We also maintain a comprehensive and ever-growing New Zealand Musical History section, primarily focused on but not limited to, Christchurch bands.
Failsafe News March 2013
SONGS IN THE KEY - Space and Place (download single)
First single from this collaboration of Failsafe Records artists and Friends from the forthcoming Songs in the Key of Slow Album. Space and place is a love letter to hometowns, in this case the pre earthquake Christchurch, NZ, and features a beautiful video of the town at it's finest.
The song and its lyrics are even more potent, poignant, and unexpectedly prescient post quake, as the song becomes a love letter to something we all lost.
Space and Place features Leigh Franklin (Guitar and Vocals) Mark Roberts (Guitar and Vocals), Rob Mayes (Bass Strings, Brass, production) And Steve Birss, (Drums).
Order SONGS IN THE KEY - Space and Place (download single) SAFE111CD NZ$1.50
Failsafe Records - Japan Edition
2013 sees Failsafe launching 4 discs onto the Japanese landscape 3 in two packaging options, Deluxe gatefold and Standard editions.If you're visiting from Nihon then please support these releases locally and ask your store to stock them. They're being distributed by Vivid Sound Corp of Tokyo.
There's also a write up in the Japanese English language magazine Metropolis
Failsafe News - Nov 2012
Ok, that was a long time between updates, far far too long but we do have an excuse, or 2. An earthquake took out or home base of Christchurch city, smashing Failsafe HQ in 3 and making it kind of difficult to focus on the all important task of creating recordings and releasing them. Add to that we also spend large parts of the year in Tokyo, and managed to catch that large earthquake also,....., What a ride, but we survived even if some of our stock didn't
So where does that leave us in late 2012?
SUBSTANDARD - Elite (Limited Edition Deluxe package Mini album)
The Christchurch based Post Rock sonic instrumentalists return with a four song mini album in double gatefold hand screen printed with postcards limited edition disc. This one really is quite special as the band played their last show together in 2004 before members moved to different cities, then countries making music creation somewhat difficult. Difficult but not impossible as this mini album demonstraites.
Time flies, and then sometimes it reconverges. If you're a fan of sonic textural rock then you'll be pleased to hear this collection of tracks. Order SUBSTANDARD - Elite Mini album SAFE104CD NZ$15.00Here
SOUTHERN FRONT - Politics and Cemeteries Deluxe Edition Mini album
Post punk from a strong chch punk scene lineage. Southern Front formed from the ashes of Evasive Action, and before them 2 seminal local punk bands Desperate Measures and Unauthorised. The band comprise 3/4 of Unauthorised with Erik Van Den Hoven from Desperate Measures filling in on Bass duties while Mark Gibson shifts to Drums. Phil Johnston handles guitars and Harry Hepworth holds down the Vocals. This is the extended remastered and restored 1984 album from Southern Front expanded with 7 unreleased tracks culled from liver performances and the rare as punk rock tears lost UNAUTHORISED ep as a bonus, which was initially the other side of the long deleted split Wasted Again album with Desperate Measures, but since most of the band is present here we felt it appropriate to add it as a bonus. 22 tracks in total. This disc will be available early November. Pre Order SOUTHERN FRONT - Politics and Cemetaries - NZ$20.00 Here
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Failsafe on YouTube We've been mastering up and uploading all the Failsafe videos to our YouTube site so come on by and have a look and listen to 25 years of video history as we manage to locate and restore the Failsafe video record. There's also some great NZ music documentaries on there and check out our favorites too as we've bookmarked a number of cool NZ clips for you to check out too. Stop in and leave a message Failsafe's Youtube Channel
Don't forget some of Failsafe's recent Releases.
POP MECHANIX - Now : Then (One Hit Windows)
Deluxe Edition SAFE091CD $25.00, Standard Edition SAFE091CDJ $20.00
The Legendary Mechanix of Pop present 13 tracks tracks of Timeless New Zealand pop history.
Mastered and selected by Paul Scott in Australia this is a shiny collection of the prime cut singles from the bands career.
The album comes in two packaging options: the Standard jewel case edition for those who just want to get the songs, cover art and liner notes, and the Deluxe edition which is a double gatefold edition with 12 cover art insert postcards with the original singles covers and band photos. Limited edition handmade so grab it while you can.
Also of note - this is a pressed CD, not a CDR. The first 5 albums are CDR because they are very short run discs (100). This one we went the extra mile on so please support our effort by grabbing a copy or 2 for you and a friend.
Tracks are: Now, Radio Song, The Ritz, Jumping out a Window, Holidays, Cowboys, Keep it Up, Brains Are Dumb, Art School Bop, Spanish, Texas, Land of Broken Dreams, Celebration of the Skin. Order Here
POP MECHANIX - Splash Alley - Lets Get Started SAFE092CD $20.00
Pop Mechanix in their earliest form with Dick Driver out front, energy to burn and 5 unreleased post punk tracks to tear up the stage, alongside amped up versions of their classics. Recorded live at Mainstreet this is an edgy welcome glimpse into this bands full charge start.
Tracks are:- Kamikazi Man, Artschool Bop, Sick of Waiting for Tomorrow, Steve Gilpin, Too Cool for Words, Talking, Spanish, Mr Smooth, Cliche, City Girl - Observation, Brains are Dumb, Money, White Girls, Disco Fever, Now. Order Here
HOW TO KILL - Like Angels SAFE100CD $20
Failsafe welcomes Christchurch / Lyttelton band How To Kill to the Failsafe fold.
How To Kill play rhythmically propulsive sonic soundscapes of dark beauty, light & shade, space & texture. It's modern neo-rock, hued in orchestral structures, punctuated by power & grit. These are songs, but songs without words, unsung, vocal. Unscripted - the stories speak volumes. A soundtrack, a picture made from verse of missing words. To call this instrumental music does not convey the stories within. Eight pieces of mood & meaning. Order Here
New Releases - IN THE WORKS
We've got a few things that are getting really close to completion.
Beat Rhythm Fashion - Beings Rest Finally - early recordings and live rarities 1979-82 Companion piece to the highly successful Bring Real Freedom disc. This is all the earlier material from the Four Stars disc. a lot more dark and post punk. We've got a lot closer to finishing this.
Pop Mechanix - Lost Tapes - Parallel Universe The Rare Zoo album with the original Andrew Snoid Vocals including 3 unreleased tracks that didn't make the original Zoo album. 1982
Songs in the Key (SITK) - Songs in The Key of Slow
An artists collaboration project with friends of Failsafe. This is almost completed. We have a couple of videos in the can and have a few more tracks to complete. We expect to have the first single out around the end of the year. Its a fantastic contemplative record of beautiful melodic pop and we can't wait to show it to you.
Before You Buy
Just about every artist and compilation release has
it's own Myspace page where you can listen to the tracks
before purchasing. See the
Music Downloads page for a full list of Myspace links.
Rob Mayes, Eskimo, Pop Mechanix and YFC, interviewed
and profiled by Radio New Zealand. MP3s
Coverage / Reviews
Childrens' Hour, Pop Mechanix, and Retrogenic features,
plus re-released compilations reviewed.
Read more on the
posters - 16 different A3 posters
including Children's Hour, YFC,
Dolphin, Springloader, and Throw.
Click here for Artwork