Voom Fazerdaze Share Single Video Magic

Chris Cudby / Photo credit: Frances Carter
/ Wednesday 23rd November, 2022 9:35AM

  
  

Playing launch events in Tāmaki Makaurau and Pōneke this weekend for her first collection of tunes in five years Break!, Fazerdaze aka Amelia Murray has ramped up the release schedule somewhat, unveiling today a collaborative single with Aotearoa indie-rock royalty Voom — for their first official new release since 2006! Sounding like a timeless summer hit from the word go, Murray and Voom helmsman Buzz Moller (who also contributed to Break!) both sound deeply jaded yet freshly reenergised and ready to embrace the future once more, chanting "You put the magic in me" while whipping up a fuzzy frenzy, with help from guitarist Murray Fisher (Voom, Goodshirt), bass player Nick Buckton, and drummer Josh Sorenson.

Elevating their superstar collab into the stratosphere, Voom and Fazerdaze’s deranged accompanying video directed by Ezra Simons depicts an obsessed Murray stalking an unsuspecting Moller (rocking a tee for Voom’s classic tune ‘We’re So Lost’, on the Flying Nun-reissued Hello, Are You There?) and essentially replacing him. An absolute treat for fans of the legendary group — hit play on the clip for Voom’s ‘Magic’ featuring Fazerdaze made with support from NZ On Air, don’t miss Fazerdaze this weekend (I wonder if they’ll play the new song?), head along to Flying Nun’s Beautiful Things all-star event on Saturday for a special Voom set,  and go catch Buzz Moller performing solo as part of Hollywood Cinema’s swish new Sunday matinee series Deadly Dreams Presents: The Hollywood Sunday Sessions


Fazerdaze

with carwash and hanbee

Friday 25th November – San Fran, Wellington

Saturday 26th November – Hollywood Cinema, Auckland

Tickets available HERE via UTR

Flying Nun Records Presents: BEAUTIFUL THINGS

with Womb, Voom, Recitals, Soft Bait, Vera Ellen, Night Lunch, Vor-Stellen, Jazmine Mary, Half Hexagon

Saturday 26th November – Whammy Bar, The Wine Cellar and Backroom, Auckland

Tickets available HERE via UTR

Deadly Dreams Presents: The Hollywood Sunday Sessions

Featuring… Buzz Moller, Rita Mae, Feshh, DJ Mr Crawley + screening of Deadly Friend (1986)

Sunday 4th December – Hollywood Cinema, Auckland, music 3pm / film 7pm (all ages and licensed)

Tickets available HERE via UTR — gig / gig & film options available

‘Magic’ is out today on major streaming services via Flying Nun.

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Listen To Wombs New Album Dreaming Of The Future Again

Sam Denne / Photo credit: Rosana Rosli
/ Friday 11th November, 2022 9:41AM

  
  

Pōneke dreamgaze outfit Womb and early-’00s Feilding pop-rockers Evermore have about two things in common: they’re both comprised of trios of siblings that write songs which sound tailor-made for the lofty acoustics of rustic rural churches (though in very different imagined contexts). That’s where any conceivable comparison ends. Though it’s a country mile away from sounding like worship music, Womb’s sophomore album Dreaming of the Future Again is a work worthy of worship. Listeners are baptised in a lagoon of lush reverb, where harmonies fold into one another like the ripples from a pebble tossed into a rock pool. No note feels unaccounted for amongst the soundscapes of songs like ‘When I See You’, the intentional quality of Womb’s songcraft is like an audio rendering of a watercolour masterwork — blended tones, soft edges but not a single movement without purpose. The mournful moments of ‘The Dove’ evoke nostalgia — perhaps for a future once dreamed of but made now impossible by the happenstance of chance.

Cello Forrester (vocals, guitar, strings), Haz Forrester (synth, guitar), and Georgette Brown (drums) have spent the last two years writing and recording the songs which comprise Dreaming of the Future Again, out today via Flying Nun. With the help of friend and engineer Bevan Smith at Circle Blue Studios, they have refined and sculpted their compositions into an exemplary record of haunting beauty — hit play and catch them this month at the following dates…


Womb – Dreaming of the Future Again Tour

Friday 11th November – The Tactile Society, Whakatū / Nelson with Tessa de Lyon

Saturday 12th November – Space Academy, Ōtautahi / Christchurch with Ben Woods

Friday 18th November – Vogelmorn Community Hall, Te Whanganui-a-tara / Wellington with Strange Stains

Friday 25th November – The Wine Cellar, Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland with Samara Alofa

Tickets available HERE via UTR

Flying Nun Records Presents: BEAUTIFUL THINGS

with Womb, Voom, Recitals, Soft Bait, Vera Ellen, Night Lunch, Vor-Stellen, Jazmine Mary, Half Hexagon

Saturday 26th November – Whammy Bar, The Wine Cellar and Backroom, Auckland

Tickets available HERE via UTR

‘Dreaming of the Future Again’ is out digitally and on 180g black vinyl today via Flying Nun Records — preorders available HERE.

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facebook.com/WOMBNZ/
flyingnun.co.nz/products/womb-dreaming-of-the-future-again

Watch Louisa Nicklins Video For No Good

Chris Cudby / Photo credit: Zoe Dunster
/ Thursday 10th November, 2022 3:44PM

  
  

One of Aotearoa’s most inimitable songwriting voices, Louisa Nicklin returns from touring as a member of Dimmer with new solo single ‘No Good‘, produced by Shayne P. Carter. Arising from director / producer Jazmine Mary‘s dream of Nicklin’s bandmate Mason Fairey holding a bail of hay, wearing a suit and walking up a hill (as explained to 95bFM’s Rachel Ashby on the radio this morning), this vision was given gothic visual shape with DOP / editor Courtney Rodgers and cast of collaborators. Ruminating on the moral ramifications of following life’s branching pathways, hit play on Nicklin’s spectral standalone release, made with support from NZ On Air

‘No Good’ is out today on major streaming services.

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Listen To Half Hexagons Single Ramona

Chris Cudby / Photo credit: Maison Fairey
/ Wednesday 9th November, 2022 10:18AM

  
  

Three sides of the same mysterious musical shape, Half Hexagon‘s all-star team of Yolanda Fagan (Na Noise, Echo Ohs), Julien Dyne (Avantdale Bowling Club) and James Milne (Lawrence Arabia) have a busy summer of Aotearoa festival appearances on the cards, preceded by this Friday’s launch of their self-titled debut EP. Presently enchanting student radio airwaves with debut single ‘Ism‘, Half Hexagon casually unveiled their genre-scrambling second official single late last week — a playfully dubbed-out, heavy groove-driven synth / psych ballad sporting the name ‘Ramona‘. Their four song Half Hexagon EP will be out on highly covetable and strictly limited lathe cut 10 inch record and cassette available HERE. Hit play on the trio’s new track and go catch them at Flying Nun‘s end of year wrap party Beautiful Things on 26th November…

Flying Nun Records Presents: BEAUTIFUL THINGS

with Womb, Voom, Recitals, Soft Bait, Vera Ellen, Night Lunch, Vor-Stellen, Jazmine Mary, Half Hexagon

Saturday 26th November – Whammy Bar, The Wine Cellar and Backroom, Auckland

Tickets available HERE via UTR

‘Half Hexagon’ EP releases on Friday 11th November — Limited Edition Lathe Cut 10 Inch Record and Limited Edition Cassette orders available HERE.

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halfhexagon.com/
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facebook.com/halfhexagon

Womb Share Single When I See You

Chris Cudby / Photo credit: Nicola Sandford
/ Monday 7th November, 2022 12:17PM

  
  

Launching their second album Dreaming of the Future Again via Flying Nun this coming Friday, Pōneke’s Womb unveil the record’s final advance single ‘When I See You‘. A guitar-strumming soundscape reflecting on wider themes of conflict, the song ripples and splashes around in accordance to its own internal tidal rhythms to deeply moving effect. Celebrating their long player’s release this month with a four date tour plus an appearance at the all-star Beautiful Things party, hit play on Cello Forrester (also of Crush), Haz Forrester and Georgette Brown‘s shoegazey new tune and preorder your own vinyl LP copy of Dreaming of the Future Again HERE

“When I See You came to us in fragments; a chord progression arrived; then a verse; a driving beat; a guitar line; later, walking around at night listening to a demo of the song, the chorus finally came, the words “We could grow from here” circling round and round in my head. This is a song about conflict: there’s a secret conversation going on between the ¾ guitar line that comes in at the start and the 4/4 timing of the rest of the song; the timings are clashing, each wishing to be heard, but in the end they are singing the same song.” – Womb


Womb – Dreaming of the Future Again Tour

Friday 11th November – The Tactile Society, Whakatū / Nelson with Tessa de Lyon

Saturday 12th November – Space Academy, Ōtautahi / Christchurch with Ben Woods

Friday 18th November – Vogelmorn Community Hall, Te Whanganui-a-tara / Wellington with Strange Stains

Friday 25th November – The Wine Cellar, Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland with Samara Alofa

Tickets available HERE via UTR

Flying Nun Records Presents: BEAUTIFUL THINGS

with Womb, Voom, Recitals, Soft Bait, Vera Ellen, Night Lunch, Vor-Stellen, Jazmine Mary, Half Hexagon

Saturday 26th November – Whammy Bar, The Wine Cellar and Backroom, Auckland

Tickets available HERE via UTR

‘Dreaming of the Future Again’ is out digitally and on 180g black vinyl on Friday 11th November via Flying Nun Records — preorders available HERE.

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w–o–m–b.bandcamp.com/
facebook.com/WOMBNZ/
flyingnun.co.nz/products/womb-dreaming-of-the-future-again

Listen To Soft Baits Debut Album Plot Points

Chris Cudby
/ Friday 28th October, 2022 1:33PM

  
  

Tāmaki Makaurau’s rising force Soft Bait have unleashed their keenly awaited debut album Plot Points following a handful of killer singles, just ahead of next month’s triple date release tour. Abrasive, cavernous, urgent, ominous and sometimes disarmingly delicate, Soft Bait’s post-punk world of sound was produced by Peter Ruddell (Wax Chattels, Sulfate), while songwriter Louisa Nicklin dueted with vocalist / guitarist Josh Hunter on both the title track and slow-burning newie ‘Perfect Orders’. Originating from tunes laid down by guitarist Patrick Hickley over a few years while residing in London, sculpted into shape with Hunter, and later joined by drummer Cameron MacKintosh and bassist Ezra Simons (Earth Tongue), Plot Points rattles off nine gripping sonic tales that don’t veer away from the strange side of the tracks. Soft Bait will be letting rip in Auckland, Hamilton and Wellington with special guests Jim Nothing, Ringlets, Babe Martin, Soft Plastics and Mirror Ritual, plus catch them at Flying Nun’s all-star Beautiful Things rager on 26th November…


Soft Bait Album Release Tour

Friday 4th November – Last Place, Hamilton w/ Jim Nothing*
Saturday 5th November – Whammy Bar, Auckland w/ Ringlets, Babe Martin*
Wednesday 9th November – Meow, Wellington w/ Soft Plastics, Mirror Ritual

*Tickets available HERE via UTR 

Flying Nun Records Presents: BEAUTIFUL THINGS

with Womb, Voom, Recitals, Soft Bait, Vera Ellen, Night Lunch, Vor-Stellen, Jazmine Mary, Half Hexagon

Saturday 26th November – Whammy Bar, The Wine Cellar and Backroom, Auckland

Tickets available HERE via UTR

‘Plot Points’ is out today on major streaming services.

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facebook.com/softbaitband

Premiere Womb Share Single Video The Dove

Chris Cudby / Image: Georgette Brown of Womb
/ Thursday 20th October, 2022 8:30AM

  
  

Touring Aotearoa in November and performing at Flying Nun’s Beautiful Things end of year wrap party, Te Whanganui-a-Tara sonic visionaries Womb have unveiled transcendent new single and video ‘The Dove’ that we’re simply stoked to premiere here. Dedicated to Womb drummer and visual artist Georgette Brown‘s late father Justin Brown, and made with the support of NZ On Air, the group’s self-directed clip is a moving meditation on the theme of grief, filmed along the shimmering shoreline of Whitireia Park and concluding with a beautiful speckly shower of snowflakes.

The sibling trio of Brown, Cello Forrester (also of Crush) and Haz Forrester launch their forthcoming new album Dreaming of the Future Again via Flying Nun on 11th November (vinyl preorders available HERE) —read their words on ‘The Dove’ and hit play below…

“The Dove is a song for grief. We think of the dove, or any bird really, as a messenger between this world and another, being a winged creature that can fly between the earth and sky. Something about this song feels urgent: it was written and recorded in the week of Georgette’s father’s passing and: it came out fully formed. At the same time, The Dove is about trying to find vibrancy; feeling the wind, and feeling the way in which the wind is always something living.”


Womb – Dreaming of the Future Again Tour

Friday 11th November – The Tactile Society, Whakatū / Nelson with Tessa de Lyon

Saturday 12th November – Space Academy, Ōtautahi / Christchurch with Ben Woods

Friday 18th November – Vogelmorn Community Hall, Te Whanganui-a-tara / Wellington with Strange Stains

Friday 25th November – The Wine Cellar, Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland with Samara Alofa

Tickets available HERE via UTR

Flying Nun Records Presents: BEAUTIFUL THINGS

with Womb, Voom, Recitals, Soft Bait, Vera Ellen, Night Lunch, Vor-Stellen, Jazmine Mary, Half Hexagon

Saturday 26th November – Whammy Bar, The Wine Cellar and Backroom, Auckland

Tickets available HERE via UTR

‘Dreaming of the Future Again’ is out digitally and on 180g black vinyl on Friday 11th November via Flying Nun Records — preorders available HERE.

Linksinstagram.com/__womb/
w–o–m–b.bandcamp.com/
facebook.com/WOMBNZ/
flyingnun.co.nz/products/womb-dreaming-of-the-future-again

Watch Vera Ellens Video For New Single Homewrecker

Samantha Cheong / Photo credit Nicola Sandford
/ Friday 14th October, 2022 3:48PM

  
  

Nominated for Best Alternative Artist at this year’s Aotearoa Music Awards, Vera Ellen has shared her first new release since 2021’s Flying Nun solo album It’s Your Birthday. ‘Homewrecker‘ plays with the idealised fantasy of sparking chaos in perhaps not others’ lives, but in one’s own. Directed by Albert River and made with support from NZ On Air, Ellen struts on a roof amongst a cast of models and smokes in a vogueish recline in the song’s accompanying clip — a nod to "The King of Cool" Dean Martin’s 1983 visuals for ‘Since I Met you Baby’. The graphic assault of colour and glamour work against Ellen’s desolate lyrics, where the Herculean body of water seems as biting as it is rich. The clip later reveals the green screen, as if to lift the curtain on the attractive intensity of fantasy.

Ellen will be joining stellar labelmates and friends at a triple-bar treat for Tāmaki Makaurau gig-goers, Flying Nun’s end of year wrap party Beautiful Things — scope out the details and hit play below…

"Homewrecker is the personification of my inner demon forcing its way in to create chaos where it senses harmony. I’m my own home wrecker. Ain’t we all?" — Vera Ellen

Flying Nun Records Presents: BEAUTIFUL THINGS

with Womb, Voom, Recitals, Soft Bait, Vera Ellen, Night Lunch, Vor-Stellen, Jazmine Mary, Half Hexagon

Saturday 26th November – Whammy Bar, The Wine Cellar and Backroom, Auckland

Tickets available HERE via UTR

‘Homewrecker’ is out now on major streaming service via Flying Nun Records.

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instagram.com/veraellen_/

Recitals Announce Orbit I Album Release Tour

Chris Cudby / Photo credit: Lewis Ferris
/ Friday 14th October, 2022 9:28AM

  
  

Sharing their seven strong membership between Tāmaki Makaurau and Te Whanganui-a-Tara, Recitals are rallying together for a nationwide tour in celebration of their newly released Flying Nun Records debut album Orbit I. Created by bandmates Xanthe Rook, Sam Curtiss, Olivia Wilding, Carla Camilleri, Josh Finegan, Christian Dimick and Tharushi Bowatte, we said on release Orbit I is "a multi-faceted gemstone of majestic, sometimes almost wildly cacophonous instrumental arrangements and lyrically vivid, heart-bursting songcraft". The musical collective will be joined on their journey by friends and fellow travellers including Model Home, Night Lunch, Dale Kerrigan, Randa, Womb, The Spectre Collective, Mystery Waitress and more, plus they’ll be performing at Flying Nun’s end of year wrap party Beautiful Things in the super city. Experience the amazingness at the following dates…


Recitals Tour 2022

Friday 18th November – Loons, Ōhinehou / Lyttleton w/ Model Home, Hannah Everingham
Saturday 19th November – The Crown, Ōtepoti / Dunedin w/ Night Lunch, Dale Kerrigan

Friday 25th November – Leigh Sawmill, Leigh w/ Randa

Saturday 26th November – Flying Nun’s Beautiful Things, Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland w/ Womb, Voom, Soft Bait, Jazmine Mary, Half Hexagon + more*
Friday 9th December – Vogelmorn Hall, Te Whanganui-A-Tara / Wellington w/ Womb, The Spectre Collective

Saturday 10th December – Snails, Papa-i-Oea / Palmerston North w/ Mystery Waitress, Bitch Whistle

Tickets available HERE via UTR
*Beautiful Things tickets available HERE via UTR

Experience the fantastical marionette visuals for ‘Gradient’…

Press release:

Recitals are hitting the road! Hot on the heels of their debut album Orbit I, the seven-piece will be hoisting their various instruments across the motu to tinker alongside some of their favourite musicians this November and December.

As well as visiting both of their home bases — Te Whanganui-A-Tara/Wellington (with support from Womb and Spectre Collective) and Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland (as part of Flying Nun’s mini festival, Beautiful Things) — Recitals will also making stops along the way in Leigh (with Randa) and Te Papa-i-Oea/Palmerston North (with Mystery Waitress and Bitch Whistle). They’ll also be taking their first group visit to the South Island, with shows in Ōhinehou/Lyttleton (with Hannah Everingham and Model Home) and Ōtepoti/Dunedin (with Night Lunch and Dale Kerrigan).

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instagram.com/_recitals_/

Spotlight Reb Fountain Iris Nationwide Tour of Aotearoa

C.C. / Photo credit: Francis Carter
/ Tuesday 12th July, 2022 10:58AM

  
  

Recipient of the 2021 Taite Music Prize, finalist for this year’s award, shortlisted multiple years running for the APRA Silver Scroll, and winner of Tuis for 2018 Recorded Music NZ Best Country Music Artist and APRA Best Country Music Song, it’s no exaggeration to say Reb Fountain is one of our most celebrated contemporary songwriting talents. At the forefront of the Save Our Venues NZ fundraising initiative during 2020’s turbulent lockdown era, Fountain’s own touring schedule has faced significant hurdles due to pandemic issues, now finally happening across Aotearoa this month and next.

Launched late last year via Flying Nun, Fountain is touring her darkly romantic new album Iris nationwide with full band and special guest, Auckland Live Best Independent Debut Award winner Jazmine Mary (for all dates except Tāmaki Makaurau), including a headline Auckland Town Hall performance as part of Elemental Nights 2022. Bracketed by cinematic videos all created in collaboration with Fountain’s daughter, director Lola Fountain-Best, we’ve gathered here in one spot every official clip released for singles from Iris so far — plus spellbinding live footage of Fountain and band performing at Auckland Town Hall last year…

“Iris is in many ways an unsung hero, known as the goddess of the rainbow, sea and sky, she acts as bridge between the gods to humanity with little of her own story known. So many stories go unheard, so many aspects of our humanity are unsung; visibility is a contested and inequitable space where what is essential and of beauty is often ‘invisible’. I wanted and needed to give voice to this essential human spirit; to conjure and hold and commune with the very real, valid and invaluable voices within and around me.” — Reb Fountain

Reb Fountain

with special guest Jazmine Mary (all shows except Auckland’s Elemental Nights)

Friday 22th July – Nivara Lounge, Hamilton

Saturday 23rd July – Totara Street, Tauranga△
Friday 29th July – Town Hall, Auckland (as part of Elemental Nights)*

Wednesday 17th August – Glenroy Auditorium, Dunedin*

Thursday 18th August – Isaac Theatre Royal, Christchurch*

Saturday 20th August – The Opera House, Wellington*

Friday 26th August – The Dome, Gisborne

Saturday 27th August – ToiToi Opera House, Hastings

Tickets for Hamilton and Gisborne available HERE via UTR
*Tickets for Auckland, Dunedin, Christchurch and Wellington shows HERE via Live Nation
△Tauranga and Hastings tickets on sale from rebfountain.co.nz

The video for Fountain’s self-professed love song ‘Heart‘ places the artist in a luxurious "makeshift room in the middle of anywhere"….

Fountain asks us to sit with our deep-seated flaws and monstrous truths in ‘Beastie‘..

Watch the lush and playful beachside clip for the title track to Iris…

Experience intimate monochrome visuals for ‘Fisherman‘, inspired by Andy Warhol’s screen tests…

Fountain’s ‘Foxbrite‘ journeys from stark piano and acoustic guitar plucks to heart-squeezing, cinematic strings…

Fountain’s ‘Lacuna‘ (meaning "a blank space or a missing part) is a synth-inflected, dark-toned chugging groover reflecting upon "what’s it like to grow into oneself, to wrestle with the intangible nature of our human condition, to see who we are"…

Watch Reb Fountain performing ‘Psyche‘ with band at Auckland Town Hall as part of 2021’s The Flying Nun 40th Anniversary Show — directed by Peter Brook Bell…

Reb Fountain’s album ‘Iris’ is out now via Flying Nun Records.

Linksrebfountain.co.nz/upcoming-events/

Eastern Womens Refuge Fundraiser Announced

Annabel Kean / Wednesday 15th June, 2022 11:16AM

  
  

Catch six of Tāmaki’s top music acts, be in to win a jaw-dropping prize pack, and support the vital work of the Eastern Women’s Refuge all in one go! A fundraiser show for the books, attendees will be treated to the tunes of Auckland Live Best Independent Debut winner Jazmine Mary, dream pop sweeties Phoebe Rings, the incomparable Samara Alofa (and band!), punk thrashers Memory Foam, electronic pop duo Van Staden & Böhm, and DJ extraordinaire BBYFACEKILLA. Vaccine passes are a must, and tickets for the deluxe raffle prize a no-brainer (available for purchase from Strange Goods)…

Eastern Women’s Refuge Fundraiser 2022

Saturday 9th July – Galatos, Auckland w/ Jazmine Mary, Phoebe Rings, Samara Alofa, Memory Foam,Van Staden & Böhm, and BBYFACEKILLA


Tickets via galatos.co.nz

Experience Jazmine Mary’s ‘Move Me’ from their highly praised album The Licking Of A Tangerine…

Catch Samara Alofa and their killer new live band at next month’s fundraiser…


Press release:

Join us for this year’s Eastern Women’s Refuge fundraiser!

With a line-up of incredible talent donating their mahi to a night of solidarity and support!

BBYFACEKILLA

Jazmine Mary

Memory Foam

Phoebe Rings

Samara Alofa & Friends

Van Staden & Böhm

All money raised goes direct to Eastern Women’s Refuge to continue their life-saving work.

You can be a supporter of their crucial work not only by buying a ticket to the show but also by entering our amazing raffle that will be drawn on the night, or taking home an exclusive Eastern Women’s Refuge T-shirt.

Raffle prizes so far:

Abigail Aroha Jensen print, Corey Pugh ceramic, Sunreturn ‘See You On The Horizon’ vinyl, Cloud Doctor Cap, Chippy Print – framed, Goatloft bags, Almighty – A few boxes of drinks, Isadia Floral voucher, $200 Gemmayze street voucher, Pici voucher, Arcade hoodie and t-shirts from the new drop, That Looks Shop, 1 x film camera + film, Ceramics by Leva, Strange Goods voucher, Karma Kola drinks 4 x 15boxes, Ima voucher, Curio noir – 2x 50ml bottles of Dark Bouquet Parfum, Flora Bird Jewellery, Petley utensil set, Ticket to every Friendly Potential gig for 1 year (except Beacon Festival), Eighthirty Coffee, $50 Flying Out voucher, $100 Paper bag princess voucher, Buddy Hemp Goods – 2 x Buddy Tee, Quim Jewellery Seek/Seeking Earrings, Hannah Lee Jade – liquid longsleeve, Josh Harvey framed print, Silo Theatre – double VIP tickets to opening party & night of The Writer, Dateline Tshirt, Tāmaki Dance Revue – Ticket to every gig for 1 year, TOOMS ‘Fake Teeth’ vinyl, Wine Cellar tote bag, Na Noise ‘ Waiting For You’ vinyl and ‘Open The Door & Dance With Me’ 7inch

Who are Eastern Refuge Society?

The Eastern Women’s Refuge is a member of the National Collective of Independent Women’s Refuges, providing vital services in East and South Auckland for survivors of domestic violence.

New Zealand has one of the highest rates of domestic violence in the developed world, with police responding to an incident every 4 minutes.

Eastern Women’s Refuge works directly with women and children, providing immediate help with a crisis line, emergency housing, and safe housing; and ongoing support with safety and empowerment programmes, advocacy and counselling, and community social work. Their tane work alongside perpetrators to support them to live violence free.

VAX PASS event

In caring for our most vulnerable in the community, we continue to care for those at risk of COVID 19 by providing a safe and inclusive gig. Please ensure you have your vaccine pass ready to present on the night.

Special thanks to all the businesses and brands who have donated to our raffle, Galatos, 95bFM & Phantom Billstickers.

Learn more by visiting http://www.easternrefugesociety.org.nz/

You are not alone, if there is domestic and/or sexual violence in your life, you can call 0800 REFUGE, or visit www.easternrefugesociety.org.nz/need-help

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Jazmine Mary Covers Elvis Presleys Love Me Tender

Chris Cudby / Photo credit: Courtney Rodgers
/ Tuesday 31st May, 2022 12:23PM

  
  

Winner of the Auckland Live Best Independent Debut Award for their album The Licking of a Tangerine at Sunday evening’s glitzy Taite Music Prize ceremony, Jazmine Mary celebrates in style with a newly released rendition of Elvis Presley‘s 1956 ballad ‘Love Me Tender‘. Performed and recorded with bandmate Dave Kahn (Reb Fountain), Jazmine Mary’s version was recently teased live on 95bFM — a swoony and spirited re-imagining of the bequiffed King of Rock & Roll’s singalong classic, bringing a little bit of Memphis, Tennessee to Tāmaki Makaurau. You can catch Jazmine Mary performing as special guest for Reb Fountain‘s forthcoming nationwide tour, this winter at the dates below…

Reb Fountain with special guest Jazmine Mary

Friday 22th July – Nivara Lounge, Hamilton

Saturday 23rd July – Totara Street, Tauranga△

Wednesday 17th August – Glenroy Theatre, Dunedin*

Thursday 18th August – Isaac Theatre, Christchurch*

Saturday 20th August – The Opera House, Wellington*

Friday 26th August – The Dome, Gisborne

Saturday 27th August – ToiToi Opera House, Hastings

Tickets for Hamilton and Gisborne available HERE via UTR
*Tickets for Dunedin, Christchurch and Wellington shows via Live Nation
△Tauranga tickets on sale from rebfountain.co.nz

Jazmine Mary’s  ‘Love Me Tender’ is out now on major streaming services — listen over on Spotify HERE.

Linksinstagram.com/jazmine__mary/
facebook.com/Jazminemarymusic/

Reb Fountain Announces New Dates For IRIS NZ Tour Shares Video For Fisherman

Chris Cudby / Photo credit: Lola Fountain-Best
/ Thursday 19th May, 2022 10:00AM

  
  

Taite Music Prize winner Reb Fountain has unveiled brand new dates for the long-awaited nationwide launch tour for her latest album IRIS, which is in fact shortlisted for the 2022 Taite Prize. Locked in for this coming July and August, following pandemic-related delays, the coast is finally clear for Fountain to celebrate her acclaimed Flying Nun record’s release throughout Aotearoa, joined on stage by live band and special guest Jazmine Mary (for all dates except Auckland) . Originally announced for October of last year, Fountain shared her excitement about touring IRIS at last, including a headline Auckland Town Hall performance as part of Elemental Nights 2022

“After releasing IRIS in October 2021 we were all set to tour the album and like so many of our musical peers, plans got curtailed then cancelled. I’m so excited to share with you that we’re bringing IRIS on the road — for real, it’s happening, let’s go. Dave, Karin, Earl and I can’t wait to play for you, to do the work we love and to share our record, finally! These shows have been a long time coming and we’re all grateful for your patience and perseverance, we promise to bring you’ve everything we’ve got — see you real soon xxx reb”

The icing on the cake of today’s tour announcement is a new video for Reb Fountain’s ‘Fisherman‘ from IRIS, directed by Lola Fountain-Best and made with support from NZ On Air. Shot on super 8 film at Fountain’s home, the disarmingly intimate monochrome visuals draw inspiration from Andy Warhol’s famously minimal ‘screen test’ experimental films…

“The audition tape offers an odd glimpse of ‘self’; an eery disquiet where it’s unclear whether seeing really is believing. We love working with super 8 and conceptually the ‘screen test’ gave us a chance to explore the many voices in Fisherman.”

Reb Fountain

with special guest Jazmine Mary (all shows except Auckland’s Elemental Nights

Friday 22th July – Nivara Lounge, Hamilton

Saturday 23rd July – Totara Street, Tauranga△
Friday 29th July – Town Hall, Auckland (as part of Elemental Nights)*

Wednesday 17th August – Glenroy Theatre, Dunedin*

Thursday 18th August – Isaac Theatre, Christchurch*

Saturday 20th August – The Opera House, Wellington*

Friday 26th August – The Dome, Gisborne

Saturday 27th August – ToiToi Opera House, Hastings○

Tickets for Hamilton and Gisborne available via UTR from 12pm, Friday 20th May

*Tickets for Dunedin, Christchurch and Wellington shows via Live Nation
Live Nation & Ticket Master Presale: 12pm, Friday 20th May to 11am, Monday 23rd May
General Public On Sale: 12pm, Monday 23rd May

△Tauranga tickets on sale from rebfountain.co.nz

General Public On sale: 12pm, Friday 20th May

○Tickets for Hastings

General public on sale: 12pm, Monday 23rd May

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NZ Artists Campaign For Financial Support In Red

Annabel Kean / Image: Jazmine Mary / Tuesday 25th January, 2022 12:56PM

  
  

Following the gutting but vital shift to Red this week as Omicron rears its ugly head, Aotearoa artists are feeling the bulk of the blow seeing all shows with 100+ attendees cancelled or postponed into the foreseeable future. Unlike previous restriction changes, when those affected were kept afloat with government wage subsidies and resurgence funds, there is no such support in the current Traffic Light System. In response to what feels like a harsh oversight of already vulnerable musicians, actors and event workers, Tāmaki multidisciplinary artist Jazmine Rose Phillips aka Jazmine Mary has penned a powerful letter to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, imploring the government to reconsider providing financial aid. Talking with Phillips this morning, they explained their motivation behind the letter campaign and pending petition application…

"When I talk about loss of jobs and income, I’m not talking about profit. I’m talking about the next job that was a few hundred dollars that was the deciding factor in making rent.

"I think at a bare minimum an outcome that would not only show artists that we are valued but give us a sense of safety is at least a subsidy or base income for essential living costs.

"The huge response is just proof about how large the arts community is. And how many people are really scared right now about how to live."

The letter is available for reference here and below, and you can submit your version to jacinda.ardern@parliament.govt.nz and any other relevant members of parliament.

Dear Prime Minister

I am writing to you today as [a Music/Art /industry worker]; who yesterday when the alert level was raised to red, effectively lost my jobs and income for the foreseeable future.

Yesterday we saw hundreds of incredible festivals, arts events, tours and concerts cancelled.

They were cancelled to keep our community safe.

Musicians and artists not only provide millions of dollars for New Zealand, they have provided relief to people during these times. Providing film, music and poetry that helps bring us joy and connection.

However, today morale is low. Not only are we facing again the reality that the time and effort we have all put into bringing our community art is seemingly wasted. We are faced with no financial support from our government.

Tens of thousands of people, myself being one of them, are now without any employment or income.

I know in the past you have been a large supporter and advocate for the arts, and for this I thank you.

I am writing to request financial support for individuals in the arts who have lost their income overnight due to the change in alert level.

I look forward to your response and more importantly your action.

Ngā Mihi

[your name here]

Linksdocs.google.com/document/d/1UXD2NPxEB7NXD7YaW5RjE2Wt672vkLop/edit
facebook.com/Jazminemarymusic/
covid19.govt.nz/traffic-lights/life-at-red/

Watch Jazmine Mary Perform Two Songs At 95bFMs Drive Island

Annabel Kean / Wednesday 19th January, 2022 1:58PM

  
  

It’s hard to believe it’s been nearly a year since Jazmine Mary and band took to the Drive Island stage at the Ellen Melville centre, injecting haunting melodies into the ears of all within a 500 metre radius but here we are. Organised by the lovely folk at 95bFM, we can now relive moments of the sunny late arvo show in 1080HD, with clips of gothic folk tracks ‘Dancer’ and ‘Fool’ uploaded and available to watch at your leisure. Both plucked from Jazmine Mary’s hypnotic debut album The Licking Of A Tangerine, the live renditions are buzzing with energy from the electricity of Dave Kahn‘s strings, Courtney Rodgers‘ minimalist percussion and Peter Ruddell‘s sparse, rhythmic keys. If you’re kicking yourself for missing out on the real deal after watching said performances, I’ve got great news for you — Jazmine Mary’s doing it all again at The Others Way this month…


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

The Others Way Festival

Saturday 29th January 2022 – Karangahape Road, Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland
Backroom, East St Church, Galatos, Mercury Theatre, Neck of the Woods, Soap, The Studio, Whammy and Wine Cellar

Featuring… Anthonie Tonnon, Carnivorous Plant Society, Coolies, Daffodils, Dartz, Dead Famous People, Dianne Swann, Diggy Dupe & Friends Present The Panthers, Don McGlashan & The Others, Earth Tongue, Eden Burns, Erny Belle, Fazerdaze, Francisca Griffin & The Bus Shelter Boys, The Fuzzy Robes, Grecco Romank, Guardian Singles, Hybrid Rose, Jakob, Jazmine Mary, Joe Ghatt, Julia Deans, Juno Is, Kamahumble, Lawrence Arabia Plays Chant Darling, Lips, Lucky Paul, Merk, Mild Orange, Night Lunch, Phodiso, Phoebe Rings, The Plague, PollyHill, Power Nap, Princess Chelsea, Recitals, Repairs, Soft Plastics, Sulfate, Team Dynamite, Theia, There’s A Tuesday, Transistor, Troy Kingi, Vera Ellen, Voom

General release tickets are on sale HERE via UTR

The Others Way – To The Front Stage
Saturday 29th January 2022 – Pitt St Sunday School (all ages, wheelchair accessible)

Tickets available HERE via UTR

Linksjazminemary.bandcamp.com/
95bfm.com/

Rhian Sheehan and Arli Liberman Spectral Atmospheres New Dates Announced

C.C. / Image: Rhian Sheehan and Arli Liberman
/ Wednesday 1st September, 2021 3:06PM

  
  

With their Spectral Atmospheres events originally set to take place in September, Rhian Sheehan and Arli Liberman have made the safe and sensible move to postpone their Tāmaki Makaurau and Pōneke collaborative shows until November. Both Aotearoa composers are currently finalists for significant local awards, with Sheehan in the running for APRA Best Original Music in a Series Award and Liberman in the top three for the APRA Best Original Music in a Feature Film Award (for Savage) — to be presented as part of the Silver Scroll 2021 ceremony on 14th October.

Described as "a series of intimate, emotive soundscape-focused collaborative performances," the pair will be working closely with light artist Sam Caldwell, who’ll be projecting colourful organic visuals created on the spot using oils and dyes, and supported by Jazmine Mary in Auckland and Dream Chambers in the capital.

"Both Arli and I very much looking forward to bringing you all together to experience our Spectral Atmospheres shows. As artists we’re in the business of congregation and empathy, which in many respects are the antidote to many of the challenges we currently face today." — Rhian Sheehan


Rhian Sheehan & Arli Liberman Spectral Atmospheres

featuring visuals by Sam Caldwell

Friday 5th November – Old St Paul’s Wellington w/ Dream Chambers
Sunday 21st November – Q Theatre, Auckland w/ Jazmine Mary

Tickets from: https://www.loop.co.nz/events/rhian-sheehan-arli-liberman-spectral-atmospheres/

Experience ‘Still’ from Rhian Sheehan’s Recollections, Vol. 1…

Listen to ‘Mum’ from Arli Liberman’s original motion picture soundtrack for Savage…

Linksrhiansheehan.com/
arlimusic.com/
loop.co.nz/events/rhian-sheehan-arli-liberman-spectral-atmospheres/

Listen To Grecco Romanks Debut Album Red Tower

Chris Cudby
/ Friday 9th July, 2021 2:25PM

  
  

Sometimes you witness a band perform live and you become instantly obsessed. For many Tāmaki Makaurau gig-goers over the past nine months, the object of that obsession has been "post-empire themed dungeon power techno" trio Grecco Romank — whose eldritch chemistry has attracted a devoted cult following for their party fuelled bangers, wild on (and off) stage antics and jaw-dropping outfits. Sounding like they’ve emerged from a week-long bacchanal in a top-secret subterranean super city night club (perhaps located in or near Parnell), the team of Damian Golfinopoulos, Billie Fee and Mikey Sperring fuse together electronic elements including EBM, Industrial and Eurodance into Cronenbergian new shapes designed to set dance floors alight — with the operatic Fee and the growling Sperring being one of the most spine-tingling local vocal pairings since Fiona McDonald and Chris Matthews of the Headless Chickens.

Writer and fellow muso Michael McClelland (of Centre Negative fame) lays it all out in the liner notes for Grecco Romank’s avidly awaited debut album Red Tower, which is out today digitally following a low key cassette-only run. Hit play on Red Tower, go see them at The Others Way 2021 and score yourself and / or a loved one Grecco Romank’s exclusive limited edition perfume Leathery Coward via the band’s Bandcamp page HERE (comes with a free copy of the album too) — described as "Tobacco, sandalwood and leather combine in a heady reek of citric cowardice, to cut through the dancefloor like an egg-bound breakdancer".

"Grecco Romank built upon the outsider dance foundations of Auckland’s underground fringe, piledriving into the same land they had earlier reclaimed in former projects like club-fugs STRESS CADET, gunk-punks The Drab Doo Riffs, and Bib Kids. Grecco Romank was a staircase’s worth of co-conspirators that included filmmaker Damian Golfinopoulos, classically trained singer Billie Fee, and former bus driver Mikey Sperring. Their shared musical grammar just happened to be one in which Snapper rhymed with the KLF, in which Negativland wrote all their own songs, and in which Vangelis tapes sold for three hundred dollars instead of three dollars. (Just as great cities come from great cultures, great bands come from great bargain bins)." —  Michael McClelland


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

The Others Way Festival 2021

Featuring… Babe Rainbow, The Beths, Cable Ties, Carnivorous Plant Society, The Coolies, Daffodils, Data Animal, Dead Famous People, Fimo, Francisca Griffin & The Bus Shelter Boys, Fur Patrol, The Fuzzy Robes, The Golden Awesome, Grecco Romank, Jakob, Jazmine Mary, Joe Ghatt, Juno Is, Lawrence Arabia plays Chant Darling, Merk, Theia, Phodiso, Phoebe Rings, The Plague, Pollyhill, Recitals, Soft Plastics, Stella Donnelly, Surprise Chef, Team Dynamite, Transistor + more to be announced
Friday 17th September – Karangahape Road, 
Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland

General release tickets are on sale HERE via UTR

Linksgreccoromank.bandcamp.com/
instagram.com/greccoromank/
facebook.com/greccoromank

Rhian Sheehan and Arli Liberman Spectral Atmospheres Shows Announced

C.C. / Image: Rhian Sheehan and Arli Liberman / Wednesday 7th July, 2021 12:02PM

  
  

Two of Aotearoa’s most celebrated composers, Rhian Sheehan and Arli Liberman, are combining their talents for an immersive pair of Spectral Atmospheres audio-visual events, happening at Tāmaki’s Q Theatre and Pōneke’s Old St Paul’s in September. Both artists launched significant new works over the past year — Sheehan’s Recollections, Vol. 1 & 2 and Liberman’s soundtrack for Sam Kelly’s gang movie Savage — and will be recreating their studio environments on stage, bringing "their compositions to life in a series of intimate, emotive soundscape-focused collaborative performances." With that goal in mind they’re working with light artist Sam Caldwell, who’ll add extra ocular dimensions to the shows with colourful, free-flowing organic projected visuals created on the spot using oils and dyes. Sheehan and Liberman will be supported at Q Theatre by rising songwriter Jazmine Mary and in Old St Paul’s by electronic artist Dream Chambers, making for two high quality one-off events you’ll definitely want to experience in the flesh.

Rhian Sheehan explained the duo’s mission for Spectral Atmospheres: "Our aim with these shows is to create an enveloping and transportive musical space; a sonic space for reflection and contemplation.”


Rhian Sheehan & Arli Liberman Spectral Atmospheres

featuring visuals by Sam Caldwell

Saturday 11th September – Q Theatre, Auckland w/ Jazmine Mary

Saturday 25th September – Old St Paul’s Wellington w/ Dream Chambers

Tickets on sale Thursday 8th July via Q Theatre and Eventfinda

More info available via loop.co.nz

Experience ‘Still’ from Rhian Sheehan’s Recollections, Vol. 1…

Listen to ‘Mum’ from Arli Liberman’s original motion picture soundtrack for Savage…

Press release:

Acclaimed composers Rhian Sheehan and Arli Liberman have announced they’re combining forces for a series of immersive shows taking place this September at Q Theatre in Tāmaki Makaurau, Auckland and Old St Paul’s in Pōneke, Wellington.
These shows will see Sheehan and Liberman bring their studio environments to the stage and bring their compositions to life in a series of intimate, emotive soundscape-focused collaborative performances with support from Jazmine Mary in Auckland and Dream Chambers in Wellington.

2020 saw Arli Liberman release his celebrated soundtrack to the New Zealand box office hit film Savage while Rhian Sheehan released Recollections, Vol. 1 & 2, a collection of his most popular work, as well as new and unreleased music. Both artists are frequent collaborators, and have established themselves not only as successful ambient and instrumental recording artists in their own right, but also sought-after screen composers for film, TV & media projects around the world.

Joining Sheehan and Liberman is visual light artist Sam Caldwell, who combines oils, dyes and other chemicals into a water base to create mesmeric, ever-changing, and occasionally turbulent fluid dynamics. The process is projected live on stage to create real-time organic visual effects.

Linksrhiansheehan.com/
arlimusic.com/
loop.co.nz

A Place To Bury Strangers Rework Data Animals Dead Raver Video

Chris Cudby / Photo credit: Jessica Lim
/ Thursday 1st July, 2021 11:14AM

  
  

Currently based in Tāmaki Makaurau, "fuzz cyborg death trip" duo Data Animal are the project of Mitchell James O’Sullivan (Aporia, Cynthia, Full Moon Fiasco) and Takumi Yanai (The Schizophonics, The Cavemen). Already tearing up student radio airwaves, they unleashed their debut single ‘DEATH RACER‘ last week via Oliver Ackermann of NYC’s A Place To Bury Strangers‘ newly formed label Dedstrange, so it only makes sense for APTBS to put their fuzzed-out spin on the tune. Pushing ‘Dead Raver’ to white hot extremes, there’s also deranged fresh visuals for APTBS’ blistering rework giving us a good idea of what to look forward to when ‘Exploding Synthesizer’ and ‘Righteous Bong’ hit the stage at The Others Way 2021 this September [content warning: strobing visuals]…


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

The Others Way Festival 2021

Featuring… Babe Rainbow, The Beths, Cable Ties, Carnivorous Plant Society, The Coolies, Daffodils, Data Animal, Dead Famous People, Fimo, Francisca Griffin & The Bus Shelter Boys, Fur Patrol, The Fuzzy Robes, The Golden Awesome, Grecco Romank, Jakob, Jazmine Mary, Joe Ghatt, Juno Is, Lawrence Arabia plays Chant Darling, Merk, Theia, Phodiso, Phoebe Rings, The Plague, Pollyhill, Recitals, Soft Plastics, Stella Donnelly, Surprise Chef, Team Dynamite, Transistor + more to be announced
Friday 17th September – Karangahape Road, 
Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland

General release tickets are on sale HERE via UTR

7" vinyl preorders for ‘DEATH RACER / BAD M​.​F’ are available HERE via Dedstrange.

Linksdataanimal.bandcamp.com/releases
facebook.com/aplacetoburystrangers

Data Animal Unleash Debut Single Video DEATH RACER Interview

Chris Cudby / Photo credit: Jessica Lim
/ Wednesday 23rd June, 2021 10:36AM

  
  

Just announced for Tāmaki Makaurau’s mega-stacked The Others Way 2021 festival, you might not yet have heard of Data Animal, but the duo have already played SXSW and they’ve just unleashed their debut single ‘DEATH RACER‘. Currently residing in the super city, Data Animal are the "fuzz cyborg death trip" sonic mind-meld of Mitchell James O’Sullivan (Aporia, Cynthia, Full Moon Fiasco) and Takumi Yanai (The Schizophonics, The Cavemen), launching their new tune on super limited & 7" vinyl with B-side ‘BAD M.F.’ via Oliver Ackermann’s (A Place To Bury Strangers) newly formed label, Dedstrange. We had to know more and O’Sullivan generously gave us an exclusive info dump on exactly what’s up with Data Animal. Get 100% pumped by smashing play on Data Animal’s self-directed vid for ‘DEATH RACER’ [content warning: contains strobing imagery] and delve into their answers to our probing questions below…


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

The Others Way Festival 2021

Featuring… Babe Rainbow, The Beths, Cable Ties, Carnivorous Plant Society, The Coolies, Daffodils, Data Animal, Dead Famous People, Fimo, Francisca Griffin & The Bus Shelter Boys, Fur Patrol, The Fuzzy Robes, The Golden Awesome, Grecco Romank, Jakob, Jazmine Mary, Joe Ghatt, Juno Is, Lawrence Arabia plays Chant Darling, Merk, Theia, Phodiso, Phoebe Rings, The Plague, Pollyhill, Recitals, Soft Plastics, Stella Donnelly, Surprise Chef, Team Dynamite, Transistor + more to be announced
Friday 17th September – Karangahape Road, 
Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland

General release tickets are on sale HERE via UTR

Chris Cudby: Please tell me Mitchell — if Data Animal had a "mood board," what would be on it?

Mitchell James O’Sullivan:
Akira

Various photos of Alan Vega

Les Rallizes Dénudés

Bela Lugosi

Drum computers & synthesizers
Jewellery

Did the context of the 2020 global pandemic inspire you to personally work within a darker sonic palette than some of your earlier projects (eg. Aporia, Cynthia)?

I think it was coming anyway – my taste in music has always been much darker than what I’ve been releasing. I grew up on post-punk, punk, and techno so it’s always been in the sonic toolkit so to speak… I guess Aporia & Cynthia are much darker than meets the eye. With Data Animal there was a definite choice I made with the songwriting to lean into my teenage tastes a bit more. I had a lot of time to sit in my studio and play around with fuzz pedals – I was enjoying being loud for once instead of making pretty sounds and reconnecting with my teenage love for rock n roll.

How did you and Takumi work on Data Animal?

So the project actually started with just me writing songs at home in Berlin. I probably finished about 5 or so songs by myself but I was always in discussion with Takumi about the songs and what my kind of vision of the project was. Once I got back to New Zealand in January of 2021, we pretty much just kicked off from there – I moved into ‘The Shack’ in Takumi’s garden and we pretty much went full force from that moment on. It came together really fast, Takumi and I have been friends for a long time and I guess we had some sonic catching up to do – the whole record was pretty painless. It’s coming out in November on Oliver Ackermann’s Label – Dedstrange.

What can punters look forward to when Data Animal hit the stage at The Others Way 2021?

Strobes, Volume, Fuzz, Leather, Hair, Lipstick, and Exploding Synthesizers.

7" vinyl preorders for ‘DEATH RACER / BAD M​.​F’ are available HERE via Dedstrange.

Linksdataanimal.bandcamp.com/releases

First Lineup Announced For The Others Way 2021 Festival

Chris Cudby / Wednesday 23rd June, 2021 8:00AM

  
  

The first lineup for The Others Way 2021 festival has been announced and it is almost too exciting to behold. Returning this September to take over venues throughout Tāmaki Makaurau’s Karangahape Road district, the all-star initial drop includes such illustrious talents from throughout Australasia as The Beths, Babe Rainbow, Jakob, Fur Patrol, Stella Donnelly, Cable Ties and many more. Local highlights will certainly include Lawrence Arabia playing his classic 2009 album Chant Darling in its entirety, super rare performances from The Coolies, The Golden Awesome and The Plague, plus possibly the first ever on-stage appearance of Ōtautahi psych-rockers The Fuzzy Robes, whose heavenly debut album Night Prayers is currently sitting on the Official Top 20 NZ Albums charts. That’s merely just the tip of the iceberg, with more artists to be revealed soon. General release tickets are moving at light speed — scope out the gloriously diverse bill revealed so far and secure your spot while you can…

"We are over the moon with our absolutely stacked first line-up and we know you will be too. As always the festival is set to showcase artists at all stages of their careers… Stay tuned over the coming weeks for further, exciting announcements!". – Matthew Davis, Flying Out.


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

The Others Way Festival 2021

Featuring… Babe Rainbow, The Beths, Cable Ties, Carnivorous Plant Society, The Coolies, Daffodils, Data Animal, Dead Famous People, Fimo, Francisca Griffin & The Bus Shelter Boys, Fur Patrol, The Fuzzy Robes, The Golden Awesome, Grecco Romank, Jakob, Jazmine Mary, Joe Ghatt, Juno Is, Lawrence Arabia plays Chant Darling, Merk, Theia, Phodiso, Phoebe Rings, The Plague, Pollyhill, Recitals, Soft Plastics, Stella Donnelly, Surprise Chef, Team Dynamite, Transistor + more to be announced
Friday 17th September – Karangahape Road, 
Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland

General release tickets are on sale HERE via UTR

Press release:

Early bird tickets flew out the door on the festival announcement last week. Now, Flying Out are elated to announce the carefully curated first 30 acts from around Aotearoa and beyond, set to perform at Auckland’s most exciting music festival The Others Way. Dive deeper into these artists and get yourselves familiar with the talent taking over Tāmaki Makaurau’s Karangahape Road district this September.

Aotearoa’s beloved indie heroes, The Beths, return to their spiritual home for a very special headline performance, Lawrence Arabia will be performing their Taite-award winning classic album, Chant Darling. And, another legendary NZ band Fur Patrol will be returning to the stage for the first time in a long time – hot off the heels of their 20th anniversary re-issue of Pet.

Coming off the back of their critically lauded album, Changing Colours, are North Coast cosmic conduits Babe Rainbow. They are joined by Australian bubble buddies; Melbourne’s fierce, tense, rock’n’roll trio Cable Ties, the witty Western Australian singer-songwriter Stella Donnelly and Victoria’s cinematic soul journeymen Surprise Chef.

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

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

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

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

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

Linksflyingout.co.nz/

Jazmine Mary Shares Video For Move Me

Annabel Kean / Photo Credit: Courtney Rodgers / Friday 18th June, 2021 12:33PM

  
  

Some days you wake up with a sense of emptiness, a hollow ache that yearns for something intangible. Then Jazmine Mary releases a music video featuring Peter Ruddell (Wax Chattels, Sulfate) dressed as a beautiful heap of soup dumplings, or perhaps an ethereal string of garlic bulbs, and you feel complete again. Created by Jazmine Mary and Courtney Rodgers with support from NZ On Air, the visual accompaniment to ‘Move Me’ from their debut album The Licking Of A Tangerine is set in a surreal world where fish grow on trees and enormous white roses bloom directly from the ground, all to the sound of bubbling sax and bongos. Ruddell and Jazmine Mary are joined by Misty Frequency, Rewa Fowles, and Kyah Dove on rolling hills, engaging in a bit of low-key jiggling and shuffling. Dunno about you, but this video sent me violently spiralling into long lost memories of Teletubbies ‘Magical Events’. Taking a step into the ‘Move Me’ universe in the video below, or on Jazmine Mary’s tour with Fraser Ross next month — also supporting Kane Strang at Whammy on 6th August with Emily Edrosa


Fraser Ross and Jazmine Mary Winter Tour

Thursday 22nd July – Move Space, Auckland

Friday 23rd July – Old School Arts Centre, Raglan

Saturday 24th July – Pop Up Gig, New Plymouth

Sunday 25th July – Vogelmorn Hall, Wellington

Tickets available HERE via UTR

Jazmine Mary’s debut album ‘The Licking Of A Tangerine’ is out now.

Linksfacebook.com/Jazminemarymusic

Fraser Ross and Jazmine Mary Announce Winter Tour

Chris Cudby
/ Wednesday 9th June, 2021 10:45AM

  
  

With her smashing debut album The Licking Of A Tangerine at last out in the world, Jazmine Mary is joining forces with much-loved Pōneke folk tunesmith Fraser Ross for the Te Ika-a-Māui leg of his extensive winter tour of Aotearoa. They’ll be squeezing into a vehicle and bringing the magic to Auckland, Raglan, New Plymouth and Wellington, back to back in late July. Catch these hard-gigging artists performing together at the dates below, and note the details for Ross’ travels across Te Wai Pounamu with NZ Music Award winning songwriter Amiria Grenell, this month and in early July…


Fraser Ross and Jazmine Mary Winter Tour

Thursday 22nd July – Move Space, Auckland

Friday 23rd July – Old School Arts Centre, Raglan

Saturday 24th July – Pop Up Gig, New Plymouth

Sunday 25th July – Vogelmorn Hall, Wellington

Tickets available HERE via UTR


Fraser Ross and Amiria Grenell

Friday 11th June – Dog with Two Tails, Dunedin*

Saturday 12th June – Grainstore Gallery, Oamaru*

Friday 18th June – The Boathouse, Nelson*

Friday 25th June – Ma Maison, Akaroa*

Saturday 26th June – Fantail Farm House, Pigeon Bay

Wednesday 30th June – Grater Goods, Christchurch
Saturday 3rd July – Le Bons Bay Hall, Le Bons Bay

*Tickets available HERE via UTR

Jasmine Mary is a clown adrift in her video for ‘Dancer’, from her 2021 debut album The Licking Of A Tangerine…

Experience the panoramic visuals for Fraser Ross & 04s’ atmospheric ‘In the Rain’, from their 2018 album Life is Magic, Here is my Rabbit …

Press release:

JAZMINE MARY

Jazmine Mary is a Neo Folk Artist from Gippsland Australia, Visceral and haunting. Her surreal rose-tinted sounds will allow you to be transported somewhere bold and watery.

Her debut Album The Licking of a Tangerine, which was recorded late last year at Auckland’s Roundhead Studios. Was released early 2021 with 2 back to back sold out shows at Auckland’s while cellar with bandmates Courtney Rodgers, Peter Ruddell (Wax Chattels, Sulfate) and Dave Kahn (Marlon Williams, Reb Fountain) The first Single Dancer was widely loved. It remained in SRN charts for 6 weeks and charted in the NZ Official music charts.

“These beguiling, transportive songs will have me coming back to this album for a long time” – RNZ

FRASER ROSS

Eccentric-folk musician Fraser Ross returned to New Zealand in 2020 after three years living in Scotland.

His last LP, ‘Life is Magic, Where is my Rabbit?’ (2018) established him as a serious talent and a brilliant, loud-shirted presence within the New Zealand underground.

He is currently working on a new album, ‘Thunderhead,’ due for release in Summer 2021.

Ross has played at numerous arts festivals, including the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, LitCrawl Wellington, the Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival, Wellington City Summer Sounds, and the Christchurch Nostalgia Festival.

Linksfacebook.com/fraserrossnz
facebook.com/Jazminemarymusic

Premiere Jazmine Mary Shares Video For Ballad

Chris Cudby / Photo credit: Courtney Rodgers
/ Friday 14th May, 2021 9:08AM

  
  

Not unlike a supernatural apparition, rematerialising amongst the lush flora and soil of Aotearoa’s rural landscape, Jazmine Mary has returned with an entrancing video for ‘Ballad‘ that we’re stoked to premiere here today, from the songwriter’s debut album The Licking Of A Tangerine. Shot and edited by Courtney Rodgers, and co-directed by the Jazmine Mary and Kyah Dove, the new clip stars the gloriously garbed artist moving through / hovering above her environment with choreographed grace and intention, in an earthy echo to the song’s emotive lyrical imagery, even gifting viewers a delectable bouquet of roses. Jazmine Mary celebrates the launch of her latest creation at Leigh Sawmill Cafe tonight, performing with full band in support of Mile Calder‘s album launch tour, plus she recently declared "I got a new blue rug so everything is looking up". Experience ‘Ballad’ right here…

‘The Licking of a Tangerine’ is out now digitally and on 12" vinyl LP.

Linksjazminemary.bandcamp.com/
instagram.com/jazmine__mary/
facebook.com/Jazminemarymusic

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

Linksfacebook.com/bbgurlzworld
bbgurl.bandcamp.com/
instagram.com/bbgurlzworld/

Loud And Proud Queer Music Festival 2021 Lineup Announced

Annabel Kean / Wednesday 7th April, 2021 2:23PM

  
  

Attention all tastemakers and underground tune chasers, the lineup for this year’s Loud And Proud Queer Music Festival has landed and it’s a two-day doozy. Hosted by Tāmaki’s Audio Foundation, Loud And Proud showcases a selection of the country’s most exciting LGBTQIA artists, featuring everything from goth-folk to hyper-pop. In its third year of surreal and genre-coining acts, the reliably eye-popping Kraus returns to the bill, as do innovators Amelia Berry and Aaliyah Zionov as "dungeon synth duo" GayBlade. Kuini Qontrol’s Samara Alofa, Che Ebrahim‘s electric solo project bb gurl, and chaos agent Jazmine Mary are just a few examples of the blinding Loud And Proud experience in the works for 2021. Don’t make the mistake of going half-hog this April when you should have gone whole hog – snag a full festival pass asap…

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 via UTR

All aboard the tiny boat with Jazmine Mary in her otherworldly clip for ‘Dancer’…

Listen to ‘Dnt Care’ from Samara Alofa’s killer debut album Earth Punk!

From Kraus’ 18th album, dive into the title track ‘A Golden Brain’ and its glitchy, improvised visuals…


Press release:

Join us for a two-night showcase of Auckland’s experimental and underground LGBTQIA musicians. Auckland’s experimental music scene is rich with diverse performers that have long been disconnected from the mainstream queer community due to the experimental nature of their art. We hope to showcase the best queer performers in the experimental music and noise category so that they may no longer be sidelined.

Queer music is as fluid and diverse as the community it comes from. Queer and trans people have been at the forefront of so many burgeoning musical movements across history, from disco, to rock & roll, to experimental harsh noise. However, many of our most forward-thinking queer musicians find themselves unfortunately sidelined from two directions – on the one hand for their identity, and on the other hand for the uncompromising nature of their art. Please join us for an evening celebrating the diversity and creativity of Auckland’s queer music scene at our city’s premier location for sonic exploration – Audio Foundation.

We are showcasing a hand-picked selection of Auckland’s best experimental, underground, and “out-there” LGBTQIA musicians, across the spectrums of gender, sexuality, and genre, including:

FRIDAY

bb gurl

Eden

Elegant World

GayBlade

Jazmine Mary

monoga.my

SATURDAY

deepState

Kraus

Samara Alofa

Unisex Fuck Club

Vow Cave

Wellness

Expect ear-melting guitar feedback, arcane magic rituals, euphoric hyperpop bangers, Dadaist ballads, surreal soundscapes, and more. Anything goes in this experimental free for all, and we can’t wait to blow you away.

Friday 16 April @ Audio Foundation, 8PM

Saturday 17 April @ Audio Foundation, 6PM

$15 unwaged // $20 waged on the door or $25 for both nights via presale

Linksaudiofoundation.org.nz/
facebook.com/events/290863642410730/

Listen To UTRs March 2021 Playlist

C.C.
/ Wednesday 3rd March, 2021 10:18AM

  
  

March has arrived and residents of Tāmaki Makaurau have found themselves stuck at home again, no thanks to the return of Alert Level 3, while the rest of Aotearoa continues to chug along at Level 2. Now’s the perfect time to open your ears to quality tunes from NZ and beyond, and we’re here to help you discover your next favourite anthem, almost certainly lurking within our whopping new March 2021 playlist. Carefully compiled and fussily sequenced by UTR editor Chris Cudby (don’t tell him about the shuffle button), this month’s batch features fresh tracks by Bic Runga, The Beths, Raiza Biza, Pickle Darling, Adam Hattaway & The Haunters, N.T. Honey, Kenny Sterling, The Datsuns, Team Dynamite, P.H.F., Ben Woods, The Chills, Jazmine Mary and loads more. Smash play on the stream below and if you haven’t already, please feel free to hit follow right here [Bandcamp purchase links for most tracks available here]…

Linksopen.spotify.com/playlist/3hA8wXUWRN41bfPlbX0eg5?si=XMCvwniXRv6qpuVwtErmbw
buymusic.club/list/utr-utr-march-2021-playlist

Weekly Roundup Friday 22nd January

Chris Cudby / Image: Reb Fountain / Photo credit: Dave Simpson / Friday 22nd January, 2021 2:53PM

  
  

Bidding onlookers to "have a good life", the orange monster has at last returned to the luxury resort from whence he came, set to the tune of Frank Sinatra’s ‘My Way’ (weird choice of song for a public servant). We don’t want to jinx things, but 2021 is looking promising, backed up by the sterling selection of nationwide gig picks below for you to tuck into this weekend. It bears repeating that we encourage you to do your bit to help our live scene keep thriving — it really is as easy as scanning the Covid tracer app (download it here), getting into the habit of using it every time, and masking up when appropriate.

Announcement highlights for the week included Mermaidens revealed the full lineup for their forthcoming Mermgrown Festival in Pōneke that’ll knock your socks right off, Girls Rock! Tāmaki Makaurau announced a special fundraiser event happening at Whammy Bar tonight starring fruit juice parade, Francisca Griffin (of Look Blue Go Purple), Earth Tongue, THEIA and DJ Aw B, and Ōtepoti-based folk-pop duo The Broken Heartbreakers are returning to the super city this weekend for two magical nights at The Wine Cellar.

This week we had a long-overdue chat with Pōneke songwriter Andre Smith of Heavy Chest, who’ll be premiering songs from his first ever album under his own name for City Gallery Wellington’s debut Tuatara Open Late event of the year in early February — read his conversation with Chris Cudby here. We also shone the spotlight on what’s happening at this year’s Auckland Live Fringe Town, happening inside and around Auckland Town Hall from 15th February to 21st February. Check out our handy and informative one-stop guide, featuring events starring KITA, Imugi 이무기, Maimoa, Zuke, the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra and more right here. We were also stoked to premiere the hauntingly beautiful single and video from Jazmine Mary‘s forthcoming debut album The Licking Of A Tangerine,  experience the Raglan-based songwriter’s ‘Dancer’ here


WEEKEND GIG PICKS:


Friday 22nd January

Whangarei: Reb Fountain, Farandicus – The Butter Factory
Auckland: Girls Rock Camp Fundraiser: Earth Tongue, THEIA, Aw B + more – Whammy Bar
Auckland: DOONS EP Release – Whammy Backroom

Auckland: The Broken Heartbreakers, Rosy Parlane – The Wine Cellar
Auckland: Changing Same, New Existentialists, Fuzzies – UFO

Thames: Sonia & Nigel, The Back Room 
Palmerston North: Ex Partner, Grecco Romank – Snails 
Wellington: Transistor, Linen, Ingrid & the Ministers, Mystery Waitressn – San Fran

Wellington: Way.pnt Presents Social Sport, Elphee, Second Skin, Mr Meaty Boy, Paige Julia, MDG – Valhalla

Christchurch: 12 Browns Down and Keeltys

Saturday 23rd January

Leigh: Daily J, No Cigar – Leigh Sawmill Cafe
Auckland: The Broken Heartbreakers, Rosy Parlane – The Wine Cellar
Auckland: Mema Wilda – Anthology Lounge

Auckland: Aw B, Dylan Biscuit, Baby Zionov, Friends Of All The World – Cassette Nine
Auckland: Takadimi Live – Ponsonby Social Club
Napier: Colette Rivers – The Paisley Stage
Whangarei: Surf Slam Angler Jam 3 – Whangarei Deep Sea Anglers Club

Wellington: Forsaken Age, Jormungandr, Meiniak, Sons of Satan – Valhalla

Wellington: Waguan, Young Gho$t, Liam K. Swiggs – MOON

Wellington: Ex Partner, Grecco Romank – Newtown Sports Bar
Lyttelton: Delaney Davidson & Barry Saunders – The Loons


NEW TRACKS:

Premiere Jazmine Mary Shares Single Video Dancer Announces Debut Album

Annabel Kean / Friday 22nd January, 2021 9:00AM

  
  

The grimsical video for Jazmine Mary‘s brand new song ‘Dancer’ reads like the punchline to a bad joke along the lines of "What does a clown do on their day off?" but I’m not really sure what the answer is. Something about ten clowns in a miniature boat? Get back to me on that one, because what’s really important here is that the excellent Jazmine Mary (fka Him.) has released new music, and it’s the first single from their debut album The Licking Of A Tangerine. Also new is the latest Jazmine Mary band member, Peter Ruddell of Wax Chattels and Sulfate fame, who added keys to the mix when the album was recorded at Roundhead Studios late last year, along with Courtney Rodgers on drums and Dave Kahn cameoing on strings.

In classic Jazmine Mary music video stylings, the artist and co-director Rodgers sailed atop Manukau Harbour in a ramshackle dingy, fresh salt air whipping Mary’s heavily painted clown face as she sang her hauntingly sad, albeit beautiful song. When The Licking Of A Tangerine is out in full next month, Jazmine Mary will celebrate their grand debut with a Wine Cellar show, featuring Louisa Nicklin and more joining in on the festivities. Once you experience them live, you’ll fully comprehend Mary’s genius of mixing the morose, the gross, and the hilari-ose…

Jazmine Mary ‘The Licking of a Tangerine’ Album Release

w/ Louisa Nicklin and guests

Saturday 20th February – The Wine Cellar, Auckland

Tickets available HERE via UTR

Jazmine Mary’s debut album ‘The Licking Of A Tangerine’ is out Monday 15th February.

Linksfacebook.com/Jazminemarymusic
instagram.com/jazmine__mary/
jazminemary.bandcamp.com/

Jazmine Mary And Finn Johansson South Island Tour Announced

Chris Cudby / A.K.
/ Tuesday 20th October, 2020 10:33AM

  
  

The songwriting dream team of Jazmine Mary and Finn Johansson have wrapped up their spring tour of Te Ika ā Māui and are now setting their sights on the glorious southern expanses of Te Wai Pounamu, with a bevy of fresh dates lined up for November. An unstoppable creative force, Pōneke’s Finn Johansson thrived during lockdown with his very own online multi-media festival along with snazzy new single ‘Six Pack’, and promises costume changes for the upcoming shows, while Parau resident Jazmine Mary will be hitting Roundhead Studios in the near future to record a self-titled album, following the student radio success of her dreamy and emotional single ‘We Like To Party’. Where next for the pair — Stewart Island?


Jazmine Mary And Finn Johansson South Island Tour

Friday 6th November – Space Academy, Christchurch
Saturday 7th November – Dive, Dunedin
Sunday 8th November – Grainstore Gallery, Oamaru
Thursday 12th November – The Plant, Blenheim

Tickets available HERE via UTR

Johansson’s brother avenges his death and battles a killer robot in the clip for ‘6 Pack’…

Experience the self-directed video for Jazmine Mary’s ‘We Like To Party’…

Press release:

Jazmine Mary and Finn Johansson moved through the North Island and grew such adoration for each other they are travelling south this November.
Grainstore Gallery, Oamaru.

Jazmine Mary is a Dream Folk Artist based in Parau. Visceral and haunting. The licking of a tangerine. Her surreal rose-tinted sounds will allow you to be transported somewhere bold and watery. Mary recently embarked on an Australian tour with shows across Melbourne, Hobart and Sydney after releasing her debut single “We like to party” She is currently working on the upcoming self-titled album that is to be recorded at Neil Finns Roundhead Studios before setting off on this Tour.

Fresh off the student radio chart-topping fire of his latest single Six Pack, Pōneke Psensation Finn Johansson is bringing to the table the saddest sads and the bangingest bangs with an almost all-new set of acoustic numbers from his upcoming album and pop anthems from his upcoming EP, produced by Jono Nott (Hans Pucket, BROODS). Also, he’s into costume changes now after his ‘Greatest Hits’ show, and the long-awaited action figures will hopefully make an appearance on the merch table along with his signature glamour shots, pin-up posters and perfume.

Linksjazminemary.bandcamp.com/
finnjohansson.bandcamp.com/