"The city of Dunedin was settled by Scots, so the streets are laid out almost identically to those in Edinburgh.
It was also settled by the separated-at-birth siblings of the Killers. If you can't get enough of them, get to Dunedin and you can get Gestalt Switch. It's not that blatant, as someone in the band clearly listened to Bob Stinson as much as Television, but there's a neo New Wave via post-punk vibe in this one that might just be irreducible to its parts." - Austin Chronicle
Fighting the good fight, battling the demons of short attention spans and chronic indifference, Gestalt Switch is a rock band with heart, equipped with a sword rated Ogre +8.
Formed in 2003, Gestalt Switch has released two EPs on their very own: 2003's 'Low' and 2005's 'Nothing'. 'Nothing Has Changed', the first track on 'Nothing' has received ridiculous amounts of bNet airplay, has featured on the weather on Nightline, and has received a NZ On Air Video Grant.
All this from a song that never grew up.
Gestalt Switch has played with acts like The Violent Femmes, Straitjacket Fits, Goodshirt, Die! Die! Die!, Operation Rolling Thunder and PanAm. They played at the Big Day Out 2006, appeared on TV2's National Anthem music marathon, and have even served as the house band when Sports Cafe came to Dunedin (NB: the Sports Cafe dancers didn't like us very much).
This from a band who couldn't get a support slot for Prehensile Foot.
They've undergone two national tours, several South Island mini-tours, hundreds of Dunedin very-mini-tours, and have played in Invercargill twice. Gestalt Switch was invited to SXSW 2006 in Austin, Texas, but forgot to have enough money to go.
This from a band that finally got their own practice room in February 2006.
Ashley, Blair, Rachael and Sam take their influences from the Dunedin winter smell, fingerless gloves, bands like No Idea Monkey Monkey and Isaac and the Freebies, and Playstation RPGs.
All this from a band that just wants a hug.
Sam Brookland (drums)
Rachael Botur (bass, vocals)
Ashley Hinton (guitar, vocals)
Blair McPhee (guitar)
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Posted: Thu Jan 19, 2006 9:38 pm
Heard you guys are moving up to Aucks.
Gigged with you guys a couple of times in Dunners, as Lounge Act.
We should play some gigs up here.
Gestalt Switch Not Dead
Posted: Tue Mar 23, 2004 8:43 am
Having taken some time to get creative since opening for Goodshirt in Orinetation, Gestalt Switch will return to the stage late next month on Thursday the 29th April at Re:Fuel. Opening acts are yet to be confirmed, but all indications are that it will be far from a a standard night of rock & roll.
On stage for the first time that night will be bassist Rachael Botur (word of this seems to be out already), replacing Edwina. Eddie is taking some time off from the band, so Rachael is working with us on new songs. We can't go into too much detail as to what these songs sound like, but noise control did shut down our last practise. In fact, we're not allowed to practice there any more.
Also remember to check out Critic this week or next, where the band will feature in the highly collectable Local FLavours section.
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