Rumble & Bang (image 1)

We were sex, drugs and rock ’n’ roll. Without the sex and drugs: just a lot of rock ’n’ roll.

Mike Rudd, Chants R&B

Screened as part of NZIFF 2011

Rumble & Bang 2011

Directed by Jeff Smith, Simon Ogston

Archive-laden tribute to Chants R&B, a short-lived garage rock combo that thrived in 60s Christchurch.

60 minutes Colour and B&W / DigiBeta

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Directors, Producers, Editors

Photography

Simon Ogston
,
Jeff Smith
,
Pete Gormon
,
Sam Folkard
,
Simon Raby

Photography B&W

Fred Goldring

Sound

Simon Ogston
,
Jeff Smith
,
Judith Folkard

Music

Chants R&B

With

John Baker
,
Jim Tomlin
,
Trevor Courtney
,
Mike Rudd
,
Gordon Cope-Williams
,
Tony Mitchell
,
Nick Bollinger
,
Chris Grozs
,
Ray Columbus
,
Midge Marsden
,
Dave Hurley
,
Dave Hogan
,
Martin Forrer
,
Fred Goldring
,
Matt Croke
,
Tim Piper

World Premiere

The Film Archive, 30 July 2011

A necessary unearthing of an essential episode in Kiwi music history, Rumble & Bang reintroduces Chants R&B, a short-lived garage rock combo that thrived in 60s Christchurch. The establishment of a US Air Force base gave the youth of the city access to a wealth of R&B, soul and funk long before the rest of New Zealand. Inspired by these new sounds, art students Mike Rudd and Trevor Courtney formed The Chants in 1964. They played a few different venues before taking up a residency at the Stage Door, a cavernous cellar off what was then Hereford Lane. Strongly influenced by the likes of John Mayall and The Pretty Things, whose tour scandalised the nation in 1965, the band renamed themselves Chants R&B and developed a passionate following for their own raucous rhythm and blues (patrons thought R&B stood for rumble and bang). Featuring pristine archival footage from the Stage Door heyday as well as new recordings from the band’s 2007 reunion, Rumble & Bang proves that there was a relevant musical underground inNew Zealand long before the days of Flying Nun. — MM