I had just got my telecaster back and was writing lots of new songs in Holloway Road on it – I really needed a rhythm section.
He loved the songs – they were all very guitar and melody based and he set about working out harmony vocal lines. Neill said he wanted to play drums and our obvious choice for bass player was Andy Craig.
I’d toured the country with Andy when he was in the Body Electric and known him since his Steroids days. One of the finest bassists and sound engineers in the land and he loved the new songs too.
Although they were still reasonably complex chord-wise they were much less chopped up rhythmically and way more accessible.
Our first gig was supporting the Mutton Birds at the Carpark. It was their first gig in Wellington too and Ross was their drummer. I was very unsure of myself at first but Neill’s charisma and Andy’s huge mind and calm made me feel that we were on to something and so I gave it heaps.
Mike Houlahan gave us such a great review in the paper the next day and an insight into someone hearing the songs for the first time – it was an affirmation of sorts and a big part of the reason I’m still chasing these songs around.
Andy would bring in two concert monitor speakers – one for my vocals and one for his bass. My Rockit and a mic in the kick drum. Great sound – Andy mixed from the stage as we played and we worked things out live.
Those were magic nights – owning those new songs and then we decided that we had to record them…