AK79 - NEW ZEALAND PUNK SPITS AGAIN!
While Australia ‘70s punk hit the UK with the arrival on these shores of the mighty Saints and Radio Birdman, maybe not enough was ever heard of some of the great bands coming out of the New Zealand punk scene. Bands like the pop punk raw of TOY LOVE, the Stooges loving ANDROIDDS, the industrial strength GORDONS (all hailing from Christchurch),THE (X-Ray Spex styled) SUBURBAN REPTILES, plus the entire cast of the AK79 (Auckland punk comp) album are all worthy of you checking out.
And so, 30 years after AK79's release, a few of the bands got back together to give it one more whirl, with 2 sold out shows in NZ's queen city. The Spelling Mistakes, Scavengers, Features, Terrorways and Proud Scum all rolled back the years with songs from AK 79 like 'Short Haired Rock N Roll', 'I am a Rabbit' and 'Hate Me Hate Me' proving these timeless slices of kiwi punk still reverberate.
You should really check out the AK 79 album - and to find out more about the NZ punk scene go to the site of the man who released the original album - Simon
Griggs and his excellent punk filled site -
TOY LOVE at WWW.MYSPACE.COM/TOYLOVENZ
And look out for a future Vive Le Punk feature on New Zealand’s second wave of punk acts Desperate Measures, Flesh D-Vice and No Tag.
Eugene Big Cheese
See below for photos from the reunion gig. (All photos by Steve Andrews)