time period - 1980 - 1983.
Early vehicle for notable Christchurch musicians Jay
Clarkson, Paul Kean, and David Toland. The band were
kind of like the Patti Smith Group of the Christchurch
music scene, as British punk and post punk took hold.
Their music featured time changes and complex chord
progressions. Toland played a home-made all metal drum
kit, apparently very heavy.
They played from 1980 to February 1982 in the various
line-ups and played predominantly if not exclusively
The bands line-up was originally:
Jay Clarkson - Vocals / bass (They Were Expendable)
Janine Saundercock (Guitar / Vocals),
David Toland on Drums (Springloader, Chicane, Future
Nick Carter - Guitar
The band recorded and self released a 7" single
- "Sit Down Stand Up / Colours" before Saundercock left
Clarkson moved to playing Guitar and the band were joined
by Paul Kean - Bass (Bats, Toy Love, Basketcases)
Nick Carter died from a brain tumour sustained after
a number of falls incurred as a result of a strong drug
The band self released another 7" single - "Birds
Eye View", and posthumously an album through Flying
Nun in glorious pulse-pounding mono.
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