Interview with Oliver Cherer

A prodigious musical polymath whose varied musical guises include his multi-faceted alter-ego of Dollboy, the electro-stylings of The Assistant, the motodisco of Rhododendron and Australian Testing Labs Inc., and the freshly-minted ambient Gilroy Mere, Oliver Cherer returns to his folk heart-land with The Myth Of Violet Meek, his first orthonym … [Read more...]

Gilroy Mere – The Green Line

Since gently dropping his Dollboy nom de plume as a catch-all repository for his chameleonic creativity a few years back, the Hastings-based Oliver Cherer has been no stranger to these very pages by trading with the pseudonyms of The Assistant, The Wrestler, Rhododendron and Australian Testing Labs Inc. as well as under his own name.  Whilst … [Read more...]

The Assistant / Ina Bauer Trio / XAM Duo / The Hardy Tree

It’s funny and intriguing how synth-led musical constructions have come almost full circle in terms of credibility and creativity.  Having been both a vehicle for exploratory ambition as well as DIY minimalism from the late-‘60s to early-‘80s, only to be abused and maligned from the over-polished mid-‘80s to the Pro-Tooled ‘00s, things have come … [Read more...]

The Assistant – “Gristleizer” b/w “Nothing On” 12″

Having already made a great introduction for The Assistant, with the 125-copy 5” Ways Of Seeing EP on Polytechnic Youth earlier this year and basking in the afterglow of his still-fresh debut LP - entitled One - with Rhododendron on Deep Distance, Oliver Cherer has wasted little time in slipping out an additional slice of vinyl from the former … [Read more...]

The Assistant – Ways Of Seeing EP

Necessity has indeed become the mother of invention for the boutique-label-empire of Dom Martin. Increasingly embattled by backlogged pressing plants - due to the double-whammy of Record Store Day and the unstoppable vinyl revival - Martin is putting The Great Pop Supplement label on "an open-ended hiatus" towards the end of 2016 (whilst sister … [Read more...]