|Approximate time period - 1982 -1986. |
Christchurch based 5 piece. Released 2 EPs on Flying Nun Records. FN007 Containing 4 songs, and a comic booklet. FN20 - Grow Up EP - 7 songs plus comic. The band recorded a bunch of other material plus a live show at the Hillsborough Tavern and much of this appeared on the Failsafe Records release Ballon d'Essai - RIP.
One track was also included on The 1984 Accident Compilation.
The band consisted of Mark Rastrick on Vocals (last
heard of as a
resident of Sydney), Scott Wilkinson - Drums (now a
Designer / Animator type) Matt Campbell - Bass (Now
an illustrator in
New York) Steven MacIntyre - Bass/Guitar (went on to
join All Fall
Down, FN89) and Lindsay Davis - Guitar. Lindsay left
the band after
the first EP and was replaced by Lyndon Frasier (Lyndon
and the Liars).
The band were relatively entertaining live, doing the
thing with props and performance. They were interesting
for a while
in their use of 2 bass guitars and the Peter Hook melody
that sort of line up. They eventually started to write
traditional songs and lost the edge they originally had
completely crap at playing their instruments.
|BALLON D'ESSAI RECORDINGS
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