Members of Thela: Dean Roberts, Dion Workman, Paul Douglas (2)

Discography of Thela:

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 Argentina 6 Audio 1996 Ecstatic Peace!
2 Untitled 5 Audio 1995 Ecstatic Peace!
3 Untitled 6 Audio 1994 Crawlspace Records (2)
4 Untitled 2 Audio 1994 Not On Label

Thela began in early 1992 when [b]Dean Roberts[/b] and [b]Dion Workman[/b] started playing together and coalesced as a band when they met [b]Paul Douglas[/b] (later aka [b]Rosy Parlane[/b]) in September of that year. Thela sprung to prominence in 1995 from the then‐burgeoning Auckland, New Zealand free‐music scene; Their discography up to that time consisting of just three extremely limited, self-released recordings: a [i]s/t[/i] cassette [approx. 50 copies], a [i]s/t[/i] 12" Peter King lathe [??? # of copies], followed by a [i]s/t[/i] triple 8" Peter King lathe [20 copies] released on the [l=Crawlspace] label. These recordings were made by Dean Roberts and Dion Workman, both on guitar.

In 1995, after unsuccessfully persuding Forced Exposure's Jimmy Johnson to distribute their lathes, Thurston Moore contacted the band about releasing a CD on his [b]Ecstatic Peace![/b] imprint after hearing their 12" and a cassette sent to Lee Ranaldo from the band. There was an American tour in early 1996 supporting the [b]Thurston Moore/Tom Surgal[/b] duo, during which they recorded their second (and final) album. Friction between members began to develop, and on return to New Zealand, Thela unofficially disbanded.

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