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Flying Nun Records To Re-issue Two Limited Edition 12″ EPs For Record Store Day

It’s been over three decades since Christchurch record shop employee and music fan, Roger Shepherd, was inspired to start a record label as an outlet for South Island bands. And it was the city of Dunedin that quickly became most strongly associated with Flying Nun.

In 1982, four bands from that southern outpost – The Chills, Sneaky Feelings, The Stones and the Verlaines – each recorded a side for a double 12″ EP pack that, which actually untitled, was referred to as the ‘Dunedin Double’. Now for Record Store Day (April 19), Flying Nun will to re-issue this four EP set that went on to kick start the label.

Not only was it ‘untitled’, it was an unusual format with no set order and containing two 45rpm 12″ discs. Re-mastered, the Dunedin Double is being re-issued again in its original format and limited to 2000 copies.

Recorded over two weekends in damp New Zealand, South Island flats (on portable four track by Chris Knox and Doug Hood), it was distinctly lo-fi and in tune with the ‘do it yourself’ ethic at the heart of the label. Furthermore it brought the world’s attention to The Chills, Verlaines, The Stones and Sneaky Feelings and established the notion of the ‘Dunedin Sound’, a phrase coined for the young bands that followed in the wake of The Clean and an influence which carries on to indie-pop bands around the world today.

The Dunedin EP theme continues with Flying Nun’s other Record Store Day release, the Bored Games Who Killed Colonel Mustard EP.

Released the same year as the Dunedin Double (1982), it introduced the music of a 17-year-old Shayne Carter who would later go on to form The Double Happy’s and Straightjacket Fits. In the tradition of many great bands, they formed while attending high school, debuting at the school’s talent contest in 1979 and going on to play a show supporting Toy Love.

Featuring Carter as vocalist, the band included the likes of Wayne Elsey (The Stones, Double Happys), Terry Moore (The Chills) as well Fraser Batts, Jonathan Moore and Jeff Harford. The band broke up in 1981 before Who Killed Colonel Mustard was released. However, they left behind four catchy tracks, packed with teenage angst manifested in early punk stylings.

As part of the Record Store Day release, the EP has been remastered and includes an insert of previously unseen photos. This EP will be limited to 1000 copies.

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Grayson Gilmour’s New Album, Infinite Life!, Out Now

Infinite Life! is the fifth offering from Wellington musician Grayson Gilmour.

Enveloping listeners in sultry layers of vocals, smooth strings and intricate off kilter rhythms, Grayson Gilmour’s new album, Infinite Life!, combines warm pop songs with experimental beats, textures and weird loops.

Following his 2010 album No Constellation, Grayson receded to underground bank vaults and windy attics to record before whittling his ideas into 13 tracks. All the while Gilmour was piecing together film scores, touring overseas with his band So So Modern and attending the Red Bull Music Academy.

Grayson Gilmour Infinite Life!

Grayson Gilmour’s Infinite Life! album artwork

Recent singles, Lichtung and Minus Times Infinity (the video for which was selected for the BBC Music Video Festival) give a hint of an album filled with both immediately catchy melodies along with odd sounds.

And if that doesn’t grab you, why not judge Gilmour on the company he keeps? Infinite Life! sees visual collaborations with NZ illustrator Henrietta Harris (cover artwork) and video director Jesse Taylor Smith (Pond, Autumn Splendour) along with appearances from Claire Duncan (Dear Times Waste), cellist Charlie Davenport and drummer Reece McNaughten.

Plus, because we all love vinyl, Flying Nun Records have been fund raising to help get the album pressed to LP. And in good news, they are three quarters of the way to their target. Follow this link here for more information about the vinyl pre-orders and range of packages available.

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