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Mailbox Skipole

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Mailbox Skipole are a three-piece band from Palmerston North. They were formed in 1997, and have performed alongside the likes of 28 Days, Breathe, Tadpole, Sommerset, Mary and Foamy Ed.

The name Mailbox Skipole arises from the band's first microphone stand, which consisted of a skipole propped up in an upside down mailbox. The band has since upgraded, and now has two bona-fide mic stands. The skipole is still present, taped to a cymbal stand to provide a third mic stand.

Mailbox Skipole released their debut 13-track album of original material entitled 'Broadway' on Stakeout Records in 1999. The album received heavy rotation on Radio Massey 99.4FM, New Plymouth's The Most FM, Christchurch's RDU, National Radio, Dunedin's Radio One and Auckland's bFM. It received reviews in the Evening Standard ("a punchy blend of pop-punk-ska"), Massey University's paper Chaff ("This release can't really be faulted") and New Zealand Musician magazine ("an impressive debut"), as well as Real Groove, Pavement and Tearaway magazines.

The single Stakeout was described as "clearly the best of the year" by the Evening Standard, and NZ Musician decided the band was worthy of a two-page article in their February/March 1999 issue.

The follow-up EP 'Lose The Halo', recorded at Wellington's Marmalade studios has received even greater success. The track 'She Was Never One For Words' is features on a NZ On Air Indie Hit Disc, and the track 'Fucking Ordinary' has been included by Universal on the third of their platinum-selling 'Busted' compilations. 'Fucking Ordinary' and 'Aliens' have also both been #1 on mp3.net.nz.

Rawstron and Barnes have both graduated from Massey University with Bachelor of Technology degrees, while Barnacott is in postgraduate study at the same tertiary facility.

Mailbox Skipole have now disbanded.

Band Members:
Mark Rawstron (vocals, bass)
Matt Barnes (backing vocals, guitar)
Matt Barnacott (drums)

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  • Palmerston North


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dragonorchid

Joined: 25/02/03
Posts: 125
Location: Auckland
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Mailbox Skipole and The Gods of Nothing
Posted: Wed Jul 28, 2004 10:40 am
Mark Rawstron, the main singer/songwriter for Mailbox Skipole has started up a new band called The G.O.N (The Gods of Nothing). Visit the website:
http://www.godsofnothing.com.

Mark is also co-founder, with Michelle Klaessens of "The Rock Factory - Rehearsal Space and Recording Facility". Thier motto is "Helping our fellow musicians". Visit the website on http://www.therockfactory.net.

They have recently done and are doing recordings for some vastly talent people including Exiter, Attica and Tayper.
 

dragonorchid

Joined: 25/02/03
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They Rock
Posted: Mon Jun 23, 2003 2:50 pm
I think that Mailbox Skipole Rock.

These guys are dedicated and "Epiphany" has many catchy melodically driven Rock songs. "Comeback" is just the begining, watch out for "Roof Top", "Leaving (out of my mind)", "Remember", "You and me" and "Tearing it down".

Mark is one of the most talented, and driven persons that I know, and I trully beleive he will go far. His songwriting skills have developed a maturity, that only comes from dedication to it, and that is clear when you listen to their album 'Epiphany".

I think it's better than alot of the stuff I hear on the radio now a days.
 

Shade
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New Mailbox Skipole Single On The Radio
Posted: Thu May 15, 2003 3:53 pm
Mailbox Skipole have released a new single from their forthcoming album 'Epiphany'. The single, entitled 'Comeback' is being played by the various b-net stations around the country, and is also available from free MP3 download on http://www.punkas.com.

Thanks to punkas.com for this information.
 

Chloe

Joined: 06/04/03
Posts: 6
Location: Hawke's Bay
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MAILBOX SKIPOLE
Posted: Sun Apr 6, 2003 1:12 pm
I Saw These Guys At The Punkas Birthday Party. Dorks, That's All.
 

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