|Wiped Out: A Tribute To The Wipers From Aotearoa and Beyond|
|Compilation album by Rattface, Phone Sex Robots, Detox Mate, Sere, Blood Bags, Wizz Kids, Bazooka, Freak Magnet, Fanny Lazer, Tigers of the Sea, Better Living, The Cavemen, Raw Panic, Oscar Casley, Nervous Jerks, Lost Rockets, Overtime|
|Rattface, Phone Sex Robots, Detox Mate, Sere, Blood Bags, Wizz Kids, Bazooka, Freak Magnet, Fanny Lazer, Tigers of the Sea, Better Living, The Cavemen, Raw Panic, Oscar Casley, Nervous Jerks, Lost Rockets, Overtime chronology|
Wellington DIY punk label Zero Style's 25th release is a tribute to legendary Portland band the Wipers. Featuring 17 acts from "Aotearoa and beyond" Wiped Out interprets the influential punk/ post punk of Wipers first and third albums. We talked to Zero Style's numero uno, John Dimery, about getting Wiped Out.
When/ where did you first hear the Wipers?
When I was just a mere atom, before my ears had fully developed while stranded in dead space.
What was the appeal?
Is this a trick question? THEY KICK ASS MAN.
I’d heard that a Wipers covers album was being put together some time ago. How long did it take you to put this together? Were there any difficulties?
It took a few months, I think my brain farted the idea out in September ‘15 while having a major WIPERS binge/psychotic over-appreciation period on the way to school one day. Some people took longer than others to sort their shit out. I didn’t really rush anyone, although I did a bunch of pestering in the final month. No difficulties, though Raw Panic dropped our song of choice (So Young) when we stole and recorded DOOM TOWN within days of another band dropping it. No bad blood, I hope… ay Lance! A few bands stopped replying to messages and didn’t come through. Some fucker called THE HAG messed me around, lots of “oooohhhh loook it’s meeeee thee HAAAAGGG”, and “eggghhh CHECK OUT MY LAYERSS OF DIIIIRT”, it’s like, COME ON, get THE FUCK OUTTA HERE already.
The NZ bands on here are all pretty familiar to a NZ underground garage/ punk scene, but there’s a few on their I haven’t heard of from Aus or elsewhere. How’d you link up with them?
I just put a call out up online to all my friends, who in turn told others whom they knew would be keen. Nobody involved is very far removed, the Berlin band DETOX MATE is half kiwi in the form of a certain MCNAMARA daughter.
How’d you go about selecting the bands?
I just asked all the NZ bands whom I knew would be interested, 99% of which all agreed to take part. I was hoping to hear back from X-RAY FIENDS but never did. OSCAR CASLEY is a friend from school days. Half the bands approached me, and some extras were suggested to me by ANDREW TOLLEY Kato and CAMERON REID Press Gang. It was a free for all, I had a page up online where the bands could see which tracks were taken. I wouldn’t say no to anybody as I wanted to hear a vast range of styles approaching the Wipers sound. The original 20 tracks (some people dropped out as mentioned earlier) were sorted within 24 hours of the initial Wipers covers comp idea springing to mind, cool huh.
Most of the Wipers songs come off Is This Real? Who chose which tracks to cover?
There’s a pretty good balance of songs from “Is This Real?” and “Over The Edge”. TIGERS OF THE SEA were tossing up between NO ONE WANTS AN ALIEN and YOUTH OF AMERICA but seeing as YOUTH OF AMERICA is so goddamn long, they went with the former.
Why was there nothing off Youth of America? (Ie my favourite Wipers album)
Not intentional. As well as TIGERS OF THE SEA, EMILY EDROSA was going to cover YOUTH OF AMERICA but ran out of time as she only found out about the comp the week of the master tape being made. We were already two months over the original deadline, and I just wanna move forward because I have releases backing up, so unfortunately she couldn’t take part, which sucks.