It appears to have been out for a couple of years now, but this "BRAVE WORDS – NZ INDIE 1980-1995" fanzine, put out by one April Welsh, is a great DIY overview of New Zealand’s flourishing underground of rocknroll/pop during that era. Flying Nun primarily, not Xpressway nor the long tail of 80s NZ bedroom weirdos we worship over here.
Big Joanie were brilliant in the church at Indietracks on Sunday, definitely my favourite band of the whole weekend, dropping in covers of Pixies’ Wave of Mutilation and TLC’s No Scrubs, No Scrubs was a particular delight. THEY ARE SO FUCKING COOL. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
Big Joanie may have been my fave at Indietracks, too. Glad to find this photo because I was standing too far in the back for a decent shot.
I walked up to them later and much to my relief I learned it’s not part of the concept to only release recordings with barely audible vocals but there’s a record due in September. Anything else would be a crying shame since the voice is so great.