Wendyhouse have been around since 1992 when Bryce "Mr Pudding" Galloway, EE monk and an itinerant percussionist climbed into a windowless dollshouse (or Wendyhouse) to perform songs from the future. Their future was the year 2032 and the venue for this Sci-fi nonsense was Auckland's (NZ) Artspace gallery and Soundwatch festival.
14 years later, Wendyhouse are still going. The time between has seen the release of five cassettes, five CDs and one seven inch single. Wendyhouse have toured New Zealand on several occassions as well as popping up at various art events throughout. Wendyhouse often flesh out the two-piece line up with help from various sympathetic freaks. Mr Snakes and Martin "Webclaw" Scott have been the most regular extra personel to feature, though Maya Haettenschwiller has been the most recent player, helping out on the group's recent NZ tour.
The music of Wendyhouse was initially played on toy musical instruments only. Instruments for big kids were gradually introduced. In more recent years a fondness for chance recording has seen much of the groups music become increasingly abstract.
However, the the most recent Wendyhouse project saw the group return to their "inverted pop" roots with the release of The Wendyhouse Christmas Album and subsequent NZ tour. The album project started unwittingly back in 1998 when radio New Zealand's William Dart commissioned Wendyhouse to write a "Santa Song" for a special on the Santa Song as novelty genre. Wendyhouse paired their offering with another, not Santa, but Christmas song, and having enjoyed the experience decided to do the same every year until an album's worth of material was realised. What started as an absurd dare became more and more of a reality as each year Wendyhouse completed a two-song Christmas single for student radio and fan club members. 2005 saw songs fifteen and sixteen bring up the album.
The Wendyhouse Christmas Show (a national tour) celebrated the album live, almost in its entirity. Performances took place - from Dunedin to Auckland - in the days preceeding Christmas '05. EE monk has since returned to his life and wife in Germany. No immediate plans for this long-in-the-tooth, long distance, group of longevity, perhaps another national tour and some new stale recordings on EE's NZ return in 2009. Perhaps some Wendyhouse action in Germany...