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Feast of Stevens

Biography

Their sound was definitely New Zealand – melodic and human, but their tight playing and dynamic punch set them in their own space, related to but different from other NZ guitar bands. The Feasties began performing in December 1989 and hailed from Palmerston North. They made several low-key jaunts around the country including an Orientation tour to the South Island.

They released their own independently distributed 7 song cassette in November 1990 and contributed 2 songs to the Yellow Bike Records ‘Dynamite Groove’ CD compilation of Palmerston North bands in 1991. The band consisted of two guitarists / vocalists in Andrew Coy and Hamish Anderson, with Glen Fletcher on drums and John Trimble on bass.

In March of 1992 they met up with Rob Mayes of Failsafe Records and successfully applied for an Arts Council Grant which with renewed enthusiasm lead to the ‘Etch’ EP.

The band performed a release party in their home town of Palmerston North with fellow label mates Throw performing as a 2 piece for the event.

The concert did not go without problems when on the morning of the event drummer Fletcher went missing and could not be found. Fletcher had checked himself into a psychiatric hospital, and the band had to retrieve him narrowly making the band’s show.

Further recordings were done in January 1993 at Auckland’s York Street Studios with Nick Roughan (Bailter Space, Skeptics, David Kilgour, Writhe Studios). Nine tracks were completed of which three have been released on 7″ single. Soon after the recordings Hamish Anderson made a departure from the band leaving the band a three piece.

– Rob Mayes on Failsafe Records

The band would go on to record the debut release (a 7″ single) for the excellent Crawlspace label.

Members

  • Andrew Coy (Guitar/Vocals, 1990 – 1993)
  • Hamish Anderson (Guitar/Vocals, 1990 – 1993)
  • Glenn Fletcher (Drums, 1990 – 1993)
  • Andrew Leslie (Bass/Guitar/Vocals, 1990 – 1992)
  • Jon Trimble (Bass, 1992 – 1993)

Discography

  • Etch EP (1992, Failsafe Records, SAFE021CD)
  • Amsterdam 7″ Single (1993, Crawlspace, SPACE001)

Links

Feast of Stevens on Failsafe Records website

 

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Chris Heazlewood

Biography

Fuzz-guitar god Chris Heazlewood had been a visible part of the New Zealand underground for at least a couple years prior to meeting Celia Mancini in Dunedin back in 1991 (and thereby forming the legendary King Loser).

In Sferic Experiment Heazlewood was loud and caustic, putting out a cassette on Bruce Russell‘s iconic XPressway label way back in 1989, flanked by future King Loser alumni Sean O’Rielly and Greg Cairns.

Ratfink A Booboo!

A year later Heazlewood put out his first solo release – entitled ‘Ratfink A Booboo!‘, this ultra-rare cassette release was a blueprint for future releases named after a suitably obscure 1960’s b-movie.

A 2nd solo cassette entitled ‘Hellmouth 66‘ in 1991, along with a 7″ EP as Olla – a group comprising Heazlewood, O’Rielly and Ex-Look Blue Go Purple drummer Lesley Paris, Heazlewood’s first release on Flying Nun Records.

From 1993 through 1996 Heazlewood recorded and release four 7″ singles, and Flying Nun Records would release the combined results as ‘Ca$h Guitar‘ in 1998. By then King Loser were on permanent hiatus, and fairly soon Heazlewood would disappear from view altogether, eventually resurfacing in late 2015.

However the preceding years had been tough on Heazlewood – along with the death of good friend and former band-mate Peter Gutteridge had passed away, plus a Kickstarter page was created to help pay for his own stage four liver disease.

Heazlewood began to recover and even managed a King Loser reunion in 2016/2016, unfortunately brought to an abrupt end in mid 2017 with Celia Mancini’s passing. However circa 2017, Chris Heazlewood continues to perform in a solo capacity.

Members

  • Chris Heazlewood (Guitar/Vocals/Bass/Drums)

Discography

  • Ratfink A Booboo! (1990, A One-Off Productions)
  • Hellmouth 666 Cassette (1991, Xpressway, X/Way 23)
  • Surfs Up In Malibu 7″ Single (As Heazlewood 1993, Flying Nun Records, FN222)
  • They Slaughter Small Children, Don’t They 7″ Single (1993, Turbine, TUR004)
  • Badge Or Medallion? 7″ Single (As Heazlewood 1995, Flying Nun Records, FN354)
  • The Ron Asheton Club 7″ EP (1995, Crawlspace, SPACE003)
  • Ca$H Guitar (1996, Flying Nun Records, FN398)

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Minus Two

As the name implies, the Terminals Stephen Cogle (Vocals / Acoustic Guitar), Mick Elborado (Organ) and John Christoffels (Bass) formed Minus Two as a side-project excluding Peter Stapleton and Brian Crook. Apparently most of the songs on their self-recorded and exceedingly rare CD-r Beat Goes Off are Stapleton songs from the vaults (even dating back to pre-Direen Vacuum) that Crook wasn’t keen on playing (apparently their ‘too poppy’), so this abridged combo convened in the late 1990s and released this document, with Crawlspace providing some distribution.

Discography (picks in bold)

  • The Beat Goes Off Cd-R []

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