aka If, The Bombers, Teeth

Mark Webster and Dieneke Jansen already had recent history in The Bombers from Auckland’s North Shore, whose quirky, yet propulsive ‘Dance’ was a highlight on the new band compilation Class of ’81, when they formed the abrasive Flak in 1983.

They took The Bombers’ sound and attitude a step further, and with drummer Larry de Zoete dispensed it around Auckland venues from 1983 to 1984. Flak released Monitor through Industrial Tapes, the Emigration EP (1983) with fellow Auckland post-punks’ Eight Living Legs, and featured on the 1984 live compilation The Last Rumba.

If - Holland, late 1985, with Rob Bleuzé, Mark Webster, Dieneke Jansen
The Bombers
Flak 1983, Dieneke Jansen, Mark Webster, Larry De Zoete and sound man (also bassist in Paradox and K4) Peter Denniston
Photo credit: Photo by by Hugh Thomson

Mark Webster - bass, vocals

Dieneke Jansen - guitar, vocals

Larry de Zoete - drums

Rob Bleuzé - drums


Returning from Europe, Webster and Jansen formed Teeth with Birds Nest Roys’ drummer Peter Mourenhout. They released the Grate EP through Flying Nun Records in 1989.

Mark Webster started tape label Walking Monk and founded Stamp magazine. Webster wrote a history of car production in New Zealand entitled Assembly (Reed Books, 2002).

Mark Webster and Denieke Jansen's son Ary Jansen is in the band Wellness.

Mark Webster was co-founder of Loose magazine with 4 others (Paul Luker, Chris Knox, Gemma Gracewood and Phil Gregory).

The Flak tape Monitor (Industrial Tapes 1983) has been remastered and rereleased by No Label NZ.

Webster these days works at MOTAT and releases music under ‘kraM Left'; Dieneke Jansen (also formerly of Queen Meanie Puss) is an artist and lecturer at AUT.


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