Experimental noise band the Skeptics are best known for their 1987 single 'AFFCO' (named after a meat processing company) and its controversial video. For devoted fans, the band's mix of what Flying Nun founder Roger Shepherd calls "chopped up bits of sound" with vocalist David D'Ath's enigmatic lyrics makes the Skeptics one of New Zealand's most fascinating bands. Simon Ogston's feature-length documentary explores the band's Palmerston North origins, and interviews band members and collaborators. The presence of D'Ath looms large; his untimely death at age 26 ended the Skeptics' singular musical journey.
It's a cartoon of horror...for us it was like Motorhead's 'Ace of Spades' played on a lot of mushrooms and acid, by a Flying Nun band.– Shihad frontman Jon Toogood on notorious 1987 Skeptics single 'AFFCO'
Interview with director Simon Ogston & Skeptics members Robin Gauld & John Halvorsen, Radio New Zealand, July 2013
Interview with director Simon Ogston, Under the Radar website, July 2013
Interview with Simon Ogston, The Otago Daily Times, August 2013
Musician Chris Matthews pays tribute to Skeptics vocalist David D'Ath, Rip It Up, 1990