Holding an important place in the heart of Australian music, MI-SEX are remembered as true pioneers in the down-under new-wave scene, transforming the turntables of Australia and New Zealand as music grew up into the 80s. And now they are back with some new games-reformatted, rebooted and retooled with a little extra RAM.
Formed in New Zealand in 1977, the group pioneered the introduction of electronic instruments into the rock genre, heading across the ditch to Australia with a string of seminal hits including People, Blue Day and of course the unstoppable ‘Computer Games’.
Recipients of seven Countdown Awards, two top ten albums and global success including charts in Austria, France, Canada, Argentina and of course their home territories, MI-SEX had an intense six-year career before calling it a day in 1985, moving on to other projects. After the tragic passing of Gilpin in 1992, the continuing band members of Don Martin, Murray Burns, Paul Dunningham and Colin Bayley became close once more, eventually re-forming on stage in 2011 to fundraise for the Christchurch Earthquake appeal before getting together more permanently to hit the road once more.
“For MI-SEX, lightning does strike the same place twice. These were the words going through my mind as I stood front row last Saturday night witnessing one of New Zealand’s greatest exports. Judging by the smiles both on and off the stage, and of those spilling onto the streets afterward, MI-SEX are as relevant now as they were in 1979.”
With the enigmatic Steve Balbi (Noiseworks, Electric Hippies) recruited to fill Gilpin’s sizeable frontman shoes and the addition of Travis New the band hit a new stride, combining the energy and spirit of their original line up with a new musical direction and purpose, writing again for the first time since the 80s and starting on the road to reclaim their place in the Australian music zeitgeist.