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"MESS AND NOISE ... the acidic hilarity of ‘The Utopians R Just Out Boozin’’. It’s cranky and fuzzy .... The spoken-word vocals of ‘Mardy’ and the noisy live recording ‘C.B.A.Z.Y. Extract’ are just as interesting, while the former even has a sneaky pop sweetness. Direen’s live-wire volatility always comes across loud and clear, no matter the collaborators or musical setting."

John Morrison's video of the 7" EP (4 new songs recorded in NZ and the USA, with screenprinted covers) starring Bam Rogers, Spy Rogers and Leon Holstegge. grapefruitrecordclub.com

See also Do You shotby John Morrison on a Melbourne front porch. Amazing !!https://youtu.be/X8oJN0jSXRE

AND DON'T MISS John's video of Mardy, shot with Melbourne kiwi cult belle Jess McCann. https://youtu.be/xNNOkjc7K0E

The 2016 tour of NZ was documented by filmmaker Simon Ogston (The Skeptics film Sheen of Gold, Squirm, Rumble & Bang with Jeff Smith, Gone With The Weird, Antarctic Angel ) https://youtu.be/7hPBDIGV8fc

Bootleg
Bootleg 1980-82 (Democrazy/Unwucht. 12" 33rpm) INstants
Instants Chavirés

THE DEFINITIVE 1980s SESSIONS of Bill Direen & the HAT
RECORDED AT PPI STUDIOS IN NEW YORK CITY
NEWLY SELECTED FROM FOUR HOURS OF TAPES/TAKES
with BILL DIREEN, HAMISH KILGOUR, ALLEN MEEK, TONY O'BLANEY,
STEVE COURNANE, LIZ SILVER AND LISA SIE
GEL
UNWUCHT RECORDS IN MAY 2013.
12" VINYL. http://www.unwuchtmusik.org/

Unwucht's remastering programme takes lots of care to be extremely faithful to the spirit and sound of the original analog recordings. They turn out highly prized pressings.

Hat covr front
NEW YORK SONGS

THE DEFINITIVE
MASTERED
ALBUM IN
HAND-MADE
USA STYLE
SLEEVES (H.K.)

Choice of 20 Bilders live recordings from 1994 (Knitting Factory, NYC) to 2010 (Whammy Bar, Auckland, NZ). Most recordings were mixed through the sound desk, a few were captured by audience mics & kindly supplied to the band. Sold Out.

Bilders Live CDBildersLive
sold out

 

MORE LIVE MUSIC EUROPE STYLE
== Bill DIreen & Bilders tour of Germany and Austria ==

7" perspex lathe cut. Onec (Plymouth, UK).
Recorded Depot Sound, Auckland, Jan, 2011.
Sold Out

Lathe
sold out

High Thirties Piano

Reissue. Unwucht (Augsburg). 12 " vinyl + screened cover. Pressed in USA.

Solomans Ball

Reissue. Unwucht (Augsburg). 12 " vinyl + screened cover.


sold out

Die Bilder, schwimmen in der See

Reissue. Unwucht (Augsburg). 12 " vinyl + screened cover.


sold out


12" vinyl LP. Above Ground

Reissue. Siltbreeze (Philadelphia)

Two 7 inch vinyl releases of songs transfered from 1979 cassettes.

Siltbreeze (Philadelphia)

MORE PRESS https://zellerecords.bandcamp.com/album/bill-direen-bilders-cut

ZR011 – LP – RELEASE DATE 16 JUNE 2018 BILL DIREEN/BILDERS: CUT
Bill Direen has been described as “kind of a kiwi Alex Chilton” (Mike Ric), a “barbed intellect” (Chris Knox), “a student of quirky pop topography” and an “insightful muso of words, tones, texture and attitude” (Fred Mills, The BOB). In 1994, he had been working up new material at clubs and theatres with drummer Derek Champion. Peter Jefferies (talent scout for the label imd) brought them to Dunedin and set up recording with Brendan Hoffman. Alistair Galbraith, Stephen Kilroy, Kiri Winders (My Deviant Daughter) and Rob Thorne dropped by to add their genre of Dunedin brilliance to the Direen/Champion grooves, while Peter Gutteridge gave advice on how to drive items from his collection of keyboards. Hoffman also integrated five home recordings plus a high tension live recording serendipitously recorded by kiwi soundman Terry King (R.I.P. 2017), when saxophonist Steve Wolf and reed emulator Victoria Singh guested. When CMJ called it “perhaps Direen’s finest work yet”, Bill and Derek took off for a whistle stop tour of the USA.
CRITICAL RESPONSE TO CUT
“Electric celeste, garage fuzz, carousel organ, zonked-out flute, surf riffs or Thinking Fellas guitar, cutting through a tune like a butcher's cleaver.” (Jud Cost, MAGNET).
“Bizarre juxtapositions of reality and nightmare gives off a sense of lucid, unrelenting hallucination”. “A mix of jerky intensity and perverse wordplay with more traditional pop timing and musicianship”. “In Fashion, cogent social observations are wedded to jagged riffs of crawling, grungy blues and vocals rendered in a dirty growl. Worry, a glacial swirl of delicate, reedy keyboard lines and the fragile piping of a tin whistle offer the palatial, deceptively romantic setting for a story of amorous neglect and loveless sex. Most interestingly, on Poke (a revved-up pop song reminiscent of the Rascals’ Good Love), conventional rock instrumentation is supplemented by a fuzz-pedalled guitar that buzzes away like a dull bit burrowing into steel.” (Phil Pegg, PUNCTURE).
“While Cut, perhaps Direen's finest work yet, is adventurous with structure, instrumental textures and weird-voiced over-dubbed harmony, there are simply terrific songs at the core. Direen is a sharp-witted and skilled writer of crafty and finely-crafted songs on a par with masters like Chris Knox and Mayo Thompson.” (David Newgarden, CMJ)
“Eclectic, endearing pop ditties that get under your skin.” (Fred Mills, OPTION).