Bill Direen

Record Labels: Grapefruit Record Club, SmartGuy, Zelle/Powertool/South Indies

Publisher: Indie

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Hi & thanks for visiting the site.

It's been a very busy year, with duo (Direen/Cournane) and Builders gigs, with Festival screenings around NZ of the feature-length documentary 'A Memory of Others'.

Here are a few links to streams/videos/reviews:

radiolive (Auckland)-- music of bill direen
radiolive (Auckland)-- a-memory-of-others---bill-direen
13th Floor extended interview
The classic French song On the Street (Direen/Cournane)

stuff -- bill-direen-feeding-the-spirit-of-the-people

LP release has made a 2008 album available in New Zealand and Germany/Austria, with strong arms working together from Zelle Records, South Indies and Powertool.

Have a listen to some Bandcamp tapes from the last Bilders Europe tour. Download has a beautiful booklet of photos by Arno Loeffler, that does the band proud.


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The documentary film by Simon Ogston (Bellbird Pictures) based has screened to rapt audiences in the NZ International Film Festivals. Trailer here.

The reissue by Grapefruit (USA) is stirring hearts in USA and li'l ol' New Zealand.
Great responses.
Bill Direen album reissue

John Morrison has made a new video of the 7" EP (4 new songs recorded in NZ and the USA, with screenprinted covers)..
Bill DIreen Measly Love video

The Buildermash EP was a collaboration with several musicians including The Ghosts, Simon Joyner (US), David Nance (US), Steve Cournane, Chris Deden (US), Stuart Page, Andrew McCully and Pete Scott (London/Auckland).

... recordings from the borders .. Melbourne, Austria and Auckland has been warmly taken into homes. Analog sounds from a West Melbourne bunker studio, a phasey ballad from Auckland, a live extract from the European mini-tour -- available on vinyl + download. . Tracks A side = The Utopians R Just Out Boozin'. B: Mardy & c.b.a.z.y. (live extract, Europe). Copies available at gigs, selected stores and from SmartGuy. Sample it on Bandcamp.

"The Utopians" was among our Top Ten most played records on KDVS 90.3 FM in Davis, CA  (#1).
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."

A new compilation with an unreleased solo song recorded in Brooklyn by Bill Direen is now available in the U.S.
SmartGuy Compilation Melchior Direen

The nine date tour of NZ left a lot of smiling faces.
For more info see Music.

It was a great pleasure to drive the length of New Zealand with Simon and crew (Jeff Smith, who co-directed Chants R&B doc Rumble and Bang).
Jonathan Ganley photographed the Auckland show.

The Ferocious Project was completed at Pyramid Club, April 7-9 2016 with Mark Williams on guitar, Jo Contag on Drums and Bill D on words with additions from R.A.K. Mason, Robert Burns and Anonymous (13th century). Mark has been gathering the material for our own DIY mixing and mastering after an application for a NZ mix 'n master grant was turned down. Looking forward to that in 2017. Labels are being courted.

Bill Direen live at Audio Foundation Auckland
Photograph - Jonathan Ganley 22 October, 2016

Bill Direen Tour 2016


Writers Music poster 2016

Enclosures 2 is available at selected bookshops and online @ $24.95 (NZ). Postage is included for NZ and overseas (for single orders).
ENCLOSURES #3 is due mid-2017.

PROJECT: Ferox collaboration went off a treat at Pyramid Club, Taranaki St, Wellington. 7-9 April 2016. Most recent assembly of Ferocious Beelzebub members was during Bill's tour on October 15th Wellington.
Beelzebub Poster
See also Music

Collected Fiction download
Passive erasure of a people in captivity. An Englishman entangled in a petty art theft in Paris. A wealth-connected virus. Overdose and coma. A population wakes up in a biosphere, is fed regularly, develops its own laws and stimulants, and is divided between law-enforcing cannibals and dreamers. A madman hears the voice of God and prophesies the downfall of his city; he goes mad when his people are not destroyed. New Zealand at war in a post-apocalyptic ecological nightmare. This is the stuff of my novels so far (1997-2016).
Sample them for free here

The latest issue of lit-mag Percutio (2016) is out! The 2015 issue has been reviewed.
Percutio/JAAM Commentary at Jacket2.

The Ballad of Rue Belliard (novel, 2012) was set on the outskirts of Paris. brief #48.

Wormwood (novel, 1997) -- “Entropy and death read as metaphors for the implosion of post-war Europe and the failure of capitalism.”[Virginia Were, NZ Listener, 23 June 1997]

Song of the Brakeman (novel, 2006) --“a vividly conceived world here, manifesting slowly and brilliantly through its accumulating signs”.[Jen Crawford, Landfall 214, November 2007]

Music News

Bill DIreen Oakland

For a no bullshit summary of Bill Direen careering from garage &punk to lo-fi through theatre and out the other side to the no-star present. Dynamite Hemorrhage hard copy magazine.

Watch for: a "gaelic-folky" offering on the Robert Burns compilation from Euro-kiwi Zelle Records & Dunedin

Recent gigs: Dunedin: Readings and music with debate. Solo workout at Auckland Audio Foundation. Reunion of 1985 Bilders the following night. A Dunedin one-off with Robbie Yeats & Greig Bainbridge. Solo spot at Instants Chavirés Paris aiding & abetting Australian friends from Mad Nana.

Album Flavour of the Meat with Hamish Kilgour, David Watson (bagpipes, 335) and Miggy Littleton has pleased many. It was part of a subscription series of four but single copies can be had. (Grapefruit Records).

UNWUCHT's 12" re-releases admired for careful quality production of archival recordings. A Democrazy bootleg of live recordings 1982-83 has been snatched up. More from Unwucht in the pipes.

Two Siltbreeze Vacuum 7 inches generated plenty interest in the USA.

Sales of CDs (2006-2010) have come to an end, definitively.