Fishrider Records is a small independent label based in Dunedin, New Zealand. It is dedicated to releasing occasional albums of literate melodic underground Psych-pop, No Wave and whatever else takes our fancy. We are not ‘music industry’ but ‘music arts & crafts’. Our main website is now here
Trick Mammoth – ‘Floristry’ (FISH012 LP & CD) We are excited to be releasing the debut album of floral pop from these Dunedin youngsters.
Formed in early 2013, Trick Mammoth are a flower cult pop band from Dunedin, New Zealand. Fragile, lucid but rough around the edges, their songs are unintentionally sincere and bashfully honest, performed with open arms and a soft indifference. Drawing mostly on film, literature and poetry, their music discharges a shy pretension buried under layers of simplicity. With comparisons ranging from Black Tambourine to The Carpenters, Trick Mammoth have crafted a sound saccharine sweet yet doused in death.
Trick Mammoth’s debut album ‘Floristry’ is released in NZ and also in the UK by Fishrider Records in conjunction with Occultation Recordings and available from all good record stores or direct from Trick Mammoth’s Bandcamp page or the labels.
“Really fantastic stuff here… The tunes are strong here – hooks a-plenty folks – …like the best bits of C86 mixed with stuff like Black Tambourine and Pam Berry’s Glo-Worm.” A Pessimist is Never Disappointed (US)
“It features ten sparkling indiepop songs, with a mixture of classic guitars (along the lines of Heavenly or The Pastels) and sweet harmonies reminiscent of Camera Obscura and Sixties soul. They achieve perfection when the voices of Millie Lovelock and Adrian Ng intertwine… the sound becomes so enchanting that I really don’t know how I’m going to escape from this record, to escape from being twenty.” Polaroid (Italy)
“Floristry is a good record. A damn good one….the album has an intangible substance which comes either from the impeccable songwriting or from the ability to create sonic bliss from such simple building blocks.” Happy (Australia)
“What bands play upbeat songs that are touched by such sadness? What bands luxuriate in melancholy sweetness with such rich despondency? The Smiths and The Cure. Here’s another: Trick Mammoth…They create the sort of literate, romantic pop music that was indie’s high-water mark…” Did Not Chart (UK)
“just another quiet miracle of sound and economic beauty stealing our hearts and ears courtesy the bottomless genetic pool that is Dunedin… a kaleidoscopic calling card of a band endowed with a natal understanding of their craft and a melodic promise well beyond their years… This is the type sound we were given ears for.” Caught in the Carousel (USA)
Males - ‘Run Run Run/MalesMalesMales’ (FISH011 LP & CD). This 9 song mini-album of hyper-melodic 2-minute helium-powered guitar pop from Dunedin trio Males includes, on Side 1, a brand new EP ‘Run Run Run’, and, on Side 2, their single ‘So High’ and their 2012 EP, ‘MalesMalesMales’. You can check it out here: http://malesmalesmales.bandcamp.com/
“This double EP gathers nine effortlessly hummable power-pop gems, including golden early single So High and future summer anthem Lucky Too. Singer/guitarist Richard Ley-Hamilton’s secret weapons are his chiming, precision-tooled riffs and a joyous falsetto, which are just the job over Sam Valentine’s propulsive basslines…” Sunday Star Times (NZ)
“…pop hooks come at you a quick pace and they don’t let up. Their nine song record is packed full of two minute pop candies that fly by so fast that you barely have time to go through addiction or the subsequent withdrawal.” The Finest Kiss (USA)
“Relentless indiepop full of explosive guitar lines, immediate melodies and propulsive beats, short in length, but ever-lasting in its addiction.” Bloodbuzzed (Spain)
The Puddle – “Hedgehog Hill”/ “Christmas in the Country (Live 1985)”
The Puddle have been quiet in 2013, but will be playing live again in 2014. As a “thank-you” to their patient followers for their perseverance they’ve released a Christmas(y) pay-what-you-want download single. The “A” Side is a new song “Hedgehog Hill” which features dreamy backing vocals from Trick Mammoth. The “B” side is a wonderful live recording of “Christmas in the Country” from 1985. The live sound mix and recording via mixing desk to C90 cassette was done by sound engineer that night Tex Houston. He’s the same person who, 28 years later, recorded Trick Mammoth’s ‘Floristry’ album at Fishrider HQ.
The Prophet Hens debut album “Popular People Do Popular People” (FISH010) is out now.
Hatched from Dunedin’s dreamy but dark 21st century pop underground, The Prophet Hens bring a ghostly reminder of the decaying southern city’s musical past, when bands crafted melodic, chiming jangle-pop in seedy bars.
“perfectly encapsulates the big bold ambition of Dunedin music with the quiet drama of isolation on a South Pacific island: part Chills organ-drenched pop, part bedroom angst” Did Not Chart (UK)
OPPOSITE SEX – UK RELEASE on 180gm LP and CD
New Zealand’s Fishrider Records and UK-based Occultation Recordings (Wild Swans, Distractions, June Brides, etc.), are pleased to announce a trans-global alliance for the UK release of the self-titled debut album by Opposite Sex, available now on 180g vinyl and CD from www.occultation.co.uk and distributed in the UK and Europe by Proper.
The sound of the trio is, they say, “an absurdist-logico mix of Euro pop, Beat poetry, and subterranean lo-fi adventuring.” Although their music ranges from oddly poppy carnival waltzes to manic, melodic post-punk and no wave, this is no retro exercise: the album is their own unique genre-defying trip through the experimental subversive pop underground of their imaginations.
“The new wave of New Zealand pop begins here… Opposite Sex share with their compatriots a penchant for vernacular psychedelia and lop-sided songwriting….For a debut, it’s remarkable, leaping from sea-sick waltzes and crunchy post-punk to ADD-pop (see the hyper opener “La Rat”)” **** (4/5) Uncut (UK)
“It’s absolutely brilliant…it does put me in mind of maybe The Mekons and the Raincoats and…the best pop band you’ve ever heard in your life. I absolutely adore it. It’s going to be in my top five albums of the year definitely.” Marc Riley, BBC Radio 6
“…one of those amazing pieces of ragged art that must simply be heard to be believed…Get it.” 9/10 Popmatters.com
NEW RELEASES FROM FISHRIDER
The Puddle – Secret Holiday/ Victory Blues LP & CD Released 12 March 2012
Listen, enjoy a free/ pay what you like download and buy the LP and CD at bandcamp here
“…articulate, challenging pop tunes. From cracked bone-china love songs to bar-room shanties and woozy midnight waltzes, this assured album traverses a good deal of territory on its way to becoming one of the Puddle’s finest efforts.” (4 stars) Otago Daily Times
The Shifting Sands – Feel CD Released 2 April 2012
A new album from Michael McLeod (The Alpha State) with David Kilgour (The Clean), Tony de Raad & Tom Bell (David Kilgour & the Heavy Eights), Robert Scott (The Clean, The Bats), Robbie Yeats (The Verlaines, Dead C), Lesley Paris (Look Blue Go Purple), Rob Falconer (Operation Rolling Thunder). Listen to it here.
“An album of beautifully-textured psychedelic pop…” Otago Daily Times
“McLeod delves into the angular, chiming, hypnotic drone-pop of the city’s early-’80s Flying Nun clan but manages to avoid mimicry. He has his own voice and isn’t scared to balance dark country-esque areas with wiggy guitar histrionics.” Otago Daily Times (4/5 stars)
“Dunedin’s Fishrider Records are on a roll at the moment. Following on from the coastal outsider guitar pop of Opposite Sex, they’ve just turned down the road leading to weightless naturalistic psychedelica with the new album from The Shifting Sands…a sitar, synth and drone infected take on the classic summer super8 home video jangle oft associated with that most storied of local creative hubs. And while this blip of difference allows aspects of the sound to be remote viewed through a pseudo Eastern eye, the song narrative is straight up landscape informed South East Coast state-of-mind. I.E. There is a lot to like here.” Vanguard Red Magazine
Fishrider Records has also released:
Robert Scott with Adalita Srsen/ The Puddle – split 7″ (FISH005 2010)
The Puddle – “Playboys in the Bush” CD/ LP (FISH 004 2010)
The Puddle – “The Shakespeare Monkey” (FISH003 2009)
The Puddle – “No Love – No Hate” (FISH002 2007)
The Dark Beaks – “Spill Your Heart” (FISH001 2006)
The Puddle’s Fishrider Records catalogue is available on their Bandcamp page
Check the links on the right for more links to artist Bandcamp pages to listen to and buy the albums.
For a catalogue of Fishrider Records releases please e-mail fishrider (dot) records (at) yahoo (dot) co (dot) nz
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