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The Rock side of the Moon

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Been a while since we had a show in Wellington, and gonna be nice to be back at Moon. It’s our first show back after the Tokyo/Seoul tour so should be crackling….

Will be nice to play with Pom Pom from Palmerston North, and Good Fuck from Wellington.


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HELLo Tokyo, HELLo Seoul [archive]

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Huge thanks to Stefanus Endry Pragusta for the image for the poster… Awesome!

Tour Diary

Part 1: Nakano Rock n Roll
Part 2: First we take Waseda, then we take Nishie-Fuku
Part 3: The Han Joo-Slingshot-Nosebleed Drumroll
Intermission: Walk! This! Way! – Run DMZ
Part 4: Hongdae Homerun


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So incredibly excited about the pending excursion into Tokyo and Seoul. Both will be new experiences for the sterile roadshow. Years ago when we returned home from our first central European tour we stopped off for a weekend and Ditzy Squall played couple of shows in Osaka and Kyoto, the sterile band at that time had found itself in a reorganizing phase. So super stoked that now its happening for real.

So firstly, MASSIVE thanks to Kaori, bass player for Goofy 18 [who we are playing with twice] from Tokyo, and Ian-John Hutchinson from Seoul for all the help and assistance in support us to make this adventure possible.

We met Ian-John when the South Korean experimental music collective Bulgasari recently toured New Zealand Aotearoa. We are looking forward to reconnecting with them on their home soil.

Tour Dates


September comes before October

Got a busy few months ahead with local travel before some international travel…

First the local.

First of the plate is a couple of shows in Auckland on Friday September 6 at the Audio Foundation. Playing with us will be OKSUN OX and an O/PUS [an iteration of Olympus]

And then the following night, the 7th, playing the album launch show for The Changing Same at UFO. Also playing with be The Fuzzies and a resurrected Eight-Living Legs.

A couple of weeks later there’s gonna be a secret show in Wellington…can’t say nothing…never


DSLB in the Pyramid

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Another opportunity to experience DSLB at the Pyramid Club in Wellington.

Performing with Pumice and Jason Khan from Switzerland.

 


DSLB outing at HackedePicciotto

This weekend a very rare event indeed with DSLB, the solo project of Chrissie Butler opening for the touring duo know as HackedePicciotto.

DSLB recently release the album TwohandsTwice and will be using that format of wind-powered keyboards, electric motored or manual, to set the scene for the evening.

The tour of HackedePicciotto has been organized by the Audio Foundation:

[from the AF website] “Audio Foundation is pleased to announce a nationwide tour for HackedePicciotto, stalwarts of Berlin’s legendary underground culture of the ’80s and ’90s and giants of multimedia art and industrial music.

Both artists are legends of their own making: Danielle de Picciotto moved to Berlin in 1987 where she became the lead singer of the band Space Cowboys, co-initiator of the Love Parade, and frequent collaborator with the Ocean Club alongside Gudrun Gut. Alexander Hacke is founding member and bass player of avant-legends, Einstürzende Neubauten. Over two decades, the duo has collaborated in countless international projects in addition to regularly releasing their own compositions.

In 2010, de Picciotto and Hacke made the decision to abandon their home, forging a nomadic path from one city to the next, eschewing all sense of fixity and stability along the way. The absence of a permanent place of return has since informed their work, which they produce relentlessly in search of“external & internal clarity, archaic principles and philosophies, and the means to master the rigours of the road.” The duo describes the cause for their restlessness as stemming from “gentrification, and the annihilation of individualism, as wells as the rising cost of living and the relentless sellout by the mainstream entertainment industry.” In response, “artists need to find new ways of working … in order to upkeep integrity and autonomy. The old patterns no longer function.”

After years of live performance, the intensity of Hacke-dePicciotto shows, along with the duo’s reputation for existential angst, proceeds their arrival. de Picciotto’s Hurdy Gurdy, autoharp and kemenche combined with Hacke’s virtuosic lines on bass, guitar and percussion, punctuated by melancholic, translucent harmonies and underpinned by low electronic rumbles. The soundscapes engendered by this collage bring forth a mesmerizing universe of sound and emotion, leaving audiences both shaken and overjoyed.”


The HELLo Show on show

Huge thanks to Roger Graumeijer, of RoxPx.com, for collecting great images and the following moving pictures from our recent swift South Island tour.


Haters and Wrecking on the Radio

The three recently recent album on our skirted Records were sent to Nick Bollinger of Radio NZ for potential review. And we were wonderfully surprised when this appeared. Thanks heaps for the positive clip.


From RadioNZ:

Nick Bollinger discusses the rhythms, rants and recent releases of Wellington-based independent musician Mr Sterile.

Mr Sterile Assembly

Here’s an act that has travelled as far and wide and played to audiences as diverse as any band from this country ever has – though that hardly means Mr Sterile is a household name.

Mr Sterile is the performing alias of Kieran Monaghan: drummer, vocalist, occasional bassist, guitarist, and – for these particular recordings – virtually everything else as well.

Monaghan has been performing under the Mr Sterile banner since around the turn of this century, often in collaboration with his partner Chrissie Butler.

The General Pathetic

The General Pathetic Photo: Skirted Records

There’s a high level of theatricality about what they do. Their stage costumes are like some mash-up between Bride Of Frankenstein and early Split Enz.  At times they incorporate other musicians as well. These larger aggregations are known as Mr Sterile Assembly. Otherwise it’s simply Mr Sterile, which is the case with two new releases, which are essentially Monaghan solo works – though that doesn’t mean they are not packed to the gunnels with sound.

The music might not conform to any old-school punk-rock rulebook, still there is a punk impulse behind it – perhaps politically even more than sonically. The lyrics are like wake-up calls; warnings of the various mechanisms and instruments of oppression that threaten our lives.

But there is a satirical as well as a sinister side to the Mr Sterile aesthetic, which you’ll find everywhere from the lyrics to the handmade packaging. Sacred cows and self-congratulation are prime targets. The first of these two recent releases is called The General Pathetic, with both its title and graphics parodying a well-known Kiwi rock classic.

Monaghan’s primary instrument is the drums and this music comes at you rhythm-first. Those rhythms can be layered and complex, as in the industrial waltz of ‘Cast Adrift’, or furious and combatant – try ‘Kraschenbanger’s Return’. At other times the effect is almost folky (‘Setting Fire To Bob’).

Haters Wreckers and Other Friends

Haters Wreckers and Other Friends Photo: Skirted Records

The General Pathetic was actually recorded about six years ago, though it has only just been mastered, and is the more lo-fi of the two new releases.

The other album – Haters, Wreckers and Other Friends – is a bit more sonically refined, though sheer ferociousness isn’t compromised. This is music with a lot of sharp edges that seems to combine the sonic force of Fugazi with the angular rhythms of Captain Beefheart. Chimes of gamelan deepen the textures. Tracks like ‘Would We Be Alive’ imply a spiky kind of funk.

A third new release, also from Mr Sterlie’s label Skirted Records, could be heard as the antidote to the other two. It certainly makes for a study in contrasts.

Two Hands Twice comes out under the name DSLB (that stands for Ditsy Squalls Lunch Box) the alias of Mr Sterile Assembly bassist Chrissie Butler, and consists simply of five instrumentals played on a wheezy old pump organ. These are minimal and meditative. Built around single note drones in no discernable tempo over which harmonies are very slowly added and subtracted, it is like music in slow motion. The song of a glacier, or an organic, handmade version of Eno’s ambient music.

Two Hands Twice

Two Hands Twice Photo: Skirted Records

After listening for a while my nervous system seemed to settle to where just the addition of a second note became a momentous event. But sometimes the organ is joined by unidentified rattles and bangs – it might be a washing machine in the next room – and something almost akin to a groove enlivens the drone.

With these three releases out in the world, Mr Sterile Assembly are heading back on the road soon, premiering some brand new material. In the past they have toured extensively through South East Asia and Eastern Europe, places few New Zealand bands have ever set foot. But this midwinter jaunt takes them to Christchurch, Dunedin an Invercargill.

Catch them if you can. There’s nothing else like it.


The HELLo Show – South Island Tour

For the first time in a long time we get to return to the south Island for a few shows.

The HELLo Show is our new work in progress, a developing idea of new songs and presentation, a push back against frantic apocalyptic fantasies without denying the mounting data of impending difficulty thats ahead of us. And a bit more raucous fun.

The Ruling Elite

Carradine Choke

Infinite Justice

Muratroyd

Otepuni Moonshine

Seafog

The poster has been designed specifically for this tour by the wonderful artist Stefanus Endry Pragusta from Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia. Many thanks for the international collaboration! This is his statement on the work titled “TODAY”:

 
This work tells about my anxiety reading Indonesia now. The year 2018-2019 becomes the political year, because 2019 will pass elections to elect leaders for the people. Before the 2019 election, I already felt the chaos in every day. Today Indonesia has two camps that will [try to] seize power, unfortunately they have started a bad campaign at the beginning of the year… they are still fighting.
 
Same issues Communist, humanitarian, Slander, Racist, Religion, Intimidation, violence all played to become rulers. And I’m forced to see it all in TV, newspapers, and social media every day, it’s like terror from all walks of life for the future that seems to be like this too.
 
It seems that this mess is deliberately not maintained by a disorderly government or two camps. They will show off dirty wars in front of the community to show who the winner is, and I am forced to see the continuous cunning going on.

Mental chaos that is nurtured continuously for voracious power. They are busy concerned with how to [gain] power and then forget people who are victims of political greed elite. This is a big problem for the survival of our lives in the home and social environment.

Two new shows

 

 

 

 


At the fringes of the Fringe

27709559_10159921297060721_1773934509414729470_oNew 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