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GRAEME FLAWS-ON LOCATION DEMO TAPE Christian rock The Velvettes Steve Apirana

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GRAEME FLAWS-ON LOCATION DEMO TAPE Christian rock The Velvettes Steve Apirana

Graeme Flaws
On Location
198? (no label)
Auckland, New Zealand

Graeme Flaws – Vocals, bass
Peter Coomber – Lead guitar
Mike Farrell – Guitars, ukulele, backing vocals
Peter Alison – Keyboards
Steven Garden – Drums
Darlene McStay – Backing vocals
Julie Mariu – Backing Vocals

Side 1:
You Dare
K.P.
Promises
Judy
No Ticket

Side 2:
On Location
Crazy Man 
The Joneses
Judges Eyes
The Tower

No information on this one out there that I can find. I grabbed it because it looked like it might be an interesting alternative import tape. My first listen through I wasn’t that impressed by it. But when I listened again to write this review, it started growing on me. This seems to be what was referred to as “adult alternative” back in the 80s (although it sounds nothing like that format today). It’s a bit slower and complex overall than much of the regular alternative rock world, with some notable world music influences. “No Ticket” is the exception to this – a hard rock number with slight alternative leaning. It is definitely a stand-out track on the album. It looks like in the 80s and 90s Flaws was in a sixties spoof band called The Velvettes in New Zealand. It seems that since that time he has played on at least one of his former Velvettes’ band-mates solo albums (Steve Apirana’s 2011 album This Wretched Man).