Fishrider is a small scale independent label - more DIY ‘arts & crafts’ than ‘music industry’ - based in Dunedin, New Zealand. We've been releasing music we like for people who like the music we like since 2006. Along the way the Fishrider catalogue has expanded from jangly guitar pop and post-punk, to experimental/ electronic pop, folk and art rock noise and beyond. Since 2012 we've linked up with another small scale independent label in the UK – Occultation Recordings – to make releases available in the UK and Europe.
The music on Cosmic Radio Station was first beamed into the Pacific ether from a woolshed and a tumbledown house perched on the hills above Port Chalmers near Dunedin during a period of heightened aurora activity in the deep south caused by cosmic rays from solar flares. Head back to Port Chalmers itself
On their debut album, Death And The Maiden craft a shadowy sound world, filled with melancholic synth arpeggios, reverb-drenched guitars, and sighing vocal melodies. The combination is both hypnotic and devastating, exploring themes of love, loss, and decay, wrapped in tactile electro-acoustic languor. A party record for heartbroken romantics. “The combination of drum
The sound of this trio is, they say, “an absurdist-logico mix of Euro-pop, Beat poetry, and subterranean lo-fi adventuring.” Although their music ranges from oddly poppy carnival waltzes through to manic and melodic post-punk and no wave this is no retro exercise. The album is their own unique genre-defying trip through the experimental
The 7th album by The Puddle is two proposed 5-track EPs recorded a year apart & pulled together into one cohesive album. Their 1986-93 Flying Nun Records catalogue is long out of print but this album (their 4th on Fishrider since 2007) is George D. Henderson’s best in a storied career as the
Bad Sav | Death and the Maiden | Élan Vital | Emily Fairlight | Males | Negative Nancies | Opposite Sex | The Prophet Hens | The Puddle | The Shifting Sands | Stef Animal | Tidal Rave | Trick Mammoth | The Dark Beaks