The Puddle album No Love - No Hate is the NZ psych-pop pioneers first album of new recordings in over 15 years and was released in 2007.
The Puddle, a revolving line-up of musicians assembled around the unstable core of George D. Henderson, have been around, in one form or another, since 1984. Three albums and a 7” single on Flying Nun between 1986 and 1993 attracted critical appreciation and notoriety in equal measures for “pop as shambling and sweet as you could possibly imagine”. In 1993 The Puddle toughened up and recorded the definitive brainy outsider rock album, “Songs for Emily Valentine”, but, apart from a 1995 single on a French label, the SFEV recordings were not released until 2005. In late in 2005 The Puddle recorded 25 tracks at Inca studio in Wellington, the best dozen or so of which are planned for release in 2008 as an album called Playboys in the Bush.
But George continued to write even more new songs. Recording these at his brother’s home studio in Dunedin in 2007. The resulting album - "No Love - No Hate" - has little in common with the full band Puddle album recorded in Wellington; if that’s a turbocharged Ferrari, this is a three speed bike with a basket and a bell that rings, of mainly sentimental value. That said, No Love – No Hate is the perfect prequel to their next great album and adds a further unexpected twist in the long, strange and frequently derailed odyssey of this unique NZ musical institution.
Tracklist: ""No Sequels", "I've Lost My Way In", "This World", "Hudibras", "The Sorry Bus", "Back Before You Came", "Home Is Where", "Love In Blues Minor", "The Beast Within" and "Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye".