Claire Duncan (i.e. crazy, Dear Time’s Waste) follows her musical comrades on a tour of New Zealand in this contemplative ode to a brood of genre-bending Auckland musicians, among them Girls Pissing on Girls Pissing, Seth Frightening and Shab Orkestra.
LAND OF THE LONG WHITE STAIN fuses digital film formats into a rip-roaring 30-minute musical tour of an Auckland sub-culture. Performances were recorded live at Chick’s Hotel in Port Chalmers, the Wine Cellar in Auckland, Log Recording in Christchurch and the Newtown Community Centre in Wellington.
A year or so ago, I mumbled a complaint into the echo chamber of Auckland’s Whammy Bar at 2am, bemoaning the lack of quality live footage of local bands and artists. Land of the Long White Stain attempts to capture the rarely recorded, incredibly intense live performances of these acts. While the songs themselves are the heroes of the story, behind-the-scenes footage permits a glimpse into the processes and world-views of a group of fiercely creative individuals whose work falls outside the ever-constrictive paradigms of popular music in New Zealand. It’s a personal tribute to the music and people I love; their relentless pursuit of creative excellence, regardless of mainstream trends and taste.
CLAIRE DUNCAN’s work incorporates both copy and editorial across a wide variety of creative industries. Her writing has featured on The Pantograph Punch, for whom she has recently directed a short documentary celebrating the West Coast’s Barrytown Settlers Hall. As a musician, she has completed a number of national tours under the performance name of Dear Time’s Waste. Claire is committed to engaging with and celebrating New Zealand’s artists and creative communities.