Two SKEPTICS albums' - III and Amalgam - are to be re-issued this August through Flying Nun and Captured Tracks.
The re-issues also coincide with the release of 'Sheen of Gold', a documentary film about the SKEPTICS which will have it's world premiere at the upcoming New Zealand International Film Festival.
Directed by Simon Ogston ('Rumble & Bang' + 'Gone With The Weird'), 'Sheen of Gold' tells the story of one of New Zealand's most influential and innovative bands, that throughout the 1980s combined traditional instrumentation with electronic sounds to make some of the best music this country has produced. You can watch the trailer below.
Formed in late 1970s Palmerston North by a bunch of school friends, the band shifted to Wellington in 1985 and began collaborating with John Halvorsen and Brent McLachlan (Gordons and Bailterspace). SKEPTICS III, the band's aptly titled third album was released in 1987 and featured the likes of A.F.F.C.O. (the one with that music video*) and Agitator. Their 1990 follow up and final album Amalgam is as powerfully spell binding and was recorded shortly before frontman and songwriter David D'Ath's tragic death from leukemia. Together they rank as two of New Zealand's great albums and the upcoming release will see them re-mastered and re-issued on LP, CD and Digitally.
These re-issues and documentary mark 30-years since the first SKEPTICS release, and will be followed by the remainder of the band's discography, including Chowder Over Wisconsin, Ponds, Sensible and If I Will I Canand previously unreleased material. More details to come.
2. Feeling Bad
5. La Motta
SKEPTICS - AMALGAM
1. And We Bake
2. Felt Up
3. Pack Ice
4. Never Tire of Looking At The Sun
5. Heathery Men
6. Bad Wiring
9. Sheen of Gold
10. All Sum Null
*The A.F.F.C.O music video was banned by TVNZ at the time.
Photo Credit: Stuart Page, Palmerston North, 1986