The 3Ds

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The 3Ds
The 3Ds, at the Windmill, Blenheim Gardens (Brixton, London).jpg
Background information
Origin Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand
Genres Rock
Years active 1988–1997, 2009-2010
Labels Flying Nun Records
Associated acts Ghost Club
Members Dominic Stones
Denise Roughan
David Saunders
Dave Mitchell

The 3Ds were an alternative pop/rock band based from Dunedin, New Zealand, together from 1988 to 1997. They recorded three albums and several EPs, the best known of which is The Venus Trail (1993). They achieved success worldwide commercial and critical in the period 1992-95.[1]


The band was formed in May 1988 by Dominic Stones, Denise Roughan and David Saunders. The band's name refers to the members' names all starting with "D". In 1989, they were joined by David Mitchell, who introduced the twin-guitar attack which became the defining feature of the group. In addition he also made some of the cover[clarification needed] of the albums. Among their inspirations, in addition to the Pixies, consider Black Sabbath and Fairport Convention.[clarification needed] Their first recordings were a bunch of demos, one of which, "Meluzina Man", became their first release on the 1990 compilation Xpressway Pileup. The band made its debut for the label Flying Nun with the EP Fish Tales at the beginning of 1990, beginning a long collaboration with the label of Dunedin. Their second EP, Swarthy Songs for Swabs, and the debut album, Hellzapoppin', followed over the next two years.[1]

The first tour in the United States was in 1992, followed by an Australian tour with the Lemonheads.[2]

In 1992, the band played with Nirvana in New Zealand.[2][3]

Their second album was The Venus Trail, released in 1993. This included their best known singles: "Hey Seuss" and "Beautiful Things".[3]

In 1994, they returned to the U.S. for a three-month tour.[3]

The 3Ds toured with Pavement in New Zealand and Australia. Following this, The 3Ds played two stadium shows supporting U2 on their Zoo TV tour in New Zealand.[3] An associate of the band took a bottle of wine from U2's dressing room without permission, leading the concert promoter to inform The 3Ds that they would not be paid for their performance. However, Bono was in the room at the time, and insisted that The 3Ds be paid double, and given an additional bottle of wine.[4]

In 1997, the band released its third album, Strange News from the Angels.[5]

The band announced their split in early 1997.[1]

In July 2009, the 3Ds got back together to play two shows at the Merge Records 20th anniversary festival, held in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.[6]

In 2010, the 3Ds toured New Zealand, including the inaugural Laneways festival.[7]

This was followed by an invitation to play the Pavement curated All Tomorrows Parties festival in the UK.[8]



Year Title Details Peak chart
1992 Hellzapoppin' 24
1993 The Venus Trail 12
1996 Strange News from the Angels
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.


Year Title Details Peak chart
1990 Fish Tales
1991 Swarthy Songs For Swabs
1994 Caterwauling
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.


Year Title Details Peak chart
1991 Fish Tales/Swarthy Songs for Swabs
2011 We Bury The Living: Early Recordings 1989-90
  • Label (NZ): Flying Nun Records
  • Catalogue: FNCD508
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Featured appearances[edit]


Year Title Peak chart positions Album
1992 "Outer Space" Hellzapoppin
1993 "Beautiful Things" 49 The Venus Trail
"Hey Seuss"
1996 "Dust" Strange News from the Angels
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.



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