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Trick Mammoth new single on WIAIWYA 7777777 single’s club

Are you a collector of rare/ limited run 7” single and/or picture discs? Are you a fan of Trick Mammoth? If so check this singles club release from UK indie-pop label WIAIWYA.

It is a 7” picture disc, #2 in the WIAIWYA singles club series of 7 for 2014 – called 7777777 of course.

Yes, the ‘Flower Cult pop’ trio from Dunedin have been busy – the single is two of the four songs recorded a few days before Christmas last year – ‘Candy Darling’ and ‘Doll’. The other two songs will be released later this year.

Each single in the WIAIWYA 7777777 series this year depicts a stage of creating & releasing music. Trick Mammoth’s picture disc was illustrated by Daniel Novakovic from Malmo Sweden – an artists who also runs the So Tough! So Cute! indie-pop club there.
7777777 Doll Trick Mammoth picture disc

You can subscribe to the whole set of 7 or buy individual releases. However there are only 77 individual copies of each single available. Pre-sales start 77 days ahead of their release date, which is on the 7th day of each of the 7 months of the singles club.

When you pre-order you get one song as a download straight away (‘Candy Darling’ which Adrian sings). You’ll have to wait until the single is out (7 May for this) to hear the other song – Millie singing the heart-breaking ‘Doll’. Subscribers for the whole series receive each new single as soon as they are pressed – a couple of months ahead of release date for the individual sale 77 copies.

Trick Mammoth recording 'Candy Darling' & 'Doll', Dunedin, December 21 & 22 2013

Trick Mammoth recording ‘Candy Darling’ & ‘Doll’, Dunedin, December 21 & 22 2013

Some trivial facts here – Millie plays her lead guitar lines here through a ferocious & deafening Sunn 0))) tube amplifier formerly used by the 3Ds.

The Shifting Sands announce a 2nd album with a single “All The Stars”

The Shifting Sands have finished their follow-up to their acclaimed 2012 debut ‘Feel’ and have shared a gorgeous psychedelic folk-pop single – “All The Stars” – as an early taster.

This second album is much more of a ‘band’ record than ‘Feel’, which began as a solo record, assisted by a cast of many from the Dunedin music scene past & present, and evolved into a band along the way.

The three members of The Shifting Sands today – Mike McLeod (guitar, vocals), Tom Bell (bass) and Jake Langley (drums) – also run Dunedin’s legendary character-filled live music venue Chick’s Hotel, at Port Chalmers, near Dunedin city, playing an important part in the supportive live music scene in Dunedin at the moment.

The new album does feature two guests however. David Kilgour (The Clean) plays guitar on two songs, and Alex Vaatstra plays violins on two songs (including “All the Stars” here).

The album was mostly recorded in two places near Dunedin: a run-down shack Mike owned in The Gums, a tiny railway-workers cottage settlement past Osborne, a short drive over the hill from Port Chalmers, and a converted wool shed in Heyward Point, near Whareakeake (more commonly known by the name Murdering Beach, in reference to a violent conflict between Maori inhabitants and visiting sealers & whalers in December 1817).

The album is provisionally titled ‘Cosmic Radio Station’ and will feature cover art from noted Dunedin ceramic artist Jim Cooper (who animated their video for their single ‘Pixies’ from their debut album ‘Feel’.

After our experiences with LP pressings last year we aren’t going to make any rash predictions about when the album will come out other than saying it will be sometime in 2014, hopefully by mid-year.

The single “All The Stars” is available as a free/ pay what you like download.

Trick Mammoth radio interview

Trick Mammoth were interviewed by Radio New Zealand recently.

Adrian, Millie & Sam talk about the origins of the songs on their album ‘Floristry’, the song-writing process, and how they went from recording demos to a laptop via a solitary SingStar microphone to recording their debut album with legendary Dunedin sound engineer (and equally legendary home-brewer) Tex Houston (The Clean, The 3-Ds, The Verlaines, Magick Heads, Look Blue Go Purple, etc.) within a year.


These three young Dunedin musicians had a busy year. In addition to studying full time and working part-time jobs they were each involved in 4 separate bands releasing 4 albums within the last 3 months. So, in addition to Trick mammoth’s ‘Floristry’:
Adrian recorded and released a cassette album (via The Attic) as Mavis Gary (a self-recorded, solo project)
Mille recorded and released an album ‘Proteus’ as Astro Children (her band with drummer Isaac Hickey)
Sam released a mini-album (also on Fishrider) as part of Males (although he is drummer for Trick mammoth he plays bass for Males)

The Venn Diagram below shows the relationship between these bands. Richard from Males now also sometimes plays in Trick Mammoth.

Venn Diagram of some related Dunedin Pop Underground bands & members

Venn Diagram of some related Dunedin Pop Underground bands & members

It is well worthwhile checking out the releases of all the ‘extended family’ of bands related to Trick Mammoth. I especially love ‘Proteus’ which Astro Children released late last year – it was my favourite album of 2013.

“Astro Children seem free of the burden of anyone’s expectations about what their music ought to be, and how songs ought to be constructed and played. Combining gentle effect-laden dream-pop with fierce personal punk, shoegaze and, at times, tumultuous avant-noise soundscapes, as if all these things ought to belong together on the same stage and album, somehow works perfectly. Lyrics range from the personal (via the unique filter of Millie’s ‘magnetic nervousness’ and introverted world-view) through to cryptic literary entanglements… On ‘Proteus’ it’s the stuff they do that’s so wrong which just seems so refreshingly right.”

You can read my full review of it here on PopLib.

It’s available as a fine-looking CD package from Muzai Records.

Trick Mammoth ‘Jangle, All the Way Home’ with The Verlaines

Trick Mammoth played in Auckland last weekend (14th December 2013) at the Kings Arms. It was part of a Christmas party/ year-end event organised by Flying Out Records (the mail-order operation of Flying Nun Records which includes Fishrider Records releases in its catalogue). It was also a show marking the re-release of The Verlaines’ classic 1985 debut album Hallelujah – All The Way Home”.

Trick Mammoth had a great time, as you can see from these photographs from Flying Nun boss Ben Howe

Following Trick Mammoth was another band from Dunedin – Astro Children – a two-piece featuring Trick Mammoth’s Millie. Astro Children have just released a brilliant and adventurous debut called ‘Proteus’ on Auckland label Muzai Records.

Trick Mammoth

Trick Mammoth

Adding bass to Trick Mammoth’s live show was another Dunedin pop underground figure – Kane Strang – who self-released a beautiful album of baroque psychedelic pop called “A Pebble & a Paper Crane”.

Kane will be joining the combined album release show on Friday for Males and Trick Mammoth which also features Astro Children. The overlapping family nature of this corner of the scene in Dunedin right now can get confusing, so here’s a simple Venn Diagram to help you navigate.

Venn Diagram of some related Dunedin Pop Underground bands & members

Venn Diagram of some related Dunedin Pop Underground bands & members

New releases from Trick Mammoth & Males

TM Floristry poster & CD

We are thrilled to announce the imminent release of Dunedin ‘flower cult’ pop band Trick Mammoth’s gorgeous debut album ‘Floristry’ – which has its official retail release in NZ on 31 January and in the UK in February 2012 but will be available to pre-order from us before Christmas [The UK release is handled by Occultation Recordings ]

Floristry by Trick Mammoth LP/CD FISH012

Trick Mammoth are a flower cult pop band from Dunedin. 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 has a shy pretension buried under layers of simplicity. With comparisons ranging from Black Tambourine to The Carpenters, this youthful trio of Adrian, Millie & Sam have crafted a sound saccharine sweet yet doused in death. Gorgeous dream-pop from the margins.

If you haven’t heard Trick Mammoth yet go to their Bandcamp page – and check out their pre-release single there – ‘Delphine (With A Purpose)’/’Pinker Sea’. Also check out their earlier ‘Baltimore EP’ demos before they vanish. This is what we heard a year ago that started the road to ‘Floristry’.

If you download Trick Mammoth tracks from their Bandcamp page you will automatically be advised by Bandcamp when the album is released. Fans of Trick Mammoth and Fishrider followers will be able to buy the album as soon as we receive the LPs. We expect to have them by 20 December.

Trick Mammoth play in Auckland on 14th December with The Verlaines, Surf City & Astro Children at the Kings Arms as part of the Flying Out Christmas extravaganza.

We have also just released a glorious debut 9 song mini-album by Males (who share some members with Trick Mammoth). We may be biased but in our view Males are the best live band in NZ right now. Their album has also started receiving a lot of radio play in the US/ Canada college radio network – immediately becoming one of the most-played albums across the hundreds of stations on the network.

Run Run Run/MalesMalesMales by Males LP/CD FISH011
Males are a guitar pop band from Dunedin, making ‘garage pop’ – insanely catchy short songs, crammed with melody, propulsive guitar, helium vocals & harmonies. It’s helium-powered pop on a sugar diet, with serious themes. This debut mini-album collects together their first EP, a single & four brand new songs into one convenient bag of aural treats.
“23 minutes of the most celebratory and unselfconscious guitar-pop produced in this neck of the woods” Otago Daily Times
Listen to Males and order the album here

If you are in Dunedin on Friday 20th December we are having a combined album release at Chick’s Hotel for Trick Mammoth & Males. What better way to celebrate our 7th birthday & have a Christmas Party!

Special guests, prizes: probably.

Flowers: definitely.

Poster by Robbie Motion

Poster by Robbie Motion

Chick’s Hotel Birthday Festival

The building that has for many years been known as Chick’s Hotel in Port Chalmers, near Dunedin, was built in bluestone and brick in 1876 by former Port Chalmers mayor Henry “Harry” Dench, on the site of his Jerusalem Coffee and Chop House and Billiard Saloon, which he opened in 1864.

“There are bath-rooms for Ladies and Gentlemen, supplied with hot and cold, fresh and salt water, boats for the use of the boarders and altogether there are possible few watering-place hotels in the Colonies which afford better accommodation.”

But Dench soon ran into financial trouble and George Chick bought the building in 1879, the place being known as Chick’s Hotel (or Chicks Hotel) ever since. Former UK bicycle courier (and video star for The Smiths) Hector Hazard took over the lease in 2008 and developed the live music venue it has been ever since. Last year the members of Fishrider Records band The Shifting Sands took over the lease from Hector and have upgraded the stage and sound system to create the best small live venue in Dunedin. Supportive live music venues like Chick’s are an important contributor to the health of the local music scene here.

November 2013 marked the 1st anniversary of their reign at Chick’s so a 4 day festival was organised as both a celebration and also a (successful!) fundraiser for a Chick’s Hotel Magic Bus. As Chick’s is 15 minutes drive from Central Dunedin a regular show-night bus service has been running all year using hired vehicles (unsustainable longer term, hence the Magic Bus fundraiser). The recent Astro Children album release show was so popular it required two bus trips. Here’s a video of Males from that show:

The 4 days festival featured about 20 local bands and performers, including David Kilgour & The Heavy Eights. Fishrider Records artists involved were Trick Mammoth, Opposite Sex, The Shifting Sands and The Prophet Hens.

Here’s Trick Mammoth playing ‘Himalayas’, a song from their debut album ‘Floristry’ (and featuring Richard from Males on bass):

Here’s The Prophet Hens playing ‘All Over The World’ from their debut album ‘Popular People Do Popular People’:

‘Pretty’ – Sunday porch session from The Prophet Hens

From the Operation Underground people who brought us that wonderful Opposite Sex Sunday porch session recently, here’s The Prophet Hens on the porch, giving ‘Pretty’ the (mostly) unplugged treatment.

“So High” By Males

Here’s a video for ‘So High’ from the next release on Fishrider Records (catalogue #FISH011) by Males – ‘Run Run Run/MalesMalesMales’.

Males are a pop band. Guitar pop. They call it ‘garage pop’, or ‘beach pop’, but it seems more than that. Insanely catchy short songs, crammed with melody, propulsive guitar, helium vocals & harmonies. It’s power-pop on a sugar diet, with serious themes.

Guitarist/ songwriter/ vocalist Richard Ley-Hamilton writes miniature sing-a-long anthems combining earworm chorus hooks with sparkling precision guitar work. Bassist Sam punctuates Males’ songs with propulsive, overdriven bass runs. In his spare time he also plays drums with Dunedin floral popsters, and fellow Fishrider Records band, Trick Mammoth.

Is this an album, a mini-album or a double EP with an extra single? It’s all these things. Four of the 9 songs here are from ‘MalesMalesMales’ – their debut EP, recorded and released online in 2012 along with a very limited 7” lathe-cut. ‘So High’ was their 2103 single and ‘Run Run Run’ was to be their next 4-song EP. Until Fishrider Records offered to release it all on 12” vinyl, where these songs belong.

Males ‘Run Run Run/MalesMalesMales’ is released on Fishrider Records in November 2013. You can get it on a limited 300 pressing pressed from Neumann DMM masters on 180 gram vinyl rotating at 45 RPM. It sounds amazing.

“My Murders are Fine” by Opposite Sex

Here’s something new and rather wonderful from Opposite Sex (Lucy & new guitarist this year Reg) via Dunedin’s Operation Underground Sunday Porch Sessions. “My Murders are Fine” – Southern Gothic murder ballad brilliance.

First sounds from the Trick Mammoth album ‘Floristry’

Trick Mammoth, photographed by Emily Hlavac Green

Trick Mammoth, photographed by Emily Hlavac Green

Trick Mammoth – that’s Adrian, Millie & Sam – have decided the time is right to share some of their new album – ‘Floristry’ – with everyone who has been waiting patiently.

They’ve put the digital download equivalent of a “Double-A-Side” single up on the Trick Mammoth Bandcamp page. ‘Delphine (With A Purpose)’ and ‘Pinker Sea’

They wrote these words about their music and album:

“Formed in early 2013, Trick Mammoth are a 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.

In mid July 2013, the band recorded their first full length album with the assistance of Tex Houston (The Clean, The 3Ds). Adrian Ng and Millie Lovelock play guitars and sing, Sam Valentine plays drums and sometimes sings.

Their debut album ‘Floristry’ is scheduled to be released through Fishrider Records in NZ this year and co-released by Fishrider Records and Occultation Recordings in the UK early in 2014.”

They recorded the 10 song album here at Fishrider HQ (the same basement room space we’ve recorded albums by Opposite Sex, The Puddle and The Dark Beaks in). Bringing in someone of Tex’s experience was a good move for all of us. You can read an interview with Adrian on the making of ‘Floristry’ here.

The results are pretty special. Anyone familiar with their self recorded ‘Baltimore’ demos will find these songs have undergone something of a transformation from the fragile washed out reverb lo-fi of their ‘tiny cacophonous dream-pop psychedelia’ (to interpolate the translation from Hipersonica website in Spain).

Trick Mammoth had no desire to be shackled to a sound that was forced by their circumstances at the time (ie possessing only a solitary SingStar microphone and a laptop with one input when they recorded those remarkable demos). They’ve taken the chance to fully form their sound and have created something beautiful, haunting and distinctively Trick Mammoth.

Ian @ Fishrider HQ, Dunedin, NZ
8 October 2013

PS: For those interested in disappearing down the rabbit-hole underground of inter-connected Dunedin bands you may be interested to check out Millie’s other band Astro Children. Their debut album Proteus is also out next month, on Auckland noise-pop label Muzai Records. It was recorded & mixed/ produced by Adrian from Trick Mammoth. Here’s a song from that: