OPPOSITE SEX came together by chance in the isolated North Island town of Gisborne. After a trip to Europe Lucy returned to Gisborne with a bass guitar and nothing to do, so she invented her own percussive style of playing and wrote strange and disturbing songs. She met 2nd hand bookshop owner Tim, who had had found a drum-kit on a front lawn at a garage sale, and taught him how to play drums. Fergus, self-taught from listening to Guitar Player magazine CDs in his bedroom, completed the trio.
The sound they developed in splendid isolation is, they say, some kind of absurdist-logico mix of Euro pop, Beat poetry, and subterranean lo-fi adventuring. Drawing musical inspiration from such disparate elements as The Velvet Underground, Half Japanese and The Beatles and marrying it to lyrical themes of animal kingdoms, love and loss, and master/slave dialectics, OPPOSITE SEX reinvent alternative pop in a style of their own.
Sometimes they play as a three-piece and sometimes Tim & Lucy play as a two-piece – just bass, drums, vocals and a lot of “blood & guts”. Some prefer the two-piece with the uncluttered space and raw energy, others the three-piece with Fergus weaving golden guitar threads and spidery webs through the rhythm.
In the summer of 2011 Tim & Lucy relocated to Dunedin to find a bigger, colder and more interesting place place to live, play and study. Along with Fergus they recorded the album at Fishrider Studio in Dunedin in the autumn. It retains the simplicity and space of their stripped down live sound, but in the studio they have found even more of the dark magic inhabiting their songs. The album was released on CD and LP in November 2011 and can be heard, downloaded and ordered at the Opposite Sex Bandcamp page
Their “truly pure and slightly feral” debut is released in the UK on 23 April 2012 on Fishrider Records in association with Occultation Recordings