22 May 2018

Remember Me? | Join | Recover
Click here to sign in via social networking
  • Articles »
  • Reviews »
  • High Dependency Unit - Live @ the San Francisco Bathhouse, Wellington - 11 November 2011

High Dependency Unit - Live @ the San Francisco Bathhouse, Wellington - 11 November 2011

20 Nov 2011 // A review by Alistar3000

HDU bringing back memories at the SFBHHigh Dependency Unit (HDU) are one of those bands that just seem to have always been a part of the New Zealand music scene.  They were part of the Flying Nun stable in the 90’s until they went their separate ways in 2008 and gained a cult following for their post-rock sound and for their live shows; the latter being remembered for the huge wall of layered sound that the trio would create.

They’ve been touring this month as part of Flying Nun’s 30thbirthday celebrations and made it to Wellington on the 11th for an unforgettable show.

The crowd was an interesting mix of old fans from the early days of the band, to younger fans, introduced to the band through the Flying Nun celebrations this year.

Wellington trio Glass Vaults opened the show, hot of the heels of their EP release the week before. They’re an interesting band to see live, as they blend synthesizers, guitar and percussion to create something unique.  The moments when all three musicians bang out rhythms on pieces of drum kit are always a highlight of their set.

HDU played with a more refined sound than I remember them ever having, although that may just be my memory playing tricks.  They were still huge, filling the San Francisco Bathhouse with relentless sound. They seemed to be in good spirits, frontman Tristan Dingemans interacting a lot with the crowd and joking between songs.

Their set covered their history well and seemed to please the crowd, many of whom were witnessed breaking into huge smiles as songs bought back memories of previous HDU experiences.

Flying Nun deserve a massive round of applause for bringing us the 30th birthday celebrations and giving us the opportunity to once again remember the contribution they, and their stable of bands, has made to the New Zealand music scene.

About High Dependency Unit

HDU was formed in 1994 in Dunedin, and they have performed alongside Bailterspace.

Visit the muzic.net.nz Profile for High Dependency Unit


Year: 2008
Type: Album
Year: 2001
Type: Album
Memento Mori
Year: 2000
Type: EP
Cross Channel Multi-Tap
Year: 1998
Type: Album
Higher ++
Year: 1998
Type: Album
Higher EP
Year: 1997
Type: EP
Sum Of The Few
Year: 1996
Type: Album
Abstinence : Acrimony EP
Year: 1995
Type: EP
Year: 1995
Type: EP

Other Reviews By Alistar3000

Primacy - Single Review: Shade Black
15 Oct 2015 // by Alistar3000
Auckland 5-piece Primacy are one of those bands that don’t try and hide their influences; their new single Shade Black is a healthy blend of all that was good about ‘90s rock, and that’s not a bad thing. Starting out with a Tool-like intro that soon gives way to a heavier, chugging riff, the song maintains a freshness and urgency throughout.
Cairo Knife Fight - Album review: The Colossus
11 Jun 2015 // by Alistar3000
Having seen Cairo Knife Fight perform live many times over the past few years I’d always been under the assumption they were performing songs from a number of prior recordings. So I was a little surprised to discover that The Colossus was actually their first album (they do have a few EPs recorded), and more surprised to find that long time guitarist Aaron Tokona (AHoriBuzz) was no longer a key part of the band, and makes only a small appearance on the album – with that revelation I didn’t know what to expect when I pressed play.
Mel Parsons - Album Review: Drylands
05 May 2015 // by Alistar3000
Back in 2011 I reviewed Mel Parsons' second album Red Grey Blue and enjoyed it – it had some well written songs, was well produced, and was easy to listen to. When I first popped in her latest album Drylands, I thought she’d taken a bit of a different path to the alt-country that dominated her first album.
Album Review: Tahuna Breaks Live 10
02 Apr 2015 // by Alistar3000
It’s hard to believe that Tahuna Breaks is celebrating 10 years making music together, although they do seem to have always been around, and I guess if anyone’s going to be keeping a record of how long they’ve been making their brand of funkified reggae, it’d be them. To celebrate the occasion they’ve release Tahuna Breaks Live 10 – 10 tracks spanning their career, recorded live last year at a one-off concert to celebrate the milestone (so I guess the album should actually be called 10 + 6 months).
State Of Mind - EP Review: Until The World Ends
12 Feb 2015 // by Alistar3000
Auckland drum and bass duo State of Mind are no strangers to collaboration, having worked with the likes of Tiki Taane and PNC to craft some big hitting tracks that achieved a lot of airplay. This time round they’re working with the trio from Black Sun Empire, hailing out of the Netherlands, produce the heavy hitting Until The World Ends EP together.
Album Review: Latinaotearoa in Latinoamerica
09 Dec 2014 // by Alistar3000
When I started reading about the concept behind the second Latinaotearoa album it sounded like a good idea and I was quite excited to have a listen to it. If you’re not familiar with the story, Auckland musician Isaac Aesili (Solaa, Opensouls, Eru Dangerspiel, Funkommunity) teamed up once again with Venezualan singer Jennifer Zea, and Brazilian-born DJ Bobby Brazuka, to research and write a bunch of songs in Brazil, then record the album of Latin-influenced tunes in Brazil and Auckland with guest appearances by some great musicians (such as Raiza Biza, Julien Dyne, Riki Gooch and Miguel Fuentes) – what should, on paper, lead to some great experimentation and crossovers of styles.
Beastwars Live at San Fran, Wellington 10/10/2014
21 Oct 2014 // by Alistar3000
I was finding it hard to believe that it’d been over 18 months since I last saw Beastwars play in Wellington as I stumbled on down to the newly refurbished San Fran in Wellington last week. I’m not sure why it’d taken me so long to go back to Wellington’s number one metal (or at least heavy rock) band, especially since they’d never disappointed me before.
Into Orbit - Caverns Album Review
24 Aug 2014 // by Alistar3000
Wellington two piece noisemakers Into Orbit have an appropriate name for the kind of music they’ve created on their new album Caverns; it’s spacey feeling, often out there and is sure to take off. I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect from the album before listening to it (or even if I’d like it at all), but came away a devoted fan after having it on constant repeat for a couple of days while I explored everything it had to offer (I’m still not there yet, not even close).
View All Articles By Alistar3000

NZ Top 10 Singles

    Childish Gambino
    Post Malone
    Post Malone feat. Ty Dolla $ign
    Khalid And Normani
    Lil Dicky feat. Chris Brown
    Calvin Harris And Dua Lipa
    Ariana Grande
    5 Seconds Of Summer
View the Full NZ Top 40...
muzic.net.nz Logo
100% New Zealand Music
All content on this website is copyright to muzic.net.nz and other respective rights holders. Redistribution of any material presented here without permission is prohibited.
Report a ProblemReport A Problem