About one week after September 11, 2001, the band called mr sterile Ensemble, played it’s first show at Valve on Vivian Street, Wellington, using guitar, trombone and drum accompaniment to the poems of mr sterile. The Ensemble became the Assembly several months after this show, incorporating an evolving concept in the delivery of a musical, creative, and political ideas.
Stretching from a two-piece guitar and clarinet duo, to the wild seven piece including cello, trombones and rock band, playing a cabaret styled punk circus, to the jazz-skronk of stripped down drums/bass/guitar & sax, to the current refined two piece. The group has always diversified in sound-exploration, but the message has always been constant.
Now the group is a two piece, bass, drums and vocals. Always easy to identify via the considered and dynamic onstage identity, remaining assertive in sound, we feel some significance that at this tenth birthday we revisits its original core of two, after a decade long and epically adventurous journey.
It has been a moveable feast, a constant and circulating arrangements of instruments, personal, costumes, and sounds, leaving four audio releases, a book, and a bunch of other erratic merchandise and detritus in its wake. Debris scattered from Wellington, to the stages of the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Java, Malaysia, Australia, Singapore, & Mangaweka, the Assembly has entertained and amused, established connection and relationship, and entered into a global network of d.i.y creative and adventurous music makers.
On October 14 Friday, the mr sterile Assembly invites you to Happy, on the corner of Vivian and Tory to celebrate with us ten years of racket.
We would be honoured should you like to come along and entertain your evening with our celebration.
A massive thanks to everyone who has ever been involved over the last decade – performers who have added their creative energy, artists who have shared their vision, fellow bands and performers who we have played alongside, and all the folk we have met and chatted with along the way. It is a huge and wonderful list.
Sharing the stage with us this night are friends Nervous System, Jabroniz, +DJ P-Pants.
Entry $7 (unwaged/low-waged) $8 (better than minimum waged)
Kick off 9.30ish you know the drill
Come along, we are officially feckless teenagers!
WHERE: The Russian Frost Farmers Gallery, 2 Eva St, Wellington CBD
Cost: NIL!!! album $20
With guests DJ P-Pants!
Transit, the 5th release by Aotearoa New Zealand’s mr sterile Assembly is stonking.
Dubbed as “one of the most interesting, if hopelessly below-the-pop-culture-radar bands in New Zealand,” the irrepressible two-piece of mr sterile and Chrissie Butler have reeled in a swathe of Aotearoa’s finest musicans and artists.
Mixed and mastered by the fine hands of Mike Gibson, the sound is a rich weave of heavy bass and drums built around multi-layered vocals. Jeff Henderson, of screaming jazz improv sax fame brings the melodics, alongside a scattering of Nell Thomas (Orchestra of Spheres) on the gamelan gender and the solid bass grooves of Aaron Lloydd. Dean Hapeta aka Te Kupu, Upper Hutt Posse, has been a key collaborator on the project, recording all the vox, sax and extra sounds as well as contributing his own vox and text. Lyrical collaborations with Wellington poet Maria McMillan have also found their place.
The gathering of the 11 images for the 11 tracks has been a momentous effort. Eight of the works have been commissioned specifically for Transit. The artists, Andrew Ross, Deborah Barton, James Robinson, Campbell Kneale, Stefan Neville, Kerry-Ann Lee, Jeff Henderson, and Garage Collective, responded as they desired, creating a powerful collection to accompany the songs. Two works are from artists Tao Wells and Roger Morris, who have gifted established works to be tagged to the songs. The eleventh art work is a very special Wayang puppet received as a gift when the Assembly played in Java on their south east Asia tour in 2007.
In 2011 mr sterile Assembly will tour the exhibition across the country in between tours to Australia in April, and Singapore, Malaysia, and Indonesia in July.