Historic live to air performance by Dystopia on Auckland’s student radio station bfm in 2002. Featuring Liz Maw (spoken word), Josephine Costain (vocals), Shinya Asakura (sitar and electric guitar), Rob Croft (percussion) and Nigel Braddock (keyboards) the band produced an electrifying, haunting set to a bemused lunchtime student radio audience.
Dystopia’s debut album ‘The Wisdom of Insecurity’ combined potent, lyrical storytelling with evocative soundscapes consisting of ambient, classical and world influences. This album was the first release on Monkey Records in the year 2000 and features spoken word artist Liz Maw reading poetry, label founder Nigel Braddock playing keyboards and Shinya Asakura playing sitar and programming.
Liz Maw’s poetry addresses philosophical questions concerning life, death, nature and religion with unflinching honesty and often the blackest of humour whilst the musicians weave atmospheric and evocative tapestries of sound.