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The New Christs New Christs : the band
The New Christs were originally formed by Radio Birdman and New Race vocalist Rob Younger after he was offered the support spot on Iggy Pop's Australian tour of 1984. The other members had played in groups such as Celibate Rifles, Lime Spiders and Hoodoo Gurus. The tour proved a success and the band stayed together, recording the two singles Like A Curse and Born Out Of Time for Sydney independent label Citadel Records. These releases gained universal acclaim for their tough and uncompromising nature. With the prospect of an album deal and European tour, the other members instead chose to return to their former interests. Younger was left to pursue a career producing some of the finest upcoming Australian alternative bands.

In 1986 Barracudas bass player Jim Dickson returned to Australia from the UK and together with Younger started a new line-up. Featured were Charlie Owen, a gifted but as yet unknown guitarist and drummer Louis Burdett who soon left to be replaced by Nick Fisher who had played with Ed Kuepper and Wet Taxis. This line-up released a series of hard hitting singles Black Hole, Headin' South, Another Sin and the EP Dropping Like Flies. These tracks were compiled under the title Divine Rites, whose European release allowed the group to tour there for the first time.

With the release of their 1989 debut album Distemper, through Citadel offshoot Blue Mosque, the band received glowing reviews and were at last played on national Australian radio. Healthy sales resulted. Better still a swelling demand in Europe saw the album released in all EC territories. A four month tour was embarked upon but sadly, as internal friction took its toll, the band dissolved. Apart from a final short tour of Australia supporting The Ramones, this awesome line-up never again resurfaced.

Three years later Younger and Christian Houllemare, bass player of Happy Hate Me Nots and French punkers Bad Brains, formed a nucleus of what was to evolve into the current band. Still with Citadel, they released the EP Pedestal and mini-album Woe Betide. These titles found their way into the US via small Canadian label Lance Rock. Interest was high enough to see a further release there with the compilation Born Out Of Time that featured a selection of tracks spanning the band's previous 10 years.

The New Christs presently are:
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Rob Younger
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Christian Houllemare
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Mark Wilkinson
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Al Creed
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Nik Rieth

The New Christs have finished the recording of a new album titled "Lower Yourself". A special double CD with a 4 tracks bonus ep is available from the Citadel Mail Order.
Although an Australian import into Europe, the disc is available at a normal retail price in most territories.

'97 European Tour

'97 European Tour
Reviews from the audience

New Christs discography 14.578 K


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Red Star.gif .882 K Rob Younger - Vocals
Red Star.gif .882 K Mark Wilkinson - Guitar
Red Star.gif .882 K Leif Alan Creed - Guitar
Red Star.gif .882 K Christian Houllemare - Bass
Red Star.gif .882 K Nik Rieth - Drums

You also can have a look at the previous line-ups.

Blue Star.gif 1.208 K Interviews & Articles

g_star2.gif .882 K An interview with Rob Younger - by Mary Mihelakos - Beat Magazine, July 1997 - English
g_star2.gif .882 K An interview with Rob Younger - A Divine Rites special - May 1997 - English
g_star2.gif .882 K Radio Birdman's New Christ, Rob Younger hits London town by Vince Lovegrove - 15th April, 1997
g_star2.gif .882 K A New Christs Resurrection by Dave Lornie - Drum Media magazine - Sydney, 8th April, 1997
g_star2.gif .882 K Frank "Oz" Mills' liner notes from the New Christs CD "Born Out of Time"
g_star2.gif .882 K Rob's bio for the Woe Betide release
g_star2.gif .882 K The New Christs by Steve Gardner - Noise For Heroes - 1991 - English
g_star2.gif .882 K The New Christs : BOB #26 - August 88 - English
g_star2.gif .882 K New Christs : Abus dangereux #N - French
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