T54 sound-checking at Queens, Dunedin late 2013

T54 sound-checking at Queens, Dunedin late 2013

Day 13 of the NZ Music Month daily NZ music madness is from Christchurch noise-pop trio T54.

‘Life is Swell’ is from their belated debut album ‘In Brush Park’ which took an eternity to be released on Flying Nun (a familiar enough complaint for bands back in the label’s first era).

T54 – named after a tank – do that quiet/ loud thing very well indeed. Sweet melodies, washed out reverb vocals all wrapped in fuzzy guitars with occasional explosive bursts of saturated distortion and pure thrilling skronk. Very good indeed. You can get it here – the sweet LP version comes recommended.

The album was recorded in Dunedin (inside the cavernous Sammys Entertainment venue hall) by Tom Bell ( The Shifting Sands, David Kilgour & The Heavy Eights ).