October 11, 1989
Auckland, New Zealand
May 14, 2021
ROB SEZ: Honestly, I'm not that familiar with The 3Ds, so I don't have a lot to say about this blazing live set. Thankfully, the taper and uploader, mrpember, had some comments. I quote him verbatim, with my deep thanks for his generosity:
Great set from this great New Zealand noise-pop band. Their album The Venus Trail had just been released in the U.S. on Merge Records so this was a bit of a 'showcase' for the label and it went extremely well, they got a legitimate encore which was rare for an opening band. The board mix took a few songs to dial in but for most of this set it is excellent.
As I normally did after recording bands who were on their label, I dropped a cassette of this show off at the Merge Records office in Chapel Hill the day after the show. I got a call later that day or the next day asking if I could drop off three more copies, the band thought it was one of the best shows they'd ever played and really liked the tape and each member wanted a copy.
They were the second band that night, following the Raymond Brake and followed by The Archers of Loaf (who seemed a bit intimidated to follow them).