Goldenhorse Profile

Gary Steel
17 Sep 2013

In the first two years of the 21st century, there was talk of a fresh, pure pop scene in Auckland city, and it revolved around Goldenhorse, a group fronted by Kirsten Morrell, a flame-haired singer with a transcendent voice.

Goldenhorse played all the usual traps around town, winning fans amongst the city’s old-guard musical elite – people like Tim and Neil Finn – and wowing a growing fan base with the idea that, yes, it was okay to make pop music after all, as long as it wasn’t condescending and cravenly commercial.

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Northern Lights
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Don't Wake Me Up
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Run Run Run
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Goldenhorse
Photo credit: Photo by Georgia Schofield
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Goldenhorse at the Ohope Tavern, 8 March 2005 - photo by Mark Roach
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Kirsten Morrell
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Out Of The Moon
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Kirsten Morrell
Photo credit: Photo by Georgia Schofield
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The original cover for Riverhead, later replaced
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Goldenhorse at the Ohope Tavern, 8 March 2005 - photo by Mark Roach
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Golden Dawn
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Wake Up Brother
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Fish
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Maybe Tomorrow
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Members:

Kirsten Morrell - vocals

Geoff Maddock - guitar, vocals

Ben King - bass, guitar, vocals

Vincent Hine - bass

Nick Gaffaney - drums

Joel Wilton - drums

Andrew Clark - guitar

Ben Collier - drums

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Siren


7Hz Recordings

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Trivia:

Maybe Tomorrow, written by Geoff Maddock, was the most played song on NZ radio in 2003.

When Vincent Hine joined the group on bass, Ben King – who had played bass to that point – switched to guitar duties.

The group used recording equipment on loan from Tim Finn to piece together their first album Riverhead.