Firstly, this easter weekend we having our first shows for the year on this mini-tourette of Whanganui/Palmerston North and Levin.It would be lovely to see you all, it’s been a while and will be nice to be out and about once again.
Friday 3 – Whanganui – Space Monster with Vorn and Gold MedalFamous
Saturday 4 -Palmerston North – Great Job with Felix and Jack and P90s
Sunday afternoon 5 – Levin – Alternative Entertainment Bureau – 10 bands/10 bucks! – with Black Chrome, The G/Nomes, Valerie and one of my personal all-time-favorites NZ punk bands No Idea!
Next though, is work is progressing nicely on what will be our next album – with the working title of either Persona Ficta, or It’s All Over, yet to be fully decided. We’re finishing off the demos and honing some of the ideas, and stripping back others. We’re certainly leaning towards lean. It’s the thinking about it that often takes the longest and then ‘blink’ it’s all over.
Ok, the best news is that at this very moment the mr sterile Assembly album TRANSIT is in the most capable and helpful hands of Dualplover. We expect the deliver of the album by the end of Feb and then we shall start sharing our efforts far and wide. The first single has been release for free download on our Bandcamp page, the feed back’s been lovely, ta.
The first show for this year is in Christchurch at the fine venue of El Santo Porteno with a rare performance of Street and one of the infamous Dave Khan’s bands (i’ll post the band name when I have it). Further afield we also have shows in planning for Palmerston Nth, Whanganui, some Australian shows, and mid year a return to south east Asia.
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 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.
We visited Whanganui November 20 to play a show a a new venue called The Arc Theatre. A new venue that had it’s opening night only the week before. It’s an older style building -, 2 stories and a basement, near the inner-city of Whanganui, administered by Brandon. While we were setting up a local came in recounting how the building use to be a Chinese laundry in the early days of the town. It’s a small venue small, that would hold maybe 100 people at a squeeze. There are plans for it to be an art space, with the flexibility to present music, exhibitions, but thee are also plans to develop a small cinema downstairs. It’s focus seems more inclined towards the creative and experimental artistic community in town. The venue has picked up the mantle after the recent passing of Al, ALC5, who ran the legendary Eye of Night venue located on the main street. The ARC Theatre continues to honor the memory of Al by being the worthy recipients of much of Al’s gear from the Eye. And in memory to Al, the naming of ARC is the initials of AL’s full name.
And to up the coolness factor a significant notch or two, The ARC Theatre is next door neighbor to the uber hip label Stink Magnetic, administered by the infamous Tape-Man. I found a ‘cave painting’ that I believe to be an ancient rendition of the infamous Taped one, very impressive. —->
The show started gentle, folk ambling in at their leisure. Dow Jones performed first. I missed this unfortunately while away getting changed. A one-man act playing bossanova keyboard beats with sound samples. Next was the blazing punk genius of Blair Jones, another sole performance with Blair solely arm with a guitar and massive volume. Half a dozen songs of pure adrenaline.
We came on third. We we’re looking forward to this show, our first show out of town as a two piece. An exciting outing for us, a chance to present the reworked tunes to a new audience and experiment with this revised line-up. Its phenomenal how much noise/music two people can make. And brilliant back & forth banter, always easier when playing on the floor. The songs have been tweaked and some parts restructured to fit the new format, playing live is always such a great road test for material.
After us came the epic and massive unit that is Weeks Field,named after a building on the opposite side of the road to the venue. Siamese drummers and bass. Gargantuan , maybe improvised, drum & bass psychedelic rock-outs. Coloured with sporadic hooting & hollering from Brandon, one of the drummers and the venue curator.
It felt like a very successful presentation and I look forward to playing again. Whanganui is very lucky indeed to have another adventurous venue, and it’s great for touring acts as this place’ll fill a bit of a void. Always great to have new venues open, and sustained by local interest.