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Album Review: Hallelujah Picassos - Rewind The Hateman

Album Review: Hallelujah Picassos - Rewind The Hateman

Tuesday 8th November, 2011 12:19PM

The genre-twisting Hallelujah Picassos have released a retrospective album to stamp their mark on New Zealand music history.

The Auckland-based group started life in 1988 as a Cramps-influenced garage band called The Rattlesnakes. Shortly after would-be frontman Roland Rorchach (aka Harold) saw guitarist Peter McLennan performing in a café he was working in. McLennan’s strung out version of James Brown's 'It's a Man's World' had Roland buzzing enough to later approach him about starting a band. The duo soon picked up other members, drummer Bobbylon and then bassist Johnnie Pain, and it didn't take long to evolve into the dynamic Hallelujah Picassos, a group that became renowned for pushing the boundaries of musical styles.

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