AXEMEN Profile

Patrick Faigan
21 Oct 2014

AXEMEN, formed in 1983, are notorious for an anarchic style of rock and roll with a multi-media "total art" approach. Founding band members Steve McCabe and Bob Brannigan are both extremely prolific songwriters.

Although Brannigan would eventually depart in order to concentrate on leading his garage rock band, Shaft, the long term on-and-off partnership with McCabe resulted in the ongoing release of an enormous output of recordings, mostly in a home-made cassette format but also including vinyl & CD releases on such labels as Flying Nun and Siltbreeze.

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Stu Kawowski in New York City, 2012
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The AXEMEN at Peterborough Studios, Chrischurch 1984
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AXEMEN on TV3's Yahoo (1992)
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The 2011 Australian Tour poster
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The AXEMEN at Hell Farm in the early 1980s
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November 2009 poster for Local 506, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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Little Stevie McCabe and fans, Memphis 2009
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The AXEMEN as one with nature at Totaranui Beach, Golden Bay, 1986
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Little Stevie McCabe with a big guitar, 2011
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The AXEMEN on The Grassy Knoll, Dallas, 2009
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Stu at the end of the 2009 US tour
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Nutsack (2009) Live on Radio WFMU, USA
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The 2011 NZ tour poster
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US T-Shirt logo, 2009
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The AXEMEN, 1984: Stevie McCabe, Bob Brannigan, Stu Kawowski
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Carmen on Ice (1987)
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Drink For The Heart... (1985, directed by Lawrence Lens)
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The AXEMEN at Mighty Mighty, 2011
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The AXEMEN on the site of the failed music festival Neon Picnic in January 1988
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Derry Legend recording session at Writhe Studio (1987), left to right: Stu Kawowski, Dragan Stojanovic, Little Stevie McCabe and Bob Brannigan
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The AXEMEN, Morgantown, West Virginia 2009
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Sac Tap Nut Jam graphic, 2013
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Nutsack (2009) side AA of the 2011 AXEMEN Nutcracker Suite Australian tour 7-inch
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Philly, 2009
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Dragan and Bob at Graceland, Memphis Tennessee
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The 2009 Siltbreeze vinyl reissue of the 1984 Big Cheap Motel cassette
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Big Cheap Motel - Live at Permanent Records, Chicago, USA 2009
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Sickh & Tyred 7-inch sleeve. A split release with Times New Viking in 2009, it was released for the tour and only available at the gigs.
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Bob Brannigan with George Jones, Texas, 2009
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The AXEMEN at Auckland's Whammy Bar, 2011
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Bob Brannigan reading Garage, 1985
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Stevie McCabe, Dragan Stojanovic, Stu Kawowski and Bob Brannigan, North Carolina 2009
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A Scar is Born, 1984
Photo credit: Design by Stu Page
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The poster for the September 2014 show at Wellington's Pyramid Club
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Stu and Bob with the test pressing of Big Cheap Motel, 2009
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Stevie McCabe, Stu Kawowski and Bob Brannigan, Christchurch 1980s
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The first ever AXEMEN poster from 1983, later used as the first of two 2009 US tour T-Shirt designs
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Three Virgins (1986)
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Stu Kawowski, Dragan Stojanovic and Bob Brannigan, May 2009
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Wellington 2014
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Rock'n Roll Legend (1987)
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The Wharf With No Name (1989)
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Mourning of Youth (1987)
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Steve McCabe and Stu Kawowski recording on the train to Whangarei, 1986
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The AXEMEN at the Ambassador, Pt. Chev, Auckland 2009
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The AXEMEN tag Christchurch in 1984
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Stu Kawowski, 2012
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Stu Kawowski at EMI Lower Hutt to master 3 Virgins, 1986
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Stu Kawowski in his High Street Ink Inc. studio in Christchurch, 1984
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The 1984 Big Cheap Motel cassette
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The current – since 2011 – AXEMEN lineup: Stu Kawowski, Dragan Stojanovic, Stevie McCabe, William Daymond
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The AXEMEN at The Mercury Lounge, NYC, 2009
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The AXEMEN at the Pyramid Club, Wellington, September 2014
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AXEMEN - Point That Thing (Golden Dawn 19/12/14)
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The AXEMEN and friends at Auckland's Whammy Bar, 2009
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Handcut stencil poster, 1985
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The AXEMEN recording, 2009
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Stevie McCabe and Steve 'Humann' Pfauter, a Los Angeles punk legend, LA 2009
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Screenprinted poster from the 1980s
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The AXEMEN in Columbus, Ohio 2009
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One of the 3 Virgins mastertapes
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The sleeve for 2013's Sac Tap Nut Jam, released by US label Spacecase Records
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The first AXEMEN cassette Equinox from 1983
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Nutshack Redemption Song, 2011, side AAA of the AXEMEN Nutcracker Suite Australian tour 7-inch
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The cover for the 2009 digital release of Beat It, recorded live at the Star & Garter Hotel, Christchurch, November 1983
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Stu at Sun Studios, Memphis 2009
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The AXEMEN 1991: Stevie McCabe, Bob Brannigan, Stu Kawowski
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Stevie McCabe recording 3 Virgins, 1985
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Be My Slave (2009) Live on Radio WFMU, USA
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Stevie McCabe, Stu Kawowski and Bob Brannigan
Photo credit: Photo by Renée Barrance
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DJ Stevie McCabe at Mighty Mighty, Wellington, 2010
Photo credit: Design by Stu Page
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Sac Tap Nut Jam, 2013
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Bob Brannigan at the Stax Museum, Memphis, 2009
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Stevie McCabe in Columbus, Ohio, 2009
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Stu Kawowski and fan, Morgantown, West Virginia 2009
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Stevie McCabe, 1983
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The Axemen write to Russell Brown at RipItUp. The letter itself is lost in time.
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A 2011 Australasian tour flyer
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Labels:

Flying Nun


Siltbreeze


Spacecase Records


Sleek Bott

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Members:

Bob Brannigan - guitar, bass, keyboards, vocals

Stu Kawowski - drums, vocals

Steve McCabe - guitar, bass, keyboards, vocals

Dragan Stojanovic - guitar, bass, keyboards, vocals

William Daymond - bass, vocals

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