8 Mar 2019

NZ Live: Beat Rhythm Fashion

From NZ Live, 2:20 pm on 8 March 2019

Beat Rhythm Fashion were the darlings of the post-punk music scene in Wellington in the late '70s and early '80s. Now, over 30 years later, they're back together with a new album Tenterhook.

Beat Rhythm Fashion

Beat Rhythm Fashion Photo: Courtesy of Audioculture

Nino Birch, Rob Mayes and Caroline Easther play live in our Wellington studio and chat to Jesse Mulligan

"The most proficient (and pop) of Wellington’s post-punk Terrace scene of the late 1970s and early 1980s, Beat Rhythm Fashion are one of the New Zealand indie boom’s best-remembered and least-known groups.

Three airy, rhythm-light Cure-ish strummers, ‘Beings Rest Finally’, ‘Turn Of The Century’ and ‘No Great Oaks’, followed. Sheathed in stylish red and black themed picture sleeves, the first two singles arrived on new Wellington indie Bunk Records with the third issued by Epic Records in late 1981, after Bunk had folded.

The dreamy, trance-like songs touched the time and gathered a strong local myth, while the Birch brothers slipped away first to Australia’s east coast, then into indistinct memory, until Failsafe Records' 2007 compendium of studio and live BRF recordings brought them back into the light." - Andrew Schmidt; Courtesy of Audioculture.

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