Bill Direen And The Bilders Profile

aka Bilders, Builders
Andrew Schmidt
9 May 2013

Six Impossible Things, Soloman’s Ball, Die Bilder, Bilderine, Bilder Bergers and the Builders, they all had one thing in common – Bill Direen.

The Christchurch musician and songwriter's art and sound was at the core of one of the most sustained bodies of quality New Zealand indie music in the early to mid-1980s. A prolific composer, Direen's intellect and energy took in and spun out poetry, film, theatre and literature.

Show more +
EmbeddableItem EmbeddableItem! type = Person
Hero thumb mqdefault
Bill Direen - Surprise
EmbeddableItem EmbeddableItem! type = Person
ImageableImage
Hero thumb bill d2
ImageableImage
Hero thumb die bilder ep
The 1982 Die Bilder EP Schwimmen In Der See, issued via Flying Nun
ImageableImage
Hero thumb bilders malbourne 2013 large
The Bilders in Melbourne, 2013
EmbeddableItem EmbeddableItem! type = Person
EmbeddableItem EmbeddableItem! type = Person
ImageableImage
Hero thumb billd2
The finished 1983 Above Ground Gone Aiwa cassette cover
ImageableImage
Hero thumb bd3
The Bilders (as per the 2013 album Flavour Of The Meat), Bill Direen, David Watson, Miggy Littleton, Hamish Kilgour, snapped in a NY Subway, the evening after their recording session
ImageableImage
Hero thumb bill d3
The 1983 Above Ground Gone Aiwa cassette demo cover
EmbeddableItem EmbeddableItem! type = Person
ImageableImage
Hero thumb soloman s ball ep
The 1981 self-released Solomon's Ball EP
ImageableImage
Hero thumb gregb stukawowski  billdireen 1200 by stu page
Greig Bainbridge, Stuart Page and Bill Direen, 1983
ImageableImage
Hero thumb bilders melbourne2013 4 by fin shaw
The Bilders, Melbourne 2013
ImageableImage
Hero thumb 6 imp
6 Impossible Things (1981)
ImageableImage
Hero thumb a1322
ImageableImage
Hero thumb bd32
Greig Bainbridge, Bill Direen and Stu Kawowski - The Bilders, 2014
ImageableImage
Hero thumb billd1
1985 screenprinted poster designed by Lesley Maclean
ImageableImage
Hero thumb bill pre show k rd by hayleytheyers3
Bill Direen
ImageableImage
Hero thumb bd2
Soluble Fish - Barry Stockley, Linda Lloyd, Bill Direen, Carol Woodward
ImageableImage
Hero thumb bilders feldkirch 2013 by arno loeffler
The Bilders in Fledkirch, Austria, 2013
ImageableImage
Hero thumb urbs runanga 1982 3 by will dobinson
Urbs in Runanga on the West Coast of the South Island, 1982
ImageableImage
Hero thumb bill d
The Bilders (Bill Direen [gtr & vox] & Stuart Page [drums]) playing at the Captain Cook Tavern, Dunedin April 1985
ImageableImage
Hero thumb urbs runanga 1982 2 by will dobinson
Bill Direen with Urbs, 1982
ImageableImage
Hero thumb billd3
1983 launch for Above Ground's Gone Aiwa cassette at The Gladstone
ImageableImage
Hero thumb six impossible things
Six Impossible Things: Malcolm Grant (drums), Ivan Rodgers (bass) and Bill Direen (guitar/ vocals) in Wellington 1980
ImageableImage
Hero thumb bill solo at instants chavirees paris
Bill Direen at Instants Chaivirees, Paris, 2012
ImageableImage
Hero thumb a1325
ImageableImage
Hero thumb bd31
Stu Kawowski, Bill Direen and Greig Bainbridge at the AXEMEN's Peterborough Studios in Christchurch in 1984, shortly before they went to Auckland to record the C0NCH3 album
ImageableImage
Hero thumb a1326
EmbeddableItem EmbeddableItem! type = Person
Hero thumb mqdefault
The Builders - Opium & Gold (1985) Bob Sutton Collection
ImageableImage
Hero thumb a1324
EmbeddableItem EmbeddableItem! type = Person
ImageableImage
Hero thumb bd2
ImageableImage
Hero thumb solomans ball reissue
The 1982 Flying Nun reissue of the Solomon's Ball EP
ImageableImage
Hero thumb jam runanga 1982 by will dobinson
Urbs play Runanga on the South Island West Coast, 1982
ImageableImage
Hero thumb billdireen2012
Bill Direen, Whammy Bar, December 2012
EmbeddableItem EmbeddableItem! type = Person
EmbeddableItem EmbeddableItem! type = Person
Hero thumb mqdefault
The Builders - Russian Rug (1982) Bob Sutton Collection
ImageableImage
Hero thumb a1323   stuart page
Bill Direen tries to extract his fee from Jos Ford as Julie Brown looks on (from Peter Patter)
ImageableImage
Hero thumb bill d4
Bill Direen in the mid-1980s
3 col el, class=Trivia::ActiveRecord_Associations_CollectionProxy
Trivia:

Bill Direen was, for a short time, a Radio New Zealand DJ in Blenheim called Bill Diamond.

He has published four novels and edited Landfall’s music issue in 2010.

His first four EPs have been reissued as 12-inch EPs on German imprint, Unwucht Records, whose 2011 Krypton Ten compilation of Onset Offset Records acts, featured Direen recordings.

3 col el, class=RelatedPage::ActiveRecord_Associations_CollectionProxy 3 col el, class=CollaborationPerson::ActiveRecord_Associations_CollectionProxy
Members:

Tony O’Grady

Bill Direen - vocals, guitar, keyboards

Stephen Cogle - bass

Peter Stapleton - drums

Peter Fryer - keyboards

Teresa McQuire

Allen Meek - organ

John Markie - bass

Malcolm Grant - drums

Campbell McLay - bass

Greig Bainbridge - bass, percussion

Karl Holdorf - tombone

Stuart Page - drums

Maryrose Crook - vocals

Jean Brown - vocals

John McDermott - drums

Barry Stockley - bass, vocals

Chris Knox - organ

Mike Dooley - drums

Alec Bathgate - guitar

Michael Tan

Andrew Maitai

Brent Cross

Richard Anderton - vocals

Derek Champion - drums

Steve Cournane - drums

3 col el, class=LabelPerson::ActiveRecord_Associations_CollectionProxy
Labels:

Sausage


Flying Nun


South Indies


Powertool

3 col el, class=ExternalLink::ActiveRecord_Associations_CollectionProxy