The Puddle's first new release in 15 years, the album No Love No Hate, is surreal and tender, capturing the black humour of the Silver Jews, the experimental garage rock of The Clean and Pavement’s crooked post-punk in an elusive, subtly psychedelic vision.
Three albums for Flying Nun between 1986 and 1993, before they recorded their Songs For Emily Valentine album which songwriter and the only constant in the revolving Puddle line-up George D Henderson claims “wasn’t rejected. I just thought it was so good it would sell itself, so I never actually played it to anyone else.” Songs For Emily Valentine was eventually released in 2006 and can be bought, along with No Love No Hate, from Powertool Records.
No Love No Hate was played and recorded solely by Henderson in his brother’s home studio in Dunedin last year. Recordings with a full band made in 2005 are due to be released as a 12-track album, Playboys In The Bush, later this year.
But you will not see me naked often. I wear what I normally wear; no underclothes, a white button-down shirt, black corduroy-velvet, mildly flared trousers, black dress socks, and a brown corduroy single-breasted jacket. I never wear T-shirts or pyjamas. I have three pairs of shoes, Doc Martens, boat shoes and black dress shoes, and I often wear a tie. In winter I may reluctantly wear a plain sweater or a light-coloured coat.