AXEMEN Stories

Discography


Releases

Axe Of The Apostles – Sleek Bott cassette (1983)Scenes Like Beads - Sleek Bott cassette (1983)Equinox - Sleek Bott cassette (1983)Mick's Dancefloor (Mix) - Sleek Bott cassette (1983)Big Cheap Motel - Sleek Bott cassette (1984)A Scar Is Born - Sleek Bott cassette (1984)Panther of the Suburbs - Sleek Bott cassette (1984)Three Virgins – Flying Nun 2LP (1986)Derry Legend – Flying Nun LP (1989)Scary! Pt. III – Sleek Bott cassette (1989 - some Axemen tracks, some McCabe solo)Age Of Reason – Sleek Bott cassette (1989 - some Axemen tracks, some McCabe and Brannigan solo)The Fisherman – Sleek Bott cassette (1989 - some Axemen tracks, some McCabe solo)Mass Hysteria – Sleek Bott cassette (1990)Instant Kiwi – Sleek Bott cassette (1990)Peter Wang Pud – Flying Nun CD & cassette (1991 - compilation drawn from the two previous Flying Nun releases)Recliner Rocker – Sleek Bott cassette (1992)Dirty Den Sessions – Sleek Bott cassette (1992)Ghost of Elmer Fudd – Sleek Bott cassette single (1992)Popeye Proot Chunk – Sleek Bott cassette (1992 - as "Emaxmen")Across The Universe In 3288 Days – Sleek Bott/Frisbee cassette (1992)Big Cheap Motel – Siltbreeze LP (2009 - reissue of 1984 cassette)Scary! Pt. III – Siltbreeze LP (2009 - reissue of 1989 cassette)Axemen/ Times New Viking Tour Split – Sleek Bott/300% 7" single (2009)Three Virgins – Siltbreeze 2LP (2011 - reissue of 1986 LP)'Nutsack'/ 'Nut Shack Redemption Song' – Negative Guest List /Sleek Bott 7" single (2011)Sac Tap Nut Jam – Space Case Records LP (2013)Derry Legend - Luxury Products USA (2014 - reissue of 1989 LP)

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AXEMEN imagery and artwork


One of the first of many AXEMEN self portraits by Stuart Page, taken at his pad at 566a Colombo St, Christchurch in 1983. Many of the AXEMEN release tapes were edited and duplicated here, also recordings done here. L to R: Steve McCabe, Stu Kawowski, Bob Brannigan (outside window).

AXEMEN and Al Wright Summer 1983-84, Christchurch

Axemen and Nux Vomica, on their West Coast tour, Ngarua Cave, Takaka Hill 1986

AXEMEN Three Virgins advert, 1986

AXEMEN 4-track Star & Garter live cassette, recorded by Hamish Kilgour

An AXEMEN publicity photo, Masonic Lodge, Auckland 1990  - Photo by Paul McCredie

AXEMEN recording session Peterborough Studios, Christchurch February 1984

The AXEMEN skull original sketch, 1983, by Stuart Page

Flier for AXEMEN post Three Virgins Recording fundraiser gig State Trinity Centre, Christchurch, Easter 1985

Stuart Page AXEMEN sticker CMYK artwork 1985

Axemen with Stu Kawowski on the right, recording Three Virgins, State Trinity Centre, Christchurch 1985  - photo by Larence N. Shustak

AXEMEN Three Virgins review by Byron Coley, Forced Exposure USA 1989

AXEMEN publicity photo Regent Theatre, Queen St, Auckland 1990 - photo by Paul McCredie

AXEMEN barcode logo 2009

AXEMEN outside SONY HQ Auckland, 1987  - self portrait by Stuart Page

AXEMEN 'speed' logo c.1989

The ubiquitous AXEMEN stencil logo from 1983

AXEMEN - Three Rooms: An Elton John Tribute Album (1992) cassette slick. Artwork by Stevie McCabe.

AXEMEN and Fetus Productions at The Gladstone Hotel, Christchurch, poster 1985

AXEMEN diamond logo 2009

AXEMEN diffraction and stencil art by Stuart Page and Stevie McCabe, 1983

AXEMEN Equinox 12" C-46 cassette jacket, 1983

Headless Chicken's Grant Fell and Stu Kawowski pasting up AXEMEN posters for Siren and Rising Sun gigs, Auckland's K'Rd 1989

AXEMEN in High St, Christchurch, December 2008

 Mick Elborado and AXEMEN at Christchurch Media Club, December 2008

AXEMEN and hero Eugene Chadbourne (Shockabilly) at Whammy! Bar, Auckland, January 2009

AXEMEN crash the Devonport Food & Wine Festival, 1992

AXEMEN publicity photo, Downtown alley, Auckland, 1990  - photo by Paul McCredie

AXEMEN publicity photo, Downtown alley, Auckland 1990 - photo by Paul McCredie

AXEMEN publicity photo, Dirty Den, Auckland 1990 - self portrait by Stuart Page

AXEMEN publicity photo, Dirty Den, Auckland 1990 - self portrait by Stuart Page

AXEMEN publicity photo, Regent Theatre, Queen St, Auckland 1990 - photo by Paul McCredie

AXEMEN publicity photo St Mary's Bay, Auckland 1990

Bob Brannigan and Steve McCabe  asleep in tour van, AXEMEN NZ tour, 1992

AXEMEN in new waistcoats, Hell Farm Christchurch, 1992

Mick Elborado bass meister AXEMEN from Three Virgins inner sleeve, 1989

Stu Kawowski and Bob Brannigan,  AXEMEN poster archive, Success St, Grey Lynn 2008

AXEMIN Hagley Park poster 1984 for the Big Cheap Motel gig

AXEMEN: A Scar Is Born poster, by Stuart Page, 1984

Poster for AXEMEN and Eugene Chadbourne gig, Whammy Bar, Auckland, January 2008

AXEMEN and Hairdos live at Volcano Radio, Lyttelton, 2009

AXEMEN/Siltbreeze sticker 2009

Front cover of AXEMEN Three Virgins double vinyl LP (Siltbreeze Records, USA re-issue 2011)

Scary! Pt III (Siltbreeze re-issue) inner slip artwork, 2009

Steve McCabe lays down a vocal take, Peterborough Studios c. 1984

Little Stevie McCabe, his 11 yr old brother Jeff and Stu Kawowski at Summertimes, Christchurch, 1984, scene of the Big Cheap Motel protest gig

Stevie McCabe and his 11 yr old brother Jeff at Summertimes, Christchurch 1984, playing the Big Cheap Motel protest gig

Steve McCabe in his Clifford flat home office, c. 1984

Axmin Whangarei Buskers Convention 1985. L to R: (Rear) Johnny Cash-in, Gary Scott, Peter Hall Jones, Stevie McCabe, (middle) Bev E. Rage, Dragan Stojanovic, (front) Joanne Billesdon, Stu Kawowski, Bob Brannigan.

AXMIN winners of 1985 Busking Competition Auckland. L to R: Gary Scott, Stu Kawowski, Bev E. Rage, Stevie McCabe (front), Peter Hall Jones, Dragan Stojanovic.

Big Cheap Motel cassette label (front) 1984

Label artwork for 2009 Siltbreeze vinyl re-issue of Big Cheap Motel cassette (1984)

Bob Brannigan and Steve McCabe during the Derry Legend sessions at Writhe Recording (Skeptics studio) Wellington, 1987

Stu Kawowski and Dragan Stojanovic with Stu's Mum, Rosie, Merivale Christchurch December 2008

Stu Kawowski and Dragan Stojanovic in rehearsal, Waltham, Christchurch, December 2008

Stu Kawowski in rehearsal, Waltham, Christchurch, December 2008

Ros Dixon, Ritchie Venus, Stevie McCabe, Stu Kawowski and Dragan Stojanovic, Christchurch Media Club, December 2008

Steve McCabe and his Coffee Wine stash, at Chateau McCabe c.1984

'Never Mind The Blue Laser' England St Hall gig poster, 1984, design by Steve McCabe, print by Stuart Page at Ink Inc

Scary! Pt III (Siltbreeze re-issue) inner slip artwork 2009

Scary! Pt III jacket (Siltbreeze re-issue 2009)

Steve McCabe recording vocals, Derry Legend sessions, at Skeptics' Writhe Recording, Wellington 1987

Steve recording keyboards Derry Legend sessions, at Skeptics' Writhe Recording, Wellington, 1987

All original photography unless otherwise stated is by Stuart Page.

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