Previously known as the Pink Frocks, Cicada are an Auckland-based guitar-oriented band. Since forming in 1992, Cicada have recorded and successfully aired many demos on student radio throughout the country and have amassed considerable live experience, including support slots for touring international acts such as Fugazi and Yage.
'Oscillator' is Cicada's debut EP, self-financed and released on Failsafe Records.
Four tracks 'Winter', 'Alphajerk', 'Good', and 'Sway' were recorded on 24 track at The Lab in September 1994 and engineered by Chris Van de Geer and produced by Richard Aspden and Cicada. Track five was recorded at York Street Studio in April 1993, engineered by Malcolm Welsford and produced by Jaz Coleman of Killing Joke fame and producer of Shihad's Churn Album.
Reflective of live Cicada performances, a wide variety of sonic technology was utilised in the creation of the 'Oscillator' product including acoustic, electronic, digital, analogue, modern and antiquated equipment with the aim of capturing a broad frequency response and 'deep' audial scope. Oscillator captures well the elusive Cicada 'sound' - an invitation to new angles of listening pleasure.
"... its great to see a band with a good sense of dynamics; one minute we're thrown into a gliding, sparse landscape, and the next; walls of distortion cave in upon us - and all perfectly executed". live review, Intravene Magazine
A limited edition lathe-cut 7" vinyl single featuring 'Alphajerk' and 'Winter' was released by the band to follow the 'Oscillator' EP. The band recorded and self-released a follow-up album of material in 1997.
Kevin Tutt has pursued his solo career under the moniker Onelung. Andrew is now known as Sola Rosa.
Andrew P Denton (guitar)
Andrew Spraggon (vocals, guitar, keyboard)
John Taylor (drums, samples)
Kevin Tutt (bass)
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