Another band joining the Fishrider family this year is young Dunedin floral-pop trio Trick Mammoth.
I first heard Trick Mammoth via a song ‘Himalayas’ on a compilation put together by Dunedin music space The Attic. Not long after that a lovely and haunting low-key, mostly acoustic album appeared on Bandcamp called ‘Floristry’. At that stage Trick Mammoth, and the person behind these songs, was a mystery.
Then a Trick Mammoth band formed and revealed itself with a stunning demo single ‘Baltimore’, recorded on a single SingStar microphone at The Attic in Dunedin.
Trick Mammoth songwriter and guitarist Adrian Ng was joined by his friends Millie Lovelock (also in excellent Dunedin space-pop duo Astro Children) and Sam Valentine (from Dunedin power-pop trio Males).
After playing ‘Baltimore’ obsessively for a while I met Adrian in a record store. He told me he was trying to record a whole album with the band using that single microphone and his laptop. Not surprisingly it was taking a long time and he had trouble recording drums.
I offered to record them at Fishrider and also release something by them… hopefully an album. It’s all being mixed right now so watch this space…