The Features Profile

Brian White
18 May 2013

The Features, perhaps more than anybody, were the band that provided the stylistic delineation between punk and post-punk in Auckland.

The band formed in late 1979, led by Jed Town (guitar) and James Pinker (drums). Both were members of The Superettes with Paul Kean (who had replaced Richard Stillwell in that band), and when Kean left to join Toy Love they pulled in Karel Van Bergen (vocals, ex-Primmers), and Chris Orange (bass, ex-Terrorways) to complete the line-up.

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Karel Van Bergen, Jed Town, James Pinker, Liberty Stage/Reverb Room 1980
Photo credit: Photo by Murray Cammick
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Chris Orange, Karel Van Bergen, Liberty Stage soundcheck, 1980
Photo credit: Photo by Murray Cammick
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The Features: Karel Van Bergen, Chris Orange, Jed Town and James Pinker
Photo credit: Photo by Jonathan Tidball
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The Features: Chris Orange, Karel Van Bergen, James Pinker and Jed Town
Photo credit: Simon Grigg collection
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The original Propeller Records press release
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Jed Town, 1979
Photo credit: Simon Grigg Collection
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The 2016 X-Features album, gathering together their two 1980 EPs and unreleased tracks
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The original 1980 master for the first Features EP. Note the fourth track, not on the 7-inch.
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Jed Town, James Pinker, Karel Van Bergen, Chris Orange
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Karel Van Bergen, Chris Orange at Liberty Stage, 1980
Photo credit: Photo by Murray Cammick
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The Features in Grafton Cemetery, May 1980
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Chris Orange, Karel Van Bergen, Jed Town, James Pinker
Photo credit: Photo by Peter Cathro
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City Scenes
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Karel Van Bergen, Chris Orange, Jed Town, James Pinker
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The Superettes play their final gigs at Auckland's Island Of Real, October 1979
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Mascot Studios, May 1980 - Steve Crane, Chris Orange, Karel Van Bergen, Simon Alexander, Jed Town, unknown
Photo credit: Photo by Jonathan Tidball
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Propeller Records / Features business card, 1980
Photo credit: Design: Jed Town, Type: James Pinker
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Propeller

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Trivia:

James Pinker is a senior arts administrator with the Auckland City.

James Pinker was a member of The City Slitz, a band better known for their 1978 graffiti campaign than any performances.

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Members:

Karel Van Bergen - vocals

Jed Town - vocals, guitar

Chris Orange - bass

James Pinker - drums