Louisa Nicklin Announces Debut Album Release Tour

Chris Cudby / Album cover artwork: Steven Acres
/ Monday 19th April, 2021 9:00AM

  
  

A leading voice among a new generation of Aotearoa songwriters, Tāmaki Makaurau’s Louisa Nicklin has garnered devoted fans for her haunting student radio hits ‘Water Around Her’ and ‘To Be Fine’, and live performances including a jam-packed crowd for her recent Mermgrown festival appearance. With her forthcoming self-titled debut album sure to be a local release highlight of 2021, Nicklin has announced an extensive launch tour, journeying throughout the nation June and July, kicking off with a free in-store shore at Flying Out. Recorded with Steven Marr at Roundhead Studios over eighteen months and tackling the lockdown-relevant theme of "…peoples loneliness, my relationship to this, and my relationship to others", the new record features musical contributions from bandmates Eamon Edmundson-Wells (Pixels) and Mason Fairey (The Naenae Express, Green Grove), plus JY Lee (Avantdale Bowling Club, Yoko Zuna) and Antonia Barnett-McIntosh. Join Nicklin with band in celebration of their debut studio long player at the following dates…


Undertheradar proudly presents…

Louisa Nicklin Album Release Tour

Saturday 29 May – Flying Out, Auckland (in store – free entry)

Friday 18 June – Dive, Dunedin

Saturday 19 June – Darkroom, Christchurch

Friday 25 June – Jam Factory, Tauranga*

Saturday 26 June – Sawmill Cafe, Leigh

Thursday 1 July – Porridge Watson, Whanganui
 Friday 2 July – Moon, Wellington
 Saturday 3 July – Paisley Stage, Napier
 Friday 23 July – Whammy, Auckland

Tickets available via Banished Music

*Tickets from Events Pronto

Press release:

Tāmaki Makaurau-based artist Louisa Nicklin will be taking her debut, self-titled album on a tour across Aotearoa from May 2021. The self-titled album is set to be released on May 25th but has already given listeners a taste of what’s to come with her most recent singles ‘To Be Fine’ and ‘Water Around Her’.

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Recorded by Steven Marr at Roundhead Studios the 9 track album is a collection of songs written over the past eighteen months. Joining Louisa on the album are local talents and bandmates Eamon Edmundson-Wells (Pixels) and Mason Fairey (The Naenae Express, Green Grove) and also features first time collaborators such as JY Lee (Avantdale Bowling Club, Yoko Zuna) and classical composer and cellist Antonia Barnett-McIntosh.

Louisa says “recording at Roundhead Studios with Steven Marr was a special experience and having Eamon Edmundson-Wells and Mason Fairey work with me to arrange the songs was great. The album explores ideas around peoples loneliness, my relationship to this, and my relationship to others.”

With the tour kicking off in May, Louisa Nicklin will be joined by her band as well as some talented locally sourced support acts. Tickets available from Banished Music.

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Dianne Swann Shares Debut Solo Album The War On Peace Of Mind

Annabel Kean / Friday 16th April, 2021 6:44PM

  
  

Having recorded music with Everything That Flies, Julie Dolphin, When The Cat’s Away, and even Radiohead over the past four decades, Aotearoa songwriter Dianne Swann (The Bads) steps out on her own with debut solo album The War On Peace Of Mind. This year she’s released her first solo singles since 1989’s ‘Something Good’, and cemented her reputation in New Zealand’s folk-rock history with an album described by Reb Fountain as "embellished with nuanced pop and supremely crafted melodies".

To mark the occasion, Swann has announced a special trio of shows throughout Te Ika-a-Māui at all the cosiest venues. Catch her at Tāmaki’s Wine Cellar with a DJ support set from Sandy Mill, at ONEONESIX (BYO venue) in Whangarei joined by Farandicus, and lastly with Dylan Storey at Russell Boating Club. Dates and tickets here, and The War On Peace Of Mind below…

Dianne Swann Album Release Tour

Saturday 8th May – The Wine Cellar, Auckland w/ Sandy Mill (DJ Set)

Friday 14th May – ONEONESIX, Whangarei w/ Farandicus

Saturday 15th May – Russell Boating Club, Russell w/ Dylan Storey

Tickets available HERE via UTR


Press release:

Today one of Aotearoa’s most prolific songwriters releases her debut solo album. The arrival of The War On Peace Of Mind by Dianne Swann marks a well fought career decades in the making.

Coming in at a concise eight songs, and produced by Swann, she wanted the album to be short, sharp, and focussed. Available digitally and on limited edition vinyl, the album is four songs a side, an intended to be listened to from start to finish. Shaped by the intricacies of the human mind and our internal battle, the album examines the dichotomy of inner tranquillity and the struggle that rages around that. Swann’s abilities shine on The War On Peace Of Mind. It is assured, empowering, it’s rock n roll and perhaps most of all, totally relatable.

Watch: ‘Losing The War On Peace Of Mind’ by Dianne Swann
Of the album title Swann says: “I think the title relates to the human condition, we cannot always feel serene and blissful, and it sometimes feels like a complete battle to retain any equilibrium, sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. We all have our tricks and techniques to stay on the level. It seems especially relevant in the current world state – it seems as though every aspect of how we live, and think is being challenged. I very much felt this ramping up in 2019, and as we now know a lot more was to be revealed in 2020.”

To celebrate the release, Swann is playing three very special album release shows in Auckland and Northland this May. Beginning at Auckland’s Wine Cellar on the 8th and featuring the wonderful Sandy Mill on DJ duties both before and after The Dianne Swann Band’s set, this guarantees to be a night of incredible music. ONEONESIX in Whangarei will host the band on May 14th with support from Farandicus, before wrapping up the next night at the Russell Boating Club with Dylan Storey as support. These shows will be fans first chance to hear songs from the new album played live and with a full band. Tickets for these shows are on sale now. Head to undertheradar.co.nz for details.
In addition to these headline shows, Swann will also be supporting Greg Johnson on his national tour this June/July.

The War On Peace Of Mind showcases Swann’s presence with hints of vulnerability to her voice. From lead single ‘Show Your Heart’ which features a timely reminder to be kind through to the heaviest moment on the album and final track ‘Rare Good Feeling’ Swann’s knack for melody and intelligent song writing is highlighted time and time again. The eight songs shift between cautious optimism and stark truths. An album that finds itself commanding your attention and an album that is surely to be one of 2021’s best.

Linksdianneswann.bandcamp.com/

Weekly Roundup Friday 16th April

C.C. / Image: Adam Hattaway and The Haunters
/ Friday 16th April, 2021 4:30PM

  
  

WEEKEND GIG PICKS:


Friday 16th April

Auckland: Haz Beats and Miloux – Ponsonby Social Club
Auckland: Loud And Proud Festival (Night One) – Audio Foundation

Auckland: Feijoa, Pocket Money, Rita May, Elisa Beth – Cassette Nine

Hamilton: Sidewinder, Thunderchild, Vvoid – Nivara Lounge

Hastings: Andrew Fagan and The People – Haumoana Hall
Wellington: Arjuna Oakes And Serebii – San Fran

Wellington: Greg Malcolm, Lucien Johnson – Pyramid Club

Christchurch: Adam Hattaway And The Haunters, Daniel Armstrong And The Monsoons – Cassels Blue Smoke

Christchurch: Voodoo Bloo, Marsha, The Layarounds – darkroom

Oamaru: The Chills – Oamaru Club

Dunedin: nicholas Franchise – Starters Bar

Invercargill: Jo Little & Jared Smtih, Oscar Ladell, Ramblin’ Rosies – Southland Musicians Club

Saturday 17th April

Whangarei: Lead Zipline – The Butter Factory

Auckland: Adam Hattaway And The Haunters, Daniel Armstrong And The Monsoons – Thirsty Dog

Auckland: The Up-Doos – Ponsonby Social Club

Auckland: Loud And Proud Festival (Night Two) – Audio Foundation

Auckland: A Night Of Fleetwood Mac – Leigh Sawmill Cafe

Hamilton: Divisionary, Dogtooth Amethyst, Parasitic Infestation, Pale Flag – Nivara Lounge

Hamilton: We Will Ride Fast, Half/Time, Glass Shards – Meoverse

Palmerston North: Arjuna Oakes and Serebii – The Stomach

Paekakariki: Julie Lamb Outfit, Charlotte Kerrigan – St Peter’s Hall

Wellington: Shinbone, Oh Sweet Nothings – Valhalla

Wellington: The Dark Eighties: The Cure Vs. Siouxsie – MOON

Wellington: Andrew Fagan and The People – Meow

Oamaru: Mali Mali – Grainstore Gallery

Christchurch: Tiny Ruins – The Loons

Christchurch: nicholas Franchise – darkroom

Christchurch: Way.pnt Presents – FLUX
Dunedin: Porpoise, Bathysphere, Fazed on a Pony – The Crown

Dunedin: The Chills – Larnach Castle

NEW TRACKS:

Spawts Unveil Clicks Whistles EP

Chris Cudby
/ Friday 16th April, 2021 2:48PM

  
  

Recorded with engineer Nick Moyle at his garage studio in Waiuku, the new five song EP from Tāmaki Makaurau’s Spawts is brimming with off the cuff DIY energy. Undergoing a bit of a lineup shakeup since 2019’s debut album AV1, Spawts’ Kieran Ormandy and Jamie Hannah are joined on Clicks & Whistles by new core member Sam Austin, yet the band’s knack for a catchy hook remains untouched. Including recent student radio hit ‘Headroom’ packaged with four more fresh tunes, Spawts whip up a sonically diverse, guitar-driven storm encompassing hazy shoegaze and bruising post-punk / rock, with Ormandy’s existential lyricism touching on "self sabotage, expired circumstances & broken friendships." Joined live by Jake Love on bass, Spawts are taking the logical next step with an EP launch event on 30th April in Morningside — listen up and grab tickets below…

Spawts ‘Clicks And Whistles’ EP Release

Friday 30th April – 605 Morningside, Auckland

Tickets available HERE via UTR

‘Clicks & Whistles’ is out now via major streaming platforms.

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facebook.com/thebandspawts

Listen To Murokis Six Song Debut EP Dawn

C.C.
/ Friday 16th April, 2021 12:51PM

  
  

Out today courtesy of Aotearoa pop champion Benee‘s very own imprint Olive Records, rising star Muroki‘s debut Dawn EP serves up six soulful songs that sound wise beyond the just-turned 20 year old’s years. Taking its title from the English translation of his Swahili name (Muroki translates to “come with the dawn”), mellow-toned earlier singles ‘Wavy‘, ‘Crossroads‘ and ‘Light Me Up’ re-emerge on Dawn alongside new three tunes. Featuring collaborations with producer Djeisan Suskov (Leisure, BENEE), Pōneke vocalist Rhys Rich and hitmaker Josh Fountain on ‘Everything Else’, the future’s looking bright for the Raglan artist, whose recent skateboarding tumble caused a brief pause to his summer touring — listen up here…

‘Dawn’ is out now via Olive Records.

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tautahis Jack Page Shares Single Halfway

Annabel Kean / Friday 16th April, 2021 11:13AM

  
  

Ōtautahi jazz cat Jack Page has shared lush new track ‘Halfway’ from part two of his The Days EP. The multi-instrumentalist lets his voice cut through sunny piano and classical guitar on ‘Halfway’, his vocals dancing atop some seriously dank grooves. I want to compare Page’s voice to Rhye and the mix to Thundercat, but that would immediately expose me as someone who doesn’t know many jazz-influenced pop artists. I make that comparison with only the best intentions, because it’s such a joy to hear that sound coming from a songwriter in my home town. Created with the support of NZ On Air, listen up to ‘Halfway’ and keep an eye on Jack Page — The Days pt. 2 is out in full next month…

Jack Page’s EP ‘The Days, Pt. 2’ is out May 14th.

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Beastwars Announce Supports For 10th Anniversary Tour

Chris Cudby / Photo credit: David James
/ Friday 16th April, 2021 11:09AM

  
  

Pōneke metal titans Beastwars have announced regional supports for their forthcoming nationwide tour, celebrating the 10th anniversary of their paradigm shifting 2011 self-titled debut album. Playing with heavy psych duo Earth Tongue for all dates of the tour, Beastwars will be joined on their riff-fuelled odyssey across Aotearoa by Threat.Meet.Protocol, Demons Of Noon, Swamp Dweller, Saint Satori and Deranger, wrapping up at their hometown’s Hunter Lounge with (appropriately enough) End Boss. Long out of print and now changing hands amongst collectors for absurd sums, Beastwars’ debut album is at last being reissued on vinyl for the first time in seven years in freshly remastered form. Don’t even think of missing Beastwars playing their entire classic record from start to finish, plus a whole heap of more songs from their mighty back catalogue at the following dates…

Panhead Custom Ales, Banished Music & Under The Radar presents…

BEASTWARS 10th Anniversary Tour
with special guests EARTH TONGUE

Friday 7th May – Totara St. – Mount Maunganui w/ Threat.Meet.Protocol

Saturday 8th May – Powerstation, Auckland w/ Demons Of Noon


Friday 14th May – Starters, Dunedin w/ Swamp Dweller

Saturday 15th May – Cassels Blue Smoke, Christchurch w/ Saint Satori*

Friday 21st May – Wakatu Hotel, Nelson w/ Deranger

Saturday 22nd May – Hunter Lounge, Wellington w/ End Boss

Discounted early bird tickets on sale HERE via UTR
All Christchurch tickets for the previously announced Isaac Theatre Royal show on May 15th are automatically valid for this show, or refunds can be requested from point of purchase*
Mount Maunganui tickets available HERE
Auckland tickets available HERE

Listen to Beastwars’ ‘When I’m King’, recently unearthed from their debut album recording sessions…

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Eyeliner Remixes Amamelias The F In FM Stands For Flute

Chris Cudby / Amamelia photo credit: Karin Yamasaki
/ Friday 16th April, 2021 10:06AM

  
  

We’ve finally made it to Friday, but that’s no excuse to slow down. If you haven’t done so already, it’s time to grab that coffee, suitcase and newspaper then head into the office to knuckle down before the big weekend. A delicious pastry on the way in? Don’t mind if I do. Currently based in Hong Kong, Aotearoa MIDI pop magnate Eyeliner aka Luke Rowell (Disasteradio) dishes up a double dose of TGIF energy in his new remix of Amamelia‘s ‘The F In FM Stands For Flute‘ — appearing on the 2021 Auckland Live Best Independent Debut finalist’s forthcoming WOW! The 2021 Remixes collection. Finding a happy spot to hang out between both artist’s well maintained sonic realms, Eyeliner brings slap bass robo funk, Dr Katz keys and a touch of melodic whimsy to Amamelia’s dang swish club-friendly original. Does this mean the F in TGIF stands for Frequency?

Eyeliner will be beaming in a livestream set to the WOW! The 2021 Remixes album release party on 1st May at Whammy Bar and Backroom, featuring irl performances by friends / contributors bb gurl, Big Fat Raro, Citacsy, Dbldbl, Go Nuclear, Imugi 이무기, Jack Russell, Liam K. Swiggs, Tei., Trapjaw Kelpie, Alexa Casino as DJ Snakelegs and of course Amamelia — details right here…

Amamelia – ‘WOW! The 2021 Remixes’ Album Release

Saturday 1st May – Whammy Bar and Backroom, Auckland

Featuring… Amamelia, bb gurl, Big Fat Raro, Citacsy, Dbldbl, Go Nuclear, Imugi 이무기, Jack Russell, Liam K. Swiggs, Tei., Trapjaw Kelpie, Alexa Casino as DJ Snakelegs, Eyeliner (video stream)

Tickets available HERE via UTR

‘WOW! The 2021 Remixes’ launches on Friday 30th April via Sunreturn.

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facebook.com/amamelianz

Soft Plastics Share New Single Loozer

Chris Cudby / Photo Credit: Trent Williams

/ Friday 16th April, 2021 8:50AM

  
  

It’s been an all-killer run of releases since Te Whanganui-a-Tara’s excellently named Soft Plastics arose from the ashes of Beatcomber in early 2020. The team of Sophie Scott-Maunder, Jonathan Shirley and Laura Robinson‘s standalone fourth single ‘Loozer‘ has arrived, starting with a hushed intimacy that recalls the stop in your tracks wonderment of their student radio hit ‘My World / Your Girl‘, then steadily ramping up energy to a grandly fuzz-frazzled conclusion. Recorded with Lochie Noble (Transistor) and Oli Devlin (Hans Pucket), the filmic scale of Soft Plastics’ new song belies its humble DIY origins, with tracks laid down in Robinson’s flat before being polished off by engineer James Goldsmith. Soft Plastics are celebrating the launch of their mini-epic with tour dates throughout Te Ika-a-Māui in April and May. Tackling the time honoured theme of rolling the dice on life, Scott-Maunder revealed ‘Loozer’ was one of the first songs the trio wrote together…

"Loozer was one of the first Soft Plastics songs we wrote… Thematically and lyrically, the song is about self-sabotaging situations and making decisions based on wants rather than needs. When I wrote ‘If I let this pass me by I could win some or I could lose you’ I was reflecting on short term gain vs long term pain and whether it’s worth sacrificing something you know very well for a stab in the dark. I was really keen to add some guttural screams after the breakdown that was reminiscent of Mitski or Phoebe Bridgers. There is no real resolution to the song so the screams were a perfect way to release the tension and add an additional layer of distortion."


Soft Plastics: The Loozer Tour

Saturday 24th April – Secret location, Whanganui

Saturday 1st May – TBA, Wellington

Friday 7th May – Yot Club, Raglan

Saturday 8th May – Whammy Bar, Auckland

Tickets available HERE via UTR

‘Loozer’ is out now via major streaming platforms.

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facebook.com/softplasticsband/
softplasticsband.bandcamp.com/

Scarlett Lashes Drops Single Video Dirty Girl

Annabel Kean / Thursday 15th April, 2021 2:29PM

  
  

Scarlett Lashes needs a bath, nay, an exorcism in the debaucherous video for grimy new track ‘Dirty Girl‘, that’s almost certainly NSFW. The iconic Auckland pop-boundary pusher begs to be shat on, pissed on and left to marinate in her own stench, accompanied by filthy synth bass and a beat that’ll have you dancing along whether you like it or not. Surrounded by sheets of plastic, mannequins and unmade beds, Scarlett is adorned with red toggle nipples and a hefty pink merkin while co-stars Kalee Jackson and Alexa Wilson writhe nearby, occasionally offering a hand for some assisted twerking. Anyone with a pulse should clear their Thursday night schedule and catch Scarlett Lashes live tonight at Wine Cellar, supported by alt-pop acts Star Chart and Missy. Tickets over here, and the confusingly sexy ‘Dirty Girl’ song and video here…

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Supports Announced For Theia x Vayne CREEP Tour

Annabel Kean / Thursday 15th April, 2021 12:38PM

  
  

Power duo Theia and Vayne have unleashed a killer rundown of support acts for their joint Te Ika-a-Māui CREEP tour next month. Joining the rap, pop, and hip hop queens as they spread the good word of ‘CREEP’ will be DJ Monoga.my and RnB newcomer (and Vayne’s cousin) Fiveofive for all five shows. Pop act Valkyrie follow up their phenomenal Splore set with performances on three of the CREEP tour dates, hitting Hamilton, Whakatāne and Gisborne. For one night only in Tāmaki Makaurau, hip hop duo Imugi이무기 stack up the bill alongside Monoga.my and Fiveofive at Whammy Bar. No matter where in the North Island you are, there’s an all star Theia x Vayne lineup in your vicinity this May. Don’t miss out on this flaming hot tour…

Theia x Vayne Te Ika a Māui ‘CREEP’ Tour w/ Monoga.my & Fiveofive

Friday 7th May – Nivara Lounge, Hamilton w/ Valkyrie

Saturday 15th May – Whammy Bar, Auckland w/ Imugi이무기

Friday 21st May – Moon, Wellington

Friday 28th May – Boiler Room, Whakatāne w/ Valkyrie

Saturday 29th May – Smash Palace, Gisborne w/ Valkyrie

Tickets available HERE via UTR

Here’s a taste of Valkyrie’s explosive neon energy in their video for ‘Good Thing’…

Step into Imugi이무기’s high-flying ‘Greensmoke’ fantasy world…

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instagram.com/_imugi_/
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facebook.com/theiaofficialxo

SPELLLING Unveils Single Little Deer Announces New Album

Chris Cudby / Photo credit: Catalina Xavlena
/ Thursday 15th April, 2021 11:45AM

  
  

The project of Bay Area avant-pop artist Chrystia Cabral, SPELLLING‘s 2019 sci-fi / fantasy album Mazy Fly was a highlight of that year for many (including myself), encouraging us all to embrace our inner freak. We’re stoked to hear her third long-player The Turning Wheel is on the way, teased by lead single ‘Little Deer‘. Exploring sonic realms beyond her synth-soaked home turf, SPELLLING’s new record features an ensemble of 31 collaborating musicians, as heard in the uplifting and opulent orchestration of ‘Little Deer’ — emblematic of the new record’s themes of "human unity, the future, divine love and the enigmatic ups and downs of being a part of this carnival called life".

“Little Deer” is definitely a thesis track. I feel that way because it not only showcases the greatest range of instrumentation that is featured on the album, but also because it accomplishes this strong impression of theater that I was striving for with the album as a whole. I’m especially proud of the lyrics. The challenge with the lyric writing was being able to speak to really large concepts like karma, reincarnation and the cycle of life without making the song sound burdened. I wanted the lyrics to match the grandeur of the instrumentation but still be easy to sing along to. I figured out a way to build the lyrics using a lot of abstract language that is still singable but odd in a way that 1 hope makes it memorable." – SPELLLING

‘The Turning Wheel’ launches on Friday 25th June via Sacred Bones Records.

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Watch Ryan Fishermans Cameo Filled Observation Video

Annabel Kean / Thursday 15th April, 2021 10:33AM

  
  

For an album called Vibes, it’s only right that its visual components are moody, broody Ryan Fisherman vibe vehicles. A year on from Ryan Chin releasing his debut album under the Fisherman moniker, it’s a joy to have the collection back under my nose for another hoon thanks to a dreamy new NZ On Air supported clip. Early single ‘How Cool’ had the Martin Sagadin treatment, documenting a cinematic, hilltop haircut, and Sagadin delivers again in the video for ‘Observation‘, this time following Ryan Fisherman around for a day in what I would describe as one of the leading causes of Ōtautahi homesickness. Spend a crisp, blue-sky arvo in Christchurch with Chin and pals, catching up with Adam Hattaway, Ben Woods, Candice Milner, Indira Force, Matthew Gunn and about a dozen other familiar faces…

The debut album from Ryan Fisherman ‘Vibe’ is out now.

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instagram.com/ryan_fisherman/

KITA Announce Nationwide Album Release Tour

C.C. / Thursday 15th April, 2021 10:00AM

  
  

Pōneke rising stars KITA have achieved more than many bands could ever aspire to in their brief career so far, and are about to take it to the next level with the launch of the self-titled debut album on 28th May. The synth-pop / soul synergistic union of vocalist, guitarist, and writer Nikita 雅涵 Tu-Bryant, keyboardist Ed Zuccollo (The Black Seeds, Trinity Roots, Troy Kingi, Hollie Smith) and drummer Rick Cranson (Little Bushman), KITA’s live show attracted the attention of Grammy Award-winning producer Tommaso Colliva (Muse, Razorlight), who worked with the trio on both their 2020 EP Try To Find A Way and their forthcoming studio opus from his Milan home base. Fresh from headlining Auckland Town Hall’s Concert Chamber in February (for Fringe Town 2021), KITA are embarking on an expansive tour of Aotearoa in celebration of their first ever full length this coming June. Succumb to the hypnotic grooves of KITA’s new single ‘Private Lives‘ and don’t miss them at the dates below — supported at their Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch shows by Zuccollo’s electronic project ZUKE, with special guests to be announced…


Undertheradar proudly presents…

KITA

Friday 4th June – Tauranga, Jam Factory

Saturday 5th June – Raglan, The Yard

Sunday 6th June – Auckland, Neck Of The Woods w/ ZUKE

Friday 11th June – Christchurch, Flux w/ ZUKE

Saturday 12th June – Dunedin, Dive
 Sunday 13th June – Queenstown, Sherwood
 Friday 18th June – Napier, Paisley Stage,

Saturday 19th June – Wellington, San Fran, w/ ZUKE

Tickets available via Banished Music

Press release:

Following hot on the heels of their recently released single Private Lives, Wellington-based KITA are delighted to announce a tour around Aotearoa in support of their debut self-titled album, visiting 8 centres this June.

Firmly on the ‘ones-to-watch’ list in a vibrant local music scene, KITA’s sound builds a dreamscape of synth-pop, with stunning melodies layered over soulful beats. The three-piece – consisting of vocalist, guitarist, and writer Nikita 雅涵 Tu-Bryant, keyboardist Ed Zuccollo (The Black Seeds, Trinity Roots, Troy Kingi, Hollie Smith), and drummer Rick Cranson (Little Bushman) – happily play in the space between genre, melding a distinctive style peppered with moments of modern jazz, vintage rock, polished pop, and grounding soul.

The trio are in their element in the live space, where their soaring synths rise to new heights, carried loftily by the impressive vocals of frontwoman Nikita. Her kaupapa-driven approach as an artist, telling stories that connect people through music, is most poignantly felt at KITA’s live shows. The magic of being in a shared space with other lovers of music is something the band feel especially lucky to be celebrating here in Aotearoa, as touring remains a rarity worldwide.

Due for release on May 28, the self-titled debut has been produced by Grammy Award-winning Tommaso Colliva (Muse, Razorlight). Bringing forth the psychedelic energy pulsing through their 2020 EP Try To Find A Way, the Italian producer worked with the band pre-pandemic and continued to collaborate remotely between Armoury Studio in Wellington and Colliva’s base in Milan over lockdown. A truly modern album that reflects the moment we find ourselves in has resulted – wistful and hopeful of what’s to come.

KITA will be joined at Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch shows by band-member Ed Zuccollo’s other project ZUKE, an electronic-based exploratory journey into the physicality of deep bass, aimed at unleashing the immersive power of large sound-systems. Special guests for other shows are still to be announced.

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Interview Julie Lamb Outfit The Barmy Jarmies Tour

Annabel Kean / Thursday 15th April, 2021 9:02AM

  
  

The Julie Lamb Outfit have taken the first step on their supersonic The Barmy Jarmies tour with a sizzling show at the Newtown Community Centre in Pōneke last Saturday. A key element to the Julie Lamb Outfit way of life is their community focussed, fun-forward values, making for performances that are more than just funk-pop tunes and horn sections. As bandleader Julie Lamb herself says, "Mischief, stories, sentiment, groove" are the four words that come to mind, and I’d say that’s what gives their octet an extra sparkle on their live tour stops. Lamb’s cheek and charm shine through in the below interview, have a gander and see where the closest Julie Lamb Outfit event is to you — touring their latest album How Humans Think plus brand new singles ‘That Brilliant Thing‘ and ‘Working On The Line‘…

Julie Lamb Outfit: The Barmy Jarmies Tour

Saturday 17th April – St Peter’s Hall, Paekakariki w/ Charlotte Kerrigan*

Friday 30th April – The Tin Hut, Featherston w/ Grafia
Saturday 1st May – Spaceship, Hastings

Friday 21st May – The Vic , Auckland

Saturday 22nd May – The Yot Club, Raglan

Friday 11th June – Whanganui Musicians Club, Whanganui*

Saturday 12th June – Butlers Reef, Oakura

Tickets on sale HERE via UTR*

UTR: Please describe The Julie Lamb Outfit in ten words or less.

Julie Lamb: Mischief, stories, sentiment, groove. Not always in that order.

Is it correct to say it is you who “steers the ship”?

That would be correct, but it is a benign dictatorship, and I am often told by the others how I can steer the ship better. #learning

How did the current lineup of Julie Lamb Outfit come to be?

In February 2018, my previous band came to an end after a productive and successful 6 years. Still having musical things to say, I approached some musicians I wanted to work with, and we formed the Julie Lamb Outfit. Originally, the new collaboration was intended to be small, but HOW CAN YOU FUNKY POP WITH NO HORNS??
Personnel have changed over time and we’ve become this funny, fabulous fit.


I read that the band meets up every Wednesday for dinner and then band practice. How long have you been doing that? Where do you go for dinner?

We DO! We have Hell Pizza takeaways every band practice. It’s an opportunity to sit, chat, unwind and create. We sit in the reception area at the practice space and laugh and eat and argue the benefits of coffee at night. I’ve done this forever as a way to shake the cobwebs from the muse. It’s amazing how everyday conversations can do that.

Can you tell me a bit about what the humans of the Julie Lamb Outfit do when they’re not doing Julie Lamb Outfit things?

I’d like to say, in a robotic monotone, that “No. This. Is. All. We. Do.” But we do such a variety of things. It’s where the ideas come from… We have a sailor, a car racing driver, a writer, an engineer, an accountant, teachers, a retail manager. We have mums, dads, aunts, uncles, sisters, brothers… I like to say our occupations are those things, our preoccupation, collectively is music.

Why is the album called How Humans Think? How does that come through in the songs?

The name came from looking for a common thread. Seriously, it was a cheat. Every album in the multiverse could be called this. Every song in an album includes a measure of human observation and emotion. But it gave rise to some brilliant artwork (Debe Mansfield) and as soon as the working title hit, it gave us freedom to talk about anything at all in our songs. We don’t leave many on the “cutting room floor” but giving a broad working title meant even fewer were dropped.


Will ‘Working On The Line’, ‘Age And Attitude’ and ‘That Brilliant Thing’ be on the next album? Got a title yet?

Good question. The original idea was to gather songs and toggle them together in an album. Once we hit the magic 8, we’d package them… but… I’m unsure if we mechanically need to do that. With the exception of getting together a bunch of lovely artwork, providing CDs as business cards and creating an excuse for a tour, (for us) do audiences want or need an album? I think if the songs tell similar stories and sit well together, it sure is a consideration, but we are writing these as singles (which satisfies the algorithm gods.) Originally though, we had a working title of Better Work Stories. So far the concepts would suit How Humans Think Now instead.


What stops on the tour are you most excited about?

Actually all of them, but for different reasons. We have 4 theatres on this tour. That means green (dressing) rooms and mirrors! No changing in toilets!
We are hitting new venues and towns… always nerve racking, and always an opportunity. And always lovely fun.


Do you have any tour traditions? What about pre-show rituals?

Separately, I suspect we all have little rituals. Mine are getting grumpy, making sure the bling is “correct” and panicking. Together, we have dad jokes, making bets on where and when Shan can sleep, (ANYwhere / when — it’s her superpower) decorating the stage and music stands. Honestly, the decorations take up more space in the van than the drum kit.
Post show… finding midnight food (harder than you may think).


Who are three of your favourite NZ acts at the moment? Why?

Personally, and in no particular order:
The Mean Bones. Ant Donaldson and Tom Callwood create the best funk grooves and layer a bunch of amazing vocalisations and horn work over the top. A gig at Meow two years ago remains my favourite live gig since.

Sea Mouse / The Skeletons. Or actually any other band Seamus Johnson fronts. Too brilliant for small stages. He’s the Ian Moss of NZ. Opens his mouth and captures the audience. Sweats and delivers.

Vorn. Clever, articulate, funny, on point. An under rated multi instrumentalist with a massive brain and enough humour to hide it. Such a good writer.

Julie Lamb Outfit’s latest album ‘How Humans Think’ is out now.

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Listen To BB Gurls msn ur luv Club Mix Feat AP Tei

Chris Cudby
/ Wednesday 14th April, 2021 2:53PM

  
  

Loud and Proud Queer Music Festival returns to Audio Foundation’s subterranean surrounds on Friday and Saturday this weekend — showcasing an all-star bill of sonically fearless LGBTQIA artists including Kraus, Samara Alofa, Jazmine Mary, dungeon synth duo Gayblade and many more. Performing as part of Friday night’s lineup is Che Ebrahim‘s transcore cyberpunk project bb gurl, who dropped a killer standalone cut late last week. Featuring guest vocal contributions from AP and Tei, the addicting ‘msn ur luv (Club Mix)‘ is a chrome-plated celebration of take-no-prisoners wild nights out in Tāmaki Makaurau, listen up below and secure your spot for Loud and Proud before it sells out…

Loud And Proud Queer Music Festival


Friday 16th April – Audio Foundation, Auckland

Featuring… bb gurl, Eden, Elegant World, GayBlade, Jazmine Mary, monoga.my


Saturday 17th April – Audio Foundation, Auckland

Featuring… deepState, Kraus, Samara Alofa, Unisex Fuck Club, Vow Cave, Wellness

Waged, unwaged, and two-day festival tickets available HERE (Night One) and HERE (Night Two) via UTR

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Tom Verberne Announces Life Like EP Release Shows

Annabel Kean / Wednesday 14th April, 2021 12:16PM

  
  

When he’s not playing support for Benee, Jack Berry, Laiika or another of Aotearoa’s brightest pop artists, Tom Verberne has been cranking out the tunes left, right and centre. Just ten months ago he released his sophomore album I’ll Watch You Do Anything, and less than a year later he’s already getting ’round to touring his latest EP Life Like. If you’re not familiar with Verberne’s sound, there’s a catchy, freshness to it that’ll please the pop fanatics, but with the electronic, emo edge of Imugi 이무기 and Amamelia. He’ll be taking his musical offerings on the road next month for a mini North Island tour, hitting Raglan with support from Casper, Auckland with George Barney Roberts and Race Banyon (DJing), and Pōneke’s Meow in June. Keep an eye out for further special guest announcements in coming weeks, and be sure to nab a ticket when they drop tomorrow night…

Tom Verberne 

Friday 14th May – The Yot Club, Raglan w/ Casper

Saturday 15th May – Neck Of The Woods, Auckland w/ George Barney Roberts, Race Banyon

Saturday 5th June – Meow, Wellington

Tickets on sale Thursday 14th April from 6:00pm HERE via UTR

Listen to Verberne’s new Life Like EP…

Verberne’s single ‘I’ll Watch You Do Anything’ is actually much sweeter and way less creepy than it sounds…


Press release:

Tom Verberne is bringing the party near you to celebrate the release of his EP ‘Life Like’. Raglan, Auckland and Wellington, you’re all in for a treat! Verberne has recently supported BENEE and is now setting out on his first headline tour. Come party & see what the hype is about!

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Lucy Dacus Shares Single Video Hot Heavy Announces New Album

Chris Cudby
/ Wednesday 14th April, 2021 12:10PM

  
  

Visitor to Aotearoa during the halcyon pre-Covid days of 2019, Richmond, Virginia’s Lucy Dacus has used the pause time in touring to put the finishing touches on her just-announced forthcoming album Home Video. One third of songwriting all-stars boygenius with Phoebe Bridgers and Julien Baker (who contribute vocals to two songs on the record), Dacus has revealed today the long player’s latest single ‘Hot & Heavy‘, released with a unabashedly nostalgic video co-directed by the artist and filmed in her hometown’s historic Byrd Theatre, where she would often go to see films as a teen. Reflecting on the unavoidably weird feelings that emerge with returning to your childhood stomping grounds, following the struggles and successes of adulthood (significantly so in her case), Dacus settles down in the theatre to view home videos from her youth, taking a breather to roam the streets of Richmond surrounded by figures all garbed in her signature blue hoodie.

“I thought I was writing ‘Hot & Heavy’ about an old friend, but I realized along the way that it was just about me outgrowing past versions of myself… So much of life is submitting to change and saying goodbye even if you don’t want to. Now whenever I go to places that used to be significant to me, it feels like trespassing the past. I know that the teen version of me wouldn’t approve of me now, and that’s embarrassing and a little bit heartbreaking, even if I know intellectually that I like my life and who I am.” — Lucy Dacus

‘Home Video’ launches on Friday 25th June via Matador.

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Roy Irwin Unveils The Comedian EP

Chris Cudby
/ Wednesday 14th April, 2021 10:42AM

  
  

The first set of new songs out under their own name since last February 2020’s exceptional self-titled album, Roy Irwin‘s two track The Comedian EP explores the vulgarities of everyday life as a Tāmaki Makaurau-based "entertainer". Recently spotted performing live with Babyteeth and N.T. Honey, Irwin gently croons a list of unglamorous and frankly upsetting factoids in the scathing title track, searching for dignity in a swathe of darkly romantic guitar strum and deep reverbed ambience, while ‘Morningside’ serves up a perfectly formed slice of dazed suburban dreaminess. The Comedian offers a different but no less captivating side of the creative coin to the NO-CLIP member’s recent electronic output under the name of Umami Spice, whose debut angel EP dropped a mere two weeks ago — delve into both collections below…

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Mini Simmons Share Single Push And Pull Tour Dates

C.C. / Photo credit: Connor Lambert
/ Wednesday 14th April, 2021 9:20AM

  
  

It’s time to face the fact that  the days are indeed getting darker, as autumn wraps Aotearoa in its damp leafy embrace and those trees in Tāmaki’s Albert Park really start to stink up a storm. Mini Simmons are here to help stave off those seasonally affected blues with their new single ‘Push and Pull‘, out today with news of a six stop launch tour hitting venues nationwide in April and May. Bringing a touch of Marc Bolan glamour to their Stonesy sound, ‘Push And Pull’ boogies around to a slinky groove (featuring some nifty production flourishes and guitar wrangling) before busting into a tight as a whip singalong chorus, as singer Zak Hawkins implores us to shake out those dreary old cobwebs, lift that chin up and rediscover our lust for life — a timeless message that continues to ring true. The four piece are celebrating their new song in style from next Friday onwards, don’t miss ’em at the dates below…


Mini Simmons Push And Pull Single Release Tour

Friday 23rd April – Galatos, Auckland

Saturday 24th April – Ohope, West End Wiggle w/ Joe Ghatt, Groove Lagoon
Saturday 15th May – Wunderbar, Lyttelton*
Friday 21st May – Common Room, Hastings*

Saturday 22nd May – The Yot Club, Raglan*

Saturday 29th May – Rogue and Vagabond, Wellington*

*Tickets available HERE via UTR
Auckland tickets available HERE
Ohope tickets available HERE

Press release:

Mini Simmons are celebrating New Zealand Music Month and the release of their next single Push and Pull by embarking on a 6 date tour of Aotearoa.

Over the past two years, the band have established themselves firmly as one of the premier live acts in the NZ music scene, gracing the stages of Rhythm & Vines, Splore, Sound Splash, Nest Fest and Outfield. 2019 saw Mini Simmons release their debut, self-titled Album to critical acclaim, with internationally renowned ‘Classic Rock Magazine’ praising the “sunkissed bath of gorgeous harmonies” on their lead single ‘A Way With Murder’.

Following on the back of a successful album release tour and a Summer Tour with Racing, Mini Simmons are hitting the road again to play a handful of their favourite haunts as well as a couple of new coastal classics the band has yet to check into.

Due for release April 14th, Push And Pull is a slinky 70s inspired rocker that tells the tale of being stuck in a sticky situation and the peculiar struggle of clawing your way out.

Support TBC

Doors from 8.30
Music from 9pm

Tickets available from UTR

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Listen To And It Could Be Right Now New Music From tepoti Dunedin

Annabel Kean / Album art: Liam Hoffman / Tuesday 13th April, 2021 12:33PM

  
  

As all good compilations do, the first yarns of …And It Could Be Right Now were cast on at a Port Chalmers baby shower late last year. Head compiler Chris Wilson (Gold Medal Famous, Selective Yellow, Chris Hesitation) dishes up an eclectic mix, with noisy duo Night Lunch tucked in between the gentle acoustic folk of Robert Scott (The Clean, The Bats), Bathysphere‘s angsty shoe gaze ‘See Ya’ demo, and a haunting, dirgey track from Tiny Pieces Of Eight. It’s a sonically diverse bunch — as Wilson says that means "There’s probably something for everybody", not to mention it’s an invaluable snapshot of Ōtepoti’s finest offerings in 2021. Mastered by Dale Cotton, the comp was launched on Friday at ADJØ by none other than Dunedin Mayor Aaron Hawkins. Do as the Mayor does and listen to And It Could Be Right Now…

‘And It Could Be Right Now – New Music From Ōtepoti​/​Dunedin’ is out now on Bandcamp.

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Watch Dartz Play You Cant Beat Wellington On A Good Day

Chris Cudby / Photo credit: Bruce Mackay
/ Tuesday 13th April, 2021 10:45AM

  
  

As a neat follow up to his snaps of Sunday’s epic Newtown Festival in Pōneke, photographer Bruce Mackay also captured some wild video footage of party punks Dartz bringing the ruckus on the street-level Creeps Rock n Roll Street Party Stomp stage. Check out Danz, Crispy, Rollyz and Clark Mathews in their element as they bust out the perfect anthem for the occasion ‘You Can’t Beat Wellington On A Good Day‘, which could give Don McGlashan himself a run for his money in the local lyrics department. I was sipping on a beer approximately one metre away and can confirm the day was indeed pretty good — take in the madness and ponder what the Tāmaki Makaurau equivalent could be (a cover of this Androidss tune?) when they hit Whammy Backroom with yet to be announced special guests next Friday…


DARTZ – Live in Auckland City

Friday 23rd April – Whammy Backroom, Auckland

Tickets available HERE via UTR

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Live Photos Anna Coddington Meow Wellington

Annabel Kean / Photography: Bruce Mackay / Tuesday 13th April, 2021 10:35AM

  
  

Pop-belter Anna Coddington has wrapped up her momentous Beams album release tour, going out with a bang over the weekend with shows in the three Ps: Paekakariki, Pōneke and Picton. In Wellington Coddington recruited Arjuna Oakes for a dreamy, soulful solo set, and The Nudge and Fly My Pretties’ Ryan Prebble. Prebble returned to the stage as part of the Anna Coddington live band The Appreciations with Mike Hall of Pluto, and album co-producer Fen Ikner (LIPS). Superstar photographer and frequent Undertheradar contributor Bruce Mackay was a champ and documented the Beams show on Saturday night as well as taking on the mammoth task of Newtown Festival the next day. Peruse the Coddington snaps via the thumbnails here…

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Interview Andrew Fagan and The People Youll Be Fine Tour

Steve Mathieson / C.C. / Photo credit: Mark Derricutt / Live band photo credit: Matt Davison
/ Tuesday 13th April, 2021 9:37AM

  
  

Steve Mathieson (ex-Collapsing Cities, who is finishing off his debut solo album under the moniker Lunavela) interviewed iconic Aotearoa musician Andrew Fagan (The Mockers, Andrew Fagan and the People), avid sailor, published poet and journalist about his latest album Act Normal, and long-awaited release tour. Fagan met up with Mathieson for a lunchtime chinwag at Westhaven Marina, where he’s been working on his boat. With two shows of the tour already done and dusted (including a sold-out gig at Auckland’s The Wine Cellar), don’t dare miss Fagan with bandmates Darryn Harkness (New Telepathics, Loud Ghost), Kurt Shanks (stellar*), Joe Dekkers-Reihanna and John Murray as their You’ll Be Fine tour continues to blaze trails across Te Ika-a-Māui this week…


Undertheradar proudly presents…

Andrew Fagan and The People

Wednesday 14th April – Nivara Lounge, Hamilton

Thursday 15th April – Two Mile Sailing Club, Taupo

Friday 16th April – Haumoana Hall, Hawkes Bay

Saturday 17th April – Meow, Wellington*

Sunday 18th April – Snails, Palmerston North

Tickets available HERE via UTR

*Tickets available via Plus1

Steve Mathieson: Congrats on the new album bro, I really enjoyed it. ‘We Fell Out‘ is a great song and very relatable. Will the person whom it’s about know it’s about them or is it a form of amends?

Andrew Fagan: I’m not sure they know it’s about them. It’s more about extracting life lessons from multiple falling outs and learning and reflecting.

How does your writing process work and can you tell me how this album came about?

I finished up at Kiwi FM in about 2010, then I did Talkback ’til 2015, then I got a job on a cargo ship going to Pitcairn Islands. Each trip would take about three months. We’d leave from Tauranga, it was about 3000 hours. When I wasn’t ‘on watch’ there was nothing to do, others would watch Netflix and it was the impetus I needed to get me back into writing songs. The first song I wrote was ‘Act Normal’ on a nylon string guitar, recording it on my iPhone. Having lots of time on my hands, a laptop and Ableton. I half recorded the album on the ship and finished the rest at a studio in Auckland. I did all the vocals on the ship on a Beta 58 and an interface.

How do you start your songs?

I usually start with open tunings on a nylon string guitar, simple chord progressions and repetition, playing a riff that you like etc.

What can people expect from the live shows starting this weekend at the Wine Cellar?

I’ll be doing a mixture of all the songs over the last thirty years, songs of this album, songs of Admiral of the Narrow Seas, Blisters with ‘Jerusalem‘.

Mean, I love ‘Jerusalem’.

A handful of Mockers songs. Punk rock versions of Mockers songs, they are more grunty live. I started off in a band called The Ambitious Vegetables. I’m just always excited by the new songs.

When was the last time you experienced nostalgia?

I experience nostalgia all the time on my boat from adverse and elated situations.

What are you passionate about other than music and sailing?

Staying alive and trying to enjoy myself

You’ve done both sides of the coin as an interviewer and musician interviewee, what have you never been asked, that you’d like to answer?

I’ve never been asked who is my current favourite band. It’s the British band the Idles. Check out the songs ‘Mother‘ and ‘Hymn‘.

Ah mean, I’ve heard they are good, I’ll check them out.

Some quick fire questions:

Flying Nun or Britpop?

Britpop

Same. The Beatles or The Rolling Stones?

Rolling Stones

Are dreams prophetic?

Not for me.

Musical thing you are most proud of?

The latest album.

What country do you want to travel to the most?

Tristian da Cunha.

Any irrational fears?

Snakes.

How misanthropic are you out-of-ten?

8.

Haha same. Favourite local artist?

Elliot Brown.

Shitty food weakness?

Trident hot ‘n’ spicy two minute noodles.

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Live Photos Review Newtown Festival 2021 Wellington

Review: Chris Cudby / Photography: Bruce Mackay
/ Monday 12th April, 2021 12:13PM

  
  

Offering 420 stalls and 15 stages for free, the 25th annual Newtown Festival‘s adventurous lineup celebrated our live music community in a vast variety of forms and genres on Sunday, featuring artists from Pōneke and throughout Aotearoa. Any attempt at catching every live performance would be a fool’s errand without a time machine and / or teleportation device, here’s a run down of my personal journey at Newtown Festival 2021 — including side quests, missed opportunities and happy accidents.

After meeting up with friends for lunch we strolled down Riddiford St into Newtown around 2pm, just as beatbox champion and Cuba St busking legend King Homeboy was launching into action. Being out of towners from Tāmaki Makaurau, we quickly realised we had no idea where any of the stages were actually located. We attempted to decipher the fest’s mind-bending online map (no PDF map?), then ducked into Black Coffee for a much-needed hit of caffeine and the world’s butteriest cheese scone, to help stave off any Sunday dustiness. Making our way through packed streets past the terrifying obstacle of a onesie wearing brass band, we stumbled upon Akl punks Dateless yelling "dumb fucks" outside Creeps Record Parlour (where I finally scored a cassette copy of Mr Amish’s excellent Pump Tha Valyoom plus a signed photo of Pizza Wolf from Tape Wolves) — tearing through a rescheduled early afternoon set in surprisingly fine April weather. Just missed pop punks Babyteeth who wrapped up just before we got to the Girls Rock Stage, but not a total nightmare as we got to see the trio rule at their hometown EP release party last week at The Wine Cellar.

Newtown Festival is as much about celebrating local culture as live music, plus of course people watching, so we walked up the road on a friend’s recommendation to investigate the range of Aotearoa independent publications available at Food Court Books. We then snuck behind the food stalls (the fast way to get around), dodging a street parade to experience the conclusion of Latinaotearoa‘s set, in their element on the sun-soaked Colombo St Stage. We had to skip seeing prodigious soul / jazz artist Arjuna Oakes as the stage was running behind schedule (next time), and we were keen to catch the first Lilstiffy performance in Pōneke since the Whanganui electronic artist returned from Tokyo — clashing with Deb5000 who we were also keen to see. Couldn’t resist a swift rummage at the St Vincent Des Paul’s, then it was Lilstiffy time, rattling Gordon Pl Stage’s bass bins in celebration of his ace new album Ecma. Located at the end of a cul-de-sac, fully licensed and walled on three sides, Gordon Pl offered a relatively intimate outdoor club environment, as the crowd couldn’t sprawl too far away from stage. Enjoying the dubious spectacle of an Anonymous mask wearing dancer, we decided to stick around and catch Dunedin / Melbourne dance music innovator Vanessa Worm, sadly missing Mongo Skato and Dunedin duo Night Lunch, demonstrating again the time / space impossibility of the Newtown Festival schedule. Playing her first ever Wellington event, Worm whipped the crowd into a frenzy with chaotic NRG, at one point instructing them to "touch your body tonight" — a definite highlight of the day. I was stoked to high five and share a beer with gig photography champ Bruce Mackay who was there taking snaps.

A bit of chaos ensued as Earth Tongue‘s Wilson St set was immediately halted by a power cut, then Dartz blew a fuse just as they started to play. Getting it back under control, the evidently very popular Dartz busted out a triumphantly furious set to a jam-packed audience that seemed to know every word, being almost swamped at times by the surging crowd on the street level Creeps stage. Security kept it from getting out of hand, but it could possibly be safer to put them on an elevated stage next time. While grabbing beers next door at Moon we caught a snippet of Dean Hapeta from Upper Hutt Posse on stage during a DJ set including classic electro cuts. Earth Tongue started directly after Dartz and crushed all onlookers with their sci-fi heavy riffage, playing a short three song set, at which point I remembered I was just a mere mortal, and choose to cut my losses — wrapping up with a couple of beers in a nearby flat plus some great chinwags with the Dartz lads and Radio One’s Henessey Griffiths, before figuring out how to get back to the place I was staying in Karori. It was an awesome day which attracted throngs of attendees from all throughout Aotearoa, how do we get one of these things happening in Tāmaki Makaurau?

Gaze upon a selection of photos from Bruce Mackay‘s own journey at Newtown Festival 2021 by clicking on the thumbnail images below.

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Weekly Roundup Friday 9th April

C.C. / Image: Francisca Griffin / Photo credit: Caroline Davies
/ Friday 9th April, 2021 3:55PM

  
  

WEEKEND GIG PICKS:


Friday 9th April

Auckland: Andrew Fagan and The People – The Wine Cellar

Auckland: Stef Animal, Kolya, Dropzone – Audio Foundation

Auckland: Juan Vesuvius – Ponsonby Social Club

Hamilton: Raiza Biza – Common Room

Hamilton: Ducklingmonster, Soft Rock – Never Project Space

Wellington: Birdfeeder, Terror Of The Deep, Mystery Waitress, Linda Joy – Moon

Wellington: Adam Hattaway And The Haunters – Rogue and Vagabond

Wellington: Muroki – Parrotdog Bar

Blenheim: French For Rabbits & Terrible Sons – The Plant

Blenheim: Ben Woods – Dharma Bums Club
Christchurch: The Single Fin Mingle Sumner Soiree – Matuku Takotako : Sumner Community Centre
Christchurch: The Single Fin Mingle Film Gala Live – Hollywood Cinema
Christchurch: Dick Move, The Tacks, Bin Day, The Wendys, Zhukov – Space Academy
Queenstown: The Veils Nux Vomica, Live In Concert – Sherwood

Oamaru: Carnivorous Plant Society – Oamaru Opera House

Dunedin: Francisca Griffin and The Bus Shelter Boys – The Crown Hotel


Saturday 10th April

Auckland: PollyHill, Alexa Casino, Olli, LB, Half Queen, Leaping Tiger, Samara Alofa – Whammy Bar

Auckland: Nathan Haines w/ Full Band – Ponsonby Social Club

Auckland: Brother Sister, Flaxies, Sam Cullen, BB Gurl, DJ VHS – Leigh Sawmill Cafe

Auckland: Thunderground, Melanie, Venom Dolls, Her Own Medicine – Dead Witch

Raglan: Muroki – The Raglan Club

Tauranga: Andrew Fagan and The People – Jam Factory

Whanganui: Adam Hattaway And The Haunters – Whanganui Musicians Club
Wellington: Ben Woods – Newtown Sports Bar

Wellington: Julie Lamb Outfit, Neverwoz – Newtown Community Centre
Onekaka: French For Rabbits & Terrible Sons – Mussel Inn
Christchurch: The Single Fin Mingle Village Knees Up – Sumner Village Mall
Christchurch: The Veils Nux Vomica, Live In Concert – Isaac Theatre

Dunedin: Dick Move, The Tacks, Koizilla, Cuck – The Crown Hotel

NEW TRACKS:

New Dates Announced For Mansfield In Her Own Words Shows

Annabel Kean / Image: Anna Coddington / Friday 9th April, 2021 2:22PM

  
  

At last the brains and brawn of 2020’s Mansfield compilation have got a couple of dates locked in to perform their musical reimaginings of iconic New Zealand writer Katherine Mansfield‘s poems. Every track featured on the Charlotte Yates-curated collection can be experienced live at Auckland’s Bruce Mason Centre and Wellington’s Michael Fowler Centre in June. The multi-band format will be accompanied by "a narrated, curated selection of Katherine Mansfield’s visceral letters", a task taken on by Aotearoa film and tv hot shot Miranda Harcourt. Where else are you going to see Anna Coddington, Lawrence Arabia, Lontalius, Mel Parsons, The Bats, Julia Deans, Delaney Davidson and more in one magical evening? Lock in your spot to attend this incomparable event…


Mansfield – In Her Own Words


Featuring… Anna Coddington, Lawrence Arabia, Lontalius, Mel Parsons, Will Ricketts & Toby Laing, Lorina Harding, Charlotte Yates (w/ Darren Mathiassen), Show Pony & Johnny Lawrence, The Bats, Julia Deans, French For Rabbits, Tusiata Avia, Delaney Davidson

Monday 14th June – Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington

Sunday 20th June – Bruce Mason Centre, Auckland

Find tickets HERE via Ticketmaster

Linkscharlotteyates.com/mansfield-project.html

Lilstiffy Returns With New Album Ecma

Chris Cudby
/ Friday 9th April, 2021 12:23PM

  
  

Premiered last night via Twitch livestream, Whanganui electronic artist Lilstiffy is back with a new album so keenly anticipated it’s been credited with crashing Facebook earlier this morning. Launched via Pattern Recognition and dedicated to Reuben Winter (Totems, Milk), Ecma‘s name refers to European Computer Manufacturer’s Association with techie-inspired track titles being a "lil fedora tip" to web developers. Sporting seven tracks recorded over the past year "during the great pandemic," Ecma takes listeners on bullet train journey through a sample-spliced matrix of club friendly sounds, likely drawing on the artist’s recent experiences living amongst the futuristic high rises of Tokyo — featuring special guest Tender Moonlight handling bass duties on ‘Async’ and ‘Get’. I’m looking forward to dancing to these killer tunes when Lilstiffy takes over Newtown Festival‘s Gordon Pl Stage this Sunday from 4.15pm, listen up here…

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patternrecognitionlabel.bandcamp.com/album/ecma
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Listen To Sheep Dog And Wolfs New Album Two Minds

Annabel Kean / Friday 9th April, 2021 11:19AM

  
  

Three years of writing, performing and self-recording have compacted and crystallised into Two-Minds, the second album from Sheep, Dog & Wolf. Out today, the eight-track drop arrives to fans current and future after a bit of a hiatus, having released his debut album and Taite Prize shortlister Egospect back in 2013. Following the warm response to album singles and their visual elements ‘Fine’, ‘Periphescence’, ‘Cyclical’ and title track ‘Two-Minds’, the full collection forms a complete picture, like the final pieces of a puzzle. It’s impossible to pigeonhole songwriter Daniel McBride‘s sound, as it transcends genre and would be better described as a musical expression of one person’s inner workings. Press play and succumb to the mind of Sheep, Dog & Wolf…

‘Two-Minds’ is out today via Aphrodite.

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Anthonie Tonnon Unveils Video For Entertainment Announces New Album

Chris Cudby / Image credit: Belinda Merrie and Daniel Blackball Alexander / Friday 9th April, 2021 10:41AM

  
  

Whanganui-based songwriter, activist and historian Anthonie Tonnon has revealed he’s got a lot up his sleeve for 2021. The ever-dapper artist has shared today a video for his new single ‘Entertainment‘, an enchanting glimpse of his forthcoming third studio album Leave Love Out Of This, set to launch in Aotearoa this coming July via regular tour mate Nadia Reid‘s own imprint Slow Time Records. Tackling as his topic the mixed up world of showbiz, Tonnon literally makes sparks fly in the new clip, created by the indefatigable Sports Team crew with support from NZ On Air.

Reflecting on the dreams, compromises and competitiveness involved in navigating our music industry’s infamously sometimes treacherous terrain (not unlike a poetic take on Dan Melchior’s scabrous ‘Blank Magic‘), Tonnon is unsparing in his critique yet somehow emerges with his dignity intact. Looking like a vision on a CRT screen, Tonnon keeps his cool in the eye of the storm, riding the synthetic waves of his trusty homegrown Deluge in the clip’s uplifting closing passage. Available for preorder now, Leave Love Out Of This was produced by Tonnon’s longtime collaborator, The Beths guitarist and producer Jonathan Pearce, who pops up in the video along with an appearance from a/v genius Lady Lazer Light, who has been working with Tonnon on tour…

‘Leave Love Out Of This’ will be released on Friday 16th July via Slow Time Records (UK/EU/NZ), Misra Records (North America), and Flippin Yeah Records (AUS).

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