MarineVille

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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.

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