Drums/Guitars/Vocals: Gordon Bassett, C.J.A. & Stefan Neville.
Adrian Ganley played Horn sometimes.
Recordings from 1993. Remastered from old cassettes. I have this stuff & more on undigitised multi track master tapes as well. Anyone want to release an LP?
Art by Indira Neville.
released December 10, 2013
Usually, a couple of hours before Armice Pumb Pit were scheduled to play, I would get a quiet shoulder tap from Gordon, and with a worried yet determined face he would ask me to “make sure” Clayton got to the gig. Clayton always sensed this had happened and would stomp around, mumbling about the “lack of trust” in the band and generally working himself up to a “yeh, I may only make guitar noise and feedback but they’d miss me if I wasn’t there!”
I think maybe it was these backstage politics and relationship grievances that made Armice Pumb Pit such a great band to see live.
When they played, Gordon would stand on one side with his lovely clean blonde hair and smile, working hard to make friends with the audience. At the other edge of the stage Clayton would scowl, hunch his shoulders and turn his back, radiating displeasure. The sounds they made with their instruments reflected these relative physical states; Gordon all tuneful and obliging, Clayton all roaring and personal. Sometimes they would glare at each other while playing.
In between Clayton and Gordon sat Stefan. He acted as kind of a unifying figure both visually and sonically, physically filling
the middle of the stage and holding the tunes together with playing both aggressive and popular. Mid-set Adrian might wander up onto the stage in his knitted Waikato provincial rugby team hat, and squeal with his saxophone. This made everyone feel momentarily amused and happy.
Armice Pumb Pit were far too complicated and intense to last but happily they made some recordings. I think these songs are an accurate reflection of the band’s culture; interesting sounds lurking inside catchy tunes, a feeling of repressed violence tempered with lovely silliness.
-Indira Neville. December 2013.
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