2017 was a very quiet year on the performing front. In fact all aspects of the active side of the band took a long overdue break. But during this period it became apparent that while not songwriting, we could actual tidy up some of the projects on the back burner.
As part of this break, Chrissie took off to the NZ Pacific Studio for a few days and returned home with the beautiful, slow instrumental album Twohandstwice.
Five improvised recordings on an ancient pedal organ. It could be Music for Ports if you will, a contact mic on the lungs of trees, a galleon that sings to the sea in the pitch of night, the play of first light.
Next up is Haters, Wreckers and other Friends.
This is a collection of the most recent solo mr sterile recordings, that were found lurking in files inside a computer. A mixture of more rock songs, mixed with electronic and downloaded app application.
And finally there is The General Pathetic.
This album was recorded on the quiet somewhere around 2012, but the finishing never felt completely complete. So this album, along with the other two, received a new mastering by Warwick Donald to add the little extra oomph they needed. And it’s certainly worth it.
The General Pathetic is a little more lo-fi than Haters, but is the obvious precursor of many of the techniques used on Haters, so they sit like a happy family … if that’s an appropriate metaphor for this grumpy pair.
All albums have a limited edition physical release. Each is assembled into a hand-fashioned card sleeve alongside a collection of images for extra info.
It’s great to have these done, now the attention turns fully to new song writing and already there’s some strong new tunes bursting at the seams. We are really looking forward to playing them out.
New Zealand Fringe Festival:
The Electricka Zoo are one of Wellington’s most intriguing new live bands – a duo of live electronica duo by the Digitator, and Dave Black on guitar & bass. We combine diverse influences from EDM to postpunk avant-garde rock, jazz, reggae, Balkan and Portuguese music into our own homegrown NZ sound. For this performance we’ll be introducing live video imagery that can respond dynamically in real time to the music. www.facebook.com/electrickazoo
Grumblewood are a quartet of merry minstrels from Wellington, New Zealand. Influenced by the progressive and folk rock giants of the 70s, their music integrates elements of baroque, jazz, and traditional folk music into a vintage rock setting. Their songs are highly original, dynamic, and complex; with lyrical storytelling and instrumentation not commonly employed by contemporary musicians, such as flute, mandolin, and banjo. www.facebook.com/grumblewood
mr sterile Assembly is a dynamic and assertive two-piece of drums, bass and vocals, tightly focused, and a fast-paced performance orientation. Hi-viz punk rock! www.facebook.com/mrsterileassembly
Battle for Endor are a 3 piece alt rock band who sound like a 6 piece. They bring new elements to the hard rock genre like multi-instrumentalism, and live use of looping devices, looping guitar, keyboards and even overlapping vocal lines to great wide soundscapes that aren’t usually encountered alongside melodic hooks and catchy rhythms. Executing these soundscapes while keeping things tight and engaging for the audience is an exciting challenge in a live context. www.facebook.com/battleforendor
Tickets $10 – available 7 December
It’s been a fair while since any update. Seems like we took a year off.
So feeling rested, reorientated and recuperated we hit the sticks again, with a bunch of new project.
First a number of shows coming up – Wellington, Whanganui, Palmerston North, Christchurch, Dunedin and Invercargill. Plus we are in the early stages of planning for a much bigger tour at the end of the year.
We have a new look, some new stories and tunes to present to you.
And there are two new solo albums and one remastered album to be released on the bands own label skirted Records. The first is beautiful new atmospheric and acoustic collection of five pieces of sound from DSLB, piped out from bellows over the green pasture of the Manawatu. The album is called TwoHandsTwice.
The second is Haters, Wreckers and other Friends by mr sterile. The most recent collect of random ramblings compiled into one particularly rock collection. Putting the uncomfortable in to the comfort zone. UPDATE: And already these’s a nice wee preliminary review from the Organ Mag in London!
And finally is a new remastering and repackaging of the mr sterile solo album The General Pathetic. More lo-fi and chaotic the album spans the some of the solo sounds from 2005-2012.
Each album is to be assembly by hand, limited to 50 physical pieces only and to be released early April
This here solo mr sterile track was recorded 98-99 and was released as a bonus track at the end of the last ep-cd called Dork by Wellington punk group Loosehead.
[click the word Dork to download]
The song later developed further into a bigger band arrangement and was released on the album Hulagu.
Flash and Exposure
He drops his trousers to all,
showing what’s in store.
Carries with him his ethics
like Indonesia in East Timor.
With a plan and task in mind,
out lined for the local poor.
Who fumble with the deadbolt
cos free trades at the door.
Blood running deaf to our ears,
radio relays how the money grows.
The heavy knocking of the IMF,
in Poorsville progress comes in blows.
The consumers all want a bargain,
as the warehouse jingle goes.
The vulgar prophets at the door,
keen to make a south Pacific Mexico.
Gone the tribal homeland,
in the global market place.
Unless there’s something to consume,
a natural resource you can’t replace.
Or a quaint ethnic show, of dissent there’s no trace.
Cos the World Bank’s funding your survival,
they’ll buy the smile off your face.
Demands are made and met,
by embarrassed men, call it duty.
carnage hidden out back in the third world,
seen in the west as ads of ideal beauty.
Minority groups, indigenous peoples,
to finance cede their sovereignty.
While then visitor at the door,
with his daks around his ankles,
Flashing his filthy economy.