“Brain Slaves no longer exist due to the complication of having creative differences. Over the last year some of us have grown apart musically and found new priorities and directions to follow. Unfortunately, it has now become impossible to do what Brain Slaves did.”
– Jordan Morris (guitar).
Story, photos and music videos below.
Created in 2005 by models Sasha Carlson (lead vocals) and Jordan Morris (guitar – pictured above), The Coshercot Honeys went through several lineups before settling on the final roster as it stood from 2006 until the split last week – Sasha Carlson (lead vocals), Jordan Morris (guitar), Elliott Serjeant (guitar), Jacky Smylie (keys, backup vocals) and Rob Champion (drums). The band achieved a cult following in Auckland as a live act, with songs Mr Dangerous and particularly We’re all Lions achieving radio success on BFM thanks to an early push from Nick D.
At the height of their popularity, The Coshercot Honeys could pack out just about any small-medium sized Auckland venue, and were well known for their rowdy and enthusiastic fans (including me). But despite all this, the band never found commercial success and were largely overlooked by the mainstream media.
About six months prior to their move to Sydney in May 2009, the band suddenly shifted their musical direction, preferring to no longer play their popular songs, and changed their name to Brain Slaves, and (just before leaving) got matching tattoos. At the time I wrote, “I just hope for their sake that they don’t get sick of this new name anytime soon. That sh*t’s for life!” I should have added a line about breaking up. But both Jordan Morris and Sasha Carlson told me they have no regrets about the tattoo, and that it symbolises a great time in their lives and the best group of friends you could ever hope for.
The last time I saw them together was as the opening act for a few larger Sydney bands at Oxford Art Factory in November last year. They categorically refused to play any of their old songs, instead, opting for new material that largely sounded like 10 or 12 minute-long journeys into sound. The onstage cohesion and energy that had once reduced girls to quivering messes no longer seemed to exist and the fire was gone. The end was near.
This is a sad day – they were my favourite New Zealand band of all time – but I wish all the boys the best of luck in their future musical endeavours. I’ll remember them as they were in the video above, live at the King’s Arms in 2008.
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