So I just manually imported most of the good stuff from the old, deprecated Wordpress blog, for the historical record.The even older stuff from the MySpace blog appears to have hit the bitbucket.
Vostok Lake was more or less on hiatus for 4 years. We seemed to have reached the limits of what we could do as a one-woman band. We started recording for Comics and Stories with Tricia in mid-2015, and Tricia's pregnancy and subsequent birth of our daughter took up most of our attention for the next couple of years. Finally, the time had come to unleash the Vostok Lake Expanded Edition... BREAKING: Video from this gig may soon be available.
UFO, New Lynn, Auckland, February 2013:
When David Bowie left us a couple of months ago, a lot of people talked about – quite apart from what his music meant to so many people – what his image, his personality, his presence meant for those of us who were growing up queer and/or gender-queer back before all the cool kids were doing it.
Keith Emerson was that, for keyboardists.
So I’m playing some gig in a dingy basement at 3am, and who should be in the audience but one of my greatest influences as a lyricist and performer, Andrew Eldritch from the Sisters of Mercy. So we go for a drink afterwards and he says he’s impressed by what I’ve done and he wants me to play a “live-in-the-studio” demo gig for some bigwigs in the music industry he knows, at his private studio. But on the day my equipment doesn’t work properly, my voice is shot and everyone walks out halfway through, and Eldritch tells me how disappointed he is in me.
Q. Jesus you really do like your synth-pop 80s music…
Well, yes. And I love my 70’s prog-rock as well. The two most Critically Incorrect music genres of them all! Let me be more precise – I love Sigue Sigue Sputnik, and – prepare to vomit – I think Emerson Lake and Palmer did some good work in their early years.
CONFUSED? Then let me explain the connection in greater detail…