THE ELECTRIC ERA: Too Many Damaged Heroes
By Dave Gideon
A mixed bag o’ lollies from an almost one man band machine Karsten Schwardt, who celebrates the live incarnation of his band with the release of this third album on Tunnel Audio. Described as ‘anti-gloss pop’ I find a lot of flavours to tempt my musical taste buds, along with easily digested riffs and some catchy lines. Brignall Wood adds instruments and vocals. This project began as a practical module for a university degree with two previous releases available only on the web. Although Karsten moved here in 1995 from Germany he sure has caught a good dose of Kiwi as evidenced in the brash almost out of tune vocals and DIY feel. Damage Done opens the bag with a short tease of what could be a rock song, leading on to a list with definite leanings towards classic Dunedin music, evident in catchy numbers like Jungle Out There and Take It From Me. I feel like I’m back in the ’80s listening to that classic sound of Flying Nun.