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

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Onslaught

11182658_973201626032262_554036111875116669_oAn amazing show to be playing at this weekend coming – the incredible Onslaught festival held annually in Dunedin. And this years line-ups is a genuine pearler!!!

Organised by Mark from Bazooka this event is in its’ 11th year. It’ll be a full day of a vast array of bands from the south, but happily a little of the North gets in there as well. We think it’s extra brilliant that a couple of bands are from Levin! (Some say the Gore of the North). Levin, is after all, the home of the A.E.B, a mighty fine community venue and one of our particular favourite digs to play. it is also the home of the legendary NZ Punk band No Idea!

It’s possibly been almost 30 years since No Idea last played Dunedin, so this one is gonna be one for the books!

Here is the line-up:

AFTERNOON SHOW: Doors Open 1.30
2.00-2.35 Slitzkrieg
2.35-3.10 Infinite Justice
3.10-3.55 Suicide Bombers
3.55-4.40 Mince On Toast

EVENING SHOW: Supper served at 5.00
5.30-6.00 Whiskey And The Wench
6.00-6.45 mr sterile Assembly
6.45-7.30 The G-Nomes
7.30-8.15 Sawdust
8.15-9.00 Gripper
9.00-9.45 Spiteful Urinator
9.45-10.30 Fantails
10.30-11.15 No Idea
11.15-12.00 Pavement Saw
12.00-12.30 Rattface
12.30-1.00 Bazooka
1.00-2;00 DJ Skullduggery (and between each band).

Some things end

Munki Studio, the home of the NZ’s Secret Intelligence Service, the facility in which we are recording our newest album is in transition. The studios time has come to an end in this current facility and is destined to move in the next few weeks . The building is going to be demolished and included into the park adjacent.

Munki is the studio where we recorded Transit four years ago(much of the art work from that albums package is the hallowed halls of Munki), and the home of the newest album in progress.

goldie filming aug 2015We are MOST chuffed to be asked to return with all equipment and to lay down the last actual studio recording. This we did recently, and we were accompanied by the full surveillance of cameras and microphones that documented this final process. All this footage is going to be compiled into the historic document of the end of the old house of spooks, and the cultural significance it has had for many local creative types.

And as a last bash, there is going to be a final party to send the old ship off, this is going to be at Munki across 3 different staged sites. We, among many, will play brief set, to which will be film and broadcast live over the web (I understand it will remain for view after the fact as well). This is all happening today! Saturday 22 August 2015! So you can watch online tonight with your dinner if your elsewhere – streaming starts 4pm NZ time.

As far as the album goes, we are not quite complete of the recording process, perhaps one more session to finish of the vocals etc and then we will be done. This is going to have to happen when the Munki resettles into the new digs in Miramar. But it’s sounding ALL good mate!

So to Mike, Flo & kids, and all the spooks from the nations paranoid history, you treated us real well.

It’s not over yet

recording We have just completed our intensive period at Munki Studios laying down the 11 rhythm tracks for the new album.

There was, obviously, some anticipation about this process (you may have noticed that we do write songs with stupid parts sometimes). With only the bass and drum kit to focus on, time was able to be allocated to get the maximum, and most interesting, sounds – success!! The phrase ‘better than anticipated’ comes to mind. It’s definitely exciting hearing it come together so solidly.

Watching as all the versions were recorded -errors and all, it seemed we had collected somewhere in the vicinity of six hours of playing; only about 45 minutes of that is what we need for the album. It was certainly an act of endurance -think of it as six hours of five-nine minutes sprints and you’ll start to get an idea of the effort exerted. We broke skins, sticks, skin and cymbals. We played hard, dynamic, and like there was no next take. Well chuffed we are!

There is still plenty of work to do though. Chrissie has a few additional bass parts parts and a couple of other colourful embellishments to add, and then the vocals need to be done. It’s still early days, but needless to say, our expectations are being met (and they can often be unreasonably high). Then there’s the artwork and packaging…

Our crowd-funding project for the production of the CD package continues. To date there are 54 confidence-enhancing contributors. Today we breached the $2k mark – 70% of required target. There is still two weeks to go. If you feel you are able to contribute then we would love you to take a look at our Pozible page which provides much more information.

With our added confidence we are exploring upgrading our CD packaging, more about this later.

We’ve included a wee video to this page with a bit more info on why we think this a good project.

It’s be a monumental few days. Feeling both knackered and elated at the same time, we think we’re definitely making something here that’s gonna give Transit a decent run for its money.

Explanatory video #1 ‘It’s all Over’ — why so special?? from mr sterile on Vimeo.

Useless Shoplifter

Here’s a wee vid film at the recent show in Napier by Vorn I believe – ta.

It’s a newish song called Useless Shoplifter that is about to be recorded for the new album.

enjoy

Useless Shoplifter from mr sterile on Vimeo.

So long and thanks for all the Vietnamese Vina noodle dishes

 

imageWhat a splendid weekend!

Many thanks to all the fine folk in Sydney for the organising, attending and encouraging at the 3 shows we have just played.

The Record Crate, in Glebe, on Friday was grand…who knew the pub owner was an old boy from Palmy, the apple don’t fall far. Huge thanks to Pale Heads from Melbourne, Dead Farmers, and Yes, I’m Leaving for letting us jump on the bill.

imageSaturday was the Sydney Anarchist book fair after party, rocking away in the shop window at Jura Books. The photo to the right is a sculpture in the Addison Rd Community Centre, where the bookfair was held this year – a fantastic space reclaimed from a once-upon-a-time army barrack site.

imageAnd Sunday at Black Wire in Annandale – hard to believe it’s been 4 & 1/2 years since our last show there – great to see it still going and great to see the line up – Arafura, Twinrova and Ted Danson with Wolves

And food! Newtown with it’s vegan/vegetarian Vietnamese (Vina) and Thai (Green Palace) restaurants!!! so good!!

And we found a Catbus hitching a lift on a Totoro too, not bad for a weekend away.image

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