Mr Sterile Assembly – Artist Talk – 28/11/15

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An Afternoon chat with Kieran Monaghan and Chrissie Butler (Mr Sterile Assembly), discussing life, music, politics and art.

Mr Sterile Assembly are a two-piece from Wellington.

Formed in 2001, the group mutated through many versions of the line-up till they settled on the number two. The changes were intentional, and during this time they  released 4 albums, a book, and toured in Australia, Eastern Europe and Southeast Asia. They have been classified as punk, math rock, experimental, noise rock, alt rock and outsider punk, and think the latter is as close as it gets.

They have a distinctive, South Pacific sound based on unusual and urgent time signatures, repetitive heavy rhythms, and angular lyrics. Songs are typically epic, with complex arrangements, and often recount the personal stories behind current or historical events.

Over their 15 years, sterile have continuously re-invented themselves with shifting line-ups and collaborations. The current two-piece line-up is reportedly the most assertive and explosive to date.

The Assembly have just completed their fifth full-length album ‘It’s All Over’ and play two Auckland release concerts:
Friday 27 November at the Wine Cellar
Saturday 28 November at UFO


Mr Sterile Assembly Artist Talk
Audio Foundation
Saturday 28 November