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Axemen, Lo-Liners, Dark Matter & Cranks


Fri 2 Dec 2011, 9:00pm–2:00am

Where: Naval Point Yacht Club, Charlotte Jane Quay, Magazine Bay, Lyttelton, Christchurch District

Restrictions: All Ages Licensed

The Axemen formed in 1983, released LPs and CDs on Flying Nun Records and their own Sleek Bott label in New Zealand, and Siltbreeze Records in USA. In 2009 the Axemen toured with Times New Viking playing 26 shows across USA. Now ahead of their 10 date December Australian tour, there's a rare opportunity to see them one night only in Lyttelton. Their ever changing lineup – which has included members of The Clean, Tall Dwarfs and The Terminals – for the Australian tour is original vocalist/guitarist Little Stevie McCabe, original drummer Stu Kawowski, Slav guitar connoisseur Dragan Stojanovic (an Axeman since 1985) and Will Daymond in his mourning of youth. As Axemen scanty town ride around, they'll be staying in either big cheap motels or on your couch, for beer und flinstones.

Joining Axemen will be Loliners, Dark Matter and Cranks.

Loliners are a mixture of garage /trash /rock /country/ white magic/ blues. Three girls and a lad on drums, an eclectic mixture of songs for the love of music:
Lisa Preston – keyboard, drums, guitar, vocals
Joanne Billesdon – lead and rhythm guitar & vocals
Sharon Warhurst – bass guitar
Russell Covyene – drums

Dark Matter came about because of a batch of songs Stephen Cogle wrote around and because of the tribute nights at Al’s bar, some 3 or 4 years ago. Cogle was positively energised by the monthly tributes and he misses those occasions. Cogle wished to perform these songs with most of the people who performed in that tribute band it just seemed a natural progression.

Since those nights gradually faded into memory it's been almost impossible for Cogle to write anything, so it just shows its all a matter of the right time right place for some intangible thing called inspiration to happen. Cogle hopes it happens again with him.

Dark Matter are:
Joanne Billesdon: lead guitar
Nicole Moffat: violin
John Chrisstoffels: cello
John Billows: bass
Michael Daly: drums
Stephen Cogle: guitar and vocals

The Cranks, fronted by Dave Mulcahy are a post-punk 3-piece with Wire/Stooges leanings featuring ex-renderers rhythm section of Michael Daly and John Billows.