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In association with Fishrider Records, of Dunedin, New Zealand, Occultation Recordings are proud to announce a full UK release for the debut album by Opposite Sex, which originally came out in NZ in late 2011. You may well have heard BBC6Music's Marc Riley and Gideon Coe playing it or read the rave reviews.

We now have a 180g vinyl edition (free CD included), available here for just £12, and a UK CD pressing (here). Below is the video for one of the album's highlights, "La Rat".

OPPOSITE SEX came together by chance in the isolated North Island town of Gisborne. After a trip to Europe Lucy returned to Gisborne with a bass guitar and nothing to do, so she invented her own percussive style of playing and wrote strange and disturbing songs. She met 2nd hand bookshop owner Tim, who had found a drum-kit on a front lawn in a garage sale, and taught him how to play drums. Fergus, self-taught from listening to Guitar Player magazine CDs in his bedroom, completed the trio.

The sound they developed in splendid isolation is, they say, some kind of absurdist-logico mix of Euro pop, Beat poetry, and subterranean lo-fi adventuring. Drawing musical inspiration from such disparate elements as The Velvet Underground, Half Japanese and The Beatles and marrying it to lyrical themes of animal kingdoms, love and loss, and master/slave dialectics, OPPOSITE SEX reinvent alternative pop in a style of their own.

In the summer of 2011 Tim & Lucy relocated to Dunedin. Along with Fergus they recorded the album at Fishrider Studio in Dunedin. It retains the simplicity and space of their stripped down live sound, but in the studio they have found even more of the dark magic inhabiting their songs. The album was released by Dunedin underground psych-pop label Fishrider Records on CD and LP in November 2011