s Day’ track that escalates a found recording of a Salvation Army Band to near cosmic proportions!
Last Visible Dog

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Semi Lemon Kola

Auckland based outfit started their time at the end of the eighties with a post shoe-gazey british sound. The band featured Tosh Graham – vocals, Rob Young – bass, Deryck Hunt – drums, Gareth Price – guitar. The band have stuck pretty strongly together and developed their sound progressively over the years. They self released as cassette in 94 and went on to release a couple of singles with a proper label, moving through the heavy guitar thang.

The band changed their name to Propeller and added a second guitarist in to the line up, making their sound a much more solid and melody driven affair. Their sound as of the end of 98 is focused powered pop. Quite good actually. They have recently self released a 12 track ep of out takes from their recent recordings.
– Rob Mayes

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  • Before Heaven Cassette [1994 BMG]
  • 12 Shades of Heaven lathe-cut 7″ [1999 King Records Worldwide]

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Sferic Experiment

Guitarist Chris Heazlewood and drummer Sean O’Rielly (both pre-King Loser fame), violinist Susan Ballard, Gavin Shaw (Childrens Television Workshop), and Greg Cairns experimental / avant-garde outfit from dunedin. Kinda exploded back in 1989, with the remains casually reissued on Drunken Fish post-breakup. The album itself (eight mile) is a murky, lo-fi live recording of occasionally brilliant swamp-rock.

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  • Bunny Liver Cassette [1989 Xpressway X/Way14]

  • ‘Sci-Fi’/’Hi-Fi’ 7″ Single [1994 Drunken Fish Dfr-08]

  • Eight Mile [1996 Drunken Fish Dfr-16]

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She Camel Of God

Palmerston North based all-female drone outfit with a penchant for bass guitar feedback that featured Elise Bishop (Universal Joint).

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  • Consequences Lathe-Cut Lp [Secret Safari 03cones]
  • She Camel Of God Lathe-Cut Lp / Cassette [Secret Safari / Freedom From Ff0032]

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Shocking Pinks

Formed by Nick ‘Harte’ Hodgson in mid-2003, The Shocking Pinks are one of the most exciting and memorable bands to spring out of Christchurch in the last 5 years. New Zealand’s exponent of the dance-punk revitalisation – The Shocking Pinks encompass a vast variety of styles into their (utterly original) sound, blending disco, shoegazer guitar, new wave keys and vocals and punky rhythms into a mish-mash of undeniably danceable funk.

Valentines day 2004 sees The Pinks release their debut full-length ‘Dance The Dance Electric’ on Tim Baird’s Christchurch-based and usually house-orientated Pinacolada label. Reduced down to a four-piece (though their stylist Antonia De Bere gets a credit) of Harte, Tim McDonald (keys / percussion), Johnno Smith (bass / vocals) and Danny Bare (guitar – Ex-Substandard), the debut is startling different from their early 4-track attempts (though most of the recordings were done in such a lo-fi manner), with their heavy A Certain Ratio influence shining through on a number of tracks, which are now very varied and dynamic.

Though now somewhat missing a front-person (the album features vocal cameos by the Brunettes Heather Mansfield and original vocalist Mel Smith (Emerald Green, The Greenmatics) their sound has indeed fleshed out, and the band intends to sort out a relationship with the American DFA label.

More news came about with their January 2004 pre-release tour – after internal squabbles, the returning news was that the band had called it quits – though the album was still to be released on valentines day. After a couple of weeks, Harte re-appeared, announcing the band would march on – now with a completely new line-up featuring Harte taking both drum and bass roles, with newcomers Kit on guitar, and Marie on synthesizers (while advertising for a new drummer).

Things turned a little bizarre from this point on, with members of the original line-up reinstated for one-off gigs, then yet another new line-up and an eventual New Zealand tour (which ended unceremoniously with yet more departures). Finally, with The Pinks profile rising substantially both nationally and internationally, Harte took over sole responsibility of the group, signing a contract with Festival Mushroom (through Flying Nun), with plans for an EP and sophmoric EP in the works.

Circa 2004-5 The Shocking Pinks are a one-man recording project, though he has a new and established live band of Herbert Palmer (guitar – also of the Leper Ballet), Gareth (synth, vocals, percussion), and Tom (bass). In September 2004 Harte formed a new duo as a sideline to The Pinks, Black Albino – making their debut supporting touring US troop Hawnay Troof and high-flying Aucklanders Die! Die! Die!. Black Albino are somewhat closer to Harte’s previous outfit the Incisions, and featured former Pink and Incision Tim McDonald.

The Pinks gradually spaced out their live performances during 2005 and early 2006, after Herbert Palmer left the group for foreign shores. However in mid 2006 Harte finally got word of his impending US record deal, signing to DFA records in New York City. The group played a supposed final Christchurch show in August 2006, with Harte heading stateside for the re-release of Infinityland under DFA, with a four-record deal in the wings.

However it took almost a year for the DFA to actually release their first stateside material – a white-label 12″ record; whilst Nick was actually still in Christchurch, and even continued to play shows and house party’s before eventually leaving mid 2007. By the end of the Pinks New Zealand lifetime the group was essentially Nick fronting (on guitar) the Tiger Tones (less bassist Ashlin Raymond) – a local group the Pinks have had a strong influence on.

Discography (picks in bold)

  • Dance The Dance Electric [2004 Pinacolada Pinacd02]
  • Sway [2005 Self-Released]
  • Mathematical Warfare [2005 Flying Nun Fncd494]
  • Infinityland [2005 Flying Nun Fncd497]
  • Smokescreen 12″ [2007 DFA]
  • Shocking Pinks [2007 DFA]

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She’s Insane

Former Christchurch rock outfit comprised of Maria Due (Guitar / Vox), Tasha French (Vocals, Drums), Pete Thomson (Guitar) and Adam Gallagher (Bass – replaced original bassist Kerry Wellman) who drew a lot of attention with their debut on Yellow-Eye – especially the single ‘Daisy’, but have since disappeared from view.

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Shihad

Through-out the mid to late 90s there was no debying that a skinny 4-piece from Wellington called Shihad was new zealand’s most popular band. Big guitars, short solos and simple drumming the order of the day, Shihad was built around Jon Toogood’s minute frame, and supported by Phil Knight, Tom Larkin and Karl Kippenberger (one of the few New Zealand bands to retain their original line-up through-out a long career).

A change did come though when Shihad became Pacifier – as their original moniker was thought to be a little too close to comfort for the boys to attack the United States (who were reeling in the wake of September 11th, and ‘Jihad’ was being thrown around a little too regularly). Unfortunately their name wasn’t all that was changing – over the years Shihad’s sound has been streamlined, condensed into an on/off faucet of a-typical ‘rock’, losing much of the raw, punky edge they once possessed (the Derail EP being a stand-out for me) – one might say ‘Pacified’ by their ambition to break american audiences.

In September 2004 Pacifier reverted to their original moniker, finally seeing the error in their ways while preparing their latest album.

Discography (picks in bold)

  • Devolve Ep [1991 Pagan Pag1073]
  • Churn [1993 Wildside 30968]
  • Derail Ep [1994 Wildside 11687]
  • You Again Ep [1995 Wildside 11]
  • Kiljoy [1995 Wildside D31340]
  • Gimme Gimme Ep [1995 Wildside 11983]
  • Happy Families Ep [With The Sml And Head Like A Hole 1995 Noise 0258-3]
  • Shihad [1996 Wildside]
  • B-Side Ep [1996 Wildside]
  • ‘Flaming Soul’/’Gates Of Steel’ 7″ Single [1996 9ir] Rn
  • Blue Light Disco Ep [1998 Wildside]
  • The General Electric [1999 Wildside]
  • Pacifier [As Pacifier 2002 Wildside]
  • Live Compilation Double-Lp [As Pacifier 2004 Warners 2564611272]

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Shit All To Hell

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