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