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The 3Ds

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Years active  1988–1997, 2009-2010
Associated acts  Ghost Club
Labels  Flying Nun Records
Record label  Flying Nun Records
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Origin  Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand
Members  Denise Roughan, David Mitchell
Genres  Rock music, Pop music, Independent music
Albums  The Venus Trail, Hellzapoppin', Strange News from the Angels, Fish Tales/Swarthy Songs for, Early Recordings 1989–90

The 3Ds were an alternative pop/rock band based from Dunedin, New Zealand, together from 1988 to 1997. They recorded three albums and several EPs, the best known of which is The Venus Trail (1993). They achieved success worldwide commercial and critical in the period 1992-95.



The band was formed in May 1988 by Dominic Stones, Denise Roughan and David Saunders. The band's name refers to the members' names all starting with "D". In 1989, they were joined by David Mitchell, who introduced the twin-guitar attack which became the defining feature of the group. In addition he also made some of the cover of the albums. Among their inspirations, in addition to the Pixies, consider Black Sabbath and Fairport Convention. Their first recordings were a bunch of demos, one of which, "Meluzina Man", became their first release on the 1990 compilation Xpressway Pileup. The band made its debut for the label Flying Nun with the EP Fish Tales at the beginning of 1990, beginning a long collaboration with the label of Dunedin. Their second EP, Swarthy Songs for Swabs, and the debut album, Hellzapoppin', followed over the next two years.

The first tour in the United States was in 1992, followed by an Australian tour with the Lemonheads.

In 1992, the band played with Nirvana in New Zealand.

Their second album was The Venus Trail, released in 1993. This included their best known singles: "Hey Seuss" and "Beautiful Things".

In 1994, they returned to the U.S. for a three-month tour.

The 3Ds toured with Pavement in New Zealand and Australia. Following this, The 3Ds played two stadium shows supporting U2 on their Zoo TV tour in New Zealand. An associate of the band took a bottle of wine from U2's dressing room without permission, leading the concert promoter to inform The 3Ds that they would not be paid for their performance. However, Bono was in the room at the time, and insisted that The 3Ds be paid double, and given an additional bottle of wine.

In 1997, the band released its third album, Strange News from the Angels.

The band announced their split in early 1997.

In July 2009, the 3Ds got back together to play two shows at the Merge Records 20th anniversary festival, held in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

In 2010, the 3Ds toured New Zealand, including the inaugural Laneways festival.

This was followed by an invitation to play the Pavement curated All Tomorrows Parties festival in the UK.

Featured appearances

  • (1995) Abbasalutely (Flying Nun Records) - "Mama Mia"
  • (1997) Topless Women Talk About Their Lives (Flying Nun Records) - "Hey Seuss", "Animal" and "Spooky"
  • (1999) Scarfies (Flying Nun Records) - "Outer Space"
  • Members

  • Dominic Stones — drums
  • Denise Roughan — bass, keyboards, tambourine, vocals
  • David Saunders — guitar, vocals
  • David Mitchell — guitar, mandolin, vocals
  • Songs

    Hey SeussThe Venus Trail · 1993
    Beautiful ThingsThe Venus Trail · 1993
    Meluzina ManSwarthy Songs for Swabs · 1990


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