The New Zealand Trading Company (above)
and the wrong side of their album (below)
Listen – New Zealand Trading Company – Could Be – MP3
Is it Friday already?
I hope everyone had themselves a satisfying weekend.
This past Saturday was Record Store Day, and I celebrated by motoring over to Asbury Park to see my man DJ Prestige do an in-store, and naturally bought some records .
The Funky16Corners/Iron Leg Record Vault project is almost complete, with the dis-assembly/reconstruction of the computer area underway. I for one have never seen such a rats nest of tangled cables, and I can only hope that when I put it all back together, all the tab A’s and slot B’s are where they ought to be. I suspect a lot of the older equipment is going to go offline (at least temporarily) so I should be able to proceed at my own pace.
The tune I bring you today is something I picked up about a year ago (while traveling in New Hampshire) by a band that I’d never heard (or heard of) before.
The New Zealand Trading Company recorded their sole LP for the Memphis label in 1970. What little information I’ve seen on the band seems to indicate that there were some native New Zealanders in the group. Other than that, there’s not much to be found.
Musically they’re a very interesting blend of melodic pop (with the tiniest little progressive tinge), late 60s groove and tight, almost Association-like harmonies. I featured the psyched up tune ‘Jam and Antifreeze’ in Iron Leg Digital Trip #24 – Rope Ladder To the Moon, and the poppier ‘Oh What a Day’ in ILDT #25 – Sunny Day People (see the ILDT Archive link in the sidebar).
‘Could Be’ fits right in between those two numbers, with an upbeat, vaguely jazzy feel and some groovy vocals. I really dig the phlangey guitar solo, with the group harmony laid underneath, that ends the song.
The album is unusually hard to find, but apparently not all that expensive (if I recall correctly I grabbed it for between 10 and 20USD). I have no idea if they went on do anything else, but as always, if any of you have anything to add to the discussion, please do so.
I hope you dig the tune, and I’ll be back with some pop later in the week.