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
LATEST NEWS – 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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