Weekly Roundup Friday 30th July

C.C. / Image: Wax Chattels
/ Friday 30th July, 2021 5:07PM



Friday 30th July

Auckland: Carb On Carb, Model Home, KTMP – Whammy Bar

Auckland: Psychic Maps, Rope, Wrong Things – Whammy Backroom

Auckland: A Room That Echoes Night 2 – Audio Foundation

Auckland: Connan Mockasin – Hollywood Cinema
Thames: Edward Castelow, O And The Mo – The Back Room @ Lotus Realm

Hamilton: Tipene – Nivara Lounge

Gisborne: Lizard Prom – Smash Palace

Palmerston North: Live and Loud – The Stomach

Paekakariki: Sin City — St Peter’s Hall
Wellington: Jed Parsons – San Fran

Wellington: Oh Sweet Nothings, Extra Butter, Oscar Doorne – MOON

Nelson: Pickle Darling – The Boathouse

Wanaka: The Slinks – Fitzpatrick’s Irish Pub

Christchurch: French For Rabbits – Cassels Blue Smoke

Christchurch: Lips, Phoebe Rings – Space Academy

Christchurch: ALT90 – Alternative 90s Dance Party – darkroom

Christchurch: Eighties Forever – Wunderbar, Lyttelton

Dunedin: Wax Chattels, Night Lunch, Dale Kerrigan – Dive

Dunedin: Negative Space Club – XYZ

Saturday 31st July

Mangawhai: Sojourn, Bermuda Wave, Bliss – Mangawhai Tavern

Auckland: Crone, Bbyfacekilla, Native Bush, Oil Grace, Samara Alofa, Ursula Le Sin – Whammy Backroom

Auckland: A Room That Echoes 3 & 4 – Audio Foundation

Auckland: Jinetero MC and band – Ponsonby Social Club

Auckland: Cootie Cuties, Macho Macho, Nervous Jerk, Otts – Whammy Bar

Auckland: Power Nap, Memory Foam – 605 Morningside Drinkery

Napier: Lizard Prom – Paisley Stage

Paekakariki: Jed Parsons – St Peter’s Hall

Wellington: Tiny Ruins – San Fran

Wellington: Sin City – MOON

Wellington: Silicon, King Sweeties, Wiri Donna, Soft Plastics, Michael Llewellyn – Parrotdog Bar

Onekaka: Pickle Darling – Mussel Inn

Christchurch: Wax Chattels, Night Lunch, Dale Kerrigan – Wunderbar, Lyttelton

Dunedin: French For Rabbits – Port Chalmers Town Hall

Dunedin: Lips, Phoebe Rings – Dive
Dunedin: Midnight Caffeine, Saurian – The Crown Hotel

Head over to our GIG GUIDE for more listings!


Listen To Nice Girls Debut Album Ipsum

Chris Cudby
/ Friday 30th July, 2021 3:24PM


A regular headliner at Friendly Potential club events, the debut album from Melbourne / Aotearoa electronic artist Nice Girl is out today via Munich-based imprint Public Possession, who’ve also been releasing Eden Burns‘ ongoing Big Beat Manifesto series of EPs. Generating dance floor energy in a transcendent manner that may make you wish to ditch the office grind and get amongst early on a Friday, Nice Girl’s thirteen track opus Ipsum is poetically described by the label as "rooted in the common ground that is home to all of us: the soil that nurtures flora & fauna, the air we breath, the water we drink, the sun & moon that shine upon our bodies." You can catch Nice Girl live in Tāmaki Makaurau at the rescheduled Catacombs festival as part of Elemental Nights 2021, now happening on 8th and 9th October. Prep your ears with the stream below, featuring the aforementioned Burns on the vibe-soaked ‘Yardmaster Pt. II’…

‘Ipsum’ is out today via Public Possession, vinyl preorders are available via Nice Girl’s Bandcamp page here.


Watch La Cocos Video For New Single Gone

Annabel Kean / Friday 30th July, 2021 2:10PM


Waiata Māori Music Award winner and Pacific Music Award nominee La Coco returns with ‘Gone’, a beat heavy track featuring lyrics exploring the ideas of love and loss. Through organisation Oceans Before Me, La Coco linked up with mentors and Polynesian Panthers members Tigilau Ness, Melani Anae and Alec Toleafoa, which sparked new themes in her songwriting, specifically the grief of leaving your home and never going back: "When our people migrated and moved away, they had left People, Land and Precious things behind. And this is hard to part with let alone live with the feeling that they may never see these again". Made with support from NZ On Air, Euphoric Co. provide the buzzy otherworldly visuals for ‘Gone’. Take the time to listen closely to La Coco’s lyrics, then listen again for the slick Malachi Samulelu production and Freedom Setu‘s backing vocals…

La Coco’s EP ‘Too Far Gone’ is due for release later this year.


Empress Announce Spring Tour Ft TOOMS Repairs HalfTime More

Annabel Kean / Friday 30th July, 2021 1:36PM


Self-described as "if Chelsea Wolf and the Melvins had a reggae baby and fed it to Courtney Love", Empress are here to impress on their forthcoming spring tour. The festivities launch on Hamilton home turf with support from Kirikiriroa heavy hitters Glass Shards, Wairehu Grant’s punk project Half/Time and the soulful stylings of TeamSquad – all to coincide with their Trash Dynasty EP release day Friday the 10th of September. From there, empresses Craig Gilliver and Lora Thompson zig and zag a path through Tauranga, Raglan, Auckland, Takaka and Pōneke, making sweet grungy memories with support acts TOOMS, Repairs, Ingrid And The Ministers and more. No matter your nearest Empress escapade, you’re in for a treat. Dates, deets and tickets here…

Empress Spring Tour

Friday 10th September – Mesoverse, Hamilton w/ Glass Shards, Half/Time, TeamSquad

Saturday 11th September – The Hop House, Mt Maunganui w/ Wave Pig, Hoick

Saturday 18th September – The Yot Club, Raglan w/ TeamSquad, Battlecat

Saturday 25th September – Wine Cellar, Auckland w/ TOOMS, Repairs

Friday 1st October – Roots Bar, Takaka w/ DJ Trashfire

Saturday 2nd October – Newtown Sports Bar, Wellington w/ Ingrid And The Ministers, Seismic State

Tickets available HERE via UTR

Get your head bang on to ‘No Tomorrow’ from Empress’ forthcoming EP Trash Dynasty…

Empress’ debut EP ‘Trash Dynasty’ is out September 10th on streaming services.


Rick Shrimp Drops St Petersburg Ultraviolet EP Video

Chris Cudby
/ Friday 30th July, 2021 11:32AM


Injecting an invigorating dose of low key funk into last year’s Two Daze compilation of Aotearoa artists, Rick Shrimp has announced himself in a big way with today’s double-song drop of ‘St Petersburg‘ and ‘Ultraviolet‘. Bringing the boogie in a time-defying style that calls to mind the crate-digging output of Washington DC imprint PPU, Shrimp has also released an enigmatic clip for ‘St Petersburg’ — presumably shedding light on the Tāmaki Makaurau-based musical entertainer’s cool and sophisticated pre-show routine. Although details about Shrimp initially verged on nonexistent, thankfully we received the following facts this morning via the UTR hotline

"Rick Shrimp (Ричард Шрим) is a 56 year old entertainer. His hobbies include spearfishing and traditional archery. In 1978, he ranked #43 in the Eurovision DJ Championships in Belgrade. His debut album Never Challenge Me was released to massive local acclaim, however its lyrical content saw him arrested for "disrespect", essentially ending his career… Until now. Thanks to the hard work of a penpal from the island of New Zealand, Rick Shrimp is now living in West Auckland, and working on his comeback special!"

‘St Petersburg / Ultraviolet’ is out now via major streaming services.


Live Photos Connan Mockasin Hollywood Theatre Auckland

Annabel Kean / Connor Crawford / Friday 30th July, 2021 10:55AM


Excuse me while I add oversized suit jacket and floppy bowtie to my spring wardrobe wishlist after a glossy Connan Mockasin wore the hell out of that fit at the first of two sold out Hollywood Avondale shows last night. One of the very last events in the Elemental Nights series, save for Dope Lemon and Mild Orange’s zesty Auckland Town Hall knees up in September, Mockasin performed for an enthralled Thursday crowd, preceded by a special film screening from his ongoing Bostyn ’n Dobsyn series. Frequent Undertheradar contributor Connor Crawford was amongst the hustle and bustle, camera in hand, and captured Mockasin and his teeny tiny moustache in the dramatic lighting of the Hollywood theatre. Click the below thumbnails to experience the night that was…

Friday 30th July – Connan Mockasin Unplugged, Bost’n ‘n Dobs’n Plugged, Hollywood Theatre (Elemental Nights)
Tickets HERE via Live Nation

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Carb On Carb Share Single Video Be My Mirror

Chris Cudby
/ Friday 30th July, 2021 10:36AM


Absolute dynamos live, Tāmaki-based duo Carb on Carb bust out a head-spinning array of catchy hooks on their uplifting new song ‘Be My Mirror’. The first song Nicole Gaffney and James Stuteley wrote together after released their 2018 album For Ages, the tender yet punchy tune was recorded by Harry Lilley at The Stomach and has been brought to visual life in a video directed by Earth Tongue’s Ezra Simons, made with support from NZ On Air. Exuding a warm and nostalgic analogue aura, the clip captures the duo in holiday mode, having fun and jamming out in scenic rural spots throughout Aotearoa (shoutout to the particularly great Space Jam t-shirt too). Don’t miss the pair celebrating the launch of ‘Be My Mirror’ tonight at Whammy Bar, with buds Model Home, KTMP and Babyteeth

”From the start, we had decided this video should be fun to make, because our best videos from the past were also fun to make. I think that really shows in the finished product.” — James Stuteley

Carb On Carb, Model Home, KTMP, Babyteeth

Friday 30th July – Whammy Bar, Auckland

Tickets available HERE via UTR

’Be My Mirror’ is out now on major streaming services and Carb on Carb’s Bandcamp page.


Dimmer I Believe You Are A Star Vinyl Reissue Announced

Chris Cudby / Photo credit: Esta de Jong
/ Friday 30th July, 2021 8:48AM


One of the key headliners of Flying Nun’s 40th Birthday extravaganza at Auckland Town Hall last Saturday with Straitjacket Fits, Dunedin icon Shayne P. Carter‘s full focus will be on his darkly soulful project Dimmer in the months ahead. Those with their ear to the ground already know Carter has assembled a stellar band to celebrate Dimmer’s 2001 debut album I Believe You Are A Star with shows all across Aotearoa this spring, supported by Proteins of Magic, and now a limited vinyl LP reissue of the breakout record has been announced to coincide with the tour. Releasing on dreamy deep blue coloured vinyl (which you can gaze longingly at below), I Believe You Are A Star is available via pre-order HERE and can be collected at one of the upcoming shows, or you can roll the dice that there’ll be physical copies still available at your friendly local record store from 10th September onwards. Don’t miss Carter with full live band including Gary Sullivan (JPSE), James Duncan, Nick Roughan (Skeptics), Louisa Nicklin, Neive Strang and Lachlan Anderson (Die Die Die) at the following dates…

UnderTheRadar proudly presents…

Dimmer I Believe You Are A Star 20th Anniversary Tour

Saturday 11th September – Blue Smoke, Christchurch w/ Proteins of Magic*

Friday 17th September – San Fran, Wellington*

Saturday 18th September – San Fran, Wellington [sold out] w/ Proteins of Magic*

Friday 24th September – Mercury Theatre, Auckland w/ Proteins of Magic

Saturday 25th September – Mercury Theatre, Auckland [sold out] w/ Proteins of Magic

Saturday 2nd October – Mayfair Theatre, Dunedin w/ Proteins of Magic

*Tickets available HERE via UTR 
Auckland tickets available HERE

Dunedin tickets available HERE

Experience the vintage video for the title track to I Believe You Are A Star…

Vinyl LP preorders of ‘I Believe You Are A Star’ are available HERE.


Listen To The Title Track For No Romances Unfold EP

Chris Cudby
/ Thursday 29th July, 2021 3:01PM


Currently based in Berlin yet repping a solid Aotearoa connection, No Romance dropped late last week their captivating dark electronic post-punk gem ‘Unfold‘, the title track to a forthcoming four song collection launching in August. Exuding gothic melodrama from every synthetic pulse, the spine-tingling tune hits like sonic catnip for club-loving creatures of the night. Produced by Nick Roughan (Skeptics) and mastered by Amelia Berry (Amamelia), ‘Unfold’ definitely makes us keen to hear what Lucy Holliday, Isaac Hickey (Astro Children) and Joel Ivan Thomas have up their sleeves for the rest of the EP — listen below…

“Unfold is about reconnecting with oneself, one’s body, and the newfound energy that comes whilst re-emerging from a breakup.” – Lucy Holliday.

No Romance’s ‘Unfold’ EP launches on Friday 20th August.


Troy Kingi and Diggy Dup Drop Video For My Heart Never Sleeps

Annabel Kean / Thursday 29th July, 2021 2:18PM


Maybe Troy Kingi‘s long game is to write a self help book, because I would like to know what his secret is to working on three different massive projects at once. No, there isn’t more news on his Delaney Davidson collaborative album Black Sea Golden Ladder (touring next month), nor is it another single with Pōneke psych heroes The Nudge, nope! Kingi, Diggy Dupé and choicevaughan feature on the first single released from The Panthers official soundtrack. ‘My Heart Never Sleeps’ is a soul affirming slice from the soon to be released six-part drama series The Panthers, chronicling the epic history of Aotearoa’s Polynesian Panthers. Get pumped for the series and its no doubt killer soundtrack with the official video for ‘My Heart Never Sleeps’, created with support from NZ On Air


Watch Thee Golden Geeses Video For GGBB Good Guys Bad Band

Annabel Kean / Thursday 29th July, 2021 12:38PM


Tāmaki Makaurau lovers of rock’n’roll Thee Golden Geese have shared rippin’ new hooner ‘GGBB’ — ‘Good Guys, Bad Band’. If by ‘Bad’ they mean ‘B-B-B-B-Bad to the bone‘ I couldn’t agree more, because what’s cooler than getting together with your pals and having a blast starting a band? Thee Golden Geese suggest you hit them with a "you guys were really energetic", a "that crowd were into it" or the best feedback of all: the humble thumbs up. The golden quartet of Dave Taylor, Matthew Crawley, James Dansey and Gareth Shute demonstrate how to pop a thumby in the ‘GGBB’ video, featuring cameo thumbs (both up and down) from celebrities such as Jim Carrey, Batman, Emma Stone, Minion and more. Watch this space, ‘GGBB’ will feature on Thee Golden Geese’s forthcoming album, out "some time in 2021 or 2022"…

‘GGBB’ features on Thee Golden Geese’s album due out in 2021 or 2022.


Listen To Strange Behaviours Ambient Maladies Compilation

Chris Cudby
/ Thursday 29th July, 2021 12:13PM


Based in Pōneke, Strange Behaviour have been hosting top tier club events, spinning tunes on their Behaving Strangely Saturday show on Radio Active and have just unfurled their second release as an independent imprint Ambient Maladies, following Ludus‘ superb recent debut album Two of the Same. A ten track compilation of deep listening cuts and impressionistic soundscapes from Current Bias, Jet Jaguar, Arcology, the aforementioned Ludus and more, Ambient Maladies is described succinctly as "a selection of atmospheres, vignettes and expressions from Aotearoa New Zealand." Sounding absolutely primo to these ears, lose yourself inside the stream below and cop a highly covetable limited edition cassette via the label’s Bandcamp page here.


Karl Steven Shares Single Video Freedom Bells Announces Album

Annabel Kean / Photo credit: Paul Taylor / Thursday 29th July, 2021 11:54AM


Award-winning soundtrack composer Karl Steven, the latest gem in the Sunreturn Records crown, today unleashes the lead track from his just-announced forthcoming album All Of Human Emotion On Microfiche. Not even a week has passed since Steven shared Whakaari, the most recent addition to his impressive compendium of film scores, and he’s already donned his noise artist hat to share single ‘Freedom Bells’. Closer to the realm of his creations as one half of Queen Neptune, ‘Freedom Bells’ lulls you into a false sense of soundscape before fully enveloping the listener in glitched out fuzz, crunch and idiophones. Courtesy of Mindfulness For Machines aka Marcel Bellvé (Crap Date, Lipsink), the new cut arrives with suitably unwieldy visuals, the tasty result of computer generated "pretty mistakes". Whip up your own neon nightmare using Bellvé’s recipe:

"First, generate some noise. Then add noise to the noise and spin. The gas should be on. Add a pinch of particle simulation (fun but not necessary). Now, get out your trusty pixel sorter and blend. While that’s happening, ask Karl Steven if you can drop some of his music into the mix. He’ll say "yes". Now we’re cooking. Taste. Let Karl taste. He’ll say something like "how about some New Order?". He’s half right. Add equal parts New Order and also H.R. Giger. If something’s still missing, ask Karl for his face. He’ll say "yes". Add as a garnish and serve."

Karl Steven’s album ‘All Of Human Emotion On Microfiche’ is out later this year via Sunreturn Records.


Deep Water Creek Announce News From The South Album Release Tour

/ Thursday 29th July, 2021 10:17AM


Helmed by Ōtautahi songwriter Matthew Smith, Deep Water Creek have been putting the finishing touches on their debut album News From the South and will be embarking on a long-awaited celebratory launch tour this coming September and October. Last heard from on 2019’s rustic and dark-toned Set Me Free EP, Smith has been honing his craft to perfection with regular gigs throughout Aotearoa — keep your ears peeled for advance releases from the new record and don’t miss Smith with full live band at the dates below…

Deep Water Creek – ‘News From The South’ Album Release

Friday 10th September – Blue Smoke, Christchurch
Friday 17th September – Grainstore Gallery, Oamaru

Saturday 18th September – Bark!, Dunedin

Friday 15th October – The Wine Cellar, Auckland

Saturday 16th October – The Jam Factory, Tauranga*

Sunday 17th October – The Leigh Sawmill, Leigh

Tickets available HERE via UTR

*Tauranga tickets available via Winegum Records

Watch Deep Water Creek’s video for ‘Set Me Free’, the title track to their 2019 EP…

Press release:

Winegum Records, Under the Radar and Lyttelton Records present Deep Water Creek on tour this September and October as they celebrate the release of their debut full-length album ‘News From the South’. With a 6 date tour throughout NZ, they will be sounding the trumpet, banging the drum, and bringing their mastery to the masses.

Deep Water Creek is the project of Christchurch based Singer/songwriter Matthew Smith. With a strong evocative sense for words and melody, Smith has a burning desire to celebrate, commiserate, and communicate. Since recording his debut E.P with Ben Edwards (The Sitting Room), Smith has been crossing the country developing a fearsome reputation as an electric performer full of dark energy and insight not often seen. One of New Zealand’s rare and underrated talents, Smith’s band Deep Water Creek are a powerful and fitting foil for his restless inner vision.


Strange Stains Drops Single Video Man Bb

Chris Cudby
/ Wednesday 28th July, 2021 3:19PM


Currently residing in Tāmaki Makaurau, tearer-upper of dancefloors Strange Stains aka Aimee M warns "Don’t you dare turn out to be a man baby" in their dazzling video for club anthem ‘Man Bb‘. Reflecting on the very real dangers of dating in their storming new track, the electronic artist busts loose in a variety of snazzy outfits throughout director Laura Duffy‘s fabulously DIY clip — filmed at off-the-beaten-path urban locations, lit by car tail lights and even phones. Strange Stains kindly gave us the full scoop…

"Even though the song has a serious message the video was soooo much fun to make, a lot of laughs. We used my car tail lights and our phone torches for the lightning. The car’s battery ran out, but after the quick thinking of Georgette Brown and an awesome zoomy driver we were back to it. Laura edited it with Capricornia efficiency and we were so happy with how it turned out. Strange Stains character is a slutty business person that is demanding a reasonable contract. As an ia non-binary bb Aimee wanted to respond to the cis men not questioning themselves being shirtless, by being shirtless. Strange Stains believes everyone should be shirtless if they want to be, and not if they don’t want to be.

Man Bb was first played on a tour in China supporting Womb, with manager and musician Kristen Ng: Kaishandao and Laura Duffy was Vjing for us. It became the group’s end of the night dancing track and was always such a joy to play to them as they danced and yelled the lyrics with me. So it was an extra heart filled moment when two people had seen us on social media and then when we arrived at the gig and sung the lyrics, ohhhh it was so awesome.

Laura Duffy asked to make the video which was amazing because Aimee (AKA Strange Stains) just loves Laura’s work. Strange Stains had done the soundtrack to Laura’s exhibition piece !ERROR!, which is such a cool artwork."

Strange Stains is currently making a theatre piece called Com- Pash- Sion that will be in Te Whanganui-A-Tara at Meanwhile Gallery on the 19-21th August. Tickets + more info through the link in Strange Stains Instagram bio.


Interview Deva Mahal Kinship Tour of Aotearoa

Annabel Kean / Chelsea Prastiti / Wednesday 28th July, 2021 2:27PM


2021 APRA Silver Scroll shortlister Deva Mahal begins her extensive ‘Kinship’ national tour next month, taking fellow songwriting dynamo Georgia Lines along as support for all seven shows. While Georgia kindly answered a few quickfire questions for us last week, Mahal dove deep into the nitty gritty with interviewer Chelsea Prastiti, aka the brains behind neo-soul outfit Skilaa. Mahal unpacked her songwriting process, the cultural influences found in her soulful harmonies, and the myriad musical impressions her parents made on her growing up. It’s not too late to nab a ticket to one of Mahal’s shows, but we recommend your get onto it ASAP…

Deva Mahal ‘Kinship’ Tour Dates

Saturday 7th August – Loons, Lyttelton*

Sunday 8th August – The Shelter, Selwyn District

Thursday 12th August – San Fran, Wellington*

Friday 20th August – Totara St, Mount Maunganui

Saturday 21st August – The Hollywood Avondale, Auckland*

Friday 27th August – Black Barn, Havelock North*

Sunday 29th August – Sherwood, Queenstown*

*Tickets available HERE via UTR

Chelsea Prastiti: I’ve been listening to your music and my goodness, me, it’s very beautiful. I’m kind of blown away. My first favourite question to ask is what did your parents grow up listening to? What did you hear as a baby? I love knowing about this.

Deva Mahal: My parents listened to very eclectic music. Eclectic’s kind of a funny word, but really my parents — my dad always said he likes all music as long as it was good music.

Good tunes is good tunes. I like that. What a wise man.

I would probably say the only thing that I didn’t really listen to in my house from my parents was metal. I would say that metal was one of the only things that my parents probably weren’t really into.

So would you say that you got into metal yourself?

I mean, I found my way to it obviously, because I’m naturally a little rebellious and I grew up in the nineties. So I listened to a lot of different types of music and I definitely had a grunge phase. I was really into Rage Against The Machine. I definitely listened to some punk music, I listened to The Sex Pistols. I was definitely in that phase. And then I also liked my emo, Smashing Pumpkins. I listened to a lot of Bjork. I think I had like, I don’t know, like five Bjork records.

Hell yeah. Holy shit. That’s a lot more than I ever listened to Bjork.

Yeah. Well, you know, I listened to everything, but then I also was like super deeply into SWV and like En Vogue and TLC. And I listened to a lot of Madonna and Toni Braxton.

It was a nice era to grow up in I think the nineties, it was an unusual time, but some cool stuff was happening.

Yeah so alternative music and indie music was kind of at the forefront. And this was probably when your record charts are really segregated. So like, if you listen to mainstream music it meant that you listened to pop and alternative music a lot, and then if you listened to the RnB charts and the RnB radio stations, then that’s where you got your soul and RnB. It was very rare that it crossed over.

People were quite tribal, I guess, with the way they sort of listened to music. That’s interesting.

Yeah. And now Lil Nas X is number one. I mean, Lil Nas X beat Mariah Carey for number one charting song, like the longest charting number one single. Which is amazing to me, I’m stoked about that. But you know, growing up in my house I listened to everything. My parents played Ravi Shankar and my mom introduced me to artists like Angelica Quito, or like Vusi Mahlasela, so listening to lots of African music. My mum was a big Sting fan. My mum was a big Sting and Seal fan. Then also lots of blues, lots of jazz. Ella. She was a big Thelonious Monk fan.

I’m a huge Thelonius fan. I mean, he’s my favourite musician of all time without a doubt. Can she do the whole tone lick thing that he does down the piano?

Yeah I think she tries, it’s probably not in tune, but she knows what she’s doing.

She knows the art. Respect to your mum.

It’s wild. You know, road trips where dad would try to really impress us and he’d be like ‘yo, I’ve got this serious, serious beat’ and then he’d put on Tone Lōc. Or like he really thought he was gonna impress us when he brought home Bobby Brown’s first record. But he really did get me, coz he’s the person who gave me my first En Vogue record. And he was like, you’re going to love this. When anything was something I needed to listen to he’d say it was ‘really serious’. He was serious about En Vogue and Toni Braxton, and I was like, ‘oh my god’.

Speaking of Toni Braxton, I know we’re totally going off topic here, but have you heard that latest release that she’s put out?

Is it Love And Cigarettes? Yeah. That record came out the same day my record came out and we were charting on iTunes at the same time, and can I tell you I was like losing my mind. I was watching all the international iTunes charts being like, wait my record was a couple of places above Toni Braxton. What the hell. I just couldn’t believe it, coz I used to sing all of Toni Braxton’s songs in song competitions when I was a kid, you know. I’d be like 10 years old singing ‘Un-Break My Heart’.

What a beautiful moment. That’s so cool. Fucking congrats. This all makes a heaps of sense to me because one thing that I’ve noticed about all of the musicians that I work with or listen to is that they always, all of the best musicians I think have that, no matter what — if you’re widely listened it just seems to have this extra, sparkly effect on your music.

I mean, there are many times I was listening to ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ and then I’d be like belting ‘Black Hole Sun’ at the top of my lungs. I’d borrow my brother’s CD, and my brother also had a huge influence on me because he had all the hip hop and all the wildly interesting guitar music, and he played in a punk band. I used to go to all the like local punk shows and stuff like that coz it was kind of the only thing to do on the island. Go and listen to the reggae band or go listen to the punk band, there was not a lot in between.

That’s a real polarised choice that you have there.

I mean, it worked for me coz I liked it all, but yeah, I would listen to crazy stuff, like Insane Clown Posse or like Mr Bungle or you know, wild shit when I was growing up. I think I was like twelve and Jagged Little Pill came out and I was like, oh my god. I have a very distinct memory of myself standing in front of our really old massive — you know the TVs that probably weighed like a cool tonne? We had this stupid TV in our lounge and I remember watching it come on MTV, when MTV was like worth watching, and I remember the first time I saw ‘You Oughta Know’, and she’s in the desert and the white suit and black hair. And I was like, ‘oh right on!’.

I wanted to ask you actually before we nerd any further, I wanted to ask you about your latest single called ‘Sister’ which I am absolutely in love with. I think there was like these strings that I could hear in the background. Can you tell me a bit about the process that you go through when you’re trying to mould what a song’s going to be like?

I love strings and you know, it was lockdown and I didn’t know anybody that I could just —you’re in your bubble, you can’t just go ‘Hey, let’s work on writing some strings’. I had to record into Garageband, me singing all the parts and create the arrangement for the strings, so that I could send it to my friend Amanda Lowe so she could decipher my really intense classical singing into strings.

That’s amazing that you’ve been the one actually writing those parts. That’s so awesome that you were hearing those voicings in the background like that. Hell yeah.

Yeah and Zoe (Zoe Moon) was with me while I was doing it, she was definitely in there giving input. Then Amanda, who is an amazing improviser and a classical musician, added her touch to it. It’s not just the ideas that I had in my head, but that’s the core of whats being heard. Then Amanda just put her magic in too and then retranslated my vocal demo of the string arrangement to what it is on the track. It was the first time arranging like that. It’s pretty cool.

As I understand it you were here from when you were 17, your family moved here?

My family moved here before that, I moved here after. Zoe’s been here longer than anywhere else she’s ever lived. She moved when she was nine. My family has been here for decades now at this point. Then I moved here and went to uni and then decided to go to New York, coz it was a dream of mine since I was little, and try to make something of myself in the big city, you know, the big smoke. It’s kind of funny, coz I moved from New Zealand to New York to New Orleans, so lots of ‘New’s. I’m also an island girl, I grew up in Hawaii, and I literally moved from like island to island to island.

Yeah. I guess it’s just something your soul needs.

Yeah my soul definitely needs the ocean, growing up in the Pacific. I’ve discovered that it doesn’t suit me to not be near the Pacific ocean.

I loved the backing vocals arrangement [in ‘Stand In’] and there was this almost kind of Aretha reminiscent thing that happens at the end that I really, really loved. Can you tell me about the BV arrangements? I’m assuming you did those as well.

Yeah, I just did those on the spot in the studio at Surgery. I had created like a demo for them in my bedroom, so I was just tracking the backing vocals for it before I went into the studio and then I just expanded on them. Actually this song has a lot of inspiration from Hawaiian music that I’ve grown up with. If you listen to Hawaiian music from like the eighties and nineties there’s the most incredible, beautiful harmony arrangements. The singing voices in traditional Hawaiian music and contemporary Hawaiian music, it’s just something that’s stunning, but I feel like you find that across the Pacific and in the Caribbean, the sound of many voices together, singing in harmony really beautifully.

The thing that amazes me as a singing tutor that I noticed the most about children who are from those cultures — their sense of key for one is just amazing because they’re able to hold key perfectly. It’s amazing this ability, always I’d find these kids could just harmonise and then hold key so so strongly and so well.

It’s very intrinsic. It’s ingrained in your fibre as part of who you are, and being somebody who’s of Caribbean descent, which is also an island culture and then being raised in the Pacific, like it just makes sense to me. You know what I mean? Like when you listen to old school roots music and you listen to like old school Bob Marley And The Wailers, or like when you listen to any of the Studio One stuff there’s so much harmony. A lot of that just comes from like indigenous culture, like working and communing together and singing together. If you look at indigenous culture, like everywhere, when it comes to the music of those places, there’s a real strong understanding of togetherness and harmony. And rhythm.

Yes, 100%. Yeah, and you notice as well that the sense of rhythm and time, to a Western ear it is so hard to understand, because you realise that people have been singing this music for centuries and they’ve never had to write it down and do anything like that, they just passed it on. To come as an outsider ear and hear that, you’re like ‘How the fuck is this happening? Like, how is this music existing?’

Well it’s folk music right? It’s music of the people it’s spoken, it’s passed down. Like you said, it’s generational. It’s in the DNA of the culture, and it tells the story. It tells its own story. When I hear that kind of sound, like that wall of harmony I feel really embraced by it. So with that song, especially with the sentiment and the content of the lyrics of what I was trying to convey, I wanted the listener to be held by the voices.

I’ve noticed when I was listening to your music you clearly have very, very, very strong, very well-educated ears. Your tonalities can turn on a dime. I wanted to know how much of that is a conscious practice for you?

Well, I don’t know, sometimes I try not to think about it too much. I find if I think too hard about it, if I go too ‘think singing’ about it, that I don’t get to the place that I want to get to. You know what I mean? So a lot of it is instinctual. But yeah, I’ve spent a lot of time understanding my voice and it’s a continual journey, you know coz your voice is always changing. I think maybe it has to do with also singing a lot in different types of music and again maybe going back to listening to a lot of different types of music. I try not to put rules on myself of what I can and can’t do.

I was listening to all these beautiful, different textures that seem to keep cropping up in your voice. I was very very moved by the way you’re able to kind of show different corners of your sound. How aware of that are you?

I’m a fan of nuance, being able to cover all the different bases. I don’t know. I don’t think I would be satisfied if I just sung one way. You want to hear the person in the voice, and the person is varied and people are varied and very complicated and dynamic. So if your voice is only doing one thing, you’re not really getting a sense of who that person is you know?

What is your lyric writing process? There was one lyric actually that I absolutely adored, you said ‘chemistry is dynamite, like Vogel bread and Marmite’ in the ‘Can’t Call It Love’ tune. I heard that and I was like ‘Aha she’s been to Aotearoa. I knew it’.

Especially now that they’ve got the gluten free one. Yeah I’m a Vogels girl.

What’s your process?

Well, right now I’m actually working on trying to write some lyrics and it’s doing my head in. It just feels like sometimes they — the lyrics for ‘Stand In’ just really came to me, you know, and the lyrics for ‘Sister’, Zoe and I wrote that together and my lyrics that I added, for both of us, they just kind of were there for us when we needed them. But sometimes lyrics are not there because you’re not fully sure what it is that you want to say. I have to find clarity first and what exactly it is that I want to say and then I find that it comes from my head and my heart to my hand on the paper.

Do you ever find that you have to go through a process of almost distilling what you need to say down to the bare, straight up bit? Or is it something where you want to extrapolate on one aspect first?

I don’t really have one way. Sometimes I can just be very succinct about it and know exactly — I can be quite brutal with my own lyrics and just figure out what’s the best way to say things the simplest, in the simplest possible way without being too verbose. I really do chalk it up to clarity of vision and what you want to say, and sometimes lyrics are just a mood you know, they’re not about saying something explicitly direct.

I love that perspective of lyrics being a mood. That’s also sounds like what you might get from just listening to a lot of hip hop, the way that some hip hop artists, they’ve got a story to tell. Like sometimes they’ve got a song where it’s like, there’s something they’ve got to tell you and something to say, but a lot of it’s just a vibe. 

Totally. Like, 100%.

Should we wrap it up Deva Mahal?

Yeah. It was a pleasure chatting with you Chelsea.

Deva Mahal’s ‘Kinship’ tour begins Saturday August 7th.


Pickle Darling Performs Everything Is Flammable UTR Trash Recital Episode 7

Sports Team / C.C.
/ Wednesday 28th July, 2021 11:57AM


We’re stoked to share the seventh episode of our new web series created in collaboration with the talented gang at Sports Team: UTR Trash Recital!

For each episode of Trash Recital we’ve invited some of our favourite Aotearoa artists into the UTR studios to perform one of their signature songs, re-created using everyday items selected from a treasure trove of literal trash, collected by Sports Team from Tāmaki Makaurau’s finest op shops / second hand stores. Trash Recital not only provides a launchpad for stunning reimaginings of recent classic tunes, but also the perfect opportunity for a chinwag with our local musical heroes.

From humble bedroom-pop beginnings, Ōtautahi’s Pickle Darling aka songwriter and producer Lukas Mayo has attracted fans across the globe for their dreamily infectious and emotive musical creations. Wrapping up their first ever nationwide tour with live band this coming weekend, we were blimmin’ thrilled to invite Mayo and bandmate Cameron Finlay to dig through the UTR trash pile and reinvent from scratch ‘Everything Is Flammable‘ — from their newly released second album Cosmonaut via Slovakian imprint Z Tapes. There’s a sneaky shoutout in the song to fellow Pickle Darling live band member Mousey aka Sarena Close, who pops in to say hi via the magic of digital phone technology. Treat your eyes and ears to ‘Everything Is Flammable’ and keep it locked for episode 8 in two weeks time…

Pickle Darling’s Cosmonaut Tour

Friday 30th July – The Boathouse, Nelson w/ Mousey (solo)*

Saturday 31st July – The Mussel Inn, Onekaka w/ Mousey (solo)*

*Tickets available HERE via UTR

DOP: Callum Devlin

Editor: Callum Devlin

Title Animator: Annabel Kean

Sound Engineer: Ruby Walsh

Sound Mix: Ruby Walsh

Theme Tune: Callum Devlin

Project Manager: Annabel Kean

Production Team: Sports Team

UTR Production Team: Daryl Fincham & Chris Cudby

Special thanks to Bob Frisbee

Made with support from NZ On Air


Live Photos The Chats Dick Move Hollywood Theatre Auckland

Chris Cudby / Photography by Connor Crawford
/ Wednesday 28th July, 2021 11:52AM


Queensland "shed rock" ratbags The Chats headlined Avondale’s Hollywood Theatre last night, supported in their noble quest to bring the ruckus by Tāmaki Makaurau’s very own Dick Move. Both punk bands tore it up in the historic venue as part of Elemental Nights 2021, an event documented for the ages by photography champ Connor Crawford, who also captured stunning images of Courtney Barnett and Emily Edrosa’s Sunday evening performances at Auckland Town Hall. Gaze upon a selection of his action-packed snaps from Tuesday’s show (possibly one of the last Australian headlined gigs for a while) by clicking around on the thumbnail pics below…

Elemental Nights 2021

Friday 30th July – Connan Mockasin Unplugged, Bost’n ‘n Dobs’n Plugged, Hollywood Theatre (Avondale)
General public tickets available HERE

Friday 17th September – Dope Lemon w/ Mild Orange, Auckland Town Hall

General public tickets available HERE

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Watch Wombs Video For Dust To Dust

Chris Cudby / Photo credit: Dave Simpson
/ Wednesday 28th July, 2021 10:25AM


Those lucky enough to be able to squeeze into the Kaleidoscope Room at Saturday night’s Flying Nun 40th Anniversary knees up were treated to a standout performance by Pōneke’s Womb, illuminating the regal interior of Auckland Town Hall with their heartbreaking sonic dreaminess. The sibling trio of Charlotte Forrester, Haz Forrester and Georgette Brown launched their Holding A Flame EP just last month via the aforementioned pioneering Aotearoa imprint, and have today shared with the world a new video for student radio favourite ‘Dust To Dust‘, directed by friend and collaborator Martin Sagadin. Made with support from NZ On Air, the breathtaking visuals for ‘Dust To Dust’ were filmed at some of Womb’s favourite spots in their windswept hometown (where they occasionally show off some impressive gymnastics skills) — the trio explained how the new clip came to be…

"This video for ‘Dust to Dust’ has been a long time in the making, with lots of ups and downs in between its initial dreaming and its release. In the end, we wanted to take our dear friend and trusted collaborator Martin Sagadin to some of our favourite and most special places in Pōneke: the landscape of Pariwhero/Red Rocks; the green lights along the harbour at night; the inner city carpark that looks out over Wellington. ‘Dust to Dust’ is a song about cycles and transitions; about how closing one door opens another <3 " – Womb

Womb’s ‘Holding A Flame’ EP is out now via Flying Nun.


Wazzo Clash Combat Rock 40th Anniversary NZ Tour Announced

Chris Cudby
/ Tuesday 27th July, 2021 1:47PM


As Joe Strummer legendary frontman of The Clash passed away twenty years ago and international travel is once again verging on kaput, lovers of the groundbreaking UK punk group can count their lucky stars Aotearoa’s premier tribute champs Wazzo Clash will be touring this coming February. There’s no role play or dress ups when it comes to Wazzo Clash, just lashings of no-nonsense punk spirit. They’ll be serving up songs from The Clash’s anthem-packed 1982 album Combat Rock in honour of the record’s 40th anniversary this summer — get amongst at the dates below…

Wazzo Clash – Combat Rock NZ Tour

Wednesday 9th February – Mussel Inn, Onekaka*
Thursday 10th February – The Boathouse, Nelson*

Friday 11th February – A Rolling Stone, Christchurch*
Saturday 12th February – Dog With Two Tails, Dunedin*

Wednesday 16th February – The Cabana, Napier*
Thursday 17th February – Smash Palace, Gisborne*
Friday 18th February – The Yot Club, Raglan*

Saturday 19th February – Whammy Bar, Auckland*

Saturday 26th February – Meow, Wellington

*Tickets available HERE via UTR

Here’s the video for The Clash’s massive MTV hit from Combat Rock ‘Rock the Casbah’…


Watch Troy Kingis Black Sea Golden Ladder The Visual Album

Chris Cudby
/ Tuesday 27th July, 2021 12:33PM


Troy Kingi (Te Arawa, Ngāpuhi, Te Whānau-ā-Apanui) has treated fans to an hour-long cinematic creation accompanying his latest album Black Sea Golden Ladder — the fifth in the 2020 Taite Music Prize winning songwriter and actor’s 10 10 10 series of genre-spanning long players. Created in collaboration with Lyttelton icon Delaney Davidson, Kingi stated his folk-tinted record is "the most personal of all my albums – the first one I feel that is truly about me". The film showcases all-new video works created for each song from the record by directors Dahnu Graham, Hayden Aull, Huhana Ruri-Panapa, Marara Katipa, Nicole Horan, Thomas Rose and Xavier Horan, edited by Huhana Ruri-Panapa. Not dissimilar to an anthology collection, the visual album is tied together by a poetic framing sequence in Te Reo Māori, starring Kingi frequenting a mysterious bar outside of time, viewing different points in Aotearoa people’s lives firsthand almost Quantum Leap-style. Described as "an exploration of the human experience that spans from childhood to death" and packing a hefty emotional punch when experienced in its entirety, watch Black Sea Golden Ladder – The Visual Album below and don’t miss Kingi and Davidson touring together in August and September…

Troy Kingi with Delaney Davidson – Black Sea Golden Ladder Tour

Saturday 7 August – Turner Centre, Kerikeri

Sunday 8 August – Leigh Sawmill, Leigh

Tuesday 10 August – Forum North, Whangarei

Thursday 12 August – Clarence St Theatre, Hamilton

Friday 13 August – Theatre Royal, New Plymouth

Sunday 15 August – Opera House, Whanganui

Tuesday 17 August – Theatre Royal, Nelson

Saturday 21 August – James Hay Theatre, Christchurch

Sunday 22 August – Regent Theatre, Dunedin

Saturday 28 August – Opera House, Wellington w/ live band The Senses
Saturday 4 September – Town Hall, Auckland 
w/ live band The Senses

Tickets available via TroyKingi.com

Troy Kingi’s ‘Black Sea Golden Ladder’ is out now via AAA Records.


Listen To Repulsive Womans Julia Knows Beauty On Z Tapes Summer 2021 Compilation

Chris Cudby
/ Tuesday 27th July, 2021 10:01AM


2020 Auckland Live Best Independent Debut award winner Repulsive Woman aka Millie Lovelock has shared her first new release in nearly two years, showcased on the latest seasonal compilation from Slovakian imprint Z Tapes, who have released both Pickle Darling albums. Presently based in the UK and effectively shut out from returning to Aotearoa anytime soon by our current bot-infested closed border policies, Lovelock’s ‘Julia Knows Beauty‘ is a gorgeously crisp and intimate acoustic guitar ballad reflecting on a woman’s life in the spotlight. Ōtepoti quartet Asta Rangu‘s fuzzy latest single ‘Nico‘ also reemerges on Summer 2021, which is out now on strictly limited edition cassette and look to be flying out the door — grip yours while you can via the Z Tapes Bandcamp page here.


Live Photos Bulletbelt Kulthu Beer And Metal Fest Valhalla Wellington

Chris Cudby / Photography by Bruce Mackay
/ Monday 26th July, 2021 3:07PM


Whoever came up with the idea of a beer and metal festival deserves a medal. The dream became a reality on Saturday when Bulletbelt, Planet Of The Dead (who dropped their awesome new album Pilgrims on Friday), 3000AD and Stormforge converged upon Te Whanganui-a-Tara’s Valhalla for the first ever Kulthu: Beer And Metal Fest. Photographer Bruce Mackay made it along to capture some epic snaps of headliners Bulletbelt throwing down while their very own Warlord beer was flowing at the bar. Click on the thumbnail images below to view a selection of snaps then head over to Mackay’s The Darker Arts website for even more great images here.

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Planet Of The Dead Drop New Album Pilgrims

Chris Cudby
/ Monday 26th July, 2021 12:53PM


Te Whanganui-a-Tara’s Planet of the Dead have all the crunchy riff action you need to power through the inescapable cosmic nightmare that is Monday on their second studio album Pilgrims. Produced by James Goldsmith (who also produced Beastwars’ chart-topping IV), POTD’s new record drives listeners to the edge of sanity whilst drawing on their shared love of horror / sci-fi, via ultra heavy doom-fuelled guitars, Mark Mundell‘s gruff yells and an evident mastery of hooks that’ll crawl right underneath your skin. My personal current faves from the album are split between the Robocop inspired ‘Directive 4’ and the futuristic scorched rad-scapes of ‘The Cursed Earth’ — take action and warp your ears around Pilgrims immediately…

‘Pilgrims’ is out now digitally, on limited edition vinyl LP and CD — order your copy over on Bandcamp here.


Live Photos Courtney Barnett Auckland Town Hall

Annabel Kean / Photo credit: Connor Crawford / Monday 26th July, 2021 12:10PM


It’s a uniquely Courtney Barnett crowd that’ll go from pin drop silence to screaming "You’re a good cunt!" within the space of ‘Let It Go’ and ‘Depreston’, and it was exactly that kind of crowd at her Elemental Nights show at the Auckland Town Hall last night. The last date in her New Zealand solo tour, Barnett was a well oiled machine and clearly in high spirits, spending a good chunk of her end of show banter thanking the crew, her Things Take Time, Take Time collaborator Stella Mozgawa, and support act Emily Edrosa, who opened for Barnett at every show. She promised to come back with her band to tour the next album soon — until then we’ve got these lovely Connor Crawford snaps to pore over, and three more epic evenings in the Elemental Nights series…

Tuesday 27th July – The Chats, Hollywood Theatre (Avondale)
General public tickets available HERE

Friday 30th July – Connan Mockasin Unplugged, Bost’n ‘n Dobs’n Plugged, Hollywood Theatre (Avondale)
General public tickets available HERE

Friday 17th September – Dope Lemon w/ Mild Orange, Auckland Town Hall

General public tickets available HERE

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Listen To Karl Stevens Instrumental EP Whakaari

Chris Cudby / Photo credit: Paul Taylor
/ Monday 26th July, 2021 11:36AM


Multiple award-winning film soundtrack composer, co-leader of Queen Neptune and former frontman of Aotearoa funk-rock outfit Supergroove, Karl Steven has unveiled today Whakaari — a collection of instrumentals named after the Bay of Plenty’s active volcano also known as White Island. A popular tourist attraction, Whakaari made headlines across the globe when it erupted in December 2019, killing twenty two people and injuring the remainder of the forty seven visitors to the island at the time. The new EP showcases four works created for filmmaker Irene Chapple‘s documentary The Eruption: Stories of Survival which can be viewed over on the Threenow site here, in which two survivors from the eruption tell their story. Immerse your ears in Steven’s solemn and sensitively conveyed meditations on the island’s alien-like landscape and the tragic events that unfolded below…

‘Whakaari’ is out now on Spotify.


Second Lineup Announced For The Others Way 2021 Festival

Chris Cudby / Monday 26th July, 2021 9:37AM


Tāmaki Makaurau’s The Others Way 2021 festival just became even more mega with today’s second lineup of local superstars performing at the multi-venue event this coming September. Among the fourteen new additions to the bustling bill are Alastair Riddell‘s legendary ’70s glam rock group Space Waltz, a rare appearance from Fazerdaze, NZ cyber-pop royalty Princess Chelsea, Sulfate (fresh from their electrifying Flying Nun 40th birthday party performance), Whanganui songsmith & public transport advocate Anthonie Tonnon, evergreen indie-pop heroes Voom, Ōtepoti noiseniks Night Lunch, Bishop-bothering Pōneke punks DARTZ and lots more. We are keenly awaiting Tetris-like timetable info to get planning underway for a huge night out — check out the updated lineup details right here…

UnderTheRadar, Flying Out and 95bFM are proud to present…

The Others Way Festival 2021

Friday 17th September – Karangahape Road, Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland

Featuring… Anthonie Tonnon, Babe Rainbow, The Beths, Cable Ties, Carnivorous Plant Society, The Coolies, Daffodils, DARTZ, Data Animal, Dead Famous People, Fazerdaze, Fimo, Francisca Griffin & The Bus Shelter Boys, Fur Patrol, The Fuzzy Robes, The Golden Awesome, Grecco Romank, Guardian Singles, Jakob, Jay Clarkson & The Containers, Jazmine Mary, Joe Ghatt, Juno Is, Kamahumble, Lawrence Arabia plays Chant Darling, Merk, Night Lunch, Theia, Phodiso, Phoebe Rings, The Plague, Pollyhill, Princess Chelsea, Proteins of Magic, Recitals, Repairs, Soft Plastics, Space Waltz, Stella Donnelly, Sulfate, Surprise Chef, Team Dynamite, Transistor, Voom

General release tickets are on sale HERE via UTR

Here’s the already classic vid for Fazerdaze’s 2017 hit ‘Lucky Girl’…

Check out amazing vintage footage of Space Waltz performing their 1974 number one single ‘Out On The Street’…

Press release:

For one night only, The Others Way Festival will take over Tāmaki Makaurau’s Karangahape Road district this September for Auckland’s most exciting music festival, and street party of the year!

Tickets are moving fast, and with these 14 new acts announced today, don’t expect them to stick around for long.

Reforming for the 2021 festival is the original line up of the 70s glam-rock band Space Waltz and one of Aotearoa’s most powerful psychedelic, dream-pop artists of the decade Fazerdaze.

The line-up features electronic folk artist Anthonie Tonnon, fan favourites, eclectic pop-star Princess Chelsea and fuzz-pop heartbreakers Voom.

Making their way to Auckland from Ōtepoti Flying Nun alum Jay Clarkson and the Ōtepoti all stars The Containers, and drum and double stringed diddley bow iconic duo Night Lunch.

Recently returned multi-instrumentalist and unique multi-format artist Proteins of Magic, and the dark, heavy and cathartic three piece Sulfate will perform alongside jangly post-punk super-group Guardian Singles, infectiously fun Pōneke punk pals DARTZ, high energy and playful rapper Kamahumble and Tāmaki Makaurau’s post-punk trio Repairs.

These 14 artists will be joining the 2021 festival line-up alongside the previously announced beloved indie heroes, The Beths, returning to their spiritual home for a very special headline performance. Lawrence Arabia will be performing his Taite-award winning classic album, Chant Darling (which is also being reissued on vinyl for the first time ahead of the festival). And, another legendary NZ band Fur Patrol will be returning to the stage for the first time in a long time – hot off the heels of their 20th anniversary re-issue of Pet.

The September 17 festival will also feature some familiar names; The Coolies, once described by Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore as "punk no-wave sonic heartstring buzzing clatter rock n roll". The 1980s Flying Nun indie-pop band Dead Famous People, and Francisca Griffin of Look Blue Go Purple fame, with her band The Bus Shelter Boys. Plus award-winning, instrumental post-rock band Jakob, and Auckland’s first theatrical/political punk band from the 70s’ The Plague.

Post-punk band Daffodils join the line-up, along with, lush orchestral jazz group, Carnivorous Plant Society, electronic-punk-rockers Grecco Romank, bold and edgy alt-pop artist Theia, dream pop project Phoebe Rings, and hip hop trio Team Dynamite.

Celebrated acts from all corners of Aotearoa are set to perform, Ōtautahi heavy psych-rockers The Fuzzy Robes and Ōtepoti’s lavish psych-pop artist Juno Is. While from Pōneke, reformed loud shoegaze 4-piece The Golden Awesome are joined by dream-fuzz group Transistor, and garage-rock trio Soft Plastics.

Up and coming local acts will make a welcome appearance, techno/rock’n’roll group Data Animal, and dream-folk artist, Jazmine Mary plus Pollyhill with their hypnotic beats and witty raps, and musician, rapper and percussionist Phodiso are among the artists set to wow.

Delve deeper into these artists and get yourselves familiar with the talent performing The Others Way Festival 2021.

There’s more gloriously broad acts and surprises galore to be unveiled in the coming weeks. Stay tuned for more Others Way Festival news on Flying Out’s Facebook and Instagram.


Weekly Roundup Friday 23rd July

C.C. / Image: Pickle Darling / Photo credit: Christiane Shortal
/ Friday 23rd July, 2021 4:58PM



Friday 23rd July

Auckland: Jordan Luck Band – Artworks Theatre, Waiheke Island

Auckland: Coffin Club, Repairs, Venom Dolls – Whammy Backroom

Auckland: Phil Dadson and Simon Allen – Audio Foundation

Auckland: Julia Jacklin – Auckland Town Hall

Auckland: Louisa Nicklin – Whammy Bar

Hamilton: Courtney Barnett, Emily Edrosa – Clarence Street Theatre
Raglan: Fraser Ross and Jazmine Mary – Raglan Old School Arts Centre

Napier: ONONO – Paisley Stage

Palmerston North: Pickle Darling – Snails

Levin: Stretch – Tsunami Sound Studios

Wellington: David Dallas – San Fran

Nelson: Edward Castelow, O And The Mo – Fairfield House
Maharau: Grawlixes – Tim’s Place

Christchurch: Jack Page – Space Academy

Oamaru: Jed Parsons – Grainstore Gallery

Dunedin: The Julie Lamb Outfit – Dog With Two Tails

Saturday 24th July

Kumeu: Tom Cunliffe – Kumeu Live (at Kumeu Arts)

Auckland: Georgia Lines – Anthology Lounge

Auckland: Storehouse – The Wine Cellar

Auckland: MDTH, Horror In Clay, Vow Cave – Audio Foundation
Auckland: Shaun’s B’Day, NASDAQ, Pink Plates – Whammy Backroom
Auckland: Flying Nun 40th Anniversary – Auckland Town Hall

Auckland: ONONO – Whammy Bar

Hastings: Pickle Darling – Spaceship

New Plymouth: Fraser Ross and Jazmine Mary – POP UP Concert

Wellington: Kulthu – Wellington Beer And Metal Fest – Valhalla

Wellington: Lips and Phoebe Rings – MOON

Wellington: Miss Leading, Proteins Of Magic, Class War On The Dance Floor – Pyramid Club

Wellington: Racing – San Fran

Takaka: Grawlixes – Mussel Inn

Oamaru: The Julie Lamb Outfit – The Penguin Club
Christchurch: Ladi6 – The Loons, Lyttelton

Christchurch: ALT80 – Alternative 80s Dance Party – darkroom

Dunedin: Adelaide Cara – South Dunedin Community Hall

Head over to our GIG GUIDE for more listings!


Listen To Zs Dreamy Single Ego Feat Neil MacLeod

Annabel Kean / Friday 23rd July, 2021 3:20PM


Written as "a reminder to myself to choose love over fear", Pōneke’s has blessed this Friday with the second single from her sophomore EP Do You Mind?. Melding a vocal tone not unlike Sara Bareilles with her own organic, indie twist on new track ‘Ego’, ZÖ takes the mood down a notch from the electronic-pop, kick-drum-clap energy of lead single ‘Origami’. ‘Ego’ is introspective, with a massive bed of synth simmering beneath her earnest lyrics and backing vocals from producer and collaborator Neil MacLeod. Reflecting on ‘Ego’, ZÖ aka Zoe Jennings had this to say:

"I was losing the love I had for creating music because I was so focused on the outcome and what people wanted. This song was created out of letting go of expectations and just enjoying myself."

Sink into the latest from ZÖ, her EP Do You Mind? is due out just next month…

ZÖ’s sophomore EP ‘Do You Mind?’ is out independently this August.


LEON Drops Debut Album CHERRY

Annabel Kean / Friday 23rd July, 2021 2:03PM


Take a bite out of the debut solo collection from Flying Nun alum Matthew L. Paul, who delivers nine ready-to-smang tracks on CHERRY under the musical moniker LEON. Still firing on all psych-pop cylinders as LEON, Paul leans into the wailing guitars of his Ghost Wave days while injecting smooth af bass, mellow percussion and sensual vocals. CHERRY cameos include former bandmate Eammon Malcolm Saban Logan (Malcolm S, Team Cat Food), Julien Dyne and Surf City’s Jamie Kennedy. The antidote to these dreadful grey days, pop CHERRY in your gob stem and all for a sweet reprieve from the SADs…