New Zealanders, and another band from the fantastic Flying Nun stable, Axemen, were a favourite of Kurt Cobain. Originally released in 1987, Derry Legend is a real lost classic, in parts it is what you might expect from a Flying Nun band, like The Clean, but there’s also a more scuzzy rock ‘n’ roll edge possessed by bands like Royal Trux. .
Derry Legend is available on vinyl LP with download code.
LP £19.99 LUX-002
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9/10 Penrith Steve Customer review, 8th January 2015
“Derry Legend” by New Zealand band, Axemen in the main part eschews the famed Dunedin sound for, what was at the time a previously unheard clash of rock ‘n’ roll variants. Kurt Cobain was a huge fan and the influence it had on him is easy to hear on the closing track, “Morning of Youth” which is a forerunner for his more stoned moments like “Something in the Way”. The Album opens with “Disc to Disk” which sounds like Royal Trux. There are a few tracks on here that Royal Trux have clearly been influenced by. For example, “You Gave Me the Power of the Gangbusters” lands somewhere between Royal Trux and Alex Chilton’s more chaotic solo work. The sound of “Hey Alice!” and “He’s Leaving Home” are reminiscent of Mac Demarco. As a whole it is beautifully wonky, odd, rocking and brilliant.
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