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Shoes This High

Arty post-punk band (originally out of Wellington, then Auckland) formed around Brent Hayward With Kevin Hawkins, Jessica Walker and Chris Plummer.

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  • Shoes This High 7″ EP [1981 STH Music STH001]
  • Shoes This High 7″ EP reissue [2002 Raw Power Records RAW07]

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Shoeshine

Andrew Coy, Paul Morris and Matt Sanko.

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The Shrugs

The Shrugs originally got together as the Hamilton trio of Richie Ranum, Neil Ramsey and Geoff Doube in 2000, after several line-up changes (cHris Metcalfe came and went after replacing Ranum, and Ramsey’s replacement Rob Smith eventually gave way to Natalie McKelvey) the line-up finally settled on central figure Geoff Doube (Guitar / Vocals), Gordon Bassett (Bass) and Natalie Mckelvey (Drums).

A simple, no-frills approach to power-pop rock, the trio have recorded a series of low-key releases in quick succession on their own Waysafe inprint and recently signed to Auckland label Powertool Records for A Slight Hitch – their 2nd full-length. They followed this up with the release of 3rd album An Awkward Silence, with new drummer (ex-Trucker) Paul Tregilgas.

Discography (picks in bold)

  • Music Cd With Pop Songs Ep [2001 Waysafe]
  • ‘Sorry Ian’/’Marmalade’ Cd Single [2002 Waysafe]
  • ‘I Don’T Know What I’M Doing’/’Spiders Come’ Cd Single [2002 Waysafe]
  • November Ep [2002 Waysafe]
  • Ambivilence At The Bottom Of A Cliff Cd Single [2003 Waysafe]
  • The Doggler Effect [2003 Waysafe]
  • A Slight Hitch [2004 Powertool Records Pt010]
  • The Doggler Effect Reissue [2005 Powertool Records Pt026]
  • An Awkward Silence [2005 Powertool Records Pt042]

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Silo

Two-piece Christchurch instrumental outfit based around Danny Bare (Ex-Substandard / Shocking Pinks – Guitar) and Rustle Covini (Ex-Aesthetics – Drums), who originally formed as Electric Slipper in March 2004. Bare’s an enthusiastic Post-Rock and Krautrock fan, and Silo display a firm grip on the Motorik approach of Can and (in particular) Neu! – whom they cover in their live set.

Bares’ an etheral guitarist, having a firm grip on tone and dynamics, whilst Covini is a rolling, rumbling drummer – they make for an effective duo. Both members currently split their time between multiple bands (Lome, the Beautiful Losers etc) and are fairly prominent fixtures in the current Christchurch underground live scene.

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Sing Sing

Andrew Bell, Ken Chung, Chris Daly, Pat Roxburgh and Nick Scott.

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  • Sing Sing Ep [1985 Ode Sodep217]
  • Owning The Sharks Ep [1986 Ode Sodep247]

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The Situations

Formerly known as Devil Gate Drive, The Situations are a young South Auckland rock’n’roll 4-piece comprised of Glen, Stu, Sam and Brad. They got a lot of exposure New Zealand wide due to the 2004 Schools Tour, then promptly changed their name (via a single gig as the Basics) to the Situations.

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Six Impossible Things

One of obscure folk-legend Bill Direen‘s very first recorded projects.

Discography (picks in bold)

  • Six Impossible Things Ep [1981 Sausage]

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Six Volts

Carrying on from Four Volts, Six Volts added Steve Roche and David Long to the original line-up of David and Anthony Donaldson, Neill Duncan and Janet Roddick.

Discography (picks in bold)

  • Something’s Burning [As 4 Volts 1986 Braille Brai5]
  • The Hills Are Alive [1989 Braille Brai9]
  • Stretch [1991 Braille / Jayrem L30608]

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Sixlip

Christchurch hardcore with a decidedly independent swagger, comprised of Stephen ‘Chucky’ Hope (Vocals), Jimmy (Guitar), Rich (Drums) and Jono (Bass). Gained quite a bit of a nation-wide reputation in 2004 with strong live performances in the booming hardcore scene.

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  • Truth Be Told Ep [2004 Broken Hill]

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SJD

Sean James Donnelly – production whizz, class bass-player, and thoroughly uneven song-writer. In 2003 Sjd was thrust into the spotlight after years of touring support and assisting production for the likes of Shayne Carters’ Dimmer with the debut of his hugely popular Lost Soul Music full-length, and increasingly prolific appearances on television and in advertising, which then followed through to the release of follow-up Southern Lights in 2004.

SJD’s music is a combination of electronic and live instrumentation, with songs featuring a bevy of fine New Zealand musicians making contributions (David Kilgour making a particularly stunning appearance on guitar on the excellent single ‘From A To Be Or Not To Be’). His live appearances however, have have gone down as either electrifying (witness the stellar performance on charity tv event National Anthem) or simply tepid (several banal performances in 2004), perhaps due to the laid-back melodic and simply background approach to the music he’s making.

Circa 2007 SJD is hard at work in the studio preparing the fourth album, with a superstar support band featuring the talented Chris O’Conner (Drums), James Duncan (Guitar), Dominic Blazaar (Keys/BV’s) and Paul McLaney (Guitar/BV’s).

Discography (picks in bold)

  • Lost Soul Music [2003 Round Trip Mars]
  • Southern Lights [2004 Round Trip Mars]
  • Southern Lights Pick’N’Mix Edition [2004 Round Trip Mars]
  • 3 [Round Trip Mars]

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