Archers were formed in 2010 in Portland, OR by brothers Mike and Chris Cantino. influences: television/neon boys, the wipers, new zealand, lou reed/tvu, the soft boys, pavement, the fall, the clash, the who, twisted village, shoes, the feelies, sonic youth, rich hell, gbv, dino jr, kinks, mayo thompson, C86, mahler
The 3Ds were an alternative pop/rock band from Dunedin, New Zealand, together from 1988 to 1997. The band was made up of: * Dominic Stones — drums, tea
* Denise Roughan — bass, keyboards, tambourine, vocals
* David Saunders — guitar, vocals
* David Mitchell — guitar, mandolin, vocals All had been in other New Zealand bands, Stones was in Snapper and Roughan had been in Look Blue Go Purple. The band drifted apart after releasing their final album, Strange News from the Angels in 1997. Mitchell and Roughan soon moved to London, where they went on to form the Ghost Club.
The Expendables' distinctive live performances and unique brand of music, described as an eclectic mix of genre-bending rock, reggae and surf, have charmed audiences far and wide. Rapidly approaching status as a full-time touring act, the band is a rising star on the West Coast. To date, The Expendables has performed with in-demand musical acts such as Slightly Stoopid and reggae legend Eek-A-Mouse; appeared live on the Vans’ Warped Tour; and hosted its own radio show on The Santa Cruz X 103.
There are at least two artists called The Bats: Approaching a quarter century of recording and performing, Christchurch, New Zealand's The Bats have survived seven albums and five world tours with the original line-up of Kaye Woodward, Malcolm Grant, Paul Kean and Robert Scott intact. With a sound at the jangle/indie end of the pop spectrum, the band made significant headway in the States in the 80s alongside Flying Nun label-mates The Chills and The Clean. The 90s saw tours of the US and Europe, supporting the likes of Radiohead, Belly, and R.
The Stones - named cheekily after The Rolling Stones - were a band from Dunedin in New Zealand. One of the earliest bands to record on the Flying Nun label, they helped form the style of music known as the Dunedin Sound. The Stones split up not long after its release, although all members of the band went on to success in other local bands. Most important of these was Wayne Elsey's time in The DoubleHappys, a band which itself led to the formation of Straitjacket Fits.
The Clean were an influential band that formed in Dunedin, New Zealand in 1978, inspired by punk filtering through to the relatively isolated New Zealand, as well as the classic '60s influences. Led through a number of early rotating line-ups by brothers Hamish and David Kilgour, the band settled down to the well-known line-up with bassist Robert Scott. Early incarnations of the Clean included Peter Gutteridge, later of the Chills, Snapper and others, and who wrote "Point That Thing"...
The Axemen is a New Zealand band formed around 1981 in protest against the South African Springbok rugby team tour of New Zealand, a tour which created great controversy, especially as was in contradiction to New Zealand’s obligations under the Gleneagles Agreement. The Axemen played in Chch Cathedral 1981 in response to the Springbok tour. They also played at the protests for homosexual law reform in 1983, with member Little Stevie McCabe being severely beaten up in the Cathedral Square, Christchurch, toilets.
The Chills story is as much the story of Martin Phillipps. The group was dogged by an ever changing line up, with Phillipps being the only permanent member. At times it seemed that the end of The Chills had finally arrived but Phillipps' strong motivation and ambition for success wouldn't allow this. The Chills achieved the success they deserved and were one of the top bands to emerge from New Zealand.
The origins of New Zealand's Verlaines can be traced back as early as 1979, with the group's founder Graeme Downes took direct inspiration from fellow Dunedin group, the Clean to form a band of his own. It wasn't until 1981 that the group made their first public appearance with their initial five-piece line-up. The band have so far released seven full-length albums on three different labels, one mini album, three singles and two compilations.
A band who have featured many of Dunedin's musical alumni in the line-up over the past three years, Chug's membership includes Norma O'Malley on organ and vocals (she was in Look Blue Go Purple) Alf Danielson on bass (of Goblin Mix and Stephen), Sean Broadley on drums (he's a scientist) and 3Ds guitar-dementist Dave Mitchell on six string stretching. Their sound is a mix of forceful rhythms and sweet Dunedin pop that blend into smart and chunky songs.