WELCOME TO THE HOME OF FLYING NUN RECORDS. EST 1981.
WE ARE AN INDEPENDENT AOTEAROA NEW ZEALAND MUSIC COMPANY
Thanks for stopping by and visiting us at Flying Nun Records. Over the past forty years, the record label has released hundreds of alternative and underground Aotearoa New Zealand music artists, bands, albums, records, EPs, singles and videos. Flying Nun originally started in the South Island, championing what later became known as the 'Dunedin Sound'. These days, we continue to release new local artists and bands, as well as reissuing albums from the catalog. We have a record store located in Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington, which sells vinyl LPs, records, CDs, band t-shirts, merchandise, cassettes and other stuff. The shop stocks both our record label releases, as well as a curated selection of interesting other music. We are also active with our news and blog. Occasionally, Flying Nun puts on live music events and gigs. Take a look around!
"...After all, it was the anti-music business Do It Yourself (DIY) ethic that Chris was looking to embrace and not a willfully rough and ready Lo-fi one. DIY is about using the limited resources at your disposal and getting the best possible results by being imaginative and inventive."
"...Bored Games rewrote themselves back into the history of Dunedin music and helped put in place a small but significant building block in the long-lasting career of Shayne Carter."
Watch a video exploring the making of vinyl records. Ben Howe travels to New York, visiting record mastering, cutting and manufacturing experts. He tries to understand the complex process of making this increasingly popular music format.
Versions of Modern Performance is an impressive debut by Horsegirl, who after all, are still at the very beginning of their musical voyage. The trio’s ability to pull from their appreciation of music from the past without sounding dated is notable, and a signal to even more brilliant music on the horizon.
Hailing from the heart of Pōneke, Revulva is a fresh force in the NZ music scene with their unique fusion of jazz, funk, and new age soul grooves. Our own Rachel Andie takes a deep dive into their latest offering, Girl's Gotta Eat.
It's probably no co-incidence that the recent revival of interest in ambient music occurred when, after a 50 year hiatus, international research projects into the healing potential of psychedelics started up again.
Watch our new music video showcase series, What Was That Thing? Here we have Space Bats, Attack! who performed their song, The Riff live at the Flying Nun Records store.
Watch our new music video showcase series, What Was That Thing? Here we have Asta Rangu who performed their song, LTTRS live at the Flying Nun Records store.
Watch our new music video showcase series, What Was That Thing? Here we have Wiri Donna who performed their song, No Follow Through live at the Flying Nun Records store.
Watch our new music video showcase series, What Was That Thing? Here we have Linen who performed their song, Fruit live at the Flying Nun Records store.
Recital's also share a new single, 'Rock Dove' from the band's upcoming album, Orbit I — out on black or clear vinyl on 26th August, 2022 via Flying Nun Records.
Violet French’s matter-of-fact songs observe the poetry in each moment. Influenced by the soul sucking minutiae of the everyday, she waits for no man.
Today Long Distance Runner share On/Off, the latest single from their new album Shadow (which will be released on July 15 via Sunreturn).
We started in 1981, like many independent labels do, by just wanting to make music we like available for people we like. It is still why we do it...
But a lot has happened since 1981. Pretty soon Flying Nun got bigger than we’d ever have dreamed possible. All the while working with a wonderfully diverse bunch of brilliant bands and crazy characters that were making music for like-minded people all around the world. Then we got partially bought by someone else. But after a while they got bought by someone else. And after some more time Flying Nun stopped being what it was supposed to be…
We started off with a simple, do-it-yourself post-punk attitude, which still remains. After all, who else was going to record and release the likes of The Clean, Chris Knox or The Dead C. It also happened that we were stuck on a couple of remote islands at the bottom of the world. So we were always going to be a bit different from the word go.
We are truly independent in the ‘music industry’ sense of the term, and Flying Nun Records - as it always was - is about the musicians and the fans, so feel free to say hi, spout an opinion, or simply let us know what you want to hear.
All in all, nothing’s changed really. We’re right back where we started, just a little bit older and (maybe) a little bit wiser. Today, Flying Nun continues to release new artists and music, as well as reissues from the catalog - some recent releases and here.