After thirty ‘odd’ years, The BEND [Fane Flaws, Tony Backhouse and Peter Dasent] is delighted to announce that We Disappear, our album of songs written from selected poems by legendary NZ poet Sam Hunt, has finally manifested in the physical world.
This strange project began in 1987 with iconic NZ drummer Bruno Lawrence on the kit (his last known sessions), a very young Jonathan Zwartz, fresh from the Sydney Conservatorium, on double bass and guest vocalist the late, great Rick Bryant joining Fane, Tony and Peter in the studio, resulting in six songs in the can.
After that the wheels fell off and financial and personal issues meant the project was first shelved, then lost. Twenty-five years later, the tapes were unearthed by Peter during a spring clean. The BEND had a listen and decided the project should be completed.Another six songs were written and the original band reassembled (minus Bruno who had by then physically disappeared), with Sydney drummer Hamish Stuart becoming the new Bruno and part of the family. By this time Jonathan had become a standout musician/composer in the world of Australian jazz and his masterful playing is a highlight of the record. The album also includes wonderful contributions by notable Australian and NZ artists including James Greening, Virna Sanzone, Lisa Spence, Jenny Morris, Margot Pierard, Anton Wuts, Nick Bollinger, Ross Burge, Craig Walters and Andrew Delahunty. We are very proud of this record.
We Disappear, lovingly designed by Fane and pressed at Pallas in Germany, comes in a double gatefold sleeve with:
1. a 10 track 12’’ album on white vinyl
2. a ‘double A side’ 10” single on black vinyl with its own cover art
3. a 36 page booklet with sleeve-notes, photographs and illustrated lyrics.
4. a CD with 24 page booklet with sleeve-notes, photographs and lyrics
We have decided to offer a special limited-edition, signed and numbered package to friends, fans, collectors and Whanau (family). We are taking orders for this now and it will be ready to ship in three weeks. These are already selling fast so please, if you’d like one, respond asap. The package is $NZ150.00 which includes postage.
Please respond through my contact page with your name and address, and we will guide you through the payment options.
This link will take you to my Youtbe channel, where you can watch “The Package – What you get!”. And you can find the album on Bancamp here.