Wellington/Dunedin alt-rock band MarineVille have quite some pedigree, containing current and former members of underground sensations Constant Pain, The 3Ds, Look Blue Go Purple, Bad Statistics and Cookie Brooklyn & The Crumbs, among others. Sessions for their fourth album Penguins Ate My Chips began in 2012 in the band’s Wellington warehouse, nestled between a local gang headquarters, an animal sanctuary and a methamphetamine crazed neighbour who threatened to beat up the band and was later arrested for driving around their local suburb on a child’s motorcycle while waving a sawn-off shotgun. The album was first released in 2015, and has just had a vinyl release. Grant Smithies talks to band leader Mark Williams. I have a new band with Nell Thomas and Erika Grant from Orchestra of Spheres called Cookie Brooklyn and the Crumbs. We’re sort of a hybrid of ESG, the Shaggs and Mayo Thompson. Our debut album is a Tape/Download called On Television. All of the lyrics are taken from online discussion about the band Television and its members, past and present. Some of it is gossip, some of it is absurd detail but the last song is a true story about me killing time at Auckland International Airport by following the band around, standing in line for a flight I wasn’t going on. Duran Duran – Arena. I bought it on tape in a TV/Stereo shop in South Dunedin on Hillside Rd, back when TV/stereo shops existed, and South Dunedin had an economy beyond $2 stores. Duran Duran was exotic, mannered, preening – was this the way to meet girls? I was very intrigued by Simon Le Bon wearing one wrist band. When my father bought some new wrist bands to play squash, I grabbed his old pair – though, of course, I only needed the one. The disappearing sea wall in South Dunedin, where I grew up. According to one engineering report, all of South Dunedin should be let go to the sea.
What are you looking forward to?
ZelleFest, Crown Hotel, Dunedin. Arno Loeffler is travelling to New Zealand this winter, so we are putting on a bunch of acts who Arno has released, including Seafog, MarineVille, Jay Clarkson and Robert Scott. It’s a great way to thank him and hopefully sell some records.