Archives for posts with tag: Weird Dunedin

Our Day 30 song for 31 Days of May Madness, attempting to post a New Zealand track every day of the month of May, is Negative Nancies with “What Would John Say”:

Some of the Dunedin songs posted this month have had a hint of anarchic anything-goes punk and Weird Dunedin, and Casio-powered Negative Nancies are another from that realm. “What Would John Say” is from the Dunedin trio’s not-quite-fully-released-yet first album “Heatwave”.

Its full release may have been complicated by uncertain pandemic manufacturing and freighting logistics, but almost everything else about the band and the album is unconventional and unpredictable so dive in and weird out. Check their thrilling 2018 12” EP “You Do You” as well.

Negative Nancies are Tess Mackay (Casio, vocals), Emilie Smith (drums, vocals), and Mick Elborado their wired guitar+feedback sonic alchemist. They are an intergenerational amalgam of musical explorers from different scenes, with Mick part of many great bands like The Terminals, Scorched Earth Policy and The Shallows released on Flying Nun Records in the 80s.

Our Day 6 song for 31 Days of May Madness, attempting to post a New Zealand track every day of the month of May, is “Heaven’s Gate” by Wet Specimen:

Wet Specimen are 2/3 of Dunedin’s premier aural assailants Opposite Sex, with drummer Chris Schmelz the odd one out. “Heaven’s Gate” is a wonderfully melodic slice of psychedelic pop with dark lyrics, a feature of Wet Specimen as much as Opposite Sex.

The track is from Wet Specimen’s first album “Wet Dreamin’” released in February. It’s generally a bit more restrained and gentle than the visceral blast of recent Opposite Sex albums, but everything is relative.

The queasy seasick dissonance of Reg Norris’s guitar, and dark troubled psychology of Lucy Hunter’s lyrics and vocals keep it Weird Dunedin.