Feast Of Stevens were:
Andrew Coy guitar / vocals
Hamish Anderson guitar / vocals
Glenn Fletcher drums
with our first bassist
Andrew Leslie bass / guitar / vocals
Jon Trimble bass
Their sound was definitely New Zealand - melodic and human, but their tight playing
and dynamic punch set them in their own space, related to but different from
other NZ guitar bands. The Feasties began performing in December 1989 and hailed
from Palmerston North. They made several low-key jaunts around the country including
an Orientation tour to the South Island.
They released their own independently distributed 7 song cassette in November
1990 and contributed 2 songs to the Yellow Bike Records 'Dynamite Groove' CD
compilation of Palmerston North bands in 1991. The band consisted of two guitarists
/ vocalists in Andrew Coy and Hamish Anderson, with Glen Fletcher on drums and
John Trimble on bass. In March of 1992 they met up with Rob Mayes of Failsafe
Records and successfully applied for an Arts Council Grant which with renewed
enthusiasm lead to the Etch EP.
The band performed a release party in their home
town of Palmerston North with fellow label mates
Throw performing as a 2 piece for the event.
The concert did not go without problems when on the morning of the event drummer
Fletcher went missing and could not be found. Fletcher had checked himself
into a psychiatric hospital, and the band had to retrieve him narrowly making
the band's show.
Further recordings were
done in January 1993 at Auckland's York Street
Studios with Nick Roughan
(Bailter Space, Skeptics, David Kilgour, Writhe
Studios). Nine tracks were completed of which three
have been released on 7" single. Soon after
the recordings Hamish Anderson made a departure
from the band leaving the band a three piece.
The Etch EP - Failsafe Records Sept. 1992 SAFE021CD / CASS
Etch is the very extended seven track EP from Feast Of Stevens, recorded at
Wellington's Word of Mouth Studios in seven days , and mastered at Marmalade
Studios with the infamous Nigel Stone. Fast and Fresh.
The EP is the result of a QEII Arts Council New Recording Artist Scheme Grant
and was co-produced with Failsafe's Rob Mayes (Dolphin & Throw, Avalanche
EPs) and features some searing guitar tracks such as "Eyes", and "Alone
At Home" as well as melodic gems such as "Sunday" and somewhere
in between you get "Friend" , "Wait For The Moment ", "Chance
Belief", and "Old Man".
The Feast of Stevens is foremost and definitely guitar-based, melodic, firmly
delivered and energetic. This EP sees the Feasties focus and define their sound
and their stint in the studio sees them clicking together more positively than
ever, giving the band added force and direction.
Amsterdam 7" single Crawlspace Records Aug. 1992
Limited edition (300) 7" vinyl single on the Auckland Crawlspace label.
This slice of guitar pop from Palmerston North's finest impresses with a smoother
spacious sound from Nick Roughan at York Street Studios. Two B side tracks, "Neatly" and "Promise",
also from the same sessions complete this pop package.
Video / Chart
A Video for the track "Friend" shot in the Feasties home town of
Palmerston North by Christchurch director John Chrisstoffels .The band have
received much air play on the student radio network including chart success
on listener polls.
"I think what appeals about Feast of Stevens is their purity and unpretentious
sound. "Friend" deserves to be our national number one for at least
a week". - Lindsay Davis (Presto magazine)
"Etch is a powerful fusion of jangling guitar
assault and pop melody. Coy's languid vocals drip
with sweetness as rapid fire timing changes kick
in the intensity behind. A satisfying collection
of seven great songs from locals who deserve their
fast growing national status " - John Saunders
(Palmerston North Evening Standard)
"Etch demonstrates some clever songwriting
abilities; the pure pop of "Sunday";
betrayal in "Friend" and the calculated
melancholy of my favourite "Old Man".
Guitars jangle and weave around each other, both
guitarists making the most of their dual guitar
attack" - Rhys Braddock (Intavene)
"Three beautiful pop songs - guitars' hum & vocals glide over smooth
rhythms and tales about buying sex in the streets of Amsterdam.
Amsterdam puts its faith in the traditional British independent values of thrashing
guitars and whining vocals, and wins on all counts. A delicious fusion of psychedelia,
garage abandon and catchy commerciality." - Evening Standard
"Well Andrew (me),
Hamish and Glenn are in a new band called SEROTONIN
which is mind-blowingly
good.... we have one album called NEUROTRANSMITTER
which is released already and we have just finished
our second album which will be pressed in the next
few weeks... no title for that yet...
Andrew is working for Radio Massey as their Live Engineer putting on Live to
Air broadcasts from local bands and recording them for compilations. Glenn
has just released his first solo album called OUT OF IT and has a second called
VOID which he
has finished recording. Andrew and Hamish have contributed to various bits
of these albums too. Andrew and Glenn are in CANCER MAIDENS with Ross Harkness
from FOISEMASTER and have just released an album called INSECTS OF SOUND to
critical acclaim :-)... Glenn is also in a band called FUSION REFUGEES (no
releases yet)... Andrew is also in SNÜS - a punk rock band with a 7 song
EP released... Andrew was in SHOESHINE after the demise of FEAST OF STEVENS
who released an split CD album with THE ASHIVINS called WIDE LOAD / HEAVY LOAD
but Shoeshine are no longer playing... Jon Trimble is in a band in Auckland
but I cant remember their name.. Andrew Leslie is in Auckland too I think -
he's not in a band as far as I know..
I don't know really why
we split up - I do know we are making some awesome
music together again.
Very different from what we did before... "