The D4 Profile

Stephen Heard
10 Aug 2013

The D4 were an Auckland-based rock and roll band, highly regarded on the international touring circuit for their explosive live shows and knack for penning sub-three minute party anthems. They are often considered responsible for the renaissance of garage rock in New Zealand.

The D4 formed in 1998 after guitarists Jimmy Christmas and Dion Palmer were introduced at a mutual friend’s 21st birthday party. At the time Christmas was a member of A Bit Off while Palmer played bass in the punk group Nothing At All! Both bands were regulars at the infamous Frisbee Leisure Lounge parties hosted by Rob Mahoney (better known as Z Bob or Bob Frisbee) in a former Bank of New Zealand building on Auckland's Symonds Street.

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Dion Palmer and Christian Livingstone from The Datsuns
Photo credit: Jimmy Christmas Collection
Jimmy Christmas, Kings Arms, Auckland, 10 August 2002
Photo credit: Photo by Mark Roach
The D4, Kings Arms, Auckland, 10 August 2002
Photo credit: Photo by Mark Roach
The D4 - Out Of Control ( Lime Spiders cover)
Vaughan and Beaver recording
Photo credit: Jimmy Christmas Collection
Dion, Vaughan and Jimmy in the studio
Photo credit: Jimmy Christmas Collection
The D4 - Jimmy Christmas, Daniel "Beaver" Pooley, Dion Palmer, Vaughan Williams
Photo credit: Photo by C. Taylor Crothers
Dion Palmer, Kings Arms, 10 August 2002
Photo credit: Photo by Mark Roach
The D4 - What I Want
Jimmy Christmas, Rich Mixture, Dion Palmer and Vaughan Williams
Jimmy and Dion recording Out Of My Head
Photo credit: Jimmy Christmas Collection
Dion Palmer, Kings Arms, 10 August 2002
Photo credit: Photo by Mark Roach
The D4 in London
Photo credit: Photo by Andy Tommo. Jimmy Christmas Collection
The D4 with their soundman backstage
Photo credit: Jimmy Christmas Collection
The D4 - Feel It Like It
Final US tour contact list
Photo credit: Jimmy Christmas Collection
What I Want (2005) 7-inch
Photo credit: Murray Cammick Collection
What I Want (2005) first 7-inch cover
Photo credit: Murray Cammick Collection
Dion Palmer
Photo credit: Jimmy Christmas Collection
The D4 - Exit To The City
The D4, Kings Arms, 10 August 2002
Photo credit: Photo by Mark Roach
The D4 - Savage (live in the studio)
2002 European tour poster
Photo credit: Jimmy Christmas Collection
The D4 - taken in London the night the band was signed by Alan McGee
Photo credit: Jimmy Christmas Collection. Photo by Paul Raggity.
The D4 live with The Datsuns
Photo credit: Jimmy Christmas Collection
Australian tour itinerary, 2002
Photo credit: Jimmy Christmas Collection
The D4, Kings Arms, Auckland, 10 August 2002
Photo credit: Photo by Mark Roach
Poster for the 2000 Japanese tour
Photo credit: Jimmy Christmas Collection
Real Groove, March 1995
Get Loose (2002) 7-inch
Photo credit: Murray Cammick Collection
Homecoming show, 2002
Photo credit: Jimmy Christmas Collection
The D4 - Get Loose
The D4 performing Get Loose on The Late Show
Dion Palmer, Jimmy Christmas, Vaughan Williams
Photo credit: Jimmy Christmas Collection
Dion Palmer, Kings Arms, Auckland, 10 August 2002
Photo credit: Photo by Mark Roach
The D4 - Sake Bomb
Live at the Penguin Club, Oamaru, 2005
Photo for the 6Twenty album sleeve
Photo credit: Jimmy Christmas Collection
The D4 in New York City
Photo credit: Jimmy Christmas Collection
The D4 - Party
Come On (2002) 7-inch
Photo credit: Murray Cammick Collection
The poster for the final show
Photo credit: Jimmy Christmas Collection
The D4 - Heartbreaker
Labels:

Flying Nun


FMR


Hollywood Records


Infectious Records

Members:

Jimmy Christmas - vocals, guitar

Dion Palmer - vocals, guitar

Daniel "Beaver" Pooley - drums

Rich Mixture - drums

Jake Harding - bass

Paul Robertson - drums

Paul Reid - drums

Vaughan Williams - bass