outsider-punk noise experimental rock two-piece from Aotearoa New Zealand


Shanghai arrival


Leaving Aotearoa NZ at midnight we get the typical sleep you get on long haul flights, broken and restless. But as far as they go this was one of the better ones, slightly more comfy, slightly better rest. The planning for this tour has been going on for months, the build-up intense – navigating tour planning with every-day to day life. That’s all over now, well and truly behind us.

We entered Shanghai airport at 7 am Friday morning. Friday for us was 29 hours long, most of those awake.

Our first mission was to make our way via Metro train and foot to the accommodation we’d arranged. It was just booked and confirmed the day of departure, after last minute changes were made to the schedule.

The contact in Shanghai who was organising the first show had encountered several challenges. The venue had recently relocated and our show was to be the first in this new space. Some equipment was difficult to get, and less than 48 hours before departure we heard there would be no drum kit,  only 1 microphone and no PA! Slightly problematic for a rock band.

Funnily enough, we had just done an interview for our Beijing show for AWEH. We discussed in one question about the last album’s process, a self imposed provocation of how can we make the most with the least equipment/instrumentation/collaboration. It seemed that this Shanghai show would really put the theory to the test. The show organiser is known for experimental music/noise so there was plenty of sonic latitude to play with.

We had also been in communication with another bloke from the Shanghai band Round Eye. On the night before we left he messaged saying we might be able to get a spot at a show his band was playing on the other side of town on the same night. The first shows starting time was 7,  the second at 9. It was a logistical mission to figure travel times while still at home. To us it seemed there could be a real risk we might not pull it off.

We accepted the second show and hoped like hell we could actually make it work.

We entered Shanghai on the Maglev, the only magnetic levitating train on the globe. Top speed 430kph. Then onto the Shanghai Metro train lines which are brilliantly intuitive to navigate. Exiting the Metro on West Yunan Road station we sited the 2nd venue, Yuyintang. The accommodation was another 15 minute walk from venue to the backpackers situated down a narrow lane. We checked in, had rice and beer and half slept for hour.



It was interesting to notice how quiet the back streets were, and even the main thoroughfares. There’s a remarkable number of electric scooters to contend with. They come up behind you swiftly like sparrows, the only alert a honk or chime of a bell. The scooters are a marvel of physics, modified in many ways to accommodate additional passengers or loaded to the gunnels with produce, bales of cardboard, or a myriad of other industrial supplies.

We passed the Shanghai museum of modern art and snapped a couple of quick pic of some of the wall art.

Street art Shanghai

After rest we prepared for the first leg of the evening. Having gained some familiarity with the Metro we found it straightforward to meet our contact for the first show. The new residence of Space 631 was used as a photographic studio during the day.

The show was a noise show with four performers on the bill. We were billed first after discussions with the organiser as this was going to be the only way to logistically get across town in time was to play. Street art Shanghai 2We would play then go via taxi immediately.

The show was billed to start 7, it started 7.30. This ramped the anxiety a tad,  but we figured one way to manage this pressure was to get into costume at this venue and then taxi while kitted up. This idea was met with surprise,  maybe seen as as crazy thing to do. The organiser thought we might find it hard to get a cab as we looked like devils … us?

Tortured Nurse???Our performance was as free-form exploration of one of our songs, using a lot of text, freeform bass guitar and rolling round the floor with one snare drum and a few cymbals. It seemed to work. We also invited one of the other performers to play guitar with us. A noisy affair of clatter and tone ending to the solo utterance of single words.

Then pack-up and split. Not a style we were that happy to use but it was the only way to meet this other commitment. Usually we think it respectful to remain till the end.

It took a few goes for him to hail a taxi. So we tried to turn make ourselves less conspicuous standing in the shadows!!! Eventually a driver wanted the fair and pulled over. We rolled into the cab then roared off across Shanghai to Yuyintang.

mmexport1476848989341.jpgmmexport1476849009851.jpgIt was our first real view of the city from the street as mostly the Metro was underground. It blew our heads away. The city is gargantuan! Skyscraper after skyscraper after skyscraper.  Light shows of epic proportions. Everything of epic proportions.

It was as if we had fallen asleep in sleepy Wellington and woke to find ourselves on the set of Blade Runner.

Arriving at the second venue with 10 minutes to spare, creating a little stir walking the 200 meters to Yuyintang,  we entered, set up and played…boom…made it!

Doin the Yuyintang StrollYuyintang is reported to be one of the longest standing venues for alt. music in Shanghai, running for about 10 years. It was so worth the effort to make this work, we met some really wonderful people and played to a lively full house. A cranking start to the tour.

Knackered and content we headed to the hostel, absolutely exhausted, through the back streets of Shanghai. A long haul flight from NZ,  navigated an entirely new city, two shows and several beers later we dragged our gear up the four flights of stairs and collapsed satisfied.  A enormous first one, like three days in one. Not bad.

A Massive shout out to Junky & Chachy for being exceptionally good humans! thx

knackered on the day of 29 hours


The It’s All Over [part’s of ]the World Tour

We’re on the road again, a roadtrip of friends and adventures, a glimpse  of this mad, enthralling dynamic world in change. We hope to see you along the way, click beer glasses and wish each other well. Details to the shows below may be subject to change, however, if it’s here we are under the pretense that we are confirmed. We expect a few more to be added in the coming weeks. Already there are heaps to thank for the generous support in helping us to set this beast in motion – it will be a long list by the end.

Huge thanks to Kiwese!



  • OCTOBER 14 FRIDAY : China, Shanghai: Venue – Space-631 – 7pm: with Torturing Nurse, 反方向的钟, 白梦薇
  • OCTOBER 14 FRIDAY : China, Shanghai: Venue – Yuyintang – 9pm: with Round Eye, & South acid Mimi, Bedstars , Dirty Fingers
  • OCTOBER 15 SATURDAY : China, Guangzhou : Venue-Loft345 w/Die!ChiwawaDie!
  • OCTOBER 16 SUNDAY : China, Guiyang : Venue – Power Livehouse Anniversary Party
  • OCTOBER 19 WEDNESDAY : China, Chengdu : Venue – Nu Space w/Don Trash
  • OCTOBER 20 THURSDAY : China, Chongqing : Venue – Nuts Livehouse w/You Come Twice
  • OCTOBER 21 FRIDAY : China , Wuhan : Venue – Coastline w/Panic Worm, Michael Ceratops
  • OCTOBER 22 SATURDAY : China , Beijing: Venue – Caravan: with Death Narcissist + DJ Fido
  • OCTOBER 23 SUNDAY : China , Beijing : Venue -Fruityspace w/Baba Rossa (Orchestra of Spheres星迹乐团)
  • OCTOBER 28 FRIDAY : Italy, Tornareccio : Venue – Invizin  1st Birthday: with Polemica, treis [TOR], DJ zi ‘orizi’e (roots-rock-reggae) & dj da’hil (eclettico)
  • NOVEMBER 1 TUESDAY : London : Venue – Vegbar : With Dream Hearbs
  • NOVEMBER 3 THURSDAY : Finland, Helsinki : Venue – Henry’s Pub : w/TBA
  • NOVEMBER 4 FRIDAY : Finland, Tampere : Venue – O’Hara’s ; with Xes
  • NOVEMBER 16 WEDNESDAY : Czech Republic, Loket : Venue – Hrad Loket : w/ Už jsme doma
  • NOVEMBER 17 THURSDAY : Czech Republic, Tabor : Venue – CESTA žije : w/ Už jsme doma
  • NOVEMBER 18 FRIDAY : Czech Republic, Lanškroun ; Venue – Apollo ; w/ Už jsme doma
  • NOVEMBER 19 SATURDAY : Czech Republic, Teplice n.M. Venue Dědov :Festival Webrocka
  • NOVEMBER 20 SUNDAY : Czech Republic, Prague: Venue Vagon : Opening for The Plastic People of the Universe
  • NOVEMBER 25 FRIDAY : London : Venue – The Others : line TBA
  • NOVEMBER 26 SATURDAY : London : Venue – Iklectic Art Lab : Line up TBA
  • DECEMBER 3 SATURDAY : Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur : Venue – TBA
  • DECEMBER 4 SUNDAY : Singapore : Venue – TBA


Review : It’s All Over : NZ Musician

From the NZ Musician magazine, big thanks to Bing Turkby!


This impossibly tight ‘outsider punk’ duo (just drums and bass, with vocals by both performers) can always be counted on to deliver a blasting collection of thought-provoking songs. Recorded at Munki Studios, this release handily showcases the power of the band while keeping the vocals clear enough to be easily understood, which is a huge part of the Assembly experience. This is songwriting with a mission to change the world, commenting on injustice and pointing out the ludicrous. At the same time the songs are musically adventurous, with all the willful unconformity of Mike Watt’s Dos, but an extra tablespoonful of audacious creativity and sheer talent.

Odd time signatures are just normal for Mr Sterile Assembly. They deliver them naturally, rather than as an affected gimmick, because all of this would be irrelevant if it was approached as just a math exercise. The form follows the function of the song. Sometimes that manifests as an a capella section, other times it’s a flurry of distorted bass notes. A jolt of pure creative spirit married to social commentary, and it’s also damn good rocking fun! • Bing Turkby


Review : It’s All Over : RNR666, Budapest

RNR666, another great blog full of weird sounds from all over. Very happy to be included in this line up.

rnr666_logo265x7_0010New Zealand, I like it. Home of some great artists like Axemen, Heart Attack Alley, Delaney Davidson, Stomping Nick, and mr sterile and his company, a bunch of various musicians who working together under the name of mr sterile Assembly from 2004. They have made their latest album as drum and bass duo, so the music is pretty minimal punk


which bring the very early NoMeansNo to my mind when it consisted of the two Wright brothers only. And also bring the Minutemen and English anarcho-punk group CRASS, not just because

“the title track to the album It’s All Over, an anthem to and for the protesters at the front-line of the climate crisis; for Black Lives Matter, for Refugees are Welcome, for No one is Illegal; for resistance, for persistence;  for workers struggling to obtain a living wage, decent conditions, a dignified workplace; Occupy, Anonymous, BDS, frontline communities; the opposers of the corporate wars, the oil wars, the water wars, the cyber wars; those fighting for transparency, equity, liberation; old folk connecting with young folk in affinity; for those fighting for potential and hope in health, education, housing; for fighting for freedom of expression from medieval thinking; for the radicals, for the first-timers; for us, for It All, for Everywhere, for freedom, for life!” – said mr sterile.

On their previous album in 2011 there was a bigger assembly with a pretty eclectic music


There come the English avantgarde experimentalist Fred Frith, Dutch anarcho-punk-folk-jazz The Ex, Hungarian psych rock band Másfél and art punk Ápolók to my head. But I could say Captain Beefheart or the Bez Ladu a Skladu from Slovakia too. Or there is the Belgian Morzelpronk, but anyway “they have a distinctive, South Pacific sound based on unusual and urgent time signatures, repetitive heavy rhythms, and angular lyrics.” And it is highly entertaining.


Review: It’s All Over : Yeah I Know It Sucks – Netherlands

Thank you Yeah I Know It Sucks for the review! YIKIS is a good blog with loads of interesting finds there, worth exploring.

Posted April 8, 2016

Finally I’m back to stay for good at YIKIS. After a hiatus because of house moving, cleaning up an old house, diverse other stuff, I’m ready to review again.

I’ll mainly focus myself on CD and cassette releases. I’ve got a good setup to listen and review your releases with full dedication (it bassicly means I can turn the volume up to 11).

First review is by the band Mr Sterile Assembly. They are a duo that make very very very bassheavy band music. A lot of the times the bass just overwhelms you in such a way that you’re almost hypnotized by it. Differianting between Ska rhythms and freejazz mumbojumbo it really lays the layer for most of the tracks.

The singing on the tracks reminds me of Anne Clark spoken word and Blondie tunes on the female vocal part. The male sings like a angry butcher that will come after you if you don’t do as he tells you. Overall teh singing floats between Atari Teenage Riot angst screaming and the spoken words of the audiobooks you find over at the LibriVox page.

Back to the other sounds. The drumming on this release is done with great precission and is coherent with the bass and the singing. What I’m trying to say is that a lot of practicing, recording, writing and other production values a very high standard.

You can listen to this album on bandcamp, buy it there in digital format, but I strongly recommend to buy it on CD. The package alone is worth the money. It’s very sturdy and comes with a lot of info. It even has the lyrics. And I bet they will put in a postcard with a personal ‘thank you!’ note in it.


Put the in your CD player at home, turn up the volume and let yourself be taken away by the music. You’ll probably find yourself building a private moshpit, like I did!