The last evolution in the chain for the core of
the Christchurch punk rock movement this band were
made up of the members of Unauthorised, Desperate
Measures, and Evasive Action.
The band featured:
Harry Heapworth on Vocals, and occasionally guitar
Eric Vandenhoven - Bass
Mark Gibson - Drums and later lead vocals
Phil Johnston - Guitar
The band were moving well away from their punk roots despite their punk followers
wish that they'd never play anything else, developing an interesting post punk
sound a la Killing Joke, dark and interesting thanks to Vandenhoven's wandering
melodic basslines and Johnston's hooky guitar playing.
The band released one album "Southern
Front" through Failsafe records which
was mostly recorded at Tandem Studios with engineer
Eric Johns, guitarist with 70's disco stars Heat
Wave (hit single "Boogie Nights"),
and co-produced by Rob Mayes (first production
job), singer Heapworth, and Vandenhoven.
The last track on the album is actually from the group's Evasive Action line-up
recordings, though it was sung by Heapworth and not Evasive Action's main vocalist
Eugene Butcher so technically it was a Southern Front recording. This track
was recorded at Nightshift Studios.
The band filmed a video for the track for $100
at 4 am on the hills overlooking Christchurch using
the talents of one Peter Bannon, who went on to
be one of New Zealand top fashion photographers,
though obviously not on the basis of this rough-and-fast
Hepworth left for Australia soon after the release
of the album, and the band continued on with Gibson
singing and drumming. The band later took on singer
Alan Clark (Banshee Reel) and recorded one song
at Nightshift studios before splitting. The song
was never released.