Dimmer (band)

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Dimmer 01.jpg
Live at The Step Inn, Brisbane 2008
Background information
Origin New Zealand
Genres Alternative rock
Years active 1994–2012
Labels Flying Nun Records
Members Shayne Carter - guitar, vocals
Gary Sullivan - drums
James Duncan - guitar
Vaughn Williams - bass
Past members Nick Roughan
Constantine Karlis
Kelly Steven
Ned Ngatae
Willy Scott
Andy Morton
Mike Hall
Peter Jefferies
Chris Heazlewood

Dimmer was a musical group from New Zealand. The driving force behind the band is Shayne Carter, a prominent New Zealand musician and member of such bands as Straitjacket Fits and Double Happys. The band have released four full length albums, "I Believe You Are A Star", "You've Got To Hear The Music", "There My Dear" and "Degrees of Existence". Carter has been the only permanent member of the band since its inception, and regularly uses other prominent musicians in the studio. "You've Got To Hear The Music" included backing vocals from Anika Moa and Bic Runga. Their third album, "There My Dear", was released on 24 July 2006 and is a return to a more rock-based sound reminiscent of Straitjacket Fits' last album "Blow".

Carter disbanded Dimmer in 2012 with a series of final concerts in Auckland and Wellington.[1][2]



Year Title Details Peak chart
2001 I Believe You Are A Star
  • Released: 21 May 2001
  • Label: Sony Music
  • Catalogue: 5024222000
2004 You've Got To Hear the Music 19
2006 There My Dear 7
2007 All Looks The Same At Night
  • Released: 6 March 2006
  • Label: Rogue Records
  • Catalogue: R6313CD
2009 Degrees of Existence
  • Released: 27 July 2009
  • Label: Dimmer Ltd (Warner)
  • Catalogue: 5186551402
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.


Year Title Peak chart positions Album
1995 "Crystalator" Non-album single
1996 "Don't Make Me Buy Out Your Silence"
1999 "Evolution" I Believe You Are A Star
2003 "Getting What You Give" You've Got To Hear The Music
2008 "Degrees of Existence" Degrees Of Existence
"Cold Water"
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.


  1. ^ Kara, Scott (17 May 2012). "Shayne Carter says it's time to switch off Dimmer". The New Zealand Herald (APN Holdings (NZ) Ltd). Retrieved 23 January 2013. 
  2. ^ "Shayne Carter Announces Final Dimmer Shows". Under the Radar. Retrieved 23 January 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "DIMMER IN NEW ZEALAND CHARTS". Charts.org.nz. Retrieved 26 May 2013. 
  4. ^ "Gold and platinum New Zealand albums to 2013". Te Ara. Encyclopedia of NZ. Retrieved 19 July 2015. 

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External links[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/there-my-dear-mw0001897440/credits
  2. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Dimmer-Crystalator/release/263901