The passing of Peter Gutteridge is a massive loss. His music always seemed beautifully timeless. Few people have used repetition, texture and distortion to such incredible effect. Fewer are able to convey so much with so little as he could. I guess being ‘born in the wrong time’ helps.
Despite huge contributions to the Clean and Great Unwashed and others, it was the first Snapper EP from 1988 that really flawed me. It was and still is utter perfection; easily the best thing Flying Nun ever committed to vinyl. Although almost complete contrasts of light and shade, their two alums ‘Shotgun Blossom’ and ‘A.D.M’ come pretty close too. And who else could afford to put a song like ‘Gentle Hour’ on a b-side!
The tidal wave of re-releases of Flying Nun and related material seems to be endless, but it was truly great to see his only solo album ‘Pure’ re-issued recently, and even better some solo shows in the US. The choice of lifestyle had its obvious effect. But the larger and more sustaining impact will be the music left behind. RIP.
Stoked to announce the release of the new Coolies 7″ EP ‘Punk Is Bread’. Its a limited run of 100 copies and is available for $11 AUS plus postage. Email nzmusic123(at)Hotmail(dot)com. Check it out here http://epicsweeprecords.bandcamp.com/album/punk-is-bread
Its been awhile but we’ve got a host of new stuff on its way. Some closer than others. Here’s a taste. There’s a Coolies 7″ (vinyl) single/EP coming soon. Its more punk than punkas and as near brilliant as you would expect. Similarly (W)onderful, will be new CDR albums (remember those?) by Rory Storm and Danny McGirr as well as lathes from Rotate the Completor (10″) and the Moonrakers (7″). While they’re all close to the finish line its hard to say who will make it first. Stay tuned….in the meantime enjoy the prolific genius of Felise Mikaele…
The mysteriously wonderful Mary Briefcase from their first LP ‘Whisper Of Sheba’ released on Old Age Records in 1982. A second LP with M.Nigelp, called ‘Jupiter By Bridge’, was released in the same year. Both are brilliant but I know nothing about the musician/musicians behind them.
According to the insert of ‘Whisper Of Sheba’, the purpose of Old Age was ‘to press music which major labels stay away from. We are looking for ‘different’ music to present the listening public of New Zealand, believing there is such an audience’. The label also operated ‘Stricken Studios’ based in Auckland. The insert goes onto mention future releases by Smashed Executive (an album called ‘AT’), Mary Briefcase (an album called ‘Face At Dawn’) and Fiver Layers of Carbon. Sadly it doesn’t appear any were ever released, at least not on Old Age.