Caucus

by Olumpus

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about

Olumpus, née Olympus, have bubbled-up for another round nearly a decade after the release of their first LP. Bold Mould, their debut, brought two known quantity one-man racket makers--Pat Kraus and Stefan Neville--into fine duo-dom form, birthing a brilliant post-punk side in the tradition of Jane from Occupied Europe. Caucus is their second LP, and it operates on a whole other level entirely. Caucus finds Stefan Neville in full mad scientist producer mode, at the controls, morphing Olumpus into some sort of Flying Lizards operation with himself in the Cunningham role & a giant cast of collaborators from various corners of the fertile New Zealand underground and further points abroad. The results are dense, hallucinatory, warped and catchy, and analogous with hardly anything.

Caucus gathers together 22 collaborators for 14 tracks of blistering fourth wall brilliance and confusion, and features contributions from heavyweights like Steve Dean, Ducklingmonster, Richard Youngs, Demarnia Lloyd, Clayton Noone, Matt Plunkett (The Trendees), Mr Sterile, Dan Melchior, and of course Neville and Kraus. Released collaboratively by Stabbies, Etc (NZ) and Soft Abuse (USA).

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Inda Yansane: Vocals.
Richard Youngs: Vocals.
Kraus: Guitar, Drums.
Stefan: Baritone Recorder.

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Matt Plunkett: Vocals, Guitar.
Steve Dean: Guitar.
Stefan: Drums, Guitar, Bass.

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Bek Coogan: Vocals.
Stefan: Vocals, Synth, Bass, Drums.
Kraus: Guitar, Drums.

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Mr Sterile: Vocals, Guitar, Bell. (Words adapted from Eve Of St Agony or The Middleclass Was Sittimng On Its Fat by Kenneth Patchen)
Jade Farley: Violin.
Stefan: Tapes, Bass, Drums.

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Clayton Noone: Vocals.
Jade Farley: Violin.
Stefan: Reed Organ, Ukulele, Drums, Bass.

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Demarnia Lloyd-Harris: Vocals.
Kraus: Drums, Guitar.
Stefan: Bass, Synth, Drums, Bambino Organ.

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Matt Plunkett: Vocals.
Stefan: Bass, Ukulele, Adjustable Toothbrush Fret Guitar, Drums.
Steve Dean: Guitar.

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Cutss: Vocals/Edits/FX.
Stefan: Reed Organ, Guitar, Drums, Bass.

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Dan Melchior: Vocals.
Kraus: Guitar.
Stefan: Bass, Drums, Synth.

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Indira Neville: Vocals, Guitar.
Jade Farley: Vocals.
Kraus: Guitar.
Stefan: Guitar, Bass, Drums, Synth.

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Picassue: Vocals.
Grant Dallow: Vocals, Guitar.
Inda Yasane: Vocals.
Stefan: Bass, Bambino Organ, Drums, Ukulele, Tapes.

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Dirk Diamond: Vocals.
Steve Dean: Guitar.
Kraus: Keyboards, Drums.
Stefan: Guitar, Drums.

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Matt Plunkett: Vocals.
Kraus: Synth.
Lucy + Ponzo: Vocal outro.
Stefan: Guitar, Bass.

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Ducklingmonster: Vocals, FX, Tentacles.
Liz Matthews: Chains, Percussion, Tentacles.
Stefan: Reed + Bambino Organs, Bass, Bongo.

credits

released July 12, 2019

Produced & assembled on tapes and computers by Stefan Neville. Special thanks to Jade Farley for extra ears & support.

All parts made up by the people doing them.

Thanks: The Doll, Hermione Johnson, Matthew De Gennarro, Tokerau Wilson, Kirsten Van Newtown, Jeff Henderson, Jenny Lange, Leighton Craig, Claire Mahoney.

Artwork by Tim Danko / Dead Xerox Press
Mastered by Sean McCann

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