Beat Rhythm Fashion

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The most proficient (and pop) of Wellington's post-punk Terrace scene of the late 1970s and early 1980s, Beat Rhythm Fashion are one of the New Zealand indie boom's best-remembered and least-known groups. The Birch brothers Dan (bass, vocals) and Nino (guitar, vocals) were constants in this Wellington trio that had tracks on the two 1981 scene defining compilations - the curiously titled Read moreProfile from Audioculture, available under a Attribution Noncommercial 3.0 New Zealand Licence


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  • View on NZ On Screen Beat Rhythm Fashion

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Music Video

    "Beat Rhythm Fashion was a Wellington post-punk band formed in 1980 by brothers Dan and Nino Birch (who had grown up in Hong Kong). They were part of the Terrace Scene (centred on large, old flats near Victoria University) but the finely crafted, swirling sophistication of their sound set them apart from more aggressive musical neighbours. After signing with Mike Alexanders Bunk label, they released three well received singles but a projected move to Australia failed to eventuate and an August 1982 gig at Wellingtons Clyde Quay Tavern was their last." (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen Turn of the Century

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Punk ; Music Video

    "The video for BRF's second single contrasts images of youths in gas masks with This is New Zealand-style panoramic scenery. The song ominously describes a complacent society ignoring apocalyptic possibilities: it could be the theme song to The Quiet Earth. But like BRF's UK contemporaries the Cure and Joy Division, behind the brooding, melancholic music is a pop song with deceptive hooklines. The haunting melody emerges slowly from a funereal marching beat, while the chorus is almost ecstatic, with phased synthesised strings that seem to take flight." (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen Beings Rest Finally

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Alternative ; Rock ; Music Video

    "Beings Rest Finally was the A side of the first of three singles released by Wellington post-punk outfit Beat Rhythm Fashion (the single shared its initials with the bands name, as did the flip side Bring Real Freedom). A product of early 80s nuclear dread the disaster day in the lyrics might refer to the death of millions the band nevertheless saw it as a happy sort of lullaby rather than a sad song. The TVNZ video captures this combination of innocence and terror as children paint a colourful mural over news footage of war, unrest and a mushroom cloud." (NZ On Screen summary)

 

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