...off to a Flying Start since Sunday 15th August 2010

...off to a Flying Start since Sunday 15th August 2010

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Assetstripper....Back At The Magic Shop

  Here's yet another installment of unashamed digital self promotion. I'm posting this as I think it's quite a spirited set with some exciting under-rehearsed newbies. Over practising sometimes kills the initial spark so we hardly do that sort of thing, we hardly ever play as well. Keep it fresh!
  So there's heaps of "mistakes" of which I believe adds character......I'm not in it for the money so I can afford to shun professional musicianship. We did get sixty bucks from this show(thanks Michael Zulicki!) which helped us buy some chips....
  Every band I play in seems to have a venue or two as it's home base for showing off-Assetstripper's is Alyssa McBain's shed out in Whittlesea and local magician Dane Cerificate's small theatre in Coburg. Encounter Group's performance platform was a yuppie meat ranch in Fitzroy and the Satanic Rocker's hot night spot was IDGAFF(I Don't Give A Flying Fuck) which kinda summed up the lack of audience attendance.
  The audio file plays as one long track as I didn't want to edit out the audience enthusiasm, so I'll list of the tunes further down. Thanks to Tommy Gun for taking the photo of us near the venue and Carly for placing the Zoom H2N somewhere so the recording could be made....sorry for lack of writing in regards to the other bands but I was in my own fantastic rock and roll bubble and selfishly didn't check out the other performers properly in order to do them critical justice.....

Setlist........Rational Cannibal, Instrumental, Don't Forget To Chew, Walking Wounded, Constant Renovator, Drunk But Enthusiastic(glitter glam version)

Tuesday, February 9, 2016


  Here's an old tape I would've forgotten about if I didn't have an archive....recorded on Boxing Day 2003 at Lisa Preston's practice space in Shadbolt House, Lyttelton. I believe they knocked it down after the Christchurch earthquakes a couple of years ago. I always liked this building and used to do a weekly experimental radio show on the fourth floor (I'll post about that soon...). Independent Fisheries owned it but now the main inhabitants were Radio Lytteltion, a small soap business, something else and a bunch of weed smoking weirdo jammers below the floors. Lisa named her practice space the Lunar Lounge.
Here's Shadbolt House pre-demolition.

  I was about to move up to Wellington so we had a party jam with most of my friends present. There'd been several jams here earlier but I think this was my last one here. The recording was made using a sony minidisc player and was also edited/looped using the same device (the minidisc was great for making seamless loops!). I supposedly made twelve of these a year or so later and the rest are who knows where...Because the night was well fuelled my recollections are a bit skewered so I'll just list the instruments and those persons who were generally hanging out near them...

  GUITAR: Kyle Denovan, Richard (Ricko) Neave, Lynton Denovan
  BASS: Kent Roper, Isolde Cumberbeach, Lynton
  VOCALS: David Kahn
  DRUMS: Rustle Covini, Joanne Billesdon, Lynton, Kyle
  KEYBOARDS: Lisa Preston, perhaps Lynton and anyone's guess!

  Of particular fun is the guest singing of David Kahn from local industrial band Leonard Nimoy. He did a great falsetto that night and his improv tune "Dumb White Trash" works a treat for me.                                              
              It's only ten minutes long so put it on random play and get a good half hour out of it...Get your pig on!


P.S. Thanks Breeze for taking photos of the cover and tape for me...x

Saturday, February 6, 2016

TONY VALENS and the GHETTO GHOSTS (live at the Wunderbar)

  This is a recording of a cold Saturday night down at Lyttelton's premiere underock venue the Wunderbar. Nick renamed us (the rhythm section) as the "Ghetto Ghosts" for this performance which he recorded in hard stereo on an overdriven old tapedeck. Unfortunately the tape runs out just before we finished our second set. It's a good representation of what this line-up sounded like if you bothered to come out on such a chilly night....
  I think I was a bit drunk before we even set up, we had two drumkits (no it wasn't double vision) so I set up the black superkit. At one point on the tape you can hear my 360 degree drum fill. Dan the bass player and I kept the bottom end for Nick to rip distorted shards from the guitar.
  We had a special guest play saxophone that night too-not sure where he came from but he kept going on about "kiwi's being too shy" and hitting on Dan's girlfriend while we were busy being loud. Although he was born here his American accent cut through everywhere-apparently he'd just come off touring with Blondie's band in the States and I thought he was coming off a cocaine habit or something thereabout's and flashy. I found it all amusing! Through the haze I remember him poking his brassy horn over the top of my superdrums and honking in my face like a horny big old duck! Anyhow we didn't give him a lot of room to move and if you're not worn out by hearing fatigue you might hear some sax popping through on this recording every now and then...
  Having a break between sets just allowed me to get more fuel into my system so these are my only memories except the last tune where our good friend David Kahn joined us on vocals for "Blue Moon". This old romantic ballad was a suitable end to the night....and off we went.

Nick Harte-guitar
Lynton Denovan-drums
Dan Brady-bass
David Ironside-saxophone

P.S. The title photo was taken by myself some years later after the earthquakes of 2011 had decimated the inner city of Christchurch. The concert was recorded sometime during 2001(probably winter) and the tracks are only separated as "set 1" and "set 2". Refer to the tape cover for song titles and play loud with a speaker in each ear!