|Years active 1984–1996|
Active until 1996
Genres Indie rock, Lo-fi music
|Labels Flying Nun|
Origin New Zealand (1984)
|Past members Leslie Jonkers
Albums A Cuppa Tea and a Lie Down, Hey Spinner
Members Graeme Humphreys, Leslie Jonkers, Ronald Young
Similar The Verlaines, Bird Nest Roys, Straitjacket Fits, Sneaky Feelings, Look Blue Go Purple
Able tasmans and relax official audio
The Able Tasmans were an indie band from Auckland, New Zealand.
At various times the band consisted of Leslie Jonkers, Peter Keen, Graeme Humphreys, Craig Mason, David Beniston, Jane Dodd (previously of The Verlaines), and Ronald Young. They formed in 1984 and named themselves after the Dutch explorer Abel Tasman. They released four albums and two EPs on Flying Nun Records. The band split up in 1996.
Ten years later Graeme Humphreys and Peter Keen regrouped to record an album, The Overflow, under the name of Humphreys & Keen.
The band's style of music could be considered as similar to the prevalent Dunedin Sound favoured by Flying Nun during the 1980s and 1990s and most effective when keyboards (not normally prominent in the Dunedin Sound) were to the fore, as on their early student radio hit "Snow White Chook."
Graeme Humphreys is now better known in New Zealand for his role as a radio talkback host (under the name Graeme Hill).
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The group have appeared on a few CD and DVD compilations since 1991 in New Zealand. The following is a list of these albums that have featured tracks by the Able Tasmans.
Sour QueenA Cuppa Tea and a Lie Down · 1987
What Was That ThingA Cuppa Tea and a Lie Down · 1987
Hold Me IHey Spinner · 1990