Best to start with the guy who writes the songs. That's Andrew Brough, for five years a member of Straitjacket Fits, one of the greatest guitar Pop bands in NZ history. Andrew's steady reverbed guitar strum held down the rhythm on the Straitjackets' debut EP and first two albums, 'Hail and Melt'.
The pieces should fall into place pretty quickly then, when you put on Bike's self-titled debut EP. Opening salvo 'Save My Life' just has to come from the pen that brought forth the melodic heartache that was 'Down In Splendour'. Bike follow that with a surprise by upping the guitar voltage on second cut, 'Old & Blue', where Andrew's voice is literally drowned in the swell of guitars courtesy of, Malcolm 'Wall of A Sound' Welsford (Shihad, Supergroove). With a similar sense of menace, 'Undone' crashes on like Piha surf in its opening and the crunch of its electrostatic end. 'Don't Cry' winds up the four song EP, wrapping a vocal lament in a cosy blanket of acoustic and electric guitars.
Their Debut Album followed in 1998, entitled 'Take In The Sun' was released to critical success including a review in Rolling Stone magazine.
Andrew Brough (guitar, vocals)
Tristan Mason (bass)
Karl Buckley (drums)
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