REISSUE NEWS: Flying Nun & Captured Tracks To Reissue Chris Knox & Tall Dwarfs LPs

Chris-Knox---Seziure-Cover_1024x1024Flying Nun Records in partnership with Captured Tracks have announced they’re reissuing two seminal New Zealand albums. On November 13th Chris Knox’s Seizure (with the 1st pressing artwork) and Tall Dwarfs‘ first full length album Weeville will be available on vinyl and CD.

Artist: Chris Knox
Title: Seizure
Label: Flying Nun Records
Year: 1990. Re-Issued 2015
Cat #: FN125
Formats: 12″ LP, CD + Digital


Track List:

  1. The Face of Fashion
  2. The Woman Inside Of Me
  3. Statement of Intent
  4. Filling Me
  5. Not Given Lightly
  6. Break!
  7. Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  8. Wanna!!
  9. And I Will Cry
  10. Rapist
  11. Grand Mal
  12. Voyeur
  13. Honesty’s Not Enough
  14. My Dumb Luck
  15. Ache


Artist: Tall Dwarfs
Title: Weeville
Label: Flying Nun Records
Year: 1990
Cat #: FN166
Formats: 12″ LP, CD, Digital
Recorded: 1989-1990. Re-Issued 2015.
All Songs By Chris Knox and Alec Bathgate


Track List:

  1. Log
  2. What More
  3. Breath
  4. Skin of My Teeth
  5. Crawl
  6. Sign the Dotted Line
  7. Pirouette
  8. Lucky
  9. Bodies
  10. Mr. Brocoli
  11. Lie
  12. The Winner
  13. Rorschach
  14. Tip of My Tongue
  15. Ozone
  16. Hallelujah Boy

ALBUM REVIEW: T54 | In Brush Park

Rating7.5square-600-3Noisy psych guitar pop is in abundance in New Zealand at the moment and the cream of the crop like Popstrangers, Surf City and these fine gentlemen, T54, are improving with each new release. Flying Nun is a natural home for the band as they deal equally and unassumingly in melody and adventurous sonics, soaking up the influence of their predecessors like 3Ds, JPS Experience and Loves Ugly Children while still carving out their own sound.

In Brush Park is the band’s debut full-length release and a very assured and mature-sounding one at that. There is little impression of them still still trying to find their feet stylistically, they’ve already arrived at it with woozy, chiming guitars alternating between beauty (O Nina) and coruscating attack like the dissonant Return Of The Worm and the punky SW Chops. Joe Sampson’s vocals add texture more than meaning in the context of the album. It drifts in and out of the frame adding angst, yelps and counter-melodies to the guitars and economical drumming.

Brutally efficient, In Brush Park only just hits the 30 minute mark yet it feels like a full and often overflowing album with more than enough swerves and variation to show the full range of T54’s writing and playing abilities. Its strength also lies in its toughness, its lack of soft indie shoe-gazing best exemplified by Biscuit City Sisters epic 7 minutes of driving krautrock that closes the album, the crowning glory of a very, impressive guitar rock record.

 Chris Familton

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ALBUM REVIEW: The Bats | Free All The Monsters

written by Chris Familton

The Bats are about to celebrate 30 years as a band in 2012 and one that can still boast the original line-up. Not many groups can lay claim to that milestone yet the New Zealand quartet have quietly gone about crafting a considerable body of work that has never taken drastic directional changes or seen them seeking to box above their weight. Free All the Monsters is their eighth album and finds them sounding more cohesive and relaxed than ever before.

Robert Scott, Kaye Woodward, Paul Keen and Malcolm Grant decamped to an ex-asylum north of Dunedin to record the album yet there are no traces of the former tenants on these twelve songs. The mood is laid-back, gently propulsive and hypnotically meandering tied together by the unassuming yet familiar and comforting voices of Scott and Woodward. The latter is given a freer rein on this record and the songs benefit immensely. She adds a lilting harmony on It’s Not the Same, high sweet notes on Simpletons and she lifts the title track into reaffirming territory. It isn’t all easy going though – In the Subway take a dark detour, still with that trademark shuffle and jangle but with added sinister overtones. Elsewhere there are essential krautrock subtleties to Grant’s drumming on tracks like Spacejunk that prevent the songs from settling too comfortably into folk-rock territory.

All of The Bats’ albums have included ‘should have been hits’ like North By North, Smoking Her Wings and Afternoon in Bed but on Free All The Monsters they’ve conjured up possibly their strongest batch of songs across a single album. This is all killer no filler as they say and it’ll leave you casting aside fears and worries for a brief moment of musical respite in the blissed out indie guitar world of The Bats.

this review first appeared in The Drum Media

NEWS: Flying Nun announce 30th anniversary celebrations…

New Zealand’s iconic independent (for most of its time) label is turning 30 and they’ve got themselves organised with a bunch of shows to celebrate the occasion.

The Clean

Nov 23 – Dunedin, Sammys

Nov 24 – Auckland, Kings Arms

Nov 25 – Wellington, SFBH

Nov 26  –  Christchurch, The new Dux  De Lux



Nov 11  – Wellington, SFBH

Nov 12  – Auckland, Kings Arms

Nov 18 – Dunedin, Sammys

Nov 19 – Christchurch, The new Dux  De Lux


The Bats

Nov 11 – Dunedin, TBA

Nov 12  – Christchurch, The new Dux  De Lux

Nov 18 – Wellington, SFBH

Nov 19  Auckland, Kings Arms


Ghost Club

Nov 16 – Wellington, SFBH

Nov 17  – Auckland, Kings Arms

Nov 18 – Christchurch, Dux

Nov 19 – Dunedin – TBC


F in Math w/ Alphabethead 

Nov 4 – Christchurch, The new Dux De Lux

Nov 5 – Dunedin, Chicks Hotel

Nov 11 –Auckland, Golden Dawn

Nov 12 – Wellington, Mighty Mighty


30th Anniversary launch party featuring Grayson Gilmour, Popstrangers, Surf Friends and T54 plus more.

Nov 4 – Auckland, Kings Arms
Nov 5 – Wellington, Garden Club