Monthly Archives: August 2011

Previously unreleased Skank Attack recordings

Skank Attack, the Wellington three piece notorious for their high energy sound and socially aware songs, recently unearthed the multitrack tapes from their last recording session and are currently working with respected New Zealand music producer Nick Roughan to mix the best songs for release in early 2012.

Roughan, whose long and impressive CV includes playing and producing with Skeptics, Dimmer and The Adults, recorded the original Skank Attack sessions (with engineering help from Brent McLachlan of Bailter Space) at Wellington’s now legendary Writhe Recording, waaay back in 1988.

Imagine a time before late night bars and cafes. A time of seemingly perpetual winter, when the Wellington music scene was heavily tribal and you had to make your own fun or die of boredom. The resulting angst lead to a surprisingly vibrant, if not somewhat dangerous music scene, of which Skank Attack are proud to have been a driving force.

Realizing the dark but melodic sound they created back then would appeal to both their former contemporaries and a new audience, former Skank Attack members Phil Simpson, Jeff Eden and Steve Cochrane have set about digitising the material so it can finally be unleashed.

Mixing of the songs is almost complete and a series of online single releases is planned, beginning on 1.2.12, followed by an eventual CD release.

It’s been a long time coming, but we feel confident the wait will be worth it. Expect driving, rythmic arrangements, cool graphics and lyrics that seem as relevant today as they did well, back in the day.




Prophetic words from the Skank archive
‘Skank Attack have great posters and a serious following. Excellent vocals, solid imaginative drumming and patches of excellent lead guitar combined in a varied set of songs that will one day make a great record’

New Zealand Herald gig review