SNEAKY FEELINGS
Sneaky FeelingsPart of the first batch of Dunedin groups on Flying Nun, Seaky Feelings were damn fine songwriters, a hard working and prolific band. The only reason I can think of for them not being a lot more successful than they were is that they were never particularly fashionable as individuals, never had the right hair cut, or the cool clothes.
The band could always be relied upon for an evening of strong guitar pop and melody.
Their best recorded effort would probably be their Send You mini album which really did capture something of what made this band special.

Their other records did come close at times, and the pure brilliance of their songs often shone through some average arrangements.
"Husband House" was a truly classic New Zealand composition, and was even better live on occasion.

The band originally featured:
David Pine - Guitar / Vocals (Death Ray Cafe)
Matthew Bannister - Guitar / vocals (Dribbling Darts)
Martin Durrant - Drums / Vocals and
Kat Tyrie - Bass / Organ
John Kelcher - Bass / Vocals (Alien, Creeley, Solo)

Kat suffered an arm injury which left her unable to play bass guitar and so she played bass organ for a while. She later left the band and was replaced by John Kelcher (Alien).
All the band members wrote and sang lead vocals on their own compositions, Bannister and Pine being the two most prolific.
Initially Pine's songs were the simple rock numbers with the compelling vocal delivery, such as the track 'Throwing Stones' off the Send You release. Bannister's were the more wistful melody-infused tracks.
Pine moved on to a more quirky and slightly irritating style of writing on the next recordings where Bannister remained true to his pure melodic and honest style. Bannister, a left-handed guitarist, had a strange almost geeky stage persona, rapping his head from side to side around his microphone as he delivered his very personal lyrics. I have long been a fan of his songwriting.

The 2 tracks that are available on the Failsafe Biding Our Time compilation were recorded live at the Gladstone. "Take The Darkness" was sort of an introduction to another song, and the band played round with this song over the next couple of years, but never recorded or released it elsewhere. "Broken Man" appears on a Flying Nun record somewhere.
The band released 2 more albums after Send You, the later Hard Love Stories was well underrated and more or less ignored as the band had pretty much given up by that stage after touring the world and not achieving the success they should have expected.

Bannister went on to form Dribbling Darts Of Love, a group whose recorded output never seemed to do the songs justice, and a band who were much more impressive live. They originally were a three piece with Bannister on Guitar and vocals, partner Alice Bulmer on Violin and Vocals, and Alan Gregg - Bass, and Ross Burge - Drums, who were borrowed and eventually stolen for the Muttonbirds by Don McGlashan.
Bannister and Bulmer played a number of South Island sets with the rhythm section of Christchurch outfit Creeley, who featured ex-Sneaky Feelings man John Kelcher on Bass. These were particularly impressive performances of Bannister's great songs. Not all his work since Sneaky Feelings has been great but there's always a few goodies in the batch.
I haven't heard anything from him since the present perfect album on Flying Nun in 1994. Hope he's still writing music.

Pine went on to play with Dunedin outfit Death Ray Cafe, a band that lacked subtlety, reinforcing Pine's move toward quirky and less personal songwriting.
Pine eventually moved to Wellington to live and work, and has been involved in some low-key local projects but nothing I've heard of.
John Kelcher recorded a solo album on 4 track; Personal Disorganiser was released through Failsafe and impressed those who heard this low key offering.
Kelcher went on to join forces with ex-All Fall Down members Blair Parks and Bert Aldridge to form Creeley. Later Bert's brother Brett joined Creeley taking over full bass duties, leaving Kelcher to concentrate on Guitar and Vocals.
Another solo recording was completed on 8 track in 1994 using co-Creeley member Aldridge for drums, but this album never saw the light of day.
Creeley recorded material for a release at Fish Street Studios in Dunedin, one track of which ended up on the Good Things Compilation through Failsafe. The band continued to record and self-release their own material.

SNEAKY FEELINGS RECORDINGS
"Biding Our Time" - Various Artists (songs Take The Darkness and Broken Man)

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