Here's one of those good old fashioned split albums and both sides feature former Boyracer and current Emotional Response honcho Sir Stewart Anderson. Hulaboy is his long running collaboration with Eric Stoess of Hulahoop and they make bittersweet pop with nods towards Postcard and Flying Nun. Over on the flip is the Safe Distance, a band he formed with Simon 'Crayola' Williams of Sarandon, Crayola etc. They make scratty 80s indie with Bogshed/the Ron Johnson roster as influences.
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Split LP on Emotional Response.
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The great thing about the Emotional Response label is that they really don't care. Release a split album? Why not. A split album is a strange artefact but can be very enjoyable if both sides are good. Rather like eating half a Danish Pastry then switching to half a flapjack.
Anyway on the A side we have Hulaboy who are the long running collaboration between ever busy Boyracer person and Emotional Response lord Stewart Anderson alongside former Hulahoop/Lemonade Hayride winner Eric Stoess. Now, Lemonade Hayride were one of my favourite groups of 1990 so I'm always interested in what Stoess does and it seems that his penchant for unique, twisted songwriting is still in place particularly on the raucous 'Sarah Teen Is Back'. Plenty of NZ pop and Postcard influences scattered about and fans of Boyracer will be pleased to hear Anderson's distinctive whinny present and correct on 'Part time Goths' ...of which I was never one.
Over on the flip another indie pop veteran joins forces with Mr Anderson as the Safe Distance. Crayola was in Sarandon and Crayola Summer and A Witness and constructs a vibrant and energetic form of strum and drum which recalls Bogshed and the Groove Farm. These songs rattle along at a fair old rate of knots and showcase a kind of gritty rock 'n' indie. 'Lately' sounds like the Harbour Pilots. They are making a right mess but it's fun. I can visualise wires tangled on a disgrace of a stage.
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