Mestar - Shut the Squizwot Factories Down

Once upon a time, there lived a king, whose crown was his castle. Inside his crown, he lived - in his castle-for-a-crown. In this kingdom lived many small Squizwots, whose magical orange essence brought the king extraordinary wealth. Factories were built to process the Squizwots, and many shiny gold coins came of it.

But even as smoke billowed from the factory chimneys, the king's land was being devoured. From the very beginning, it was already too late. Too late to shut the Squizwot factories down! "Squizwots"? "Orange Essence"? "Gold Coins"?! What the hell are Mestar on about?

Well, for starters, it would be safe to say that singer John White doesn't really sing about the real world. He has his own universe in his head - a whole ecology in fact - with all the cultural, political and economic landscape worked out. The songs on 'Shut the Squizwot Factories Down' are about this other world, if you listen closely, you will enter that world and hear stories about a places you never knew existed. This world is inhabited by characters like Rosalie Starfish and Darling Deedah: where there are battles to Shut the Squizwot Factories Down and heroes get nearly Konked Out.

Mestar have been going for almost ten years now. But John and drummer Ian Wilson have known each other since birth, and bass player Stef Animal (real name) was a latecomer to the gang - meeting John at high school. The first five years of Mestar's existence were spent in hometown Dunedin where they released 'Mestar' (1998), 'Steamer' (2000) and 'Porcupine' (2002) on the Arc Label. Following this the band were dispersed around the globe. John traveled around and lived in Europe with Cloudboy, drew computer game graphics and recorded two solo albums ('Balloon Adventure' and 'Mogwash'); Stef went to Holland and recorded a solo album; Ian lived in France.

But despite this dispersal the band always planned to reunite, and some time in 2005, by coincidence, they all found themselves living in the same city - Wellington. Here a plan was formulated: John had a scruffy set of concise no fuss pop songs, some ideas about Squizwot factories, and the band wanted to get cracking. They decided to get them down on record quick and in a no-frills manner. Fellow Dunedinite Dale Cotton (HDU, Dimmer, the Fanatics and others) was enrolled for recording duties and before anyone knew it Mestar had an album in the can - recorded and mostly mixed in six snappy Auckland summer days.

Shut the Squizwot Factories Down was always intended to be a loud album: no 'small' songs, no acoustic guitars. Mestar know exactly how they want to sound - which is exactly like Mestar. Just like Mestar in their own Squizwot world.

1 Shut the Squizwot Factories Down
2 Konked Out
3 Rosalie Starfish
4 Sundry
5 Silversong
6 Darling Deedah
7 Mr Starlight
8 Balloon
9 Somewhere Over the Moon

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