While the northern hemisphere is in
the middle of the dog days of summer, New Zealand is going through a typically
rainy winter. No good for lying on the beach, but a great excuse to log some
hours in the recording studio, which is what Shayne P. Carter is doing with his
band Dimmer. Shayne made his mark as a singer, guitarist and songwriter for
Straitjacket Fits, the band that practically defined the New Zealand sound
about five years ago. Although the group has released one single, they have yet
to complete an album. Now, after a year of live gigging, it's time to
Dimmer is a guitar band. Their live shows have seen Carter open up
and stretch out, trading licks with whoever is on stage with him at the time.
Dimmer performed a short, but greatly anticipated set at Flying Nun's 15 year
anniversary show in Auckland earlier this year, and left everyone stunned--they
were that good. "Dimmer has been an umbrella for whoever I want to work with,"
said Carter, taking a break from recording at Fish St. studios in Dunedin.
"From the last band (Straitjacket Fits) I actually got sick of all the...
there's many positive things about being in a band but some things you get sick
of as well. Being in Dunedin, where there's such a pool of good musicians, I
don't want to be restricted."
At the moment, Dimmer consists of Robbie
Yates, drums; Cameron Baine, guitar and Chris Heazlewood, bass live and guitar
in the studio. Heazlewood leads another fine Kiwi band, King Loser, but that's
another story. So how is the record coming along? "We've tried to keep it
opened-ended," Carter said. "It's that fine balancing line between having songs
and having the freedom to...
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