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It's getting to a point where if you even thought about strumming a guitar in New Zealand between the years of 1980 and 1990 you might find yourself unwittingly re-issued by Siltbreeze.
Victor Dimisich Band are really the obscurest of the obscure. Issuing just one 12” on Flying Nun in 1983, the band now find themselves victim(?) of a reissue package which blurs the lines between highlighting lost New Zealand genius pop and re-issue fetishism for its own sake.
The first few tracks on what I’m told is the A side are recorded live. Just a ripple of applause follows the band’s efforts. The music is a slow burning take on the ‘classic’ New Zealand sound (which in itself heavily references the Velvet Underground) yet is recorded seemingly in the collection lid of a Qualcast Panther.
I’m increasingly confident that the record label have the sides mixed up, as the tracks on the B side sound like studio recordings to me which is in complete contrast to what the sleeve implores. They aren’t much better in recording quality than the live tracks, showcasing a more organ-heavy approach and a scattershot approach to songwriting which recalls The Go-Betweens' ‘Send Me A Lullaby’, recorded before they’d quite got the hang of the songwriting thing. Leader Stephen Coyle has a voice like a wet dishcloth. Nasal and straining, it rants atop the ramshackle band.
Certainly interesting and gothily different from the more pastoral NZ guitar strummers, it contains people who went on to be in Scorched Earth Policy, Pin Group and Terminals. It's hard work for sure, but a diversion down the more difficult and esoteric roads of the history of New Zealand music.
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