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"The Transistors - There Ain't Nothin' On The Radio"

All the way from Rangiora, The Transistors have been making waves across the Tasman and in the States over the last couple of years, and are now gearing up for the release of their second album ‘Is This Anything?’, originally due out sometime last year. It’s a high energy, fuzz and feedback-drenched rock’n’roll statement of intent that the three-piece intend to spread their wings, as Olly Crawford-Ellis reveals to Westley Holdsworth.

According to drummer Olly Crawford-Ellis, The Transistors all met on their first day at Rangiora High School, which helps explain the band’s tight performances and punk craftsmanship.
"We didn’t start playing our instruments until we realised how boring school was going to be and that by learning an instrument we could get out of class. We have pretty much been a band ever since, though much of that time was spent developing our satch boogie before we were ready to rip it.” - NZ Musician


2009 - Shortwave
2010 - Flux Pentaphile
2013 - Is This Anything?



Borne from the wilds of the South Island of New Zealand come Transistors! A three piece power pop, garage fuzz outfit, they are made up of James Harding on guitar and vocals, Colin Roxburgh on bass, and Olly Crawford-Ellis on drums and vocals.

Transistors have just returned from a 27 date US tour with Guitar Wolf They have travelled extensively in their homeland, playing and touring with the likes of Black Lips, Jeff the Brotherhood, Guitar Wolf, The Datsuns, The Dirtbombs, Crocodiles, Dum Dum Girls, Mint Chicks, Pierced Arrows, BRMC, Foo Fighters, St Jeromes Laneway Festival and more. For Transistors, every show is important, and so every show deserves as much as energy as is humanly possible.

First album Shortwave was released in 2009, followed by the Flux Pentaphile E.P. a year later. Their latest album is being readied for release later in 2012 on Arch Hill, while pre-album singles This is Not an Exit, Excommunicator and Abandoned are available online.