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MarineVille from the cover of their “Face” 7″ from 2012 on Epic Sweep Records

MarineVille hail from Wellington and play a raw and distinctively New Zealand version of “driving rock” music. “75 Watts Frosted” is the opening track from their 4th album “Penguins Ate My Chips” which is out in a few weeks on LP on Zelle Records.

The line-up of the band which recorded “Penguins Ate My Chips” is led by guitarist/ vocalist Mark Williams and includes a few names folks may remember from some other NZ bands. Denise Roughan (Look Blue, Go Purple, 3Ds) plays bass, Greg Cairns (The Renderers, The Verlaines, Constant Pain) plays the drums, and Jeremy Coubrough (Tlaotlon) plays  keyboards.

“75 Watts Frosted” is a rip-snorting opening track. Part motorik beat, part wild fairground ride. Imagine Deep Purple’s “Highway Star” mixed with The Sweet’s “Ballroom Blitz” played by the Able Tasmans and you are on your way to understanding the loopy genius of this classic slice of urban New Zealand storytelling rock and roll.

“Penguins Ate My Chips” was originally self-released by Williams in 2015 on cassette. The LP version (out 15 March 2017) on Austrian label Zelle Records, which specialises in Southern NZ sounds, is a suitable acknowledgement of an album that fits comfortably into the beer and sweat-stained fabric of the NZ alternative rock underground.  The download also contains the live album 15 Wax Tears, recorded in 2011 and originally released on cassette in 2012.

Look Blue Go Purple

Look Blue Go Purple

I know what you are thinking. ” Look Blue Go Purple‘s “Cactus Cat” isn’t obscure new music from Dunedin, it’s really old stuff. It was on LBGPEP2, released on Flying Nun Records in 1987.”

And it sure is – I appreciate your sense of history and knowledge of obscure NZ releases. But this post and song is really just an excuse to introduce you to the wonder of Pets Talk Records which is the best thing on the internet right now, assuming you like (a) records and (b) talking pets and (c) cartoon strips. “Talk” #6 in the series so far is about LBGPEP2 and refers to “Cactus Cat”.

Pets Talk Records LBGP

Here’s a video of the song, made by Pat O’Neill. Pat, who was a cameraman for TVNZ at the time, gave his time & talent to the cause to make videos for the likes of LBGP (he also made one for “Circumspect Penelope”), The Bats (Miss These Things) and Jean Paul Sartre Experience (Crap Rap).

The interview at the end of the clip is its own interesting time capsule of NZ music and society, as viewed through mainstream media at the time.

“Are there any difficulties in being a female band?”

The look passing briefly across Leslie’s face when that question is asked is the only answer anyone needs. But in case that doesn’t register, Kath’s reply of “only the presumption that it means something” is perfect.