Christine Voice & Peter Gutteridge of Snapper, 1991

Christine Voice & Peter Gutteridge of Snapper, 1991


Day 23 of the 31 Days of May NZ Music Month via Bandcamp challenge comes to you from the past, the present and the future by virtue of Dunedin icons Snapper.

This is hardly a new release or current New Zealand music… yet it is. The 1988 self-titled Snapper EP still sounds contemporary in 2013 (thinking Moon Duo and Wooden Shjips in a cast of many drone rockers of the modern era). It was re-released last month on Flying Nun Records – early fruit from their partnership with US label Captured Tracks along with the first EP by The Bats.

I remember this EP sounding revolutionary and exciting in 1988. Still does today. The mostly one chord fuzz-drones merge propulsive ‘Krautrock’ beats with the psychedelic melodies from voice and guitar. Everyone knows ‘Buddy’, but all four tracks on the EP are just as strong. Here’s ‘Hang On’:

The re-issued EP is available at all good record stores or direct from Flying Nun Records. In Dunedin you can get it from Portil, or even more fun, from Too Tone Records. Tony is eagerly awaiting your custom for these fine re-issues. In fact, never mind the re-issues, there’s always a good chance you’ll find the original editions in Too Tone’s 2nd hand New Zealand vinyl bin. According to the members of Real Estate, who shopped there on their visit to Dunedin last year, it has the best selection of NZ vinyl anywhere in the world. English cricketer/ commentator Derek Pringle may also agree.

Snapper have re-emerged – Peter Gutteridge along with a transfusion of talent from the Dunedin’s fountain of youth and occasional collaborators from past line-ups. There’s the real prospect of some new recordings from them some day.

Snapper at Camp a Low Hum 2013

Snapper at Camp a Low Hum 2013

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