It appears to have been out for a couple of years now, but this “BRAVE WORDS – NZ INDIE 1980-1995” fanzine, put out by one April Welsh, is a great DIY overview of New Zealand’s flourishing underground of rocknroll/pop during that era. Flying Nun primarily, not Xpressway nor the long tail of 80s NZ bedroom weirdos we worship over here.

I don’t know how to procure a print copy, but you can read the whole thing for free right now on Issuu.


Definitely recommend this article on the “Phantom Billstickers” blog that explores how Tom Lax came to be the world’s premier archivist of New Zealand’s underground sound. His Siltbreeze Records, which has been putting out  weird art, punk, noise and trash from NZ (and points elsewhere) for over 25 years, is in the throes of a pretty deep New Zealand excavation programme right about now.

Read more in the article/interview here.


Here’s something wiry, compelling & brand new from a Tempe, Arizona band called NUMB BATS – totally in league with Flying Nun-style Velvets jangle and much of Barbara Manning’s work w/ World of Pooh, removed of most traces of sheen and left with a pleasant lo-fidelity and left-of-center candy core. The song’s called “Doctor 5”.

Go get it at their Bandcamp page once you decide how much you like it here.