The D4

The D4
The D4
Origin Auckland, New Zealand
Genres Garage rock revival
Years active 1998–2006
Labels Hollywood Records/Flying Nun Records/Infectious Records/l.b.W Ent Records
Past members
David Palmer
Dustin Christmas
Dewy Williams
Darel Pooley

The D4 was a rock band from Auckland, New Zealand. Their music was released by Hollywood Records in the U.S., Flying Nun Records in New Zealand and by Infectious Records in the UK.

The group was assembled by vocalist/guitarists David Palmer and Dustin Christmas, who put together a collection of songs and built a four-piece combo, featuring founding members English Jake and Rich Mixture, during late 1998 and started playing at the Frisbee Leisure Lounge parties along Symonds Street, followed shortly thereafter by inner city pub gigs. They have also played at the Big Day Out and at the SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas.

The group's debut EP was released by Flying Nun Records in 1999 featuring the tracks "Girl" and "Come On!". The band was later enhanced by members Dewy Williams (Vaughn) (bass) and Darel Pooley (Beaver) (drums). After the success of The Strokes and The White Stripes, The D4 and fellow New Zealand garage rock band The Datsuns became a critical and popular hit in the UK and Japan.[citation needed] The D4 went on a UK tour supporting The Hives.

As of May 2006, Breakfast announced that after eight years, the D4, would be taking an indefinite break from the music industry. After the split, Rich Mixture went on to replace Paul Robertson as the drummer of The Rock n Roll Machine, bassist Vaughn joined Shocking Pinks, an Auckland based indie pop act and Dustin Christmas formed the rock group Luger Boa who have supported Shihad on tour. Most recently, Dion has moved to NYC, formed a new band called The True Lovers and also plays bass in A Place to Bury Strangers.

The D4's track "Get Loose" has been featured in several Bacardi Rum commercials in the United States.

Their album 6twenty is an emotional tribute to their insatiable desire to party, and is shown through their clever album name '6twenty' [(6x20)/40=3]. This is perfect because every one in the band loved to drink 40s, aside from Dewy who didn't partake in drinking, but instead was more of a social pot head. Not to say he wasn't as much as a partier as the rest, because he did have his bouts of hard drug abuse which included methamphetemines and cocaine.




The D4 on their earliest tour to Japan, at Shinjuku-Jam Photo: Masao Nakagami
Date of Release Title Label Charted Country Catalog Number
October 2001 6twenty Flying Nun Records - - FNCD449
2002 6twenty Limited Vinyl Edition Flying Nun Records 28 NZ[1]
14 March 2005 Out Of My Head Flying Nun Records - - FNCD491
14 March 2005 Out of My Head Limited Edition Flying Nun Records 17 NZ FNCD495
September 1999 The D4 Flying Nun Records - - FNCD439

Featured appearances

The group have appeared on some compilations and soundtracks since the early 2000s. The following is a list of these albums that have featured tracks by The D4.


Year Single Album Charted Certification
2000 "Ladies Man" 6twenty UK #41[2] -
2002 "Rock'n'Roll Motherfucker" 6twenty - -
2002 "Party" 6twenty - -
2002 "Come On!" 6twenty UK #50[2] -
2002 "Get Loose" 6twenty UK #64[2] -
2003 "Exit To The City" 6twenty - -
2004 "Sake Bomb" Out Of My Head - -
2005 "What I Want" Out Of My Head - -
2005 "Feel It Like It" Out Of My Head - -

See also


  1. ^
  2. ^ a b c Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 132. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 

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