As I mentioned last week we’ve always somehow managed to get the best sound engineers with the Spines and its hugely important playing live. These people make you sound like you do and make you hear what you hear onstage – on any given night they are the fifth Beatle.
In the 80s:
Andy Drey – Andy looked after our sound for nearly two decades. He was playing bass in the Steroids then the Body Electric through those years and if it wasn’t him on the desk it was someone he respected and he’d introduced to us to.
Marcus Wilson – Marcus had the PA and mixed us a lot in the early days and always made sure we had the best like Andy.
Whare Moki – A guitarist and a master – he literally gave me the shirt off his back later in the piece.
Brent MacLachlan – We met in a caravan outside a big Christchurch university gig the Spines were playing at. He became our George Martin from that moment on and recorded nearly every gig he mixed – on cassette in those days. Brent was the drummer from the Gordons and later Bailter Space and he was my guide in a way.
Andy Craig – We recharged in the 90s when Andy joined the band. It was the same Andy but he was now the bass player and he used to get us the best sound from the stage
Gillian Craig – Or Gill would help us out or Whare.
In the 00s:
Mike – He was the soundguy at Bodega and loved the music, always got us the big sound for the big gigs we played there like the Buzzcocks support.
In the 10s:
Mike Gibson – Mike is the master – all our Tora gigs and the mastering of our album.
As a band we’ve always been blessed by the best and it’s hard to know where to start thanking everybody concerned but…