No-one is better placed than Shayne to tell is own story - so he has written the below bio and background on the album:
Shayne P Carter writes his bio:
I was born in Dunedin ages ago now, and wrote all the songs for my first band Bored Games on one string. My flatmate Graeme Downes taught me the chords of D and E and G while we were flatting together in a student hovel and I applied that information to six strings in my successive bands theDoublehappys, Straitjacket Fits andDimmer.
I guess I grew up around the fabledFlying Nun Dunedin scene but when my friend Roger Shepherd sent me a signed copy of his new book recently, he'd signed it to David Kilgour. I thought maybe there was a metaphor in that.
Rock n roll has taken me everywhere from the Winz office in Dunedin to the Arista offices in New York with both locations providing their own oppressive ambience.
I've never been into the industry but I have an extraordinary love of music and I long ago learnt that "music" does not equal "music industry" and how important it is to keep those two concepts separate for reasons of sanity and survival.
I've enjoyed varying levels of success here and abroad. I've been given a fewNew Zealand Music Awards including the old school perspex ones that bust in half when they get sent to you in the post. They inducted our bandStraitjacket Fits into theHall Of Famewhich made my mum proud so there was always that.
I recently decided to release my music and play my band shows under the nameShayne P Carter (and band) after using the nameDimmerfor all of my post Straitjacket Fits work. I felt Dimmer was associated with one period of my career - basically a long extended exploration of grooves - and after a career where I never played my old songs I feel like I'm at a point now where I can embrace and pick and choose from my entire body of work. If a song's good - it's always going to be good.
My band still includes two of my longtime Dimmer cohorts - trusted lieutenantGary Sullivan on drums and guitaristJames Duncanwho's moved over to bass in our new three piece format.
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