Brandn Shiraz Shares Two New Tracks On Live From Tha Rock

Annabel Kean / Monday 20th September, 2021 2:56PM


Tāmaki hip hop duo Shiraz & LSJ saw 2021 in with a roaring start when their single ‘Foreva’ catapulted into the Official New Zealand Music Chart, with the Brandn Shiraz half of the team making an appearance on Redbull’s 64 Bars series, and featuring on Hasji’s GROVES EP just this year. Now Shiraz steps out again for two fiery new rap cuts on Live From Tha Rock, bringing the team of Deadforest, Soufsyde P, LNGSLV and DalyanRD along for the ride. Fellow Risera Movement crew member Soufsyde P and frequent Church & AP collaborator Deadforest stake their claim on the infectious first track ‘UNFAZED’, rolling through slick bars and sinister samples before a seamless transition into song number two. Tāmaki rappers LNGSLV and DalyanRD step up to the plate on ‘KUKI’S ONLY’, with the latter asking people to press play and "Listen to me talk sht". A perfect parcel from some of Auckland’s finest, listen to Live From Tha Rock…

Listen To THE TEMPLEs Single Hell Incarcerate

Chris Cudby / Artwork credit: David Glomba
/ Monday 20th September, 2021 12:46PM


Tāmaki Makaurau black / death metal duo THE TEMPLE emerge from the netherworld with a demonically intense lead single from their forthcoming self-titled debut album. Entitled ‘Hell Incarcerate‘, members P.K. and J.W. flatten listeners with their ultra-dense, growlingly atmospheric slab of guitar / bass / drums heaviness — lurching around in tempo like a gigantic infernal pendulum. Releasing in mid-November, the album promises to be "an invocation of plague, war, misery, and the cosmic apocalypse channelled through the spirit of misanthropic Gnosticism". Adorned with evocative ink wash artwork by David Glomba, experience a fearsome first taste from THE TEMPLE below…

‘THE TEMPLE’ launches digitally and on compact disc on Friday 19th November.

The Biscuits Drop Double Single Shes Strong Running Video

Annabel Kean / Monday 20th September, 2021 11:21AM


Not usually one for positive affirmations, The Biscuits‘ caning new single ‘She’s Strong’ is one I can get behind this morning. Out today digitally, the tune lands with B-side accompaniment ‘Running’, and is due to be released as a 7" lathe cut on No Label once the alert levels allow it. It’s been a minute since we heard from the tasty Tāmaki three-piece, who last graced our ears in 2017 on their birds-eye-view Albatross EP — a four track collection that was polished off by fans like a packet of double chocolate Toffee Pops (cc: me, last night). ‘She’s Strong’ provides a much needed injection of guitar wailing energy today, along with a butterfly-infested, hawk-eyed visual treatment for a song about guitarist (and Drop Zone member) Indira Neville‘s "16 year-old daughter who went through a rough patch but came out the other side and is now as gloriously obnoxious as a teenager should be". Hit play and roll right into high-paced single number two ‘Running’…

Neville also provided an artist impression of a "tour-cancelled-sad-Biscuit", see below…

The Biscuits’ New Single ‘She’s Strong’ is out now digitally and on lathe cuts post-lockdown via No Label.

Live Photos Into Orbit Planet Of The Dead Mammuthus Valhalla Wellington

Chris Cudby / Photography by Bruce Mackay / Image: Into Orbit
/ Monday 20th September, 2021 10:52AM


Te Whanganui a Tara’s Valhalla nobly tackled the challenge of Alert Level 2 restrictions on Saturday, hosting a triple-pronged extravaganza starring post metal duo Into Orbit, doom titans Planet Of The Dead (celebrating the recent launch of their new album Pilgrims) and stoner rock crew Mammuthus. A safely seated crowd were treated to an all-guns blazing audio-visual assault, with all three bands accompanied by projected visuals for the occasion, plus plenty of beverages available to help wash it all down with. Gig photography champion Bruce Mackay was there to capture one of the only live shows that took place in the entirety of Aotearoa last weekend — check out a gallery of his very special set of snaps by clicking on the thumbnail images below, and head along to Valhalla for even more events this weekend…

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Outfield Festival 2022 Lineup Announced ft Young Franco The Chills JessB More

Chris Cudby
/ Monday 20th September, 2021 9:00AM


Hawke’s Bay’s annual outdoor music, food and arts extravaganza Outfield Festival have cooked up an absolute doozy of a lineup for early February 2022. Headlining the fest will be Brisbane hotshot dance / hip hop producer Young Franco, who dropped last year streaming hit ‘Juice’ featuring Pell, plus a massive collab with Denzel Curry ‘Fallin’ Apart’. He’ll be bringing the summery good times alongside such local heroes as Dunedin legends The Chills, Tāmaki Makaurau hip hop sensation JessB, adventurous dancefloor collective Weird Together (helmed by Dick ‘Magik’ Johnson), Flying Nun indie-psych trio Mermaidens, trailblazing FILTH club night co-founder HALFQUEEN, post-punk all-stars Guardian Singles and many more.

That’ll all be happening in the bucolic meadows of Te Awanga Downs in Hawkes Bays’s Cape Coast for the third edition of Outfield Festival, with a specific focus on "sustainable practices, care for the local environment, and the people who flock from far and wide." Be in to win a double pass for Outfield Festival 2021 (enter HERE) and keep 12th February free on your calendar for this summer…

Outfield Music, Food & Arts Festival

Saturday 12th February, 2022 (gates open 1pm)

35 Gordon Rd, Te Awanga Downs, Hawke’s Bay

Featuring… Young Franco, The Chills, JessB, Weird Together, Shag Rock, Mermaidens, Eno x Dirty, Dolphin Friendly, Masaya, Body Ocean, Headland, Witters & MC Crafty, Halfqueen, Guardian Singles, O & the Mo, Arahi, Dateline, Hurricane Emily, Wattsson, Techno Tradie, Aunty El, Halps, Ruffhouse, Levi, Skye, Waja, Sammy W, Deep Fried Funk, High Rotation DJs, Sneeky, Larry Nobody, Snowjob, The Cellars, Danica Bryant, Atlantic Wave, Sindee Voo

This is a family friendly, licensed all-ages event [anyone under the age of 18 needs to be accompanied by parent or legal guardian.]

Tickets & info available at

Check out the animated video for Young Franco’s 2020 smash ‘Fallin’ Apart’ featuring Denzel Curry and Pell…

Watch the vintage 1982 video for The Chills’ psychedelic pop classic ‘Kaleidoscope World’ (their first ever video)…

Experience the clip for JessB’s 2020 hit ‘Bullseye’…

Press release:

In the crook of Māui’s hook something special is cultivating. Stretching from the Tuki Tuki River to Kidnappers’ dramatic cliff faces, the Cape Coast is one of New Zealand’s best kept secrets. Home to a thriving community of artists and artisans, worshippers of surf and sun, the coast is lined with laden vines to produce some of the region’s finest wines. It’s an eclectic place with curiosity and potential adventure around every corner. Venture into its rolling hills to discover a veritable eden, Te Awanga Downs, whose bucolic meadows play host to Outfield Festival – a celebration of music, food, arts and community.

Now in its third year, Outfield is evolving and growing into an experience to ignite the senses. Delivered with sunny Hawke’s Bay spirit, the festival prides itself on sustainable practices, care for the local environment, and the people who flock from far and wide.

Outfield’s headliner is Young Franco, the Brisbane producer hot on the tongues of the global electronic music scene and charming his way into your hearts. On high rotation across streaming platforms and Australia’s airwaves, he’s sold out shows worldwide, winning himself fans and friends wherever he goes. Bringing the crowd and building a vibe with smiling stage presence, epic jam sessions and fantastic original productions, Young Franco is one to watch.

Keeping it closer to home, Outfield presents Dunedin band The Chills, spreading quality original NZ-sounding, melodic rock music across the global stage since way back. The presence of these legendary staples of Kiwi rock on the Outfield main stage will thrill their ever expanding fan base and cult following. Fronted by the rare talent of Martin Phillipps and furnished with the highest standard of musicians, The Chills explode with essential consistent energy delivered with intensity and conviction.

Speaking of Kiwi upstarts, Outfield will also feature the dynamic hip-hop stylings of JessB, whose effortless stage presence and natural bars, rhythms and flows endear her to audiences everywhere. Since bursting onto the scene in 2017, she’s taken her initial momentum and whipped it into a whirlwind, making her a force to be reckoned with at home and around the globe.

Sourcing the best from the world stage, Outfield is excited to bring you Weird Together, a seamless blend of organic musical discovery and collaboration. With UK Producer/DJ Dick ‘Magik’ Johnson at the helm, curating and producing the group’s eclectic global focused sound, Weird Together will spread a smile across your face and get your body moving on the dance floor.

Other musicians on the Outfield lineup include; Shag Rock (Aus), Mermaidens, Eno x Dirty, Dolphin Friendly, Masaya, Body Ocean, Headland, Witters & MC Crafty, Halfqueen, Guardian Singles, O & The Mo, Arahi, Dateline, Hurricane Emily, Wattsson, Techno Tradie, Aunty El, Halps, Ruffhouse, Levi, Skye, Waja, Sammy W, Deep Fried Funk, High Rotation DJs, Sneeky, Larry Nobody, Snowjob, The Cellars, Danica Bryant, Atlantic Wave and Sindee Voo.

Outfield’s team are veterans of the New Zealand music scene, with over a decade of touring top notch international acts under their belts. Continuing their legacy of joy creation, they turned their skills to curating a festival experience at home that is uniquely Hawke’s Bay.

Set in the nation’s fruit bowl, they tap into the abundance of local producers to provide the finest craft beers, wines and artisan delicacies delivering a feast of quality food and beverage options for festival fuel. Drawing from the burgeoning local arts scene, the space is transformed into a playground of delights for the young and young at heart alike. With a host of attractions on its doorstep, including a world class golf course, vintage car museum, and the world’s largest, most accessible gannet nesting place at nearby Cape Kidnappers Gannet Colony, Outfield isn’t just a festival. For out-of-towners, it’s the gateway to an idyllic summer holiday in the bay.

Win a Double Pass for Outfield Festival 2022

Jordan Rakei Unveils New Album What We Call Life

Annabel Kean / Friday 17th September, 2021 3:19PM


London via Aotearoa jazz / soul / RnB innovator Jordan Rakei‘s fourth full length album What We Call Life is out today via Ninja Tune — a project approached with the conscious decision to shift from songwriting that "had been more like commentary" to a new level of personal, honest and open song craft. Along with the album drop, Rakei has been steadily drip feeding his three-part What We Call Life mini series, confronting the three facets of his artistry: The Voice, The Producer and The Ego in bite-sized episodes you can watch below. The videos take a snapshot of the album-making process, for which Rakei and his collaborators set up camp in a remote studio in the Welsh countryside. Although literally created from a distance, the recordings capture Rakei up close and vulnerable on the new LP, weaving through therapeutic revelations on his childhood, marriage and phobia of birds. From opening track ‘Family’ on which he explores his relationship with his parents, to the flighty and unpredictable nature of ‘Wings’, Rakei lets his guard down. Step into the eccentric beats and lush soul of What We Call Life…

Here’s the three videos documenting the album record process…

Jordan Rakei’s fourth album ‘What We Call Life’ is out today via Ninja Tune.

Watch The Bats Perform North By North Live At The Flying Nun 40th Anniversary

Chris Cudby
/ Friday 17th September, 2021 2:09PM


Peering through the hazy mists of time all the way back to July 2021, when live shows in Aotearoa were thriving, Ōtautahi icons The Bats played a pearler of a set at Auckland Town Hall as part of the Flying Nun 40th Anniversary celebrations. While super city dwellers like myself are getting fidgety waiting for gigs to finally return, Flying Nun have treated us to splendid live footage of Robert Scott, Paul Kean, Kaye Woodward and Malcolm Grant performing their classic song ‘North by North‘ (from 1987’s Daddy’s Highway) to a jam-packed crowd in the iconic venue, joined on stage by violinist Allen Starrett. The Bats described the clip as "Best looking and sounding live video of The Bats we’ve ever seen… and heard!" Take in the magic below, a really neat complement to today’s new live album and concert film from The Beths, which was also shot at Auckland Town Hall …

Speech Act Theory Share Single Video Grief Wave

C.C. / Friday 17th September, 2021 12:32PM


The Tāmaki Makaurau-based electronica project of producer / musician Pete Hickman with drummer Ben Bradford, Speech Act Theory have unveiled their atmospheric second single ‘Grief Wave‘, in collaboration with vocalist Hannah Owen Wright and director Andrew Carvè. A moody sonic meditation on feelings of personal loss, the track’s glistening electronics are brought to visual life in the glitched-out clip — combining zoomed-in, fractal-like natural imagery with a hi-tech distressed digital sheen. The rapid-fire follow up to August’s debut single ‘Holding Out‘ (scroll downwards to listen), Speech Act Theory are celebrating their single’s launch with a headline gig lined up at Whammy Backroom for 27th November, supported by VÏKÆ and Kool with a K. Secure your spot pronto and experience ‘Grief Wave’ below…

"The track is about the turbulence you go through when losing someone or something… The moments of intense sorrow followed by moments of surrender. The idea of being thrown around like a rag doll in a storm in the sea and being washed up exhausted but with a calm."

Check out August’s single ‘Holding Out’…

‘Grief Wave’ is out now on major streaming platforms.

Listen To Lake Souths New Album The Light You Throw

Annabel Kean / Friday 17th September, 2021 12:25PM


Genre explorer and electronic pop producer Lake South reveals his third studio album The Light You Throw today, a collection of songs out on local label Home Alone Records and written to be experienced live and loud. Never one to take the beaten path, like the app-activated postcards of 2019 opus Wellington | Te Upoko O Te Ika, the album release arrives with a special Rebel Press produced lyric book and CD, and a slammin’ new video for title single ‘Hope And The Light You Throw’. The documentary style visuals feature the Capital Pro Wrestling crew doing sick stuff like practising choke holds and body slams, and doing their own make up before the big show down, proving to be some damn inspiring subjects to follow to the sound of Lake South’s feel good alt-pop. The whole album is packed with joyful New Zealand twang and close-to-home lyrics, with Lake South once again delivering upbeat goodness and homegrown romanticism. Do not miss out on seeing these songs and more performed IRL this October / November on the twelve stop The Light You Throw album release tour…

Lake South ‘The Light You Throw’ Album Release Tour

Friday 1st October – The Jam Factory, Tauranga w/ Jžoe (all ages)

Saturday 2nd October – Wine Cellar, Auckland w/ Welcomer*

Wednesday 6th October – Le Café, Picton

Thursday 7th October – Fairfield House, Nelson*

Friday 8th October – Space Academy, Christchurch w/ Welcomer, Model Home*

Saturday 9th October – Bark!, Dunedin w/ Welcomer, Laney Blue*

Friday 15th October – Ma Maison, Akaroa

Saturday 30th October – City Of Wellington Pipe Band Hall, Wellington w/ Welcomer, Hybrid Rose*

Friday 12th November – The Stomach, Palmerston North w/ Welcomer*

Saturday 13th November – Porridge Watson, Whanganui w/ Welcomer

Friday 19th November – Smash Palace, Gisborne*

Saturday 20th November – Space Ship, Hastings w/ Sam Saffery*

Tickets available HERE via UTR*

Lake South’s third album ‘The Light You Throw’ is out today via Home Alone Music.

Substax Drop Single Video Space Drift

Chris Cudby
/ Friday 17th September, 2021 11:11AM


Tāmaki Makaurau’s Substax, the breakbeat / electro soul duo of producer Nick Farrands (co-runner of boutique club night Videotech) and vocalist / producer Claudia Gunn, have unveiled the first in a new series of singles for 2021 with ‘Space Drift‘. Launched along with a hypnotic digitally animated visualiser clip, the tune draws sonic inspiration from the score and atmoposphere of Ridley Scott’s 1982 cyberpunk classic Blade Runner — evoking feelings of future-gazing expansiveness and better-than-life synthetic textures, while lyrically alluding to the masses of space junk zooming above our heads. Having played with the likes of Fat Freddy’s Drop, Pitch Black, Minuit and Rhian Sheehan, Substax are no doubt looking forward to performing live again soon — immerse your eyes and ears in the electronic dreaminess of ‘Space Drift’…

Watch Sarah Valintines Joyful Video For Flown Away

Annabel Kean / Friday 17th September, 2021 11:10AM


Tāmaki-based folk songwriter and poet Sarah Valintine takes you by the hand on a whirlwind, loved-up tour of her favourite city spots in the carefree clip for ‘Flown Away’. Recorded at The Lab studios with Olly Harmer, ‘Flown Away’ dropped into our laps in July as the second single from Valintine’s forthcoming debut album The Poetry Pop Collection. Vivid in its poetic storytelling and earnest acoustic melodies, the whimsical single first hit our ears and our hearts without visual accompaniment, but today Valintine and editor / director Thomas Coffey share a video to match. Appropriately dressed in rosy hues and donning a bright red lip ("hot pink got my best dress on, I remember my red lips"), Valintine and her guitar spin and dance through the Winter Gardens, Dominion Road and St Kevin’s Arcade, flashing charming grins and stolen looks to the camera.

Between ‘Flown Away’ and lead track ‘Closer’, the Orewa-raised pop-poetry troubadour no doubt has a flurry of heart-on-her-sleeve creations in store on upcoming album The Poetry Pop Collection. Live vicariously through the hot-spot hopping Sarah Valintine in her brand new clip…

‘Flown Away’ is from Sarah Valintine’s forthcoming debut album ‘The Poetry Pop Collection’.

Alien Weaponry Launch Second Album Tangaroa

Chris Cudby / Photo Credit: Piotr Kwasnik
/ Friday 17th September, 2021 10:56AM


Concluding Te Wiki o te Reo Māori / Māori Language Week with a cacophony of bone-crushing guitar riffs and pummelling percussion, Aotearoa metal titans Alien Weaponry have unleashed their second studio album. Including recent singles ‘Buried Underground’ and the blistering title track, brothers Lewis and Henry de Jong (Ngāti Pikiao & Ngāti Raukawa) and recent addition Ethan Trembath serve up twelve new anthems sung in both te reo and English on Tangaroa (god of the sea) — tackling such weighty topics as drug abuse, self-loathing, climate change and illegal fishing practices. Based in Northland’s Waipu but with a dedicated global fanbase, the trio shared their excitement about the increased visibility of te reo in our musical landscape since launching their pioneering 2018 debut

“When we released Tū, it was definitely unusual to have songs in te reo Māori, and we were really nervous about how it would be received… This time, with so many mainstream artists translating their music into te reo Māori, it almost seems like English songs are in the minority.” — Henry de Jong

‘Tangaroa’ is out now on major streaming services via Napalm Records.

Don McGlashan Shares Single Nows The Place

Chris Cudby / Photo Credit: Diane Smithers
/ Friday 17th September, 2021 8:55AM


We’ve recently seen him tour the length and breadth of Aotearoa with his classic groups Blam Blam Blam and The Mutton Birds, so it’s well past time for some brand new solo material from certified music legend Don McGlashan. The multi Silver Scroll-winning songwriter has unveiled this morning ‘Now’s The Place’, the lead single from his fourth solo album Bright November Morning, launching on 29th October and featuring contributions from his all-star band The Others — the team of Shayne P Carter (Straitjacket Fits, Dimmer), Chris O’Connor (SJD, Phoenix Foundation) and James Duncan (SJD, Dimmer). Touring with The Others on his Bright November Morning launch tour this November, the master storyteller revealed the origins of his time-twisting latest tune, which was written with his fellow Front Lawn bandmate Harry Sinclair

“This song came from an idea Harry Sinclair and I had for the kids TV series Kiri & Lou. Most adults seem to live in the waiting room of what’s going to happen next. When you’re brushing your teeth, you’re thinking about getting in the car; when you’re in the car, you’re thinking about arriving at work, and so on. Before we teach kids that awful trick, they can still marvel at the ‘nowness’ of ‘now’.

Harry and I had a ball writing a one minute song about that called ‘How Did We Get To Right Now?’ for Jemaine Clement and Liv Tennet to sing in the show – but another song came out at the same time: a loud, trippy rock song about the exhilaration of experiencing each moment, free from what’s behind or what might be up ahead. Harry was into me using it on my album, so I sent a demo to the band. They went into Bob Frisbee’s studio in Auckland, and wailed away gloriously over my rough acoustic guitar and vocals.

I love the power and joy in every note that Chris, Shayne and James play on ‘Now’s The Place’. And I love the fact that, thirty-six years years after The Front Lawn started, there’s a brand-new Front Lawn song on this album.”

Don McGlashan & The Others

Bright November Morning Tour

Thursday 11th November – James Hay Theatre, Christchurch
Friday 12th November – Glenroy Auditorium, Dunedin

Thursday 18th November – Toitoi Opera House, Hastings
Friday 19th November – Opera House, Wellington
Saturday 20th November – Theatre Royal, Nelson
Thursday 25th November – Totara St, Tauranga
Friday 26th November – Powerstation, Auckland
Saturday 27th November – Sawmill Cafe, Leigh*

*Tickets available HERE via UTR

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‘Now’s The Place’ is out now on major streaming services.

The Beths Unveil Live Album Film Auckland New Zealand 2020

Chris Cudby
/ Friday 17th September, 2021 8:02AM


Arising from humble beginnings playing Tāmaki Makaurau subterranean dive bars to achieving fame on a global scale, The Beths share today a new album and concert film documenting a key moment in their already fabled career. The team of Elizabeth Stokes, Jonathan Pearce, Benjamin Sinclair and Tristan Deck‘s live record Auckland, New Zealand, 2020 captures the energy of The Beths’ landmark headline event at Auckland Town Hall last November, triumphing over last year’s lockdown dramas to treat local fans to one heck of a show in the iconic venue. You can feel the emotion in the air as Stokes sings big-hearted anthem after anthem and hear the crowd squealing with delight as Pearce lets rip with Thin Lizzy-esque guitar shreds — like a career-spanning, sixteen track retrospective from a veteran band that are somehow only two albums deep.

You can enjoy the stream of the live album right now, then scoot along to the band’s YouTube channel or Vimeo from 4PM NZT today to enjoy the concert film of Auckland, New Zealand, 2020, created by longtime collaborators Sports Team — who also worked with The Beths in making this week’s magical seasonal finale of UTR Trash Recital. The Beths are hosting a Watch Party on their Patreon this Saturday 18th September from 11AM NZT, giving supporters the neat opportunity to watch the film in real time with the band.

The new release comes along with the happy / unhappy news The Beths’ forthcoming multi-night residency at Tāmaki’s Whammy Bar is still going ahead, but has been postponed with new dates to be announced. Now unable to journey to Aotearoa for the shows, Australian songwriter Stella Donnelly says: "I’m very sorry that I can no longer take part in these amazing shows with The Beths, and my own show at Meow. It was something I was very much looking forward to and hope we get to make it happen sometime in the future.” New dates and support info will be revealed by the organisers soon — ticket holders will be emailed direct from UTR [check your promotions, spam and junk folders].

‘Auckland, New Zealand, 2020’ is out now digitally via Carpark Records, the release of the vinyl LP edition has been postponed until Friday 1st October due to Level 4 restrictions.

Listen To Thoringtons Single Beautiful Covers

Chris Cudby
/ Thursday 16th September, 2021 2:29PM


An in-demand drummer for such significant local combos as BEING. and Yukon Era, 20 year old singer and multi-instrumentalist Thorington is back with ambitiously catchy new solo single ‘Beautiful Covers‘. Focusing his lyrical gaze on internal struggles, there’s hints of UMO or Prince-like melodicism bubbling through the song, along with a healthy anything-goes dose of Ty Segall riff-scuzz, some scratching and even an attention-grabbing orchestral hit leaping out of the mix. The eclectic track probably wouldn’t work at all were it not for the Tāmaki artist’s prodigious musical talents, somehow making such disparate elements sound smooth as all heck. There’s reportedly a new EP out soon and we say bring it on, listen to ‘Beautiful Covers’ here…

Hybrid Rose Drops New Album Shapeshifter

Chris Cudby
/ Thursday 16th September, 2021 11:30AM


Reincarnated from the circuit-fried ashes of cyberreality, Te Whanganui a Tara electronic artist Hybrid Rose has returned to serve up eleven futuristic bangers on Shapeshifter. The formerly retired alter ego of Valentina (whose debut long player Renaissance launched last month), the album smooshes together a formidably catchy selection of synth-soaked gems from throughout her oeuvre in celebration of Hybrid Rose’s fifth anniversary — topped off with club-shaking new earworm ‘Temporary’, featuring London-based artists Faye and Røyale. There’s clearly too much good stuff to be contained in just one musical identity, with special guests And$um, Jahlee, Georgie Kirton and Dan Konopka all lending a hand throughout. Treat your ears to Hybrid Rose’s Shapeshifter right here…

Aotearoa Level 2 Gigs For The Weekend

Chris Cudby / Image: Into Orbit / Photo credit: Will Not Fade
/ Thursday 16th September, 2021 10:11AM


As we’re all salivating over the notion of unrestricted shows returning to Aotearoa soon, there’s a handful of venues making it happen right now during Alert Level 2 conditions. We’ve cast our eyes upon the UTR Gig Guide and put together a necessarily snappy roundup of real life shows taking place this weekend to be celebrated — all five of them! Please head along and support not only the the bands but also our crucial venues, without whom the future would be a dismal place indeed. Operating during Alert Level 2, capacity for indoors events will be strictly limited to 50 attendees, shows must be seated, social distancing measures will be in place (everyone needs to be 1 metre apart) and masks need to be worn when not drinking / eating — note the full details on the government website here. Wellington has some tasty options available and Christchurch’s darkroom are doing their bit on Saturday, we advise nabbing presales while you can…

Friday 17th September

The Daytime Sleepers – Hashigo Zake, Wellington

Mortal Vice, The Heathen Collective + extra special bogans – Valhalla, Wellington

Saturday 18th September

Into Orbit, Planet Of The Dead, Mammuthus – Valhalla, Wellington, presale tickets HERE
Riki Gooch / Daniel Beban + Kolya – Pyramid Club, Wellington, presale tickets HERE
Saint Peter’s Thursday, Corticera, Party Box – darkroom, Christchurch, presale tickets HERE

Watch Into Orbit’s mind-frying video for ‘Dark Matter’…

TE KAAHU Performs Rangirara E Hine For RNZ Music

Chris Cudby / Photo credit: Frances Carter
/ Wednesday 15th September, 2021 1:50PM


In celebration of Te Wiki o te Reo Māori / Māori Language Week the RNZ Music team have shared superb footage of TE KAAHU, the te reo Māori project of Theia aka Em Walker (Waikato-Tainui, Ngāti Tiipaa), performing her latest single ‘Rangirara‘ plus recent waiata ‘E Hine Ē‘ with live band at Mt Albert’s Te Noho Kotahitanga wharenui. Meaning "beyond the heavens", ‘Rangirara’ is named after Theia’s grandmother, while ‘E Hine Ē’ is described by the artist as “a waiata aroha. It is for any girl or woman you have loved or ever will love".  The live session features none other than Lyttelton legend Delaney Davidson and Jol Mulholland on guitar, and HINA on vocals, playing stunning renditions of both tunes you can experience below…

"Tautokongia ngaa kaitito Maaori me tooku reo rangatira! Support Māori composers and my chiefly language!" – Theia

‘Rangirara’ and ‘E Hine Ē’ are out now on major streaming services.

The Beths Perform Im Not Getting Excited UTR Trash Recital Episode 11

Sports Team / A.K. / Wednesday 15th September, 2021 12:05PM


We’re stoked to share the eleventh episode and season finale 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.

Aotearoa’s The Beths are the final stars / victims of Trash Recital season one, and the loveable, huggable crew of Elizabeth Stokes, Jonathan Pearce, Benjamin Sinclair and Tristan Deck hit it for six. It’s the start of a massive seven or so months for the multi-award winning Tāmaki four piece, who are launching their Auckland, New Zealand, 2020 live album this Friday, have a bunch of local shows up their sleeves and a North America / EU tour in their sights for January onwards. Before they were too swept up with all of that, Sports Team dragged them onto the Trash Recital set for a one-of-a-kind recreation of their ripper track ‘I’m Not Getting Excited’ from their latest album Jump Rope Gazers. Watch as The Beths build makeshift instruments and fart machines in the final episode of Trash Recital season one…

A thank you

The process of building Trash Recital from a humble dust bunny to a big, stinking pile, eleven episodes high, has been an absolute joy. Thank you to Undertheradar for giving Sports Team this opportunity and trusting us with this project. Chris Cudby and Daryl Fincham gave us total creative freedom to make a video series from scratch, and have gone full tilt to support Trash Recital, giving it so much time and nurturing to fulfil its potential. I’d also like to thank the mega talented Ruby Walsh for taking on her role as audio engineer with excitement and a much needed open mind. Ruby has been our Trash Recital secret weapon, and is the person who actually proved it could be done and that we hadn’t just thought up some total dud. Ruby is the Sports Team 2021 MVP. Thanks to NZ On Air for all your support and for being our number one fans. Thank you to all the artists that let us film them enduring this special new type of torture specifically catered to musicians. Thank you to those who watched, shared and enjoyed.

Much love,

Sports Team

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

Slow Note Festival Announced For November 2021

Annabel Kean / Wednesday 15th September, 2021 10:42AM


All the best things take time, and the return of Pōneke all ages festival Slow Note after two years is one of those things. First launched in 2019, the festival platforms established and emerging musicians and poets over three art-packed days, across multiple stages and venues. The inaugural Slow Note boasted a hefty run of stellar acts, including Carb On Carb, i.e. Crazy, Sports Dreams, Michael James Keane and more, performing from hidden gardens, cosy flats and community spaces. Focussed on "bringing communities together through a shared ethos of connection and emotion", Slow Note makes no attempt to limit the medium of the artists, having previously featured some of Aotearoa’s fasting rising poetry stars, from the epic performance work of Freya Daly Sadgrove to the now internationally signed Tayi Tibble. This year’s festival will take place in late November, with the line up to be revealed early October alongside a Slow Note release party to celebrate the announcement. The organisers promise the 2021 festivities to be bigger and more ambitious than before, so start getting excited and nab yourself an early bird pass today…

Slow Note 2021
Lineup to be announced
Friday 26th November to Sunday 28th November
Early bird tickets available HERE via UTR

Press release:

After the inaugural hosting in 2019, Slow Note returns bigger – and more ambitious – to close out 2021: six stages of poetry and music at four venues across three days!

Slow Note 2021 will bring together a couple dozen of Aotearoa’s most exciting emerging and established artists hosted across a number of homely and humble spaces throughout Te Whanganui-a-Tara.

The three-day, all-ages, festival of art will unfurl across Wellington on 26-28 November. Eschewing any particular style or medium, Slow Note is focused on bringing communities together through a shared ethos of connection and emotion.

In 2019, Slow Note saw artists such i.e. crazy’s gothic folklore, the intractable guitars of milk, and emo forerunners Carb on Carb grace various halls and backyards throughout Wellington. As the festival line-up for 2021 is revealed in the coming weeks, attendees can expect a similarly diverse variety of poets, bands and electronic artists from across the motu.

The full-line up will be released in early October, coinciding with a release party on Saturday 2 October at Commonspace in central Wellington.

As an all-ages festival, Slow Note centers community and accessibility, with a view to inspiring reflection and creativity by recognising and appreciating the spaces and communities around us. Slow Note helps widen the path for those who want to discover, explore and connect with new ideas through art.

Limited early bird passes are available now from

Slow Note 2021 is presented by Upoko Alpine Industries, with thanks to Synthstrom Audible and Wellington City Creative Communities Scheme.

Ngā mihi nui ki ngā tangata whenua a Te Whanganui-ā-Tara. Ngā mihi anō ki Te Āti Awa.

Lunavela Returns With Single Six Out Of Ten Friend Announces New Album

Chris Cudby
/ Wednesday 15th September, 2021 9:33AM


Frontman of Aotearoa indie-pop stars Collapsing Cities, Steve Mathieson‘s solo project Lunavela makes a more than welcome return this morning with catchy gem ‘Six-Out-Of-Ten-Friend‘. The first taste of an entire new album out later this year from the Tāmaki Makaurau tunesmith (and sometimes UTR contributor), the single proves once again Mathieson is one of our most relatable songwriters, spinning an emotionally affecting tale of trying to safely navigate the perilous social landscape of our everyday lives — sporting the disarmingly real chorus "Avoiding you in the supermarket". Six out of ten is still a pass though right? Recorded with Alistair Deverick (Boycrush), bassist Hannan Carter (Steriogram, NO) and mixed by Ben Lawson, Mathieson opened up about how his latest song isn’t as negative as the title might suggest…

"Six-Out-Of-Ten Friend is not a misanthropic song, it’s more a celebration of setting better boundaries with people who don’t get you and laughing about social awkwardness. Y’know celebrating that awkward conversation of small talk in the pet food aisle of Countdown with an ex-work colleague, music punisher or an ex-girlfriends husband. This is my idea of a pop song.

My M.O with songwriting on this project is to make you feel something in some form whether that’s make you smile, laugh, cry, sing along, resent me, whatever. It’s taken me so long to do this album as it’s all self-funded, I’m so proud of it, grateful for the people who helped and it’s the best thing I’ve ever done".

‘Six-Out-Of-Ten-Friend’ is out now via major streaming services.

OPN and Elizabeth Fraser Cocteau Twins Unveil Tales From The Trash Stratum

Chris Cudby
/ Tuesday 14th September, 2021 2:36PM


US electronic innovator Daniel Lopatin aka Oneohtrix Point Never has unveiled a collaboration with dream-pop legend Elizabeth Fraser of Cocteau Twins, with hypnagogic accompanying official visuals by influential design guru Robert Beatty. The new version of ‘Tales From The Trash Stratum‘ will appear on a special expanded Blu-ray Edition of OPN’s 2020 odyssey Magic Oneohtrix Point Never, launching in late October. Now mixed in Dolby Atmos® spatial audio, the forthcoming collection includes four bonus songs, including collabs with PC Music’s AG Cook and ROSALIA. Beatty’s video smooshes together richly textured natural film imagery with animated retro-futuristic abstract geometry, in an evocative manner that feels familiar yet startlingly fresh, topped off by a font inspired by Little House On The Prairie — watch / listen below…

‘Magic Oneohtrix Point Never (Blu-ray Edition)’ releases on Friday 29th October via Warp Records.

Pervertor Unleash New Album Putrid Dominion

Chris Cudby / Artwork credit: Godlike Ikons
/ Tuesday 14th September, 2021 12:34PM


Exploding out the dank despicable hellhole that is our nation’s capital, Te Whanganui a Tara’s Pervertor unleash an unholy racket on their pummelling new album Putrid Dominion, their first long player since 2017’s Perverted Tales Of Depravity. Sounding not unlike a demonically possessed Donald Duck, singer Necroar confronts humanity’s dark side on the eight track extreme metal opus, with bandmates Inebriator, Carnage and Rots letting rip such a remorselessly furious sonic assault you’d almost reckon they were having a great time, were it not for their songs’ unsparingly grim subject matter. You can cop your own limited edition vinyl copy (with shaped logo patch) and / or compact disc direct from the source over on Pervertor’s Bandcamp page HERE and experience Putrid Dominion below…

Ocean Alley Announce New Dates For Aotearoa Tour w Hockey Dad

Chris Cudby / Photo credit: The Sauce
/ Tuesday 14th September, 2021 12:00PM


Live shows in Aotearoa have certainly been a bit of a moving target since Covid made its dreaded return, but hope is on the horizon. Originally set to tour here this month before the trans-Tasman bubble popped, New South Wales surf-psych champs Ocean Alley have assured fans their epic scale four date tour of our shores will still be happening, now confirmed for May 2022 — when hopefully all this current Delta guff will feel like a distant dream. Hockey Dad fans need not fret as they’ll still be accompanying Ocean Alley on every NZ date of the tour, which will see both hugely popular groups playing at Auckland’s Spark Arena, Wellington’s Michael Fowler Centre, Dunedin Town Hall and Christchurch Town Hall. Read DARTZ bassist and co-songwriter Clark Mathews‘ in-depth chat with Ocean Alley’s Mitch Galbraith HERE and grip the updated tour details below…

"We’ve been hanging out to get back to NZ, we always have the best time there, we’re gutted that we’ll all have to wait a little longer but we promise it will be worth the wait! We have a brand new show with songs from all of our records as well as a new light show and live experience and we hope you can join us at some of New Zealand’s best live music venues.” – Mitch Galbraith, Ocean Alley

With special guests Hockey Dad 

Saturday 14th May — Spark Arena, Auckland

Sunday 15th May — Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington

Wednesday 18th May — Town Hall, Dunedin

Thursday 19th May — Town Hall, Christchurch*

Tickets available via

*Tickets available via

Ticket holders do not need to take any action; all tickets previously purchased from authorised outlets remain valid for the rescheduled shows without the need for exchange. Fans who are unable to attend the new dates can obtain a refund from their original point of purchase. Refund requests are to be submitted [to the above outlets] by 5pm NZDT Wed 13 October 2021.

Check out footage of Ocean Alley performing the title track to their latest album Lonely Diamond live at Miami Marketta, Gold Coast…

Experience Hockey Dad’s live performance of ‘I Missed Out’ on ABC’s The Sound…

Press release:

Eccles Entertainment regret to advise that due to ongoing Covid-19 and border situations between Australia and New Zealand, Ocean Alley’s tour of New Zealand, due to kick off later this month will now be held in May 2022.

Needing little introduction to Kiwi audiences, Ocean Alley have quietly been building their passionate Kiwi fanbase. 2020 saw the band debut at #6 on the NZ Top 40 Album Chart with their critically acclaimed third album Lonely Diamond. Their previous headline tours have sold out well in advance, including two consecutive nights at Auckland’s renowned Powerstation in 2019. Ocean Alley have played some of New Zealand’s biggest festivals including Rhythm & Vines, Rhythm & Alps and Soundsplash, and in 2020 they played main support on the SIX60 Saturdays tour at both Western Springs Stadium and Forsyth Barr Stadium.

Joining Ocean Alley on all dates are Australian garage rock royalty Hockey Dad. Growing up as best friends on the NSW South Coast, the duo made up of Zach Stephenson and Billy Fleming have carved a name for themselves on both sides of the Tasman thanks to their high-risk party jams. Their most recent album Brain Candy (2020) debuted at #2 on the ARIA Chart and saw the boys take their high energy show on the road for a colossal 22-date tour of Australia. New Zealand audiences can expect a spirited set from Windang’s finest sons.

Despite sold out international tours and major festival appearances including Reading & Leeds (UK), Splendour In The Grass (AUS) and Sziget (HU) under their belt, plus more than 400 million catalogue streams worldwide, Ocean Alley are still constantly pushing their own boundaries and defying expectations of what their music can be. Don’t miss out on seeing Ocean Alley on their biggest New Zealand tour yet next May!

Valhalla Reopening For Live Shows This Week

Chris Cudby / Image: Planet Of The Dead / Photo credit: Bruce Mackay
/ Tuesday 14th September, 2021 9:39AM


Te Whanganui a Tara’s beloved home of heavy metal, subterranean dance ragers and so much more, Valhalla are leading the charge for the return of live music in Aotearoa once more, reopening their gates for seated gigs from this Wednesday onwards. Operating under the more restricted new Alert Level 2 conditions, capacity for these events will be strictly limited to 50 attendees, social distancing measures will be in place (everyone needs to be 1 metre apart) and masks need to be worn when not imbibing a thirst-quenching beverage. Valhalla have announced a fun twist on the latter with a mask competition being held for every Level 2 show, where the the "coolest / funniest / most unique masker wearer" wins a bar tab on them. NZ’s venues desperately need everyone’s support if our live music culture is going to keep thriving into the future — consider it your civic duty to head along to any / all of these killer shows happening at Valhalla this very week, we advise snapping up presales while you can…

Wednesday 15th September — Songs For Skeleton feat. Bad Hagrid, Rose Lubransky, Esbee and the Zooks; presale tickets available HERE via UTR

Thursday 16th September — NOISE>DRONE>REPEAT w/ Forgotten Architecture, Sluggernaut, Vital Artery, Daniel Beban ($5 on the door, doors at 8pm, first act on 8.30ish)

Friday 17th September — Mortal Vice, The Heathen Collective + extra special bogans

Saturday 18th September — Into Orbit w/ Planet Of The Dead & Mammuthus; presale tickets available HERE via UTR

Experience Planet Of The Dead’s epic video for the title track to their new album Pilgrim…

Young Ghot and Alphabethead Bad Taste Drop Rolling In The Morning

Chris Cudby
/ Monday 13th September, 2021 2:31PM


The Te Whanganui a Tara hip hop super team of production wiz Alphabethead and rapper Young Gho$t, Bad Taste are back at it with their second collaborative cut ‘Rolling In The Morning‘. Keeping the vibes appropriately chill while low-key sporting some world-class scratching and impeccable lyrical flow, the jazz-inflected joint is an ode to blazed leisure pursuits that refuses to quit with the slow-burning catchiness. Listen up below and cross fingers Bad Taste will be hitting stages together again soon…

‘Rolling In The Morning’ is out now on major streaming services.

The Dead C Unveil Two Track Horror Stories EP

Chris Cudby / Photo credit: Ngamihi Pawa
/ Monday 13th September, 2021 12:18PM


Aotearoa free noise pioneers The Dead C have reemerged with a new two track EP titled Horror Stories, released on September 11 in sync with the 20th anniversary of the World Trade Center attacks. Renowned across the globe yet enshrined in mystery, the iconic Port Chalmers trio of Morley, Russell and Yeats carve out slow-crawling sound-shapes of droning guitar, scattergun percussion and close mic-ed vocals on the title track, while ‘The Horse, A Wall, The Island’ initially adopts an alert, more ‘rocking’ stance — peeling listeners’ brains with piercing tones and unsettling croon, before decaying into a ghost-like fog…

Empress Unleash Trash Dynasty EP

Chris Cudby
/ Monday 13th September, 2021 11:25AM


We’re huge fans of sonic trash in the UTR office, so we were of course stoked to tuck into Trash Dynasty, the fuzzed-out new six song offering from Tāmaki / Kirikiriroa riff-wranglers Empress. Conjuring a grungy sound much huger than should be possible from only two people, the team of Craig Gilliver and Lora Thompson describe Empress as "if Chelsea Wolf and the Melvins had a reggae baby and fed it to Courtney Love", and we’re not gonna argue with that on the money delineation. Every tune feels like an anthem — from grunty opener ‘Sailing the Seas of grease’, to heavy slow-burner ‘Theftones’, to upbeat closing groover ‘Oh! My Heart’ — all sure to be killer live when their forthcoming tour rolls into a venue near you (hopefully Covid won’t stop that happening), including Hawkes Bay’s mega-stacked Sanctuary Sounds festival. Experience Empress’ Trash Dynasty right here…

Check out the video for ‘No Tomorrow’…

‘Trash Dynasty’ is out now on major streaming services.

deepState Drops Deep Summer EP

Annabel Kean / Monday 13th September, 2021 10:45AM


deepState returns with four transcendental electronic tracks on their new EP Deep Summer, a cool two months after dropping debut EP MMXXI on local imprint Sunreturn. Although we’re a wee way off being deep in summer (and would that be mid-summer or late-summer?), deepState aka Jessica Morgan‘s latest collection packs sweltering ambient and garage cuts, further exploring the darker corners of her July debut. Lush MMXXI single ‘Redux’ sounds like the jumping off point for Deep Summer, again thrusting the listener into heavy rainfall, playing with syncopated beats and warped vocals. Get your seasonal deepState fix with four slamming new drops, followed by their recent feature on Nightmare Honey II when you’re done…

Moana The Tribe Share Single Video io Ana feat Mari Boine

Chris Cudby
/ Monday 13th September, 2021 9:59AM


Moana Maniapoto (Te Arawa, Ngāti Tūwharetoa) and The Tribe help kick off Te Wiki o te Reo Māori / Māori Language Week with new te reo single ‘Āio ana’, a collaboration with Sámi vocalist Mari Boine (Norway). Recipient of the 2019 Classic Record for her trailblazing, politically-charged work with the Moa Hunters, Maniapoto’s atmospheric latest release with The Tribe is set to appear on their forthcoming album Ono, a six (‘ono’) song collection launching in 2022 and aiming to "celebrate and raise the visibility of endangered indigenous languages". A serene sonic meditation to inspire peace, the lyrics for ‘Āio ana’ were written by Scotty Morrison, with Maniapoto and Paddy Free (Pitch Black) creating the tune’s dreamy ambient beat-scape, and Boine contributing traditional Sámi joik vocalisations. Directed by Paddy Free, watch the golden-toned accompanying video here and scroll downwards for the lyrics to ‘Āio ana’  with English translation below…

ĀIO ANA – LYRICS – (S.Morrison, P.Free, M.Maniapoto)

Āio ana te rangi
Let there be calm across the heavens

Āio ana te whenua
Let there be calm across the land

Āio ana te ao katoa
Let there be calm across the world

Āio ana te moe a te kuru pounamu

Let there be calm as this precious jewel sleeps

I roto i te māī
Cradled within

Te matihere
The great affection

Me te māoriori e
And the serenity

Kia au, kia au, kia au te moe
Wrapped in the mist of sleep

‘Āio ana’ feat. Mari Boine is out now on major streaming services.