Danse Macabre - back from the 80s!
Nigel Russell first rose to prominience in the AK music scene with punk outfit the Spelling Mistakes, then launched Danse Macabre.
Here's a handy blurb flogged from Club Bizarre... "A very dark, and rather English sounding band from Auckland in the early part of 1980 following closely in the styles of bands like Joy Division and The Gang of Four.
Featured members Nigel Russell (Previously from THE SPELLING MISTAKES and later on to become one of the leading members of CAR CRASH SET) Ralph Crump on bass, Wes Prince on guitar and Roddy Carlson on the drums. In their three or so years of existence they released two vinyls: The “Between the Lines” 4 track EP and the fantastic “Last Request” mini album."
The band are reforming for a gig at the Kings Arms, Friday 22 July. catch it. I only ever got to see these cats live once, at the now demolished His Majesty's Theatre, and they were choice.
Russell's later outfit Car Crash Set have a bunch of unreleased live tunes available over at Amplifier.
"The trax were compiled from (very) old cassettes and mastered onto CD with Pro Tools. Car Crash Set were a leading New Zealand band in the mid 80's pioneering 'electronic' music that was in many respects ahead of their time. The band founding members consisted of Nigel Russell ex Spelling Mistakes / Danse Macabre, Dave Bulog and Trevor Reekie. Taking their influences from New Order, Suicide and DAF the band employed cutting edge electronic sounds, guitar overdrive and feedback..."
Also at Amplifier, check Soundworker, featuring Wes and Roddy from Danse Macabre.