Straitjacket Fits - Down In Splendour
They had smouldering good looks, real star power and most importantly, their guitars rang with more than their rightful share of apocalyptic riffs blessed by Satan himself, or the Lord Jehovah, maybe. Who knows, but they were that good.
They nearly conquered the world, but it all ended in tears. Straitjacket Fits left us with three achingly great albums and some of the best songs in NZ rock history, and that should be enough.
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FLYING NUN'S DE-GENERATION GAME NIGHT (Auckland, Sunday Nov 29)
RE-ISSUE CLUB - EPISODE 1: "90's NUN" #004 - SUPERETTE - TIGER
The final title, Superette - Tiger, has been announced as part of the Flying Nun Records - 90s Nun Re-Issue Series.
Formed in 1993 when David Mulcahy (Jean Paul Sartre Experience) teamed up with Ben Howe and Greta Anderson. With a penchant for animal-themed titles, the Auckland trio first displayed their artful sweet’n’dirty musings by way of their debut EP Rosepig. This was followed a year later with their debut album Tiger, produced by Nick Roughan (Skeptics) it featured 12 tracks of languid, dark and at times lilting kiwi-pop.
RE-ISSUE CLUB - EPISODE 1: "90's NUN" #003 - BRESSA CREETING CAKE
Flying Nun Records are pleased to announce the third album in the 90s Nun Re-Issue Series - Bressa Creeting Cake’s self titled debut LP.
The band, originally named Breast Secreting Cake, formed in Auckland in the early 1990s, with their first recordings made on a four track finding an initial audience at Auckland’s student radio station 95bfm. With a handful of live shows, which often included playing in monk costumes, the band changed it’s name to Bressa Creeting Cake with each member - Ed McWilliams, Geoff Maddock + Joel Wilson - taking on a part of that name as their own stage name.
RE-ISSUE CLUB - EPISODE 2: "90's NUN" - GARAGELAND - "MORE EXITS TO GARAGELAND"
Auckland's Garageland made a big splash with their debut record Come Back Special in August 1995. The BFM favourites came out with five fresh pop songs that suggested a new wave of musicians were clutching the classic Flying Nun catalogue for inspiration and taking off to the garage to jam.
RE-ISSUE CLUB - EPISODE 1: "90's NUN" - HEADLESS CHICKENS - BODY BLOW
Flying Nun Records are pleased to announce pre-orders for an extended double LP edition of the Headless Chickens' - Body Blow.
The release is also part of our new Re-Issue Club (or Ric as we sometimes call it).
The first episode of the club features FOUR crowd funded Flying Nun vinyl re-issue projects. We will be announcing one record each day this week, until Friday October 10, when they all go on sale. As well as pre-ordering them individually, they are also be available as a special discounted bundle.
WIN FOUR NEW FLYING NUN 2XLP REISSUES FROM THE 1990s!
Enter below to WIN copies of all four upcoming FLYING NUN 1990s vinyl reissues!
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Next week we are announcing FOUR crowd funded Flying Nun vinyl re-issue projects. These will all be albums released during the 1990s - unlike most of the reissues Flying Nun have done so far which are from the 1980s.
We are greatly saddened to learn of the passing of Peter Gutteridge today.
Peter was a Flying Nun original, a founding member of The Clean, The Chills and of course his own brilliant band Snapper. A great talent, he was also member of the Great Unwashed, involved in many Dunedin bands and went on to release beautiful solo material across the years.
All of us, and so many people around the world, have been touched and affected by his music, whether it be the swirling fuzz of the guitar or haunting piano melodies, Peter was a true hero of New Zealand music, and will be deeply missed.
Our thoughts and sympathies are with his family and friends at this very sad time.
Thank you Peter for all the music, may you rest in peace.
GRAYSON GILMOUR RELEASES NEW VIDEO
The second video from his critically acclaimed 2014 album Infinite Life!, 'Silence & Youth' was created by same the team behind the album's first single 'Minus Times Infinity' - a fantasy dragon epic that premiered at the BBC Music Video festival.
TINY RUINS ALBUM & TOUR - OUT NOW IN THE US ON FLYING NUN
Tiny Ruins' new album Brightly Painted One is coming out in the USA today (13th of May) on Flying Nun Records and can be streamed now in it's entirety on the New York Times' Press Play page.
NME have described the sound, saying "Holbrook's wavery trill falls somewhere between Laura Marling and Sandy Denny; acoustic guitar is plucked and picked - but stately horns and Rhodes piano shape a kind of country-soul. Dazed Magazine has also premiered a new video for "Carriages," calling it "brutal yet elegant."
The band, led by singer Hollie Fullbrook, will be hitting North American shores this summer and playing shows across the US and in Canada, all dates are listed below.
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