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Backyard Burial – R.I.P Blaps Warmonger – Matt Hall 1975 – 2011

Blaps Warmonger -Matt Hall, legendary vocalist for the Lower Hutt grind scum group Backyard Burial, “died as a result of ferocious attack while in bed”.

Unbelievable, I saw him only a couple of weeks ago as our paths cross in our day jobs. I’ve known him for years, have seen the band play since the beginning, and am deeply shocked at this loss.

He had the most demanding stage presence, completely committed to his vocal delivery in a style that became truly his own.

The band played a few yearsago at a festival we organised called Meatwaters. A festival showcasing the best of Wellington extreme music. And they we the best in their game.

My condolences to friends, family & the band. He was a powerful performer on stage, and a grand bloke off stage. I cannot begin to imagine how difficult this time must be for Blaps immediate family.

I hope resolution comes soon.


A TRANSITional Update

The years sliding quickly to timely demise, with a new one hot on its heals. It seems it would be good to take this chance to quickly update a few recent happening, info on how the album is progressing, and maybe a few other incidentals along the way.

The Album is progressing slowly and surely,  we have had to reevaluate our timetable a couple of times. We are spending a lot longer on the mixing that we had initially planned. The song-mix tally to date is that we have 1 song left to mix then we are at the final tweaking stage. From that point mastering follows quickly.  We anticipate this’ll be done by the end of the year. We’re not stressing, it’s worth the wait and we are learning ever such a lot along the way.

We have fully compiled the art for the album. Our design includes two booklets to accompany the disc,  each song with a original work of art accompanying the track.9/11ths of the artwork has been generously provided, upon invitation, to illustrate and illuminate the overall concept of the song. We have artwork by Roger Morris, James Robinson, Kerry-Ann Lee, Tao Wells, Campbell Kneale, Stefan Neville, Andrew Ross, Deborah Barton, Garage Collective, Jeff Henderson, and Suhartono(big story around this piece coming later). To the left is a sneak preview of the beautiful art supplied by Kerry Ann Lee to accompany the title track TRANSIT.

Our intention for 2011 is to tour the physical artworks with our performance. There will be a few interesting logistical aspects to figure along the way, but it will be a fun opportunity to present the art and music , while touring the cd, and at the same time I hope this will open up a few new venues for us to play.

We will also be releasing this disc with support from TENZENMEN, a very noble independent DIY label from Australia.

We have just been featured in the Dec/Jan edition of a online music magazine from the states called Perfect Sound Forever. This interview took place of several months, and now contains one or two inaccuracies (there is no text on the album now sung in Te Reo) but we have four songs with front man Dean Hapeta, from the legendary Upper Hutt Posse, adding fantastic text and vocals to these track. These inaccuracies are due mainly to us changing our minds/plans/ideas along the way. This interview  a nice overview of the last 10 years of the Assembly and beyond. Thanks massively to John Lockwood for the offer to participate in this, and the editing and authorship of this article.

  • A new blog posting at THIS LINK about a recent show in the grand city of Whanganui.
  • We now have a twitter account at THIS LINK.
  • There are ongoing updates and contacts added to this new website. Enjoy.