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OPPOSITE SEX came together by chance in the isolated North Island town of Gisborne. After a trip to Europe Lucy returned to Gisborne with a bass guitar and nothing to do, so she invented her own percussive style of playing and wrote strange and disturbing songs. She met 2nd hand bookshop owner Tim, who had found a drum-kit put out for rubbish on the side of the road, and taught him how to play drums. Fergus, self-taught from listening to Guitar Player magazine CDs in his bedroom, completed the trio.

The sound they developed in splendid isolation is, they say, some kind of absurdist-logico mix of Euro pop, Beat poetry, and subterranean lo-fi adventuring. Drawing musical inspiration from such disparate elements as The Velvet Underground, Half Japanese and The Beatles and marrying it to lyrical themes of animal kingdoms, love and loss, and master/slave dialectics, OPPOSITE SEX reinvent alternative pop in a style of their own – equal parts of vinegar to honey and something novel to express.
Sometimes they play as a three-piece and sometimes Tim & Lucy play as a two-piece – just bass, drums, vocals and a lot of “blood & guts”. Some prefer the two-piece with the uncluttered space and raw energy, others the three-piece with Fergus weaving golden guitar threads and spidery webs through the rhythm.

In the summer of 2011 Tim & Lucy relocated to Dunedin to find a bigger, colder and more interesting place place to live, play and study.


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