Secretly Distributon

Title
Artist
Label
Release Date
2015-11-13
Chris Knox: Seizure

Where does one start with Chris Knox?

Musician, artist, cartoonist, director and much more, he is the godfather of alternative New Zealand music. A true renaissance bloke from down under. While, Seizure, originally released in 1988, is certainly not the start for Chris Knox it is often considered his first 'proper' solo album.

Though in fairness there is nothing proper about it, exploring the surreal, the political, the satirical and sometimes simply the crazy, all of which would never been seen on the hit parade. Yet, musically they should have been, packed with brilliantly skewered hooks and humorously scathing lyrics, Seizure is a lo-fi mix of punk, indie rock and pop that works perfectly.

With it's DIY recording, wit and melody, Seizure highlights why Knox is considered one of New Zealand's finest songwriters. From fronting early NZ punk band The Enemy to Toy Love and then the Tall Dwarfs through to helping launch Flying Nun Records recording the likes of The Clean, the Dunedin Double and more. It’s also near impossible to fit his bio into this space.

And, his influence has reached out well beyond these shores inspiring generations of musicians - no better shown than on the benefit album (Stroke: Songs of Chris Knox) released as a fundraiser following his stroke in 2009, which featured the likes of Bill Callahan, Yo La Tengo, Lou Barlow, Stephin Merritt and many more.

From the simple pop of "The Face of Fashion", through to the driving force of "Wanna!!" and the strangely uplifting brood of "My Dumb Luck" - all that without even mentioning "Not Given Lightly" , the love song to end all love songs - Seizure, despite our dislike of the word, is a legendary release in the Flying Nun catalogue.

Now, re-issued again on LP and CD, with the audio taken direct from the original master tape to vinyl lacquer, the releases also features the original cover art from it's first pressing.

Title
Artist
Label
Release Date
2015-11-13
Tall Dwarfs: Weeville

As the opening liner notes proclaim, Weeville is; "the first straightforward LP by Tall Dwarfs - uh... in terms of having the same number of tracks on each side - both of which play at the same speed and which ain't a compilation."

Nonetheless, their 1990 release is filled with the Tall Dwarfs' eclectic mix of homespun psychedelia, densely textured pop songs and a wallop of hard nosed punk.

The Tall Dwarfs are a partnership between New Zealand home-recording pioneers Chris Knox and Alec Bathgate. A duo, who have been making music together since 1977, first in New Zealand's early punk band, The Enemy, followed by Toy Love. In 1981 Chris and Alec returned as the Tall Dwarfs, they purchased a four track, and over the next 30 plus years would release wonderfully demented records and go on to influence bands such as Pavement, Yo La Tengo, Neutral Milk Hotel and countless more.

Now, re-issued again on LP and CD, Weeville is wired with hypnotic tunes, weird and wonderful instruments and brilliant songwriting. Whether that be the raw spookiness and two guitar harmony of Breath and Crawl or the oddly compelling Skin Of My Teeth and Bodies all brushed with a scent of the macabre.

Along with a 20 page booklet featuring the duo's individual art and design, Weeville is a fantasy land built on tape loops, feedback and distortion. It's pop music just how they like it.

Title
Artist
Label
Release Date
2015-05-26
Able Tasmans: A Cuppa Tea and a Lie Down

Reissue of the Able Tasman's 1986 debut full-length album 'A Cup Of Tea and A Lye Down' with bonus 12" containing the bands first EP 'The Tired Sun' (1985) and three bonus tracks.

Title
Artist
Label
Release Date
2015-03-31
Sneaky Feelings: Send You

1983 debut album from Flying Nun originals, re-issued for the first time. Expanded to include songs from the 'Be My Friend' 7", 1985's 'Husband House' EP and bonus tracks from 1990. Filled with lush pop harmonies and southern psychedelia, this 2xLP gatefold also features liner notes, posters and photos. "Send You will jangle forever as one of New Zealand's essential albums."

Title
Artist
Label
Release Date
2015-03-03
The Stones: Three Blind Mice

Of the four bands represented on the Dunedin Double EP, the early 80's Flying Nun release that introduced that city's fledging indie sound to the wider world, The Stones are probably the least remembered and least appreciated. Fast, aggressive guitars, driving rhythm section with a knack for fluid pop structures. Charismatic and smart, The Stones had the ability to sound completely empathetic and threatening all at once.

'Three Blind Mice' is a compilation curated by New Zealand/Noise legend Bruce Russell (The Dead C, Xpressway Records) including liner notes by Shayne Carter and illustrations from Chris Knox. Printed inner sleeve, 12x12 insert and DL Code.

Title
Artist
Label
Release Date
2014-05-27
The Bats: Compiletely Bats

Originally released on cassette in 1987, Compiletely Bats gathers together this great New Zealand band’s first three EPs - ‘By Night’ (1984), ‘And Here Is “Music for the Fireside’ (1985) and 1986’s ‘Made Up in Blue’. These early tracks show a group that has gone on to influence countless bands around the world. And for good reason. From the opening ‘Made Up in Blue’ through to tracks like ‘Claudine’ the guitars jangle with both an optimism and a deeper melancholy that lurks just below the surface. While at times their offhand vocals and melodies tell tales of indecision and despair, The Bats also masters of a sound and feeling that can only be described as joy. Presented in a gatefold 2xLP with unseen flyers, posters and emphera.

Title
Artist
Label
Release Date
2014-05-27
The Bats: Daddy's Highway

The 1987 debut album from New Zealand indie-pop pioneers The Bats, Daddy’s Highway has now been re-issued and premastered. One of the outstanding New Zealand albums from the 1980s, from the lo-fi pop hook of ‘North by North’ through to the gentle drone of ‘Tragedy’, Daddy’s Highway displays a quietly powerful sound that immediately tugs you in. There is a quirky energy throughout - such as 'Block of Wood' - that also glows with shimmering harmonies, whispered vocals, reeling baselines and a sweet sense of despair that is as catchy as it is thought-provoking.

Title
Artist
Label
Release Date
2014-05-27
The Bats: Law Of Things

The Law Of Things showcases The Bats doing what they do best, undeniable jangle indie pop. Recorded 1988 (released 1990) back on home soil after stints of touring and recording in Europe and The US. A 2xLP set including they 1988 EP ‘Four Songs’ as well as never heard before studio outtakes from The Law Of Things sessions. Presented in a gatefold 2xLP with unseen flyers, posters and emphera.

Title
Artist
Label
Release Date
2014-05-27
The Bats: The Bats Volume 1

This box set contains three re-issues of New Zealand indie-pop pioneers The Bats ranging from early original recordings to previously unheard studio out takes.

Featuring tracks from 1984 to 1988, this compilation shows a group that has gone on to influence countless bands around the world with their jangling guitars that express both an optimism and deeper melancholy.

Compiletely Bats, originally released in 1987, gathers together the four-piece band's first three EPs - 'By Night' (1984), 'And Here is Music for the Fireside' (1985) and 'Made Up in Blue' (1986), along with bonus outages and demos from the period.

Daddy's Highway, their 1987 debut, stands as one of the most outstanding New Zealand albums from the 1980's that glows throughout with shimmering harmonies, whispered vocals, reeling baselines and a sweet sense of despair that is as catchy as it is thought-provoking.

The Law Of Things, recorded in 1988 and released in 1990, was the The Bats follow up album and yet again showcased the band's knack for irrepressible indie pop songs. Re-issued this year again on 2xLP, this CD version also includes their 1988 EP 'Four Songs' as well as never heard before studio tracks from The Law Of Things sessions.

Presented in a 3CD box which includes all original art work as well as accompanying, posters, flyers and ephemera from the time.

Title
Artist
Label
Release Date
2013-12-03
Ghost Wave: Ages

Auckland, New Zealand based rock band whose sound finds itself somewhere between the Flying Nun bands of the ‘80s, the British explosion of the ‘60s and the wayfaring dubs of Lee "Scratch" Perry. ‘Ages’ is the bands debut record recorded and self-produced in various studios around Auckland, New Zealand in six days.

Title
Artist
Label
Release Date
2013-12-03
The Verlaines: Hallelujah All The Way Home

After a series of singles and an EP, the band released their first full-length album Hallelujah - All the Way Home in 1985. Just like their early releases, at the heart of these songs were tales of drunkards and romantics all punctuated by guitar blasts and instrumental flourishes. It was the perfect debut for a band that would continue on for over 30-years to a career, filled with constantly building intensity, all the while refusing to stick to one pitch or tone. Even the more straightforward songs can’t help but take unexpected turns, and it is no wonder that tracks such as “The Ballad of Harry Noryb” and “Phil Too?” rapidly became highlights of any Verlaines’ show.

Title
Artist
Label
Release Date
2013-12-03
The Verlaines: Juvenilia

After a series of singles and an EP, the band released their first full-length album Hallelujah - All the Way Home in 1985. Just like their early releases, at the heart of these songs were tales of drunkards and romantics all punctuated by guitar blasts and instrumental flourishes. It was the perfect debut for a band that would continue on for over 30-years to a career, filled with constantly building intensity, all the while refusing to stick to one pitch or tone. Even the more straightforward songs can’t help but take unexpected turns, and it is no wonder that tracks such as “The Ballad of Harry Noryb” and “Phil Too?” rapidly became highlights of any Verlaines’ show.

Title
Artist
Label
Release Date
2013-12-03
The Verlaines: Hallelujah All The Way Home

After a series of singles and an EP, the band released their first full-length album Hallelujah - All the Way Home in 1985. Just like their early releases, at the heart of these songs were tales of drunkards and romantics all punctuated by guitar blasts and instrumental flourishes. It was the perfect debut for a band that would continue on for over 30-years to a career, filled with constantly building intensity, all the while refusing to stick to one pitch or tone. Even the more straightforward songs can’t help but take unexpected turns, and it is no wonder that tracks such as “The Ballad of Harry Noryb” and “Phil Too?” rapidly became highlights of any Verlaines’ show.

Title
Artist
Label
Release Date
2013-12-03
The Verlaines: Juvenilia

Juvenilia is a compilation of The Verlaines’ brilliant early singles and EPs. First released on vinyl in 1987 and later reissued on CD with bonus tracks in 1993, it documents their early history and is the perfect introduction to one of New Zealand’s greatest bands. Opening with the irrepressible “Death and the Maiden,” a song that for many is archetypal of the group’s deft ability to wield a pop hook, Juvenilia is a constant display of the unstoppable songwriting skills of vocalist/guitarist Graeme Downes.

Title
Artist
Label
Release Date
2013-11-12
Title
Artist
Label
Release Date
2013-11-12
Title
Artist
Label
Release Date
2013-08-20
Bird Nest Roys: Compilation

Bird Next Roys were a six piece guitar pop band formed in Auckland, New Zealand in the Mdi 1980's. Despite a large geographical distance between their home suburb Grey Lynn and the depths of the south Dunedin, Bird Next Roys were associated with the 'Dunedin Sound' Wave of bands that kick started Flying Nun Records. It is Bird Nest Roys knack for off-kilter Kiwi pop and quite literal layered guitars (out of the six person line up, four were holding guitars that assured the band's popularity in New Zealand. In their short existence of four years, the band produced an EP, Full length LP, and a single 7", as well as the platform for members to later become pivotal members of the 3D's and Snapper. Re-issued for the first time is the band's entire previously released discography, as well as unreleased/unrecorded live material. Presented in a 2xLP gatefold with previously unseen posters, flyers and emphera, as well as digitally an on CD.

Title
Artist
Label
Release Date
2013-07-16
The Clean: Vehicle

“Vehicle” is the ¬¨rst full length album by The Clean coming nearly 8 years after formation and subsequent (¬¨rst) break up. Also included in this two disc set is a bonus 12” ‘EP In-A-Live’ recorded at Fullham Greyhound 13/7/88 during the bands UK/Europe reunion tour. It was this tour that Rough Trade Founder Geo Travis saw the band play and o ered to record the bands new material. Also included are extensive liner notes from the band as well as a full booklet of yers, news clipping and art from this period. Vehicle con¬¨rmed that The Clean were not just a band worth reforming to play live but also, one still capable of writing quality jangle pop that was synonyms with both Flying Nun and The Clean.