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

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The mr sterile Assembly is a bass and drum duo of explosive proportions from Aotearoa New Zealand. With one foot in the world of punk, and the other dancing between noise, math rock, free-form squall, they are not easy to box, and are quite happy about that. Known as much for their wordsmithing as for their impressive live performance, sterile’s fierce delivery has been described as “oppressive and delightful both at the same time.” Organ Magazine, UK.

After 15 years, five albums, and several excursions to Central Europe and South East Asia, Sterile are looking forward to this 20 date tour across 2 continents. The band will be traveling with their latest album, It’s All Over released through the band’s label skirted Records. International distribution is through Portland based Metal Postcards. Take a listen on Bandcamp to “A jolt of pure creative spirit married to social commentary, and damn good fun!”  NZ Musician.




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NZ Musician “…literate, rich and engaging…”
Southland Times Invercargill “Clever enough to engage, even from the outside. “
Seagull Chainsaw (AUS) “There’s really nothing like it you know, if i really wanted to try to explain it i’d say its funky post-punk with the wackiness of Mr.Bungle, the  polarising pop feel of Devo but with the the dark political abstract of Rudimentary Peni.”
Sea of Tranquility (USA) “After reviewing music on Sea of Tranquility for more than 10 years…[Transit]… ranks up there with the oddest releases I’ve been asked to cover”
Punkas.com (NZ)“…one of the most singular and unusual acts in New Zealand”
The Organ (UK) “…oppressive and delightful both at the same time…”
Under The Radar (NZ)Interview with mr sterile


“…one of the most interesting, if hopelessly below-the-pop-culture-radar bands in New Zealand”
John Lockwood – Perfect Sound Forever Online Music Magazine

“There literally is nothing else like this in NZ”
Zoe Drayton – The Audio Foundation

“…uncompromising musical adventurers…”
Joe Kidd: Ricecooker – Malaysia

“One of New Zealand’s most adventurous punk bands”
Einstein Music Journal

“…elements of Ex, Dog Faced Hermans and other seminal euro ‘weird-punk’ bands you never heard of and, dressed up in some sinister circus outfits, burn through ideas and tunes…of fun, politics and more fun.”




BFM Simon Pound interview 07/09/06
RNZ Radio 101 2011


mr.sterile (AT) paradise.net.nz

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sterile 2016 Tech Spec