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Every Secret Thing

Every Secret Thing (aka EST – also the name of a comic/fanzine that Scott published) was a home taping label established by Rob Scott and incorporated a lot of his home demos (usually as Electric Blood, but also in many other totally unknown bands) along with ultra-rare recordings from the likes of Wreck Small Speakers on Expensive Stereos, the Weeds and various compilations featuring many Dunedin and Christchurch bands.

An Every Secret Thing discography in Alley Oop, issue 8 (from Audio Culture)

“A lot of EST tapes were a front for me putting out more songs. Most of these bands didn’t play live, either,” he later told Yeti’s Mike McGonigal.

AudioCulture profile of Every Secret Thing

The label no longer produces tapes (lasting until the mid 90s), with Scotts’ official solo debut being released by Flying Nun Records in 2000.

Their entire catalog is very very rare, due to their low-run, limited distribution approach and the relative obscurity of the labels acts, however Rob Scott seems to have put up the majority of the catalogue on his BandCamp for free streaming.

Label Roster

Compilation Discography

  • Songs from the Lowlands cassette (1984, EST 02)
  • Big Southern Hits cassette (1984, EST 13)
  • The Hills Are Alive: Whistle Up a Wind cassette (1985, EST 25 / RAITH 117)
  • The Hepton Festival cassette (1986, EST 28)

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