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Hot news is the impending vinyl release of the cut album. Stay tuned.
We've been busy with another NZ tour + the music documentary 'A Memory of Others'.
2018 promises shows in NZ and Australia, perhaps in the U.S.A.
Starting with a bang at DebtFest in Melbourne (The Tote). Sat 17 Feb, 2018.
A few "side-shows" might happen here and there in and around the great city.
Here are a few links:
radiolive (Auckland)-- music of bill direen
13th Floor extended interview
NZ newspaper stuff -- bill-direen-feeding-the-spirit-of-the-people
Here is a page with PDF downloads of books that have sold out their first printing:
Complimentary PDF downloads (fiction)
And here are some reviews of recent books
The LP re-release of 2008 album Chrysanthemum Storm hit the mark in NZ and Germany/Austria.
Bandcamp tapes from the last Bilders Europe tour.
Download has photos by Arno Loeffler, that do the band proud.
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The film by Simon Ogston (Bellbird Pictures) is being offered to overseas houses before considering streaming.
pic: Darryl Baser
The reissue by Grapefruit (USA) is stirring hearts
in USA and li'l ol' NZ.
John Morrison has made a new video of the 7" EP
(4 new songs recorded in NZ and the USA,
with screenprinted covers)..
VIEW IT HERE
Buildermash EP was a collaboration with The Ghosts, Simon Joyner (US), David Nance (US),
Steve Cournane, Chris Deden (US), Stuart Page, Andrew McCully and Pete Scott (London/Auckland).
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. .
"The Utopians" was among our Top Ten most played records on KDVS 90.3 FM in Davis, CA (#1).
MESS AND NOISE http://messandnoise.com/articles/4669060 –
"... the acidic hilarity of ‘The Utopians R Just Out Boozin’’. It’s cranky and fuzzy ....
... 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.
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 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).
Labels are being courted.
Photograph - Jonathan Ganley 22 October, 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.
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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]
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 Music.com.
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.