Review Revue: Sneaky Feelings - Waiting for Touchdown

I don’t know much about New Zealand’s Sneaky Feelings, except that they’re named after an Elvis Costello song, they were part of the ’80s Flying Nun Records scene out of Dunedin, and they were on the Dunedin Double EP compilation along with a band called The Stones (which is one of the best band names ever). As far as I’m concerned, all of those things add up to a whole lot of awesome. The band’s career spanned the ’80s, ending their run in 1989. Sneaky Feelings’ singer, Matthew Bannister, has a new band called either The Weather or The Changing Same.

I like how the KCMU critiquers framed their review labels as thought bubbles coming out of the band members’ heads. (Why is it I assume the guy with the empty thought bubble is the drummer?) Nice touch, guys!

“If you like this, buy our ‘Sentimental Education’ record too! It’s nifty!”

“A 1986 compilation of this New Zealand band’s very best. And it is amazing. I dare you not to like this pop. Yes, even you Peace. This is very distinct. Very Heavy.”

“Very distinctive, you mean. But it is quite good. As Satchmo might say were he around... ‘And I say to myself, what a wonderful band.’”

“Tap, tap, tap, tap, tap, tap, tap, tap, tap, tap, tap, tap, tap, tap,...”

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  1. James (in Dunedin)
    Posted July 16, 2012 at 6:07 am | Permalink

    The blank bubble’s actually next to guitarist and lead songwriter Matthew Bannister :) Sneaky Feelings were a major part of Dunedin’s music scene in the 1980s (along with groups like The Chills, The Verlaines, and The Clean). They released three albums, none of which really did justice to their sound - Send You (lovely songs, but production too lo-fi to really capture their Byrdsian sound), “Sentimental Education” (a bit *too* produced), and “Hard Love Songs” (good production, but the songs weren’t as good as the erarlier albums). Their “Husband House” single is their best-known track.

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