The Dance Asthmatics – Liquid Lunch

• “Liquid Lunch” set to a picture of the housing EP cover. Thanks to ┼ brt tvoj rođeni ┼.

8.6 “Excellent Trance Rock from New Zealand”

First out as a download single in November 2014 and later included on their EP “Lifetime of Secretion” released in September 2015.

This kind of “uneasy listening” is right up my street. The spirit of Throbbing Gristle endures.

Unlike most krautrock inspired New Zealand bands at the moment, The Dance Asthmatics do away with the throbbing pulsation and instead have a jagged repetition that they filter through punk, post punk, no wave and noise rock. They’re a live powerhouse with a thundering rhythm section laying a groove that keeps going and going and going, and a trebly guitar swooping in and out and around the groove, sometimes riffing, sometimes degenerating to noise. The vocals themselves are a mix of sarcasm, boredom and anger – if you have listened to Stephen Nouwens other band BnP, you would know that he’s a great lyricist, but here he does wonders. They’re one of the best bands to come out of Christchurch in recent years, but often have unfortunately come in second place to their members other projects – the band consists of Cheers Bud (of T54) on guitar, Stephen Nowens (of BnP) on vocals, Ben Odering (of The Guest and Sand Fly Bay) on bass and Brian Feary (of Magic Eye) on drums. They’re somewhat of a Christchurch supergroup, but until now have mostly flown under the radar in the rest of the country. ~

Introduced to me via Kevin Robinson’s February 2015 show on Dandelion Radio.

Available on a name-your-price basis at Bandcamp.

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