The earliest incarnation of Second Child emerged in 1987 through guitarist Chris van de Geer. “I was at Avondale College and had a band with Paul Balmer on bass. We put an ad up and found Luke [Casey], who was playing in Albino Slug at the time (who went on to become S.P.U.D.). We used to jam up at Paul’s parents place in Titirangi, doing a mix of originals and covers. We needed a singer – I was handling vocal duties but really just wanted to play guitar – and Luke was at Western Springs College with Damien [Binder] and he happened to be into a lot of the same music so he brought him along.”
Luke Casey went on to play in bands as diverse as Seven Dials, Bygone Era, Eye TV, and The Relaxomatic Project. He also started his own group, Tinpot Guru.
Ben Lythberg went on to play in hardcore legends, Snapcase. Through this connection he went on to do stage production and drum tech work for bands like Sick Of It All, The Offspring and Good Charlotte, even working with pop artists like Ricky Martin in more recent years.
Jules Barnett also played bass in Freak Power whilst he was in Second Child. He went on to be the drummer in Thorazine Shuffle. He now works as a production engineer at BFM.
Theo Jackson now lives in Devon UK where he plays double bass in a lively irish influenced folk trio called Castletown.
Barbara Morgan went on to play and tour in the UK with Andrew Fagan’s band LIG which became Fagan and the People.
Isaac Tucker went on to drum in The New Loungehead.
Damien Binder’s longterm collaborator, Bob Shepherd, has a career that stretches back to 80s post-punk band Missing Tremble, and his connection to this scene later saw him playing in the reformed version of Penknife Glides.
Damien Binder - vocals, guitar
Chris van de Geer - guitar
Theo Jackson - bass
Barbara Morgan - bass
Ben Lythberg - drums
Jules Barnett - drums
Luke Casey - drums
Paul Balmer - bass