Dimmer


It has been written into New Zealand music lore that after Shayne P. Carter ended Straitjacket Fits, he returned home to Dunedin, and had “a lost weekend” that lasted five years.

During this time, he started venturing into electronic music under the new name of Dimmer, which puzzled a fair few people, before heading to Auckland and making four intensely, and often quietly, beautiful records. As it turns out, that’s only half the story.

Dimmer in concert, mid-1990s. 
Photo credit: Photo by EJ Mathers
Degrees of Existence
Shayne Carter
Shayne Carter, c. 1997,  at the time of the ‘Don’t Make Me Buy Out Your Silence’ EP. 
Shayne Carter and Sola Rosa's Andrew Spraggon, Dimmer.
Dimmer - Seed (2001, directed and animated by Gary Sullivan)
Anika Moa singing with Shayne Carter's Dimmer, c. 2004.
Photo credit: Simon Grigg collection
Shayne Carter, Dimmer, c. 2004
Photo credit: Simon Grigg collection
Dimmer.
Shayne Carter fronts Dimmer, c. 2004
Photo credit: Simon Grigg collection
Comfortable (directed by Greta Anderson)
Shayne Carter in Dimmer, c. 2004.
Photo credit: Simon Grigg collection
Dimmer at the time of 'Degrees of Existence' (2009). From left: Kelly Steven, Shayne Carter, Dino Karlis, and James Duncan
Dimmer, I Believe You Are a Star (Columbia, 2001)
Dimmer - Getting What You Give
Dimmer - I Believe You Are A Star
Dimmer - Evolution (1999, directed by Darryl Ward)
Dimmer - Come Here (2004, with Anika Moa)
Shayne Carter
Photo credit: Photo by Georgia Schofield
Shayne Carter at the 2003 B-Net awards.
Photo credit: Simon Grigg collection
Dimmer - Don't Make Me Buy Out Your Silence
Dimmer - Drop You Off
Dimmer - Don't Even See Me
Dimmer play the Squid Bar, Auckland, at the time of the Crystalator single, 29 July 1994
DImmer set list, c. 2001-2002. 
Shayne Carter with Dimmer, c. 2004
Photo credit: Simon Grigg collection
Shayne Carter
Dimmer's 2004 album 'You've Got to Heart the Music'. 
Shayne Carter and friends, c. 1997
Trivia:

'Mine', 'Pendulum', and 'Degrees of Existence' were performed with Don McGlashan as part of the Carter/McGlashan 2016/2017 tours, and re-recorded for the accompanying album available only at the shows.

Carter's longtime friend and former flatmate, Graeme Downes (The Verlaines) scored the string parts for 'Only One That Really Matters'.

Labels:

Sub Pop


Sony


FMR


Warner Music

Members:

Shayne Carter - vocals, guitar, keyboards, bass, production

Gary Sullivan - drums

James Duncan - guitar

Justyn Pilbrow - bass

Peter Jefferies - drums

Dino Karlis - drums, percussion

Michael Prain - drums

Vaughan Williams - bass

Kelly Steven - bass, flute

Lou Allison - bass

Ned Ngatae - guitar

Andrew Spraggon - bass

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