JPSE were bloody brilliant, although capable of being bloody silly too. They started off really well with the release of "Flex" through Failsafe, taken from a live to 2 track recording achieved one afternoon at a sound check. This followed a very low key cassette-only self release 'Cassette In A Can' which featured a number of low-fi recordings of JPSE songs, some to be reworked, and some to never surface again.
The band consisted of: David Yetton - Bass / vocals (Stereo Bus) David Mulchay - Guitars / Vocals (Superette), Jim Lang - Guitars / Vocals, and Gary Sullivan - Drums.
The band went on to record some of their best efforts with the Flex EP for Flying Nun before losing their way on the Silly Love Songs album.
They acquired a keyboardist in the form of Auckland music journalist Russell Bailie and experimented in samples and keyboard textures.
They recorded the confused Size Of Food album which took
Flying Nun 2 years to release, severely hampering the
bands momentum. The label was at the time trying to expand
and negotiate with overseas distribution for it's acts.
A necessary but nevertheless harmful event in JPSE's
The band kicked out Bailie after a while and then continued
on in the original line-up. A series of EPs in their
mid career refocussed them and then a satisfactory last
album Bleeding Star before the band got completely
disillusioned and split.
The band were probably their own worst enemy, and mostly
didn't record the songs that made them bloody brilliant
live. They were one of the first bands to successfully
merge moody melodic guitar pop and samplers well. Songs
like the lost "Listen To Your Heart" never made it to
Other brilliant tracks got relinquished to B-side status
such as the wonderful throb of "Shiver" on the terrible
Ray Of Shine single, or "Up In The Sky" from the Breathe
There are reportedly demos of over 30 songs for the Bleeding
Star album in existence, and I'm sure many of their great
live numbers are contained within, if only I could get
A band that should have been shooting stars, not bleeding
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