Drill were formed in 1989 in Auckland by guitarists Steve Sinkovich and John Pitcairn and drummer Michael Kwok. Twenty-two gigs and 2,184 hours in the practice room later, we have a CD. The group have also released a seven inch single on Flying Nun in 1994 and a number of recordings appeared on cassettes from the mysterious Opus Locus corporation.
All three songs from the 7" appear amongst this CD's 18 tracks. Six of the songs were recorded last year on a sixteen track temporary studio set-up at Auckland's Squid bar, the rest are collected from cassette four-track and eight-track sessions.
All the way from the dreamy Sonic Youth guitar harmonics of "The Way To Drown" to songs featuring Drill's characteristic choppy guitar antics over a bed woven of feedback and drums, the band prove their songwriting talent. But there's also fun-plenty in the form of experiments like "x-noise with Tina" and the quirky Swell Maps-ing of "Psychic Cheese Shop" and "Pay The Rent". Then there's "Pink Thrust", a version of The Chills' "Pink Frost"...
All in all, fans of left-field kiwi from Wire-like Nocturnal Projections through the early Headless Chickens to the present generation of home-noise-makers will enjoy the experience of turning on the power on this CD and let the high-rpm Drill noise loose for some sonic trepanation.