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Watch D.C. Maxwell's Video For 'The Last Stand Of The Killer'

Watch D.C. Maxwell's Video For 'The Last Stand Of The Killer'

Chris Cudby / Photo credit: Ngaru Garland / Tuesday 2nd April, 2024 10:07AM

Top three finalist for the 2024 Auckland Live Best Independent Debut Award with his breakout solo offering Lone Rider (Danger Collective), D.C. Maxwell arises from our Easter long weekend with a gripping heist film in miniature for album highlight 'The Last Stand of the Killer'. First premiered at Tāmaki Makaurau's Hollywood Avondale before a screening of Sidney Lumet’s Dog Day Afternoon, Maxwell's new clip nods towards that 1975 classic along with Straight Time (1978) as key influences on the action that unfolds, shot within the historic surrounds of the former Auckland Railway Station — the very same location where David Bowie and Ryuichi Sakamoto starred together in Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence (1983).

An increasingly unhinged Maxwell fully inhabits the role of a pistol-waving, bug-eyed robber pleading for understanding, along with as much cold hard cash as he can wrangle from the hapless bank tellers and unlucky customers present — a magnetic, preacher-like figure delivering what may well be his final sermon. Witness the strangely moving majesty and the melodrama of 'The Last Stand of the Killer' directed by Jack O'Neil below, and do not miss D.C. Maxwell performing at the all-star Twenty Years Of The Wine Cellar celebrations in late May / early June...

"I wrote this song as a lilting Scots / Irish folk ballad of a doomed hero, inspired by the songs I grew up listening to from The Pogues. From the start the song / video puts you inside the head of an adrenaline-pumping maniac in the midst of a robbery gone sour. In his final desperate moments, he's hoping against hope that the people he's taken hostage can understand him, forgive him, and maybe even love him a bit.

I was very inspired by Dog Day Afternoon, and that way that film shows you that in those heightened sweaty situations when everything has gone to hell and you know there's no way out, that's when you find out who you really are.”

It Seemed A Good Idea At The Time - Twenty Years Of The Wine Cellar

Monday 27th May - Vitamin S Special! (koha entry)
Tāmaki's Non Idiomatic Free Improvising Collective will curate an evening of music

Tuesday 28th May - Storehouse plays a Rent Party in the Wine Cellar Bar room! (money in the hat)
Get ready to shake shimmy and sweat to profane blues and calypso

Wednesday 29th May - Songwriters Special 'Into the Grotto'*
featuring Louisa Nicklin, Kraus, Babe Martin, Samara Alofa + more to be announced

Thursday 30th May - Trioglodyte with guests*
Jeff Henderson (saxophones), Eamon Edmundsen-Wells (double bass) and Chris O’Connor (drums) present a special 3 set show featuring guests Allanah Goldsmith, Riki Gooch, Erika Grant, Rosie Langabeer, Rahana Larsen Taylor and more to be announced

Friday 31st May & Saturday 1st June - The Wine Cellar, Whammy Backroom
Featuring... Mokotron, Hans Pucket, (the return of) The Fertility Festival, Echo Ohs, Dick Move, Guardian Singles, Bloodbags, Amamelia, D.C. Maxwell, The Broken Heartbreakers, TOOMS, Sulfate, Pony Baby + more (set times to be announced)

*Tickets available HERE via UTR (festival concession tickets + supporter packages available)

‘Lone Rider’ is out now digitally and on limited edition vinyl LP via Danger Collective — orders available HERE.


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It Seemed A Good Idea At The Time - Twenty Years Of The Wine Cellar
Mon 27th May 8:00pm
The Wine Cellar, Auckland