12 Aug 2023

NZ Live: Strawpeople

From NZ Live, 4:00 pm on 12 August 2023
Fiona and Paul, Strawpeople

Photo: supplied / Strawpeople

Trail-blazing electro-pop duo Strawpeople have just released their first album in 19 years - Knucklebones.

Back in 1995, Strawpeople won a Silver Scroll for their song 'Sweet Disorder' and in 1997 their album Vicarious was NZ Album of the Year.

Band members Fiona McDonald and Paul Casserly stopped making music as Strawpeople in 2004. Now, 19 years on, they're back with the new album Knucklebones.

Fiona tells Jesse Mulligan she and Paul have been friends for 40 years and catching up at a 50th birthday a few years ago, decided to make another Strawpeople album.

Listen to / read Tony Stamp's review of Knucklebones"crackles with the energy of a rekindled creative partnership" 

Fiona McDonald and Paul Casserly of the electronic music duo Strawpeople

Fiona McDonald and Paul Casserly of the electronic music duo Strawpeople Photo: Strawpeople / Facebook

Their signature sound still has a place in the hearts of many Kiwis, she says.

"Ninety-nine percent of the time when someone recognises me from Strawpeople they say 'I travelled around Europe with you in my backpack, I broke up to you, I shifted flats to you'."

In 2018, Fiona performed with her former band Headless Chickens at Auckland's The Others Way festival. Although she came off stage "feeling like Beyoncé", that was the last Headless Chickens gig ever.

Not so for Strawpeople who plan to perform live next year, Paul says.

Fiona McDonald and Paul Casserly in a Strawpeople video

Strawpeople in 2013 Photo: 2013 Simon Grigg

Strawpeople played:

'Trick With a Knife'

'Dream Child'

'Taller Than God'

'Second Heart'

'Baby It's You' (a cover of the 1978 song by Promises)

Music videos:


Strawpeople on RNZ:

Strawpeople live at RNZ (2018)

The Mixtape: Fiona McDonald

Musical Chairs - Fiona McDonald

The Mixtape: Paul Casserly

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