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One day I wandered onto Iris DeMent’s Facebook page. It’s ‘unofficial’. Don’t know if Iris keeps a watch. Fans leave messages of support and love. I read one post from a guy asking if she was the Iris DeMent he went to school with, and then he gave a lot of details about the DeMent family who used to sit in the pew behind his family at church. It struck me that this guy could have worked out very quickly whether he was onto the right Iris. A quick internet search would have done the trick. But of course he wasn’t really looking for Iris.


from New Spirit, released October 11, 2012
"If there is a better song released this year than the beautifully observed and sung (complete with neatly timed multi voice chorus) Kathleen - wherein creative core and songwriter Damien Wilkins channels prime Go Betweens - I'll be surprised. There's plenty more to get excited about as well." mysterex.blogspot.co.nz

Damien Wilkins - vocals, acoustic guitar
Craig Terris - drums, percussion, bass, 12-string guitar, backing vocals
Felix Bornholdt - keyboards

Mixed by Craig Terris and Tom Watson at The Surgery, Wellington
Mastered by Mike Gibson at Bonfire Audio, Wellington


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The Close Readers Wellington, New Zealand

Formed in 2010, this band records the songs of New Zealand fiction writer Damien Wilkins.

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