Boris Merzbow Unveil Single Video Away From You

Chris Cudby / Photo credit: Miki Matsushima
/ Tuesday 20th October, 2020 9:48AM


Wake up that sleepy head with the surprisingly dreamy new collaborative single from Japanese sonic titans Boris and noise legend Merzbow aka Masami Akita. Released with a visualiser clip inviting viewers to meditate on nature’s fractaleque details, ‘Away From You‘ is the lead cut from a forthcoming collaborative album from the two formidable artistic entities titled 2R0I2P0, translating as "Twenty Twenty R.I.P". The record isn’t the first time they’ve worked together, with collabs dating all the way back to 2002’s Megatone — Boris discussed how the new record is a creative and hopeful response to a challenging year for all…

"This year was a period of trial for everyone in the world… This work becomes a monument to the requiem of the previous era. From here, a new world begins again."

‘2R0I2P0’ is out Friday 11th December on CD / 2xLP / Digital via Relapse Records.

Pnekes NahBo Unveils Debut Single Woof

Annabel Kean / Monday 19th October, 2020 2:18PM


Introducing NahBo, the solo project from Pōneke-based Taranaki Ah Young-Grace (Ngāti Ruanui / Ngāti Tūwharetoa) of Whaea & The Rumble fame. Their debut single ‘Woof’ is out now with help from local imprint Empty Goon Records, and it packs a hell of a punch. The musical equivalent of arriving to the party in a monster truck, ‘Woof’ lets listeners know that NahBo is not to be underestimated and isn’t putting up with anyone’s shit. Mantra "Fuck ’em if they’re nice, but refuse to be corrected" paired with their artist bio "sad about colonisation, then makes beats about it" makes for an exciting new voice on the scene, spitting their truths on politics, racism and "the boys in blue".

Nahbo’s debut single ‘Woof’ is out now via Empty Goon Records.

Roy Irwin Reveals Demos 1 Collection

Chris Cudby / Photo credit: S.Y.
/ Monday 19th October, 2020 2:07PM


Uncontestably one of Tāmaki Makaurau finest songwriters, Roy Irwin has opened up a treasure trove of "old songs and demos from 2013", sporting nine rare and intimately recorded tunes. Unadorned by much in the way of studio wizardry, Irwin’s lyrical gifts and prowess on guitar have clearly already emerged on Demos 1 — there’s even an track with their future NO-CLIP collaborator Joe Locke (P.H.F.) — with the collection’s unambiguously lo-tech origins lending the songs a kind of timeless and rustic aura. Featuring early and alternate cuts, some of which were later released as out of print singles, album tracks or numbers with their former group Cool Runnings, apparently there’s a whole lot more hidden gems tucked away in the vaults as Irwin explained via Instagram

"Mōrena. Since the world is ending and everybody is dying here is a spontaneous release of old songs and demos from 2013. These have been private for ages now because I find all my old music embarrassing. But I have over 150 songs I’m hiding ?? so I may as well share them plus I’m absolutely starved for attention. These songs are all about death, addiction and depression, lmfao. Free download/ name your price/ link in bio. X"

Pieces of Molly Announce Spirit Man National Tour

Chris Cudby / Photo credit: Tessa Burrows
/ Monday 19th October, 2020 12:00PM


Canterbury heavy riff gurus Pieces Of Molly finally get to celebrate the launch of their latest single ‘Spirit Man‘ — delving into the somnambulistic psychic realm of sleep paralysis — with a nationwide tour hitting a venue near you in November and December. With two collections (2012’s self titled EP and 2018’s Vol. 2) and a wild live show which has seen them share stages with The Datsuns, Head Like A Hole and Beastwars, Pieces Of Molly are primed and ready to unleash a whole heaping helping of fuzz-drenched guitar rock action this summer. Don’t miss them tearing it up at the dates below…

Pieces of Molly – Spirit Man Tour

Friday 27th November – Go Live Festival, The Good Home, Ferrymead

Thursday 3rd December – Whammy Bar, Auckland*

Friday 4th December – The Hop House, Tauranga*

Saturday 5th December – Slumber Party, The Embankment, Christchurch

Saturday 12th December – Dive, Dunedin*

Saturday 19th December – Roots Bar, Takaka

Tickets available HERE via UTR*  
More ticket info at

Press release:

Pieces of Molly are finally back on the road to bring you their latest single Spirit Man and theyll be hitting a venue near you this Summer in the months of November and December.

The primal rocking boys are bringing the show to you in the following cities: Ferrymead (Go Live Festival), Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch (Summer Party), Takaka and Dunedin.

After a very successful launch of their latest single Spirit Man, the track was featured on two of New Zealands biggest radio stations incl Radio Hauraki and The Rock; since having consistent plays each week since March 2020.

Spirit Man is a song about Sleep Paralysis.
Recorded at the Lab studios in Auckland, mixed and mastered by Samuel K Sproull. Fuzzy rock n roll guitar licks weave in and out of thunderous bass lines and searing vocals, continuously battered by the undeniable powerhouse groove of the drums.

After supporting such international acts such as Radio Moscow (USA), 1000mods (GRE) and Wo Fat (USA) along with New Zealand’s rock royalty The Datsuns, Head Like A Hole and Beastwars; the boys are taking their debauchery around NZ to bring you one of the wildest shows you have seen before the crisis.

Listen To CHAIIs Single WOW Look At Me Ft Kings Lawrence Arabia

Annabel Kean / Monday 19th October, 2020 10:57AM


It’s hard to believe that it was only four months ago that CHAII released her gorgeous six-track visual EP Lightswitch, but then again 2020 has not even slightly stuck to my usual experience of the passing of time. The NZ / Persian rapper has returned, basking in the glow of her music being selected to feature in soundtracks for gaming giants Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater and EA Sports’ FIFA, and now sharing her latest cut ‘WOW (Look At Me)’. The single came to fruition at SongHubs Auckland earlier this year, and is a home run collaboration between CHAII, Kings and Lawrence Arabia, the latter of which you can hear in the ‘WOW (Look At Me)’ bridge, where he contributed his dulcet tones, and went on to invite CHAII to guest on Goin’ Live With Chabs And Milky!. Here’s to more awesome Aotearoa collaborations like this one…

CHAII’s visual EP ‘Lightswitch’ is out now via Black Lotus Records.

Memory Foam Share Single Video Jumping The Karp

Chris Cudby
/ Monday 19th October, 2020 9:30AM


How about that election huh?! To help kick off a hopefully fresh phase for Aotearoa, Tāmaki Makaurau sci-fi punk upstarts Memory Foam are coming in hot with a new single plus brain-zapping visuals courtesy of director Damian Golfinopoulos (Grecco Romank). A hyperactive scribblemania of psychedelic guitars, super catchy riffs and frantic yells from singer Yuko Miyoshi, the accompanying clip for ‘Jumping The Karp‘ shows the band letting rip with a hefty dose of (content warning) strobing visuals to fry your eyes as well as your ears. I personally can’t wait to catch Memory Foam whipping crowds into a frenzy — don’t miss them playing Wellington’s free Eyegum Music Collective event this Wednesday 21st October at San Fran, and with Die! Die! Die! at Whammy Bar on Saturday 31st October (as part of their spring national tour) and tuck in to ‘Jumping The Karp’ right here…

Weekly Roundup Friday 16th October

Chris Cudby / Image: Mr. Liam K. Swiggs
/ Friday 16th October, 2020 5:21PM


Now that’s what we call a big Friday when it comes to significant new local releases [wipes sweat from brow]. Announcement highlights for the week included dream-pop masters French For Rabbits are embarking on a nationwide The Dark Arts tour this summer season, Tāmaki Makaurau noiseniks Swallow The Rat are leaping back into action for their first run of shows since the global pandemic required them to cut their USA tour short back in March, top tier Radiohead tribute group Hail To The Thieves (feat. members of Jakob) are headlining Wellington’s San Fran in early December, and the champs at Low Strung Productions are presenting a special three date tour starring Pōneke-based dynamic duo Nic and Reuben for November. We put together a handy guide to Audio Foundation‘s humungous six night and two day Now Hear This! mega-festival of "glorious noise, sublime sounds, singular songs and ecstatic improvisation," which has only just reached the half-way point — dive in and open your ears to new local sounds here and look forward to a big weekend ahead. Don’t forget to get out there, have your say and vote this Saturday (if you haven’t done so already) in the 2020 General Election!


Friday 16th October

Kaitaia: Bulletbelt – Collards Tavern

Auckland: Now Hear This! Festival – Wine Cellar, Whammy Bar, Backroom

Auckland: Failstate, Swerve City, States – Ding Dong Lounge

Hamilton: Lawrence Arabia – Nivara Lounge

Whanganui: Soaked Oats – Lucky Bar

Palmerston North: Swampfest20 – Centrepoint Theatre

Wellington: Marlin’s Dreaming – San Fran

Wellington: Paradox: A Journey Through Psy-Trance – Valhalla

Christchurch: The Beths – The James Hay Theatre 
Christchurch: DARTZ, Nervous Jerk, Struth, Mr. Liam K. Swiggs – darkroom

Dunedin: Dunedin Youth Jazz Orchestra – Hanover Hall

Saturday 17th October

Auckland: Dick Move – Whammy Bar

Auckland: Now Hear This! Festival – Audio Foundation (afternoon events / evening events)
Auckland: Animalhead, Skinny Hobos, Voodoo Bloo – Neck Of The Woods

Whangarei: Bulletbelt – The Red Eye

Palmerston North: Goya, Soft Plastics – Snails

Palmerston North: Swampfest20 – Centrepoint Theatre

Wellington: Finn Andrews – Meow

Blenheim: Jordan Luck Band – Yard Bar

Christchurch: The Peacekeepers Ft. MC Tiki – Hide

Dunedin: The Beths – Dive

Head over to our Gig Guide for more listings!!


Watch Grecco Romanks Video For Waterboard Me

Chris Cudby
/ Friday 16th October, 2020 3:10PM


With their debut single ‘Waterboard Me‘ still at the forefront of our minds, Tāmaki Makaurau "post-empire themed dungeon power techno" trio Grecco Romank unleash grisly yet educational visuals for that first release, created by the band’s Damian Golfinopoulos (Stress Cadet). Viewers are invited to feast their eyes upon a vegetarian’s nightmare, bringing to light the origins of the humble hot dog and soundtracked by the trio’s menacing electronics. Featuring Golfinopoulos alongside Billie Fee and Michael Sperring (Bib Kids, Blue Bloods, Drab Doo Riffs, Mean Street), Grecco Romank are a sonic equation not be missed at tonight’s Now Hear This! experimental music mega-fest — take in the details for Friday’s stacked bill and watch ‘Waterboard Me’ below…

NOW HEAR THIS! – full programme and artist info available at

Friday 16th October – Wine Cellar / Whammy / Whammy Backroom, Auckland, 8pm start

The Pyramids Were Built From the Top Down, Ghost Bells (Porteous / Elborado / Yeats), Aotearoa Snuff Jazz Sextet, Grecco Romank, Riki Gooch & Al Fraser, Mo Zareei, Big Fat Raro, Citacsy, Native Bush, Stefanimal, Renee Barrance, Alice Sparrow, Lucky Paul, Samara Alofa, Motte w/ Chris O’Connor, Guardians

Saturday 17th October – Audio Foundation, Auckland

11am – Stephen Bain DRIFTING (free)

1pm to 6pm – MEL showcase, Reuben Derrick with Morphology, Jonny Marks, Al Fraser, Ruby Solly, Liam Bowen, Bonnie Stewart, Jo Burzynska, Knotted Throats

7pm to 12am – Mercedes Cambridge, CRUDE, Malcolm Riddoch, Bruce Russell with True Bliss Experience, BIG ROSES (Robbie Yeats / Joan George / Rachel Shearer), Mental Health Triangle, Mick Elborado, Riki Gooch, Pat Kraus, Anita Clark, Ro Rushton-Green

Sunday 18th October – Auckland Old Folks Association Hall, Auckland

2pm to 6pm – 10 Acre Bloc, Māpura Studios, Kristian Larsen Bluetooth Orchestra, Parks, Nava, Larsen, Riki, Ivan Mrsic Group, Selective Noise Reuptake Inhibitor Increases Serotonin Burst-Induced Unconditioned And Context-Conditioned Freezing

Tickets available HERE via UTR

The Bats Unveil Single Video Gone To Ground

Chris Cudby / Friday 16th October, 2020 2:25PM


Ōtautahi icons The Bats have today shared the third single from their forthcoming tenth studio album Foothills, launching in mid-November via the champs at Flying Nun Records. The assured work of a group that have incredibly spent 38 years making music together, ‘Gone To Ground‘ was written before 2020 sent everyone home for an enforced staycation, yet presciently conveys those all-to-familiar, oceanic feelings of time spent cloistered away. Ever-productive video crew Sports Team, aka Callum Devlin (Hans Pucket) and Annabel Kean (assistant editor of this very website, and daughter of The Bats’ Kaye Woodward and Paul Kean), activate household objects / foodstuffs and channel their inner Hendrix to whip up flaming excellent visuals for the moody single, with a surprise stop motion twist, created with the support of NZ On Air.

Robert Scott opened up about The Bats’ latest song: “Hide and seek, do we want to be found…. maybe not. Many people have gone to ground in these tricky times. A slight sense of unease pervades the song with the spooky strains of an E bow filtering through the trees. You could walk the marshes and go far. It’s funny how you can draw connections between fictitious tales and present day life.”

Co-director Annabel Kean noted: “This is by far the longest we’ve spent on a video. We started about a year ago when we heard an early mix of the song, but the discovery of perpetual motion by way of spinning veges really opened a can of worms. Then it took us three attempts to pluck up the courage to light a guitar on fire.”

‘Foothills’ releases on Friday 13th November via Flying Nun Records, preorders are available now.

Listen To Theias Halloween Single Freak

Annabel Kean / Photo Credit: Frances Carter / Friday 16th October, 2020 1:49PM


Aotearoa pop princess Theia (TE KAAHU) provides the perfect musical match to your all-pink, cyberglam get-up this Halloween with fresh track ‘Freak’. The new drop is booming and bass heavy, sending shock waves through "all us freaks in the world" and occupying a sweet spot somewhere between Billie Eilish and Charli XCX. Cackles and carnival samples injected into ‘Freak’ are enough to give you goosebumps, but ultimately the song channels a powerful fictional character named Evangeline, an idea inspired by biographical songs about women like Stevie Nicks’ ‘Rhiannon‘. Theia explains that ‘Freak’ "captures the grungy and sensual nature of strip clubs and the powerful women who inhabit them", and the soon-to-come visuals by 3D artist Escada Nula will explore sexuality further, with anime strippers transcending the male gaze and objectification. At only two minutes long, pop ‘Freak’ on loop for a proper kanikani…

THEIA · Freak

The Phoenix Foundations New Album Friend Ship Has Landed

Annabel Kean / Photo credit: Ebony Lamb / Friday 16th October, 2020 12:37PM


Ahoy! The seventh album from Aotearoa’s favourite sextet The Phoenix Foundation has cruised into the local pop harbour, and dropped anchor into the sea of incredible Friday releases. That’s to say, after a run of toe-tapping, rock-the-boat single drops, the band’s latest full length album Friend Ship has berthed and we’re all hopping aboard. Okay I’ll stop now.

Friend Ship has been a long time coming, as The Phoenix Foundation have been up to their elbows in exciting extra-curricular activities in the five years since their last album Give Up Your Dreams. They clearly did not give up their dreams, as they’ve been busy writing music with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, soundtracking Taika Waititi‘s Hunt For The Wilderpeople, and even creating scores for VR. It’s well worth the wait, throwing you into another world on breath taking tracks like ‘Transit Of Venus’ featuring the NZSO and some lovely whistling, then bringing the funk bass on ‘Landline’ and ‘My Kitchen Rules’. Opening track ‘Guru’ sounds the most, say, "Phoenixy", a good place to start for die hard fans easing into new and rewarding sounds. The Phoenix Foundation crew take flight next month on their nationwide album release tour, so press play on Friend Ship and see where you can listen live below.

“These themes of modern anxiety started to emerge in my songs … The album is sort of a post-apocalyptic love letter from the future to the present. Looking back into the past for that sense of human connection we have lost in our screen-based existence." — Samuel Flynn Scott

UTR proudly presents…

The Phoenix Foundation – Friend Ship tour of Aotearoa

Friday 6th November – St Peter’s Hall, Paekākāriki

Thursday 12th November – Isaac Theatre Royal, Christchurch

Friday 13th November – Starters, Dunedin

Thursday 19th November – Totara St, Mount Maunganui

Friday 20th November – Sawmill Cafe, Leigh

Saturday 21st November – Powerstation, Auckland

Friday 27th November – The Cabana, Napier

Saturday 28th November – The Opera House, Wellington

Tickets available via Banished Music

The Phoenix Foundations’s seventh album ‘Friend Ship’ is out now via The Phoenix Foundation / Universal NZ.

Interview Bic Runga Talks King Sweeties Touring In 2020

Annabel Kean / Photo credit: Karen Inderbitzen-Waller / Friday 16th October, 2020 11:52AM


The ginormous Elemental Nights concert series is upon us, kicked off by Church & AP last weekend at the Hollywood Avondale. Throughout the second half of October there’ll be a dozen more iconic acts sharing their tunes in some of Tāmaki Makaurau’s most magical venues; Hopetoun Alpha, Hollywood Avondale and the Auckland Wintergarden. On the extensive schedule alongside Leisure, Avantdale Bowling Club, Troy Kingi and many more, Bic Runga and Cass Basil’s new group King Sweeties and Opossom take the Tuesday evening Hopetoun Alpha slot next week for King Sweeties’ first ever live performance. This is almost the kick off point for Bic Runga’s own tour (with band featuring Kody Nielson, Michael Logie and Cass Basil), which officially begins on 25th October in Tauranga.

Between rehearsing for three different shows, writing music for two albums and looking after three children, the legendary songwriter so kindly joined me for a chinwag to talk about the absolutely shit storm of a year we are all having. Cast your eyes over the dates for all Elemental Nights shows and Bic Runga’s North Island tour below, and scroll down for the full interview…

Elemental Nights & Elemental Nights: Hopetoun Alpha Series

Saturday 17th October – Leisure, Hopetoun Alpha

Sunday 18th October – Nathan Haines Presents "Songs With My Father", Hopetoun Alpha
Tuesday 20th October – Opossom & King Sweeties, Hopetoun Alpha

Wednesday 21st October – Paige, Maxwell Young & Josie Moon, Hopetoun Alpha

Thursday 22nd October – Daffodils, Hopetoun Alpha

Friday 23rd October – Marlin’s Dreaming, Hopetoun Alpha

Friday 23rd October – Avantdale Bowling Club, Hollywood Avondale

Saturday 24th October – Troy Kingi & The Clutch, Hollywood Avondale

Friday 30th October – Friendly Potential : Catacombs, Wintergarden

Saturday 31st October – Friendly Potential: Catacombs, Wintergarden 
Friday 20th November – Amanda Palmer, St Mathew-In-The-City

Elemental Nights tickets via Live Nation

Undertheradar proudly presents…

Bic Runga

Sunday 25th October – Baycourt Theatre, Tauranga w/ support from Yasamin ∞ 
Monday 26th October – Hawke’s Bay Arts Festival ∞
Friday 6th November – San Fran, Wellington w/ support from Ebony Lamb* 
Saturday 7th November – Royal Wanganui Opera House, Whanganui w/ support from Ebony Lamb ∞ 
Friday 13th November – Hollywood Theatre, Auckland w/ support from Na Noise ∞
Saturday 14th November – Leigh Sawmill, Leigh w/ support from Kendall Elise*

Tickets available HERE via UTR*
Tickets available via ∞

Annabel Kean: Kia ora, it’s Annabel from Undertheradar.

Bic Runga: Hey, thanks for calling!

I’m loving your King Sweeties singles, I want to know — how did you link up with Cass (Basil)?

I did a collaborative tour with Tiny Ruins five years ago. I didn’t know them, I just liked their music and approached them through their record label, through Flying Nun, and just asked if they wanted to do something together. So we created this tour and did the whole country. I just have a lot of respect for them as musicians and Cass ended up playing in my band for that tour, and then we just got a really good working relationship going. After my twentieth anniversary shows, my partner Kody Nielson who’s also in the band, he was going to be on tour with UMO for quite some time, for like two years. I was thinking "what am I going to do? I’m going to be left here by myself." I just said to Cass "let’s start a girl band" [laughs]. She was really keen and it was just like a life line to me, coz I was just thinking I’m going to be home by myself forever, and I better learn how to use the studio, I better learn how to engineer and do everything myself — coz Kody would normally help with that stuff. So that’s how it came about.

When you and Cass linked up for King Sweeties, did you have a conversation about the specific sound you wanted to create?

Yeah we kept it pretty on track the whole time. When we got confused we just referred back to our original conversations about what we wanted it to sound like. It’s quite funny because both of us come from quite serious sounding music, Tiny Ruins and Bic Runga stuff sounds pretty earnest, to be fair. But when I deal with Cass I realised that we’re both quite a lot sillier in reality. She’s actually really funny, theres’ something about her that I just wanted to make more of. She can write quite funky basslines and we both quite liked that little window of post-punk New York, like Tom Tom Club and I guess Blondie, stuff that sounds like that era. That was a specific sound that we were trying to aim towards, which was just so different from both our other projects.

From what I’ve read, you seem to have kind of thrived in lockdown. You wrote music for your own album, for King Sweeties, and then you’ve got three kids? That’s incredible.

I know, but I got really depressed when the lockdown was first announced, because I think everyone was really in a genuine state of shock. it was really hard to understand what was happening. I remember watching the Prime Minister’s announcement that we were going into this quite extreme lockdown, I literally put my head under the covers and cried my eyes out. I didn’t know why I felt like that, because I think we’re living through something quite catastrophic. I just got really intensely into music, coz that was my only way to not be miserable. It was a good way to check in with friends as well, like say "hey let’s make something." We’d been working on King Sweeties for a year, we didn’t seriously think we were going to put it out, but when lockdown happened we thought "this is like a life line right now." And I really liked getting Cass’ emails and having someone to focus on something with. We did a lot of finishing up of it during lockdown, it was something to focus on. I had lots of other music projects happening at the same time to not sit still, just to not get depressed.


Everyone dealt with it completely differently. Some people just went into hyper productivity mode. How are you feeling about travelling and sharing space with lots of people? Is it like a weird adjustment period?

It’s a bit of a moral dilemma to be putting on shows… Three things really — we’re just so lucky to be able to do shows, (this is) one of the few places in the world where shows can happen, so there’s that opportunity to seize. Making sure that everyone’s safe, I don’t think we would do anything other than Level One. So that’s okay, for my own personal tour we were lucky we timed it in a way, we just got lucky really, we’re in Level One now and my shows can go ahead. On the other hand, the third thing is people need something to do. Without sounding worthy, I think music’s really vital right now, really important. It’s certainly kept me sane and I think giving the option for things for people to do is a good thing.

When was the last time you played live?

I haven’t had a major tour for three years, when I did my 2017 twentieth anniversary tour that was the last real tour I did. I guess I can’t really tour too much in New Zealand, you sort of only hit it every now and then, because it’s so small.

You have to make new bands and tour those [laughter]. So you’re playing two sets for this Elemental Nights show, right? Because you’re in both bands.

Yeah I’m in King Sweeties and then we’re doing Opossom. We’re going to do something else as well… it’s going to be a Tuesday night party.

Absolutely and Hopetoun is such a beautiful venue.

We’re really excited, we’ve been practising so much.

I was going to ask, how do you find working with your partner? Because I’ve started doing that and I’d say we’ve learnt a lot very quickly. Any advice?

Oh yeah man. We’ve been working together for a really long time. We’ve been together for ten years and we’ve been in so many bands together, and I think we’ve actually learned to just be professional. I kind of really respect professionalism. Because what it is, especially when you’re on the road and it’s maybe a bit like being in the army, you have to stay focussed on the task at hand and just be really professional. Because crazy stuff happens all around you, I think its a good default setting… professional with your partner.

What is your role in Opossom, specifically?

I used to play the drums and the guitar in Opossom, but for this show I’m actually just singing, which is new to me. It’s quite unusual but it’s working out. Kody and I have also been recording together new Opossom material and in that recording context I more play keyboards and sometimes guitar. It’s just all sorts, whatever, both Kody and I play lots of different instruments. Our roles get blurry.

Whatever needs to be done. Are you learning anything new at the moment?

I’ve just joined the APRA board, which has been a real learning curve. I’m really interested in music licensing and how to make things better for artists. That’s something I’m really passionate about… that I almost have a fury about. As long as I’ve been in the business, it’s always felt like a struggle and I don’t really know why. Now that I’m on the board of APRA I kind of understand why. I think it’s because musicians are at the wrong end of the food chain and I think that’s about to be disrupted quite seriously.

It’s an interesting time to be a musician, with things like TikTok disrupting everything. We have a number one artist in New Zealand right now [South Auckland producer Jawsh 685] via TikTok. Even now TikTok are rolling out aggregator services, where you can upload your song but also get quite a lot bigger royalty share, and go direct to Spotify through that platform. The industry’s changed so much, it’s actually really exciting, it should really be in favour of the artist.

It’s cool that you get to be involved with that so closely. I’ll ask just one more question… I saw that you’re going for a low emissions tour using electric cars, that’s really cool. What else are you going to do on the tour to try and offset your emissions?

I’m luck because my tour manager, her company is called Susie Says, she does these amazing independent tours, but she also used to work for the sustainable business network. So she really knows how to do a sustainable event. It’s been a learning curve for me because I actually don’t know a great deal about it, but she organised these electric cars. We decided not to fly anywhere, but she told me it’s not hard to offset emissions from flights as well, you pay for offsetting the carbon emissions there. I don’t know if your watching [inaudible] the stuff that’s on Netflix right now, it’s so sad. I can’t believe what’s going on. I actually don’t know what to do, but I do know we have to do something immediately… I’m as guilty as the next person of being wasteful.

I flip flop between feeling like it’s partly an individual responsibility and then being mad at the big companies, y’know?

Governments just need to cooperate with each other and do something now. I dunno who’s going to save us, but it’s getting down to the wire now.

Nic and Reuben Mini Tour Announced For November

Chris Cudby
/ Friday 16th October, 2020 11:01AM


The champs at Low Strung Productions seemingly can’t stop organising cool shows for us to look forward to. They’ve gone and put together a special three date tour starring Pōneke-based dynamic duo Nic and Reuben, who will at last be touring their exceptionally vibey and groove-drenched second studio album PASS / TIME this coming November. The pair have headline gigs lined up for their windswept home town, Ōtepoti and Tāmaki Makaurau, with supports yet to be revealed. Grip the details unveiled so far below, we recommend you snap up tickets fast as Nic and Reuben shows have a habit of packing out…

Low Strung Presents: Nic and Reuben Mini Tour

Thursday 12th November – Moon1, Wellington*
Saturday 14th November – Dive, Dunedin*
Friday 20th November – Galatos, Auckland (more details for the Auckland show will be available next week)

Tickets available HERE via UTR*

Check out the gleefully gross clip for Nic and Reuben’s ‘STUFF’…

Nic and Reuben’s latest album ‘PASS/TIME’ is out now via Garbage Records.

Press release:

In celebration of their sophomore album Pass/Time, Indie Psych Duo Nic and Reuben are coming In HOT to a SPOT near you xo

These boys don’t come out of hibernation that often so when they SHOW UP its always a GOOD time.

Equipped with a band featuring fellow Garbage Records pals (Jack Berry, Three Quarter Marathon)

We can guarantee that N&R are gonna throw an absolute show.

Support TBA

Cut Off Your Hands Share Final Album HLLH Video

Chris Cudby
/ Friday 16th October, 2020 10:57AM


Cut Off Your Hands cap off a sensational career spanning nearly fifteen years with their third studio album HLLH (Higher Lows and Lower Highs), launching in conjunction with send-off parties in Tāmaki Makaurau and Pōneke. Years in the making and recorded in collaboration with producer / multi-instrumentalist Jeremy Toy (Leonard Simpson Duo), HLLH really does sound like a definitive statement from the band who started out way back when as Shaky Hands — wearing their love for dance-infused post-punk sonics proudly on their sleeves with welcome excursions into into noisey shoegazey territory, as singer / guitarist Nick Johnston tackles lyrical themes both personally weighty and politically pointed.

We chatted with Johnston about the new record and the multitude of triumphs and challenges he faced with Cut Off Your Hands over the years, you can read his in-depth conversation with Chris Cudby right here. Check out Connor Crawford’s live photos and Ali Nicholls’ incisive review of COYH’s packed out headline event at Whammy Bar last week here, experience director Benjamin Zambo‘s eye-popping new animated visuals for ‘Live For Each Other’ made with the support of NZ On Air below, and don’t miss them for a last hurrah with eight piece live band at the following dates…

Undertheradar is thrilled to present…

Cut Off Your Hands

Thursday 29th October – Whammy, Auckland [new show added]
Friday 30th October – San Fran, Wellington

General tickets on sale via Banished Music

Sit Down In Front Unleash Video For Dont Push The Button

Annabel Kean / Friday 16th October, 2020 9:32AM


Gizzy punks Sit Down In Front take aim at "Donald Douche" in the hectic clip for Confessions Of A Pie Thief stand out ‘Don’t Push The Button’. Shot and produced by Josh O’Neill, and created with the support of NZ On Air, the video takes place in a full size Oval Office set that took three weeks to build in a warehouse at Gisborne wharf. Sit Down In Front kingpin Cory Newman has already been likened to the Sex Pistols’ Johnny Rotten, but unlike that ancient punk, Newman has zero time for world leaders who brag about the size of their nuclear buttons. The ‘Don’t Push The Button’ visuals arrive in time for the teen rabble rousers’ ‘Who Ate All The Pies’ tour of the North Island including a sure to be spooky slot at Punk ‘O’ Ween, as well as our very own political affair i.e. the 2020 General Election. Take in the show details here, and scroll down for the full noise satirical vid for ‘Don’t Push The Button’, featuring enough Trump Rump to spoil your appetite…

Sit Down In Front ‘Who Ate All The Pies’ Tour

Friday 16th October – Cabana, Napier w/ Fyveyes

Saturday 17th October – Rogue Bore, Taupo

Saturday 31st October – Punk O Ween, Galatos, Auckland*

Tickets available HERE via UTR*

Sit Down In Front’s ‘Confessions Of A Pie Thief’ is out now.

Dick Move Drop Debut Album Chop!

Amelia Berry / Photo Credit: Mason Fairey
/ Friday 16th October, 2020 9:08AM


Punch a hole in the manosphere and wheel out the guillotine, Tāmaki Makaurau party-punk agitators Dick Move are making heads roll with their debut album Chop! out today via 1:12 Records. Taking aim at society’s most perniciously obnoxious elements, from landlords to stag dos, the five-piece supergroup thrashes through 13 blink and you’ll miss them tracks of riotous hooks and lyrics so pointed they’re likely to do you a minor injury. Lovingly mixed and produced by Wax Chattels’ Peter Ruddell at his Karangahape Road home, Chop! is available digitally as well as physically on extremely yellow vinyl — don’t miss Dick Move touring at the dates below…

Dick Move – Chop! Album Tour

Saturday 17th October — Auckland, Whammy Bar (+ free in-store gig at Flying Out from 4pm)
Friday 23rd October — Christchurch, Otautahi Punkfest*
Sunday 25th October — Christchurch, Darkroom

Wednesday 28th October — Nelson, Wakatu Hotel

Thursday 29th October — Blenheim, The Plant

Friday 30th October — Dunedin, Dive

Saturday 31st October — Oamaru, Settler Theatre

Tickets available HERE via UTR
Ōtautahi Punkfest tickets available HERE via UTR*

Dick Move’s debut album ‘Chop!’ is out now via 1:12 Records.

Watch Oneohtrix Point Nevers Video For Long Road Home Ft Caroline Polachek

Chris Cudby / Photo credit: David Brandon Geeting
/ Thursday 15th October, 2020 1:51PM


US synth wizard Oneohtrix Point Never aka Daniel Lopatin has unfurled a superb animated clip squarely in the Halloween spirit for ‘Long Road Home‘, featured on his recent three track Drive Time Suite as a preview for forthcoming new album Magic Oneohtrix Point Never (mOPN). Featuring guest vocals from Caroline Polachek, the song’s celestial sonics tug at over-caffeinated heartstrings while stop motion visuals by Victoria Arslani depict a warped tale of a bat and demon in courtship — set against a three dimensional backdrop recreating the artwork to OPN’s classic 2013 record R Plus Seven. Digital animators Robert Beatty (who also created the cover art for mOPN) and Nicole Ginelli‘s dazzling contributions provide the icing on the alluring yet potentially diabolical "cake". Melt your mind into a pool of slime with ‘Long Road Home’…

Co-directors Charlie Fox and Emily Schubert opened up about the theme of their latest creation: "It’s a romantic fable about love and transformation, which grew out of a lot of wild philosophical conversations with Dan over the summer. We wanted to take these supposedly grotesque or demonic creatures and turn them into the weirdly adorable and heartbreaking protagonists of this courtship ritual. For a song that seems to be sung by something mutant and magical in a time when intimacy is craved and feared, it felt like a hot match; it just felt good inside. And all this stuff started oozing out."

‘Magic Oneohtrix Point Never’ releases on Friday 30th October via Warp Records.

ThreatMeetProtocol Unveil The Witch Trials Three Song Collection

Chris Cudby
/ Thursday 15th October, 2020 10:52AM


Not content with spooking us senseless with the action-packed B-movie clip for the title track to their three song The Witch Trials collection, Tauranga’s Threat.Meet.Protocol today unleash the whole shebang upon our unsuspecting earholes. Alongside that maniacal number they have two new tunes out ahead of Halloween, fuzz-drenched monster mash ‘Instromental‘ and mind-zapping heavy groove juggernaut ‘Why‘. The Witch Trials is out now for you to enjoy both digitally and in a fancy vinyl 7" edition, which will no doubt be available at their forthcoming nationwide tour kicking off tomorrow night at Gisborne’s Smash Palace — grip the tour details here (including dates with Dick Move and an appearance at Ōtautahi Punkfest) and listen to Threat.Meet.Protocol’s supernatural latest creation below…

‘The Witch Trials’ is out now on major streaming platforms "even Napster".

Hail To The Thieves Radiohead Tribute Wellington Show Announced

Chris Cudby
/ Thursday 15th October, 2020 9:57AM


While the chances of Thom Yorke and the gang heading to our shores anytime soon are negligible at best, local fans can count their lucky stars that top tier Radiohead tribute group Hail To The Thieves call Aotearoa their home. Originating in Hawkes Bay and featuring members of post-rock masters Jakob, Hail To The Thieves headline events are traditionally sold out affairs, so we recommend you don’t sit on your hands — here are the details…

Hail To The Thieves

Saturday 5th December – San Fran, Wellington

Tickets available HERE via UTR

Press release:


Hail To The Thieves are bringing the music of the almighty Radiohead back to the Capitol to play San Fran on Saturday the 5th of December.

We’ve been hard at work since our sold-out show with you last year, and are fizzing to be bringing an even better set this time

Sheep Dog Wolf Returns With Single Video Cyclical

Chris Cudby / Wednesday 14th October, 2020 2:32PM


2020 continues to serve up all sorts of surprises with today’s welcome re-emergence of Sheep, Dog & Wolf, the project of Tāmaki Makaurau-based avant-pop polymath Daniel McBride. Lifting the lid on his first release since 2013’s Tui-award winning debut album Egospect, McBride reveals new single ‘Cyclical‘ via UK imprint Aphrodite, plus an evocative animated lyric video featuring semi-abstract ink drawings by live drummer Eddie Crawshaw. Sheep, Dog & Wolf makes quite the spectacular return with the sonically expressive, shapeshifting twists and turns of ‘Cyclical’, grappling with the mercurial nature of creation itself (in an artistic sense)…

"Cyclical is a map of the creative cycle. The initial stages, with ideas and sounds and words swirling without any structure; the moment that it all comes together for the first time, and starts to feel solid; the doubt and confusion that inevitably sets in as the creative flow stalls; the absolute ecstasy as it returns and everything falls into place; and the comedown afterwards, knowing that you’ll never experience the piece in that same way again.” – Daniel McBride

‘Cyclical’ is out now via major streaming platforms via Aphrodite.

Clipping Unveil Single Video Pain Everyday

Chris Cudby / Photo credit: Damien Maloney
/ Wednesday 14th October, 2020 11:31AM


We’re still buzzing to Clipping‘s creepy track ‘Say The Name‘, so today’s latest single from their forthcoming album Visions of Bodies Being Burned is an enticing prospect indeed. Dripping with dread and reinforced with industrial breakbeats, the LA experimental rap trio’s ‘Pain Everyday‘ is a collaboration with artist and paranormal investigator Michael Esposito, utilising EVP (Electronic Voice Phenomena) recordings in articulating a steely "call-to-arms for the ghosts of lynching victims to haunt the white descendants of their murderers." The new record completes a horrorcore-inspired diptych begun with last year’s critically celebrated There Existed an Addiction To Blood, launching the week before Halloween.

Rapper Daveed Diggs spoke about the challenges of recording the mazelike track: "This song was one of the most challenging to write because it’s the first time we’ve done a track entirely in ⅞, which, it turns out, is kind of a mind fuck. I love how it came out because it’s in this odd time signature but the flow still feels natural, like rap is supposed to."

Experience the lyric video for ‘Pain Everyday’ directed by Clipping’s Jonathan Snipes and Cristina Bercovitz

‘Visions of Bodies Being Burned’ releases on Friday 23rd October via Sub Pop Records.

The Phoenix Foundation Reveal New Video For Decision Dollars w Hollie Fullbrook

Chris Cudby / Photo credit: Ebony Lamb / Wednesday 14th October, 2020 10:20AM


While dedicated UTR readers will have already yelled at their screens "hold up there’s already a video for ‘Decision Dollars’, this news story is a rip off!", The Phoenix Foundation have in fact served up a second round of somehow even fancier visuals for their woozy hangover anthem, featuring Hollie Fullbrook of Tiny Ruins fame. Singer Luke Buda stretches his acting skills to the limit in the new clip directed by Bryson Rooney and made with the support of NZ On Air, playing the role of "a lonely, middle-aged man who finds joy in the uplifting chorus of a classic power ballad." I don’t know if I’m completely sold on the line "I’m never going to drink again" but the emotions expressed definitely feel real (especially when Buda pines for an ice cold cola). You can catch the Pōneke gang on their extensive nationwide tour this November celebrating the forthcoming release of their first studio album in five years Friend Ship, enjoy ‘Decision Dollars’ below…

UTR proudly presents…

The Phoenix Foundation – Friend Ship tour of Aotearoa

Friday 6th November – St Peter’s Hall, Paekākāriki

Thursday 12th November – Isaac Theatre Royal, Christchurch

Friday 13th November – Starters, Dunedin

Thursday 19th November – Totara St, Mount Maunganui

Friday 20th November – Sawmill Cafe, Leigh

Saturday 21st November – Powerstation, Auckland

Friday 27th November – The Cabana, Napier

Saturday 28th November – The Opera House, Wellington

Tickets available via Banished Music

’Friend Ship’ releases on Friday 16th October, preorders are available here.

Sharon Van Etten Shares Single Let Go From The Film Feels Good Man

Chris Cudby
/ Wednesday 14th October, 2020 9:18AM


The boundlessly talented Sharon Van Etten has a new song named ‘Let Go‘ out today, featured on the soundtrack to Feels Good Man — a documentary about US cartoonist / illustrator Matt Furie, whose fun-loving creation Pepe The Frog was distressingly co-opted by alt-right scumbags in recent years. A dreamy, lighter-waving anthem with drums at the forefront recalling Jesus & Mary Chain or The Shangri-Las, the single deploys a widescreen sound to grapple with big feelings of loss and hope for the future, created with Feels Good Man producer Giorgio Angelini and composer Mike Semple. The Brooklyn songwriter and actor shared her thoughts around the tune on social media: "After watching the documentary, I followed the feeling of coming to terms with something and tried to evoke peace through my melody and words. I hope that resonates with you. X"

Check out the trailer for Feels Good Man…

‘Let Go’ is out now via major streaming platforms. ‘Feels Good Man’ is available for streaming in New Zealand from Thursday 22nd October.

Listen To Grecco Romanks Debut Single Waterboard Me

Chris Cudby / Tuesday 13th October, 2020 12:43PM


Tāmaki Makaurau’s creative underbelly has again borne fruit with the intoxicating debut single from "post-empire themed dungeon power techno" trio Grecco Romank. A brooding industrial-tinged electronic beatscape,’Waterboard Me’ is described by the group as being about "about consensual waterboarding as a form of kink, possibly a trust exercise or professional development and upskilling," to which we say: we can’t wait to see Grecco Romank playing as part of Audio Foundation’s Now Hear This! 2020 festival at Whammy / Backroom / The Wine Cellar this coming Friday!

Swallow The Rat Announce North Island Tour

Chris Cudby
/ Tuesday 13th October, 2020 11:49AM


Triumphing over the numerous Covid-related curveballs biffed their way in 2020, Tāmaki Makaurau noiseniks Swallow The Rat are leaping back into action for their first run of shows since the global pandemic required them to cut their USA tour short back in March. Playing in Wellington with Hiboux and First Move, and in Palmerston North with Dick Move, First Move and Swamp Witch, the freshly reconfigured Swallow The Rat will be road testing a selection of new tunes hot on the heels of their very fine latest album Leaving Room, and are set to announce more special guests for their tour of Te Ika-a-Māui very soon. Grip the details revealed so far here…

Swallow The Rat

Thursday 26th November – Whammy, Auckland
Friday 27th November – Nivara Lounge, Hamilton

Saturday 28th November – Hop House, Tauranga

Friday 4th December – Snails, Palmerston North w/ Dick Move, First Move, Swamp Witch*
Saturday 5th December – Valhalla, Wellington w/ Hiboux, First Move^

Palmerston North tickets available HERE via UTR*
Wellington tickets available HERE via UTR^

Experience the animated clip for Swallow The Rat’s ‘Bird of Ill’ from Leaving Room…

Julia Jacklin Shares Two Songs For Sub Pops Singles Club

Annabel Kean / Tuesday 13th October, 2020 10:10AM


Australia folk angel Julia Jacklin shares her first new music since the roaring success of 2019’s Crushing. The two fresh tracks have been released as part of the long-running Sub Pop Singles Club, and dive head first into the woes of pandemic living. Title song ‘to Perth, before the border closes’ explores Jacklin’s fear of missing out on good things as she moves on from place to place "chasing things, love, work, something new", only made heavier by the potential long-term commitment of a state in lockdown. Also highly relatable, the musically romantic but lyrically bleak ‘CRY’ recounts the experience of a new flat with new people, "hiding my depression from my housemates" because she doesn’t "know them well enough yet to cry in the kitchen". Have a wee sob to Jacklin’s small town gothic handycam video for ‘to Perth, before the border closes’…

Julia Jacklin’s singles club release ‘to Perth, before the border closes’ is out now via Sub Pop.

Primer Now Hear This! Festival 2020 Tuesday 13th to Sunday 18th October

Chris Cudby / Image: Pumice
/ Tuesday 13th October, 2020 9:52AM


Audio Foundation’s six night and two day Now Hear This! mega-festival of "glorious noise, sublime sounds, singular songs and ecstatic improvisation" kicks off tonight, taking over venues throughout Tāmaki Makaurau’s Karangahape Road district up until Sunday 18th October. There’s more than seventy artists and groups from throughout Aotearoa performing at Now Hear This!, with many combos playing in special one-off configurations for the biennial occasion. Taking the bull by the horns, former Audio Foundation team member and now UTR editor Chris Cudby has cooked up an accessible selection of off-the-cuff, non-comprehensive daily highlights from the fest — to help you navigate through its sonic waters and provide some bearings for newcomers to the infinitely rewarding, often obscure, and always changing world of experimental music in NZ. Enjoy the incredible diversity our live music community has to offer and open your ears to something new this week…

Tuesday 13th October – Audio Foundation, Auckland, 7pm start

The Theatrical Panopticon, Clinton Watkins, Centre Negative, Antonia Barnett-McIntosh, Dropzone, Ducklingmonster, Nihilist Assault Group

Offering a diverse lineup to kick it all off at Audio Foundation’s subterranean HQ in the bottom of the Parisian Ties & Belts factory building (where ties and belts are in fact still being made), Tuesday night will likely be a casual affair before the festival madness truly takes hold. Ducklingmonster, Centre Negative (the project of Michael McClelland), and Dropzone should be familiar to dedicated UTR readers, and (fun fact) sound artist Clinton Watkins is half of robo-worshipping techno duo Go Nuclear, although audiences should go in expecting a more experiential sonic offering from him this evening. The night also features a performance by composer, performer, sound artist and freelance curator Antonia Barnett-McIntosh, the very first anti-performance by UK "noise-racketeers" Nihilist Assault Group, and will be opened by The Theatrical Panopticon who officially "cannot be described" and therefore must be witnessed first hand to take in the forbidden knowledge. Have a listen to Ducklingmonster’s ‘woo woo Beach’ from her 2019 album Parts Of The Flower…

Wednesday 14th October – Audio Foundation, Auckland, 7pm start

Reuben Derrick & Ruby Hinepunui Solly, Tim Player, Simon Allen & Phil Dadson, Pumice, Blood Mothers, Stef Animal, P Wits, Jess Morgan

Another incredibly diverse selection of experimental and related artists from all around Aotearoa, already exposing the folly of this feature as every performer is truly top tier. UTR regulars Pumice, Stef Animal and P Wits / Jess Morgan are playing on a lineup which also includes legendary Intermedia artist Phil Dadson (From Scratch) performing with artist and instrument maker Simon Allen, and avant-nesian binary bending live favourites Blood Mothers — check out a very informative video spotlighting their artistic practice here:

Thursday 15th October – Unitarian Church, Auckland, 7pm start

Rachel Shearer, Rosy Parlane, Richard Francis, Lucy Hunter, Hermione Johnson, Peter Porteous, Chris O’Connor, Ruby Hinepunui Solly, Rasoul Abbasi, Tom Callwood, Anita Clark, Ro Rushton-Green, Eamon Edmundsen-Wells, Marija Dumitrijevic / mHz

Artweek open late (Sophie Sutherland) at Audio Foundation, 6pm-8pm

A deep listening evening in the resplendent surrounds of Unitarian Church, hosting a variety of NZ noise / soundscape veterans including Rachel Shearer, Rosy Parlane, Richard Francis, Hermione Johnson and Peter Porteous (Eye), alongside the multi-faceted sonics of percussionist extraordinaire Chris O’Connor (The Phoenix Foundation, who famously sometimes dons a tin can suit), violin virtuoso Anita Clark (Motte) and Dunedin’s Lucy Hunter. Experience recent live footage of Hermione Johnson performing on grand piano late last year in Austria…

Friday 16th October – Wine Cellar / Whammy / Whammy Backroom, Auckland, 8pm start

The Pyramids Were Built From the Top Down, Ghost Bells (Porteous / Elborado / Yeats), Aotearoa Snuff Jazz Sextet, Grecco Romank, Riki Gooch & Al Fraser, Mo Zareei, Big Fat Raro, Citacsy, Native Bush, Stefanimal, Renee Barrance, Alice Sparrow, Lucky Paul, Samara Alofa, Motte w/ Chris O’Connor, Guardians

While most festivals would be wrapping it up at the day four mark, Now Hear This! take it up a notch with a whopping triple venue extravaganza at Wine Cellar / Whammy / Whammy Backroom. The unofficial "party night" of the fest (to me at least), there will indeed be sounds created to shake clubs in the midst of more freeform sonic wizardry and high decibel, ear-bleeding extremity. Newly formed noise rock supergroup Ghost Bells (Porteous / Elborado / Yeats) are playing a set, Riki Gooch & Alistair Fraser appear following the launch of their very fine album Rangatira via Noa Records, Pōneke-based electronic artist Big Fat Raro (of Fanau Spa) is always a must-see, Dunedin’s Stef Animal plays a second set for those who missed her on Tuesday, Citacsy is the new solo project of Tash van Schaardenburg formerly of Bib Kids, and "post empire themed dungeon power techno" new trio Grecco Romank sound like a spicy proposition indeed. Get in the zone with recent footage of Big Fat Raro performing a live hardware set in the studios of 95bFM…

Saturday 17th October – Audio Foundation, Auckland

11am – Stephen Bain DRIFTING (free)

1pm to 6pm – MEL showcase, Reuben Derrick with Morphology, Jonny Marks, Al Fraser, Ruby Solly, Liam Bowen, Bonnie Stewart, Jo Burzynska, Knotted Throats

7pm to 12am – Mercedes Cambridge, CRUDE, Malcolm Riddoch, Bruce Russell with True Bliss Experience, BIG ROSES (Robbie Yeats / Joan George / Rachel Shearer), Mental Health Triangle, Mick Elborado, Riki Gooch, Pat Kraus, Anita Clark, Ro Rushton-Green

Saturday evening’s lineup could also arguably be considered a "party night" as it features an all too rare Auckland performance by the legendary Crude, so there goes my plans for getting anything else done this weekend. More unmissable rare treats amongst the rock-solid bill include Bruce Russell of noise giants The Dead C with the intriguingly titled True Bliss Experience, irrepressible rap crew Mental Health Triangle, and supergroup BIG ROSES (Robbie Yeats / Joan George / Rachel Shearer). The Musical Electronics Library (M.E.L.) are also hosting a showcase event at Audio Foundation all Saturday afternoon — experience a taste of the good stuff to come with founder Pat Kraus‘ home recorded DIY video of ‘Octatrack Black Diamond’…

Sunday 18th October – Auckland Old Folks Association Hall, Auckland

2pm to 6pm – 10 Acre Bloc, Māpura Studios, Kristian Larsen Bluetooth Orchestra, Parks, Nava, Larsen, Riki, Ivan Mrsic Group, Selective Noise Reuptake Inhibitor Increases Serotonin Burst-Induced Unconditioned And Context-Conditioned Freezing

Wind down with a Sunday afternoon event of sonic adventuring at the enjoyably named Auckland Old Folks Ass. — including a long-running improvising big band 10 Acre Block and a performance by participants in the Māpura Studios creative music programme (tutored by Pumice’s Stefan Neville).

NOW HEAR THIS! – full programme and artist info available at

Glass Vaults Drop Sizzling Single Video Boys On Boys

Chris Cudby
/ Monday 12th October, 2020 3:09PM


With their third studio album Sounds That Sound Like Music launching later this month, Glass Vaults keep us grooving with the record’s third single ‘Boys on Boys‘. Held down by a shapeshifting disco beat played by Cory Champion (Borrowed cs) and snakelike fretless bass courtesy of Tom Callwood (Phoenix Foundation), the subtly catchy ‘Boys on Boys’ works its way under your skin with squiggles of cosmic synth and dreamy guest backing vocals provided by Womb’s Charlotte Forrester. Released with a snazzy clip drawing on their shared love for the shimmering sounds of vintage Italo-Disco (with visuals provided by online archivist Jaime Rios aka ‘DJ Jaime), ‘Boys on Boys’ gets us even more amped for Glass Vaults’ sure to be sizzling summer tour, happening all across Aotearoa in December…

UTR proudly presents…

Glass Vaults – Sounds That Sound Like Music album release tour

Friday 4th December – Space Academy, Christchurch
Saturday 5th December – Dive, Dunedin
Friday 11th December – Meow, Wellington
Saturday 12th December – Whammy, Auckland

Tickets available via Banished Music

‘Sounds That Sound Like Music’ launches digitally and on vinyl LP on Friday 30th October, preorders available here.

Dead Famous People Share New Album Harry

Chris Cudby / Photo credit: Frances Carter
/ Monday 12th October, 2020 1:13PM


Tāmaki Makaurau songwriter Dons Savage‘s long-running project Dead Famous People at last revealed her debut album Harry late last week, following 28 years of artistic activity and surely setting some kind of musical record in the bargain. Joining recent student radio faves ‘Looking At Girls‘ and ‘Goddess Of Chill‘ are eight more guitar-pop hits in switched-on alternate realities. Highlights include celestial anthem ‘Dead Birds Eye’, organ-pop bop ‘Groovy Girl’ and upbeat tear-jerker ‘Dog’, but you’d have to be some kind of straight up sucker to deny the exceptionally catchy and emotionally vast sublimity of it all — listen up to Harry right here…

‘Harry’ is out now via Fire Records.

Listen To UMOs Remix Of Soccer Mommys Circle The Drain

Chris Cudby
/ Monday 12th October, 2020 11:14AM


Amongst the unprecedented deluge of significant NZ releases last Friday lurked a fresh creation from none other than Unknown Mortal Orchestra, the ongoing project of Ruban Nielson with friends and family, whose staggering international success continues to know no limits. Nielson revealed a remix of US songwriter Soccer Mommy‘s fuzzily emotive 2020 anthem ‘circle the drain‘, honing in on the song’s hypnagogic qualities and scrambling our senses with a healthy dose of crunchy beats, liquid bass and sun-baked sonics. No stranger to being in fine company, UMO was joined on remixing duties by UK electronic innovator Actress, who dropped an excellently gothed-up remix of Soccer Mommy’s ‘crawling in my skin‘, also featured on February’s color theory album — immerse yourself in both tracks below…

‘circle the drain’ and ‘crawling in my skin’ are out now via major streaming platforms.