The Wild Children
With their New Age hippy name this
band were a lot more
met the eye or ear as time
would tell. The band consisted of 2 musically prolific
writers in Guitarist / Vocalists David Hunt and Brett
The Greens were a Christchurch 4 piece band and huge
fans of the Clean.
The bands line-up was:
Andre van der Wenden - Bass
Tane Tokana - Drums (David Kilgour, Strangeloves)
James Moore - Vox / Guitar
Bruce Intemann - Vox / Guitar (Stark Raving Sane)
Tane went on to play with David Kilgour on his first
|Hiding From Stan
Christchurch dark and weird pop.
John Chrisstoffels - Guitar, noises and effects
Pete Mitchell - Drums (Flat City label, Renderers, Squirm)
Johnathon - Bass
Micheal Bell - Vocals
[unknown] - Guitar
Hiding From Stan did one batch of eight songs with Rob
Mayes on 4 track at Chrisstoffels' central city flat.
Seven of those songs appear on the Failsafe Records "Escape
My Room" album, and one appears only on the South
The Escape My Room album was initially released via the
Grant McDonagh label, but initial dubs were of such poor
quality that Mayes agreed to release the album on his
Initially a solo project for Johnathon Ogilvie (YFC) the material that appears
on the South Compilation was recorded by Ogilvie on 4 Track at Mayes Gilby
Street house. [more]
|My Wild Violet
After the disbanding of Heartland Birss and Stokes went
on to continue songwriting and recording and completed
4 songs at Audio Access Studios. "The
Truth Won't Change" is one of these songs.
Rob Mayes later rejoined the band and after a few name
changes they became Dolphin.
Solo project for Christchurch musician
Mitchell, who was previously a member of the group the
The starting point for two key members of the Christchurch
Music Community, Pihed featured Andrew
Penman on Bass / Vocals (Rhubarb Collective, Golf Course
Alligators, Salmonella Dub - Curious George Records),
Tom Mahon - Guitar / Lead Vocal (Rhubarb Collective,
Loves, Holy Toledos, Del Burgers),
Caroline O'Neil - Vocals (Blue Marbles),
Bede Pascoe - Electric Piano,
Andrew Cavanagh - Drums (Rhubarb Collective)
Lars Cawley - Vocals
Pete - Guitar
Rob Mayes - Bass / Programming
Initially a duo based around Lars' distinctive vocal
style and guitar, the band recorded sessions with
at his Gilby Street house, Mayes joining the band after
adding bass to these sessions. The band performed live
a couple of times including one Zanzibar gig where the
band performed their rendition of the Postman Pat song.
The band's best effort "Bells Of Hope" remains unreleased.
Lars has gone on to be involved in dance and techno music,
and now does computer stuff and also is a published comic
Pete Sweeney's band after Spatback, Smacc Riflemen were
a much more rock oriented outfit featuring Sweeney
on Vocals and guitar and Grant on drums, and a bass
player whos name has been forgotten.
The band recorded at Rob Mayes Gilby Street home and
Lance" is from those sessions.
The band eventually split with Grant and the bass player
working together on further projects and Sweeney
The well-known vehicle for Chris Knox and Alex Bathgate.
Of The Silence" was taken from a live concert
by the Tall Dwarfs at Christchurch's Zanzibar / Old
Star venue. This version is of particular interest
it features back-up from The Bats on Bass, 3rd guitar
The track was mixed live by Rob Mayes and recorded directly
Early work from two influential New Zealand artists Mike
Hodgson and Angus McNaughton, who pioneered work in
New Zealand's electronic music scene.
track, "Function 2.3.2", was recorded on 4 track
using Failsafe's mobile studio and mixed at Mayes Gilby
Tinnitus released a number of self recorded and distributed
cassettes before both McNaughton and Hodgson moved to
Auckland to live and work. Tinnitus eventually released
an album of work on the Flying Nun label before the
pair went their separate ways, Hodgson to follow up his
in visuals, working as Projector Mix, an audio and visual
McNaughton continues his work as owner / operator of
Incubator Studios, producing many of New Zealand's finer
including the highly successful Headless Chickens second
album. He joined the Chickens for a stint on keyboards
but left the group soon afterwards.
He has worked in a number of DJ / Electronic outfits
presently in Sound Force.
1988 - 1991
Christchurch based three piece featuring Failsafe's
Rob Mayes - Bass / Guitar, Kevin Stokes - Guitar
/ vocals, and Stephen Birss - Drums. [more]
|Loves Ugly Children
This Christchurch band formed in 1989 with Vocalist Simon
MacLaren coming from shoe gazer Cure style 'Blue Flesh
Syndrome' who also contained half of another dark pop
outfit Lurch in Drummer Stuart Britten [more]
After the split of Sneaky Feeling bassist
John Kelcher worked on solo material on his four track,
in Christchurch. The resulting eight songs were released
on 1991's Personal Disorganiser album. All bass, drums,
guitars, vocals and various noises were played by Kelcher.
|Little Dead Things
Christchurch five piece the Little
Dead Things formed out of the ashes of All Fall Down
Dunedin-based outfit who recorded 2 tracks with Mayes
on a Dunedin trip. [more]
Formed in 1989, the Holy Toledos attracted a lot of
attention. The release of the Forget And Forgive LP showcased
them nationwide, not least to major record label Sony
Music, who on the strength of this LP approached the
band for a major deal. [more]
Formed in August 1989 The Lils were an Auckland-based
group originating from Christchurch. Two New Zealand tours,
one cassette EP and an album (available on CD
and cassette through Failsafe Records)
later their sound is undeniably true to their roots.
1992 - 1998
One of the crop of great bands to surface
for 1992's Operation Music Storm Competition 147Swordfish
the finals coming second and impressing judges and audience
with their well-crafted sound and strongly melodic undercurrent.
The brain child of Christchurch musician Dean Karena.
Karena first came to local prominence with his previous band Naked Lunch in 1990.
Melodic pop four-piece Chameleon was formed by Jazz School students Leigh Franklin and Julian Marchant late in 1993. [more]
Vehicle for the song writing talents of John Kelcher and Blair Parks. [more]
Feast of Stevens
Feast of Stevens were:
Andrew Coy guitar / vocals
Hamish Anderson guitar / vocals
Glenn Fletcher drums
with our first bassist
Andrew Leslie bass / guitar / vocals
Jon Trimble bass [more]
Christchurch group mining the darker textural landscapes.
The band featured:
Micheal Bell - Vocals
Tony Hallum - Bass
Ian Salek - Drums
Mark Tyler - Guitar
were an Auckland band who came to the attention
of Failsafe through mutual friends in the Lils who noticed
their Pixies-style pop. [more]
Arising from the distant ashes of Blue Flesh Syndrome and Cell, Lurch were a
combination of British shoe gazing and semi industrial riffing, with a touch
of early Goth.
The Malchicks formed in the late Eighties in the Auckland
guitar scene, and rose to prominence with substantial
radio play for an early recording of the song "Vanilla",
which was eventually released on one of the BFM Freak
The Sheep Compilations. [more]
Christchurch's premier grunge outfit Pumpkinhead came
on the scene in the early 90's as a Red Hot Chilli Peppers
covers band, building up a large following for their
energetic performances. [more]
|Semi Lemon Kola
Auckland based outfit started their time at the end of
the eighties with a post shoe gazey British sound.
The band featured
Tosh Graham - Vocals
Rob Young - Bass
Deryck Hunt - Drums
Gareth Price - Guitar [more]
Formed in late 1993 by Rob Mayes, Springloader was principally
a vehicle for Mayes' own compositions, predominantly
melodic based indie rock, combining the pop of Mayes
previous outing in throw, coupled with the heavy leanings
of Dolphin, and a new darker extended edge, Mayes
shifting to guitar. [more]
Meet Squirm - a band living in Christchurch New Zealand.
Squirm was born in 1992 when two friends Virgil Reality
and Mike Hex joined forces with a rather anarchic drum-thrashing
accountant named Hat to form a 'Progressive Art Punk
Glam Rock Band'. [more]
|Sun Sonic Thing
Formed out of the ashes of the highly regarded Immaculate
Sun, Sun Sonic Thing feature both Tony Hallum - Guitar
/ Vocals, and Ian (Isaac) Salek - Drums from that band,
Wayne Leary - Bass (post-Blue Flesh Syndrome, pre-Lurch).
Sun Sonic Thing didn't achieve many live performances
but built a strong following from a session of recordings
they did on 4 track cassette, from which "Daylight" is
taken. These tracks were played on heavy rotate on local
radio and are quite startling for their power and quality.
Only "Daylight" has seen official release, included on
The band later split, with Salek and Hallum going on
to form Hoover, and Leary to form Lurch.
Originally formed in 1991 with:
David Hunt - Guitar / Vocals
Kelvin Hastie - Bass
Dean Chiplin - Guitar / Vocals
Jeff Cochrane - Drums [more]
|This Will Kill That
Wellington band This Will Kill That emerged under a wall
of guitar noise to create a driving and engaging sound,
hooks buried deep. [more]
The strange and confusing career of Throw has spawned
some of the more successful and impressive releases
for the Failsafe Label.
The band sprung from Failsafe boss Rob Mayes' desire
to create a studio-based songwriting ensemble which
have a transitional line-up as the song required. [more]
Five piece outfit formed in early 1993. The band were
inspired by the Avalanche pack and quickly honed their
sound toward the dark and heavy side typified by their
Things inclusion track "Whore". The band self-released
a CD of their post-Good Things work.
The band comprised:
Hayden Sharp - Guitar / Vocals
Stephen Nicholls - Guitar
Hamish McCaul - Drums
Andrew Hampton - Keyboards
Walter Friedel - Bass
The band continued to perform and refine their sound
until they finally disbanded in 1996.
1994 - 1995
Formed in 1994 the four piece Chicane rapidly gained
a strong following in their home town of Christchurch.
The band features the vocal and guitar talents of Dean
Chiplin who was last seen on the Failsafe Label on
the Avalanche Compilation playing guitar for Supertanker.
are an Auckland Based guitar-oriented band.
Since forming in 1992, CICADA have recorded and successfully
aired many demos on student radio throughout the country
and have amassed considerable live experience, including
support slots for touring international acts such as
Fugazi and Yage. [more]
Delphy sprung into existence after members Kevin
Stokes - Guitar / Vocals, Rob Mayes - Bass / Guitar,
and Tracy Thompkins -
Drums decided to change their name from Dolphin due
to the number of London-based bands with that word
1999 - 2005
Alpha Cast are a three piece Dunedin based band who formed in late January 2003. In the short time they have been together, Alpha Cast have already achieved considerable success. Alpha Cast play an original brand of melodic indie rock and take pride in that they have been compared to at least a dozen different bands with no common denominators arising. [more]
degrees.K is music, it is energy, it is rolling rock. It is 4 persons creating something musical and sharing it with other persons. It is jolly good fun.
This particular example is a huge sounding, almost symphonic conglomeration of sonic youth guitar vandalism and heavy rock dynamics...this is too interesting to ignore. Truly alternative rock".- Revolver Magazine, AUS. April 2003 [more]
Since their inception in 1999 three-piece Christchurch rock band Hooster have had more than their share of entertaining and double-edged moments.
The band consistently garner support and accolades for their brand of approachable melodic power rock, while encountering a bewildering array of comic and confusing side trackings. [more]
Eskimo are the rock triumvirate of David Mulcahy (ex JPSE, Superette, and currently Spider), Rob Mayes (Throw, Springloader, Dolphin & Failsafe head honcho), & drumming wonder Michael Daly (YFC, Leadleg, Splinter). [more]
Formed as an instrumental guitar and drums duo for a one-off performance to help out some friends who needed a support band Substandard's chemistry was ripe for more musical adventures and gained momentum with the addition of a bassist.
Style wise the band mines similar musical territory to bands like Mogwai, Bailterspace, HDU, the Subliminals and Sonic Youth, with just a whiff of darker Cure and Joy Division in the rhythm section. [more]
It's a music project rather than a band, founded on songwriter, bassist, Guitarist, Sound Engineer and Producer Rob Mayes, and various guest vocalists and musicians. [more]
Rob Mayes solo project. More info coming soon.