Otis Mace


Otis Mace – Guitar Ace – has played with a staggering array of New Zealand and international musicians. He spent eight years touring Europe, made eventful jaunts to Canada and the US, and opened for acts as diverse as Billy Bragg, The Violent Femmes, Screaming Blue Messiahs and D.O.A. For over 40 years his love of writing and gigging and his joy in collaborating with fellow creatives has never waned.

Mace’s songs are smart, irreverent, and darkly comic takes on life in Aotearoa. He adds a dose of storytelling to draw listeners into a slightly disconcerting world, describing his music as “whimsical ballads, blistering pop gems and melodramatic reptilian lounge folk.”

Poster for a gig at Leigh Sawmill, 18 February 2023, featuring The Otis Mace Combo, The Murder Chord, and Will Saunders. 
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Otis Mace and Rex Reason - Mecca (Ripper 7" single, 1981)
Otis Mace with the Zombies, Sweetwaters, 1981
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A busy period in the early 90s for the Temple Bar, 486 Queen St, Auckland, with Shaft, Otis Mace, Mark Roach, Alex Anderson, Billy TK Jr, Standing Naked, Spargo, and Russell Self all doing one-night stands. 
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Otis Mace - Bird In Bush Road (Powertool CD, 2007)
Otis Mace performing in New York at Saatchi headquarters
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Otis Mace Guitar Ace (1984)
Otis Mace and Rex Reason - Mecca (Ripper 7" single, 1981). A cover of a Gene Pitney song, the single was arranged by Don McGlashan. 
Otis Mace opening for Don McGlashan, Powerstation, Auckland - Guy Fawke's Night, 2022
Otis Mace and the Psychic Pet Healers - Effort Money and Time (1987)
Otis Mace performs Kinder Surprise (2019)
Otis Mace prepares for a gig at Area 10, Peckham, London, 2002
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Otis Mace performing in Catalonia, Spain, 2012
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Otis Mace in Hackney, London, 1998
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Otis Mace on tour with the Miltown Stowaways c. 1982 - a soundcheck for a gig at Miranda Hot Springs
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Otis Mace - Jabber and Hoot (self-released cassette, 1991). 'Declaration' was produced by Chris Knox.
The Otis Mace Combo, 2022
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Otis Mace performs Higher Ground (June 2015)
Otis Mace performs solo at Sweetwaters, January 1980
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Otis Mace and Rex Reason - back of picture sleeve of Mecca (Ripper 7" single, 1981)
Reviews of the Membranes, with Otis Mace, David Eggleton, and Gavin Buxton - 1984-85
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Otis Mace and Rex Reason - Mecca (1981)
Otis Mace and Terry Moore recording Otis' Little Critters EP, 1986
Inside Information Cabaret with Otis Mace (left), Don McGlashan (second from left) and, on the far right, Richard Von Sturmer. 
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Otis Mace - Quick (Jayrem compilation CD, 1996). Among the songs are She Makes Me Feel Better Than Townes Van Zandt, Pumpkins Are Actually Rocks, and Thunderbirds Are Go. 
Otis Mace takes a seat, Dedwood Terrace, St Mary's Bay, Auckland, 1981
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Promo for a 1990 Orientation tour by Otis Mace and Arthur Baysting
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