Aotearoa Level 2 Gigs For The Weekend

Annabel Kean / Image: Mousey & Zoé Mi / Wednesday 29th September, 2021 1:39PM

  
  

100 max capacity seated shows are go for Alert Level 2 Aotearoa, and boy are the multi-stop tours and live gig snaps a sight for sore eyes up here in little locked down Tāmaki. The weekend ahead offers a multitude of live events to choose from if your alert level allows it [check out the full Level 2 guidelines HERE], with plenty of opportunities to create your own version of one of my favourite seated and spaced out gig memories: Front row Tooms at Wine Cellar, while Peter Ruddell from Wax Chattels delivered me red wine. Bliss!

Pōneke is spoilt for choice, with events lined up for the end of the week from Sea Mouse, Sonya Waters, Raiden Freeman and more. If you’re down Te Waka a Māui way, Mousey‘s intimate mini tour with violinist Zoé Mi is cruising through Oamaru and Õtepoti this weekend, or if you’re after something significantly noisier, Goya‘s Being Earnest EP release tour hits Ōtepoti and Christchurch in that order over Friday and Saturday nights. Ōtautahi is also treated to an evening of guitar rock from The Wendys and the Violet French Duo on Saturday eve, a special fundraiser gig for much-loved local venue Darkroom. Enjoy the strange and special experience that is a seated rock show – ticket links and details below…

Friday 1st October

Poetik – Totara St., Tauranga

The Rumble Three, Miles Calder – Hashigo Zake, Wellington

Sea Mouse, Secrets Of The Sun – Valhalla, Wellington, presale tickets HERE


Jan Preston Piano Boogie Woman Trio – Timaru Town and Country Club, Timaru

Mousey – Bark @ Dog With Two Tails, Dunedin, presale tickets HERE

Goya, Flesh Bug, Centre Negative, E-Kare – The Crown Hotel, Dunedin, presale tickets HERE 


Saturday 2nd October

Planet Of The Dead – Spaceship, Hastings, presale tickets HERE 
Bored Housewives Club – Snails, Palmerston North, presale tickets HERE 
Sonya Waters, Ludus, Benny Salvador, T J Mcintosh – Pyramid Club, Wellington, presale tickets HERE 
Raiden Freeman, Bodyache, The Hectet, Skymning, DJFK – MOON, Wellington, presale tickets HERE 

King Oyster – Hashigo Zake, Wellington

Goya, Pretty Dumb, Tentripper – Wunderbar, Lyttelton, presale tickets HERE 

Mousey – Grainstore Gallery, Oamaru, presale tickets HERE 

The Wendys, Violet French Duo – Darkroom, Christchurch, presale tickets HERE 

Jan Preston Piano Boogie Woman Trio – Nga Maara Hall, Dunedin

Enjoy the Martin Sagadin directed clip for Bored Housewives Club‘s catchy track ‘Personfriend’

‘Escape From Smiths Grove’ from Planet Of The Dead will certainly rark up your Wednesday arvo…

Linksundertheradar.co.nz/utr/gig_guide
covid19.govt.nz/activities/cafes-bars-restaurants-and-night-clubs/#cafes-restaurants-and-bars-at-alert-level-2

Aotearoa Level 2 Gigs For The Weekend

Chris Cudby / Image: Juno Is / Wednesday 22nd September, 2021 10:57AM

  
  

Last weekend’s shows were certainly slim pickings, but this week sees a significant uptick in local gig listings, representative of the much more manageable new Alert Level 2 maximum venue capacity of 100 attendees for most of Aotearoa [check out the full Level 2 guidelines for bars here]. Aucklanders are still out of luck on the shows front at Alert Level 3, but at least there’s no longer any need to illegally smuggle KFC across the super city border. Reflecting the resilience of our live music community, there’s some awesome looking shows happening across the nation this Saturday and Sunday, plus events are clearly still going ahead in Rarotonga! Please head along and support the artists and our crucial venues — as capacity will be tight as a drum we recommend nabbing presales in advance…

Friday 24th September

Raiden Freeman, Synthetic Children, Ludus, DJFK – The Stomach, Palmerston North, presale tickets HERE
Les Tripes (Parisian Swing) – Hashigo Zake, Wellington

Battle Of The Bands (Heat 2) – Valhalla, Wellington

Jan Preston Piano Boogie Woman Duo – Le Cafe, Picton

Mousey – Ma Maison, Akaroa, presale tickets HERE
Fiona Dead, The Beauchamps – Wunderbar, Lyttelton, presale tickets HERE
Juno Is, Man Ray, Sunflower Scent – The Crown Hotel, Dunedin, presale tickets HERE

Saturday 25th September

Lucid Night, Antebellum, Karnack, Jayde P (Headbanger’s Retreat) – Nivara Lounge, Hamilton, presale tickets HERE
Finn From Napier Presents: Operation Neptune – The Cabana, Napier, presale tickets HERE
Winters End, Realthentic, DWTS, Ersatz.Sex – Spaceship, Hastings, presale tickets HERE
Frank Talbot Trio (Fusion Funk) – Hashigo Zake, Wellington

Battle Of The Bands (Heat 3) – Valhalla, Wellington

Jan Preston – The Boathouse, Nelson

Julian Temple Band – Dog With Two Tails, Dunedin, presale tickets HERE
Sunset Sessions by Coco House Bros : 009 – Crown Beach Resort & Spa, Rarotonga

Watch the video for Mousey’s overcrowded flatting classic ‘Extreme Highs’…

Listen to ‘Zoom Zoom’, the latest single from Juno Is…

Linksundertheradar.co.nz/utr/gig_guide
covid19.govt.nz/activities/cafes-bars-restaurants-and-night-clubs/#cafes
-restaurants-and-bars-at-alert-level-2

Listen To Lake Souths New Album The Light You Throw

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

  
  

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

Lake South ‘The Light You Throw’ Album Release Tour

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

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

Wednesday 6th October – Le Café, Picton

Thursday 7th October – Fairfield House, Nelson*

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

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

Friday 15th October – Ma Maison, Akaroa

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

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

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

Friday 19th November – Smash Palace, Gisborne*

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

Tickets available HERE via UTR*

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

Linkslake-south.com/
lakesouth.bandcamp.com/

Lake South Shares Single Video Townbelt

Annabel Kean / Friday 27th August, 2021 8:43AM

  
  

I’m not sure if it’s kosher to go digging for treasure in level 4, but after watching Lake South‘s video for new single ‘Townbelt‘ you’ll be double-checking the lockdown dos and don’ts. As the name suggests, the synth-packed track finds its visual treatment taking place amongst the winding paths of Wellington’s lush town belt, intercut with mysterious culty scenes on a rocky, windswept beach. Lake South hits a balance between driving, power-pop and something raw and personal in ‘Townbelt’, pairing compressed snare and red hot bass with lyrics a bit close to home, like "The silence at the dining room table, it’s heavy" and "I’ll be honest, it’s just like before but empty" — ah, that’s some relatable pandemic monotony.

‘Townbelt’ follows ‘New Bourgeoizealand (lucky)’ as the second release from Lake South’s upcoming third album The Light You Throw, due out this September ahead of a stonker spring tour. Find your closest Lake South party locale and lock in your spot…

Lake South ‘The Light You Throw’ Album Release Tour

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

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

Wednesday 6th October – Le Café, Picton

Thursday 7th October – Fairfield House, Nelson*

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

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

Friday 15th October – Ma Maison, Akaroa

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

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

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

Friday 19th November – Smash Palace, Gisborne*

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

Tickets available HERE via UTR*

Lake South’s third album ‘The Light You Throw’ is out September 17th via Home Alone Music.

Linkslake-south.com/

In The Shallows Unveil Single Lets Not Start A War Video

Annabel Kean / Friday 20th August, 2021 1:32PM

  
  

In the new single from In The Shallows, duo Danni Parsons and Lance Shepherd unpack the flaws and shortcomings of filtering judgement of others through your own messed up lens. The pair’s first new music since dropping their self-titled 2020 debut album, fresh track ‘Let’s Not Start A War’ lands as Parsons, Shepherd and their live band are in the very early days of their nationwide single release tour, which is still in the works for September and October despite a postponed Palmerston North date. Lucky for us, ‘Let’s Not Start A War’ and its accompanying video can’t be touched by lockdown regulations, and can be experienced germ-free this very minute. Enjoy some fully sick choreography from dancer Anya Downs and a solid dose of buzzy drone footage in the hi-spec visuals from In The Shallows’ latest offering. Scroll down for a watch and a listen, and read up here on how to catch the real deal…

Let’s Not Start A War Single Release Tour

Sunday 29th August – Moon, Wellington*

Thursday 2nd September – House Concert, Palmerston North w/ Rusty Frames (Solo)*

Friday 10th September – Frank Bar & Eatery, Whanganui*

Saturday 11th September – House Concert, New Plymouth w/ Liana Hart*

Sunday 12th September – Tuatara Brewery, Paraparaumu

Friday 15th October – Golden Bear Brewery, Mapua

Saturday 16th October – The Dangerous Kitchen, Takaka

Sunday 17th October – Le Cafe, Picton*

Tickets available HERE via UTR*

Linkswhatsintheshallows.com/
facebook.com/intheshallowsband

Listen To Raiden Freemans New Album Stay Sharp

Chris Cudby
/ Wednesday 18th August, 2021 9:37AM

  
  

As Aotearoa lurches back into yet another lockdown period of indeterminate length, Raiden Freeman aka Jack Mells (The Scrussian) has gifted housebound listeners a kaleidoscopic new record to lose (and maybe find) themselves inside of. Snappily titled Stay Sharp and out today via Bankrupt Records / PRISON TAPES, the collage-like collection duct-tapes together adept, emotionally affecting song-craft with an evident love for contemporary hip hop / club production — sounding refreshingly unbeholden to the past while strumming up a storm with visionary verve. Mells’ rap skills hold up too, notably on the shapeshifting ‘Structures (Stay Sharp)’. The artist usefully provided an essay unpacking his thoughts about the intricately detailed record’s themes and aims over on Bandcamp here, including a heartfelt dedication to Reuben Winter (who co-ran Bankrupt Records with Skymning)…

"… I guess my advice with this record is exactly the title, to keep your head in this climate of constantly having to pretend you’re feeling differently to the way you are, to keep your wits about you enough to keep from being distracted from what’s in front of you. The walks I’ve taken this year are the most overwhelmingly beautiful of my life, because I’m trying to pay more attention to what I’m seeing in front of me. Almost all the time, anything you are looking at is incredibly beautiful. In a time where we are pushed to do things “for our own sakes” that really end up damaging us, I want you for truly your own sake to stay sharp." — Raiden Freeman


Raiden Freeman Stay Sharp album release tour

Friday 10th September – Whammy Backroom, Auckland w/ Annabel Lee, P.H.F., Skymning, DJFK

Friday 24th September – The Stomach, Palmerston North w/ Synthetic Children, Ludus, Skymning, DJFK

Saturday 2nd October – Moon, Wellington w/ Bodyache, The Hectet, Skymning, DJFK

Tickets available HERE via UTR

Linksfacebook.com/PRISONTAPES/
twitter.com/thescrussian
soundcloud.com/raidenfreeman

Tidal Rave Share New Album Albumette

Annabel Kean / Tuesday 10th August, 2021 1:34PM

  
  

Exploring conversational topics like "police incompetence, problematic capitalism, disconnection and in-between spaces", Tidal Rave‘s shiny new surf-pop offering Albumette has landed. The Pōneke six-piece released their sweet jangly debut collection Heart Screams in March last year, and they’ve since honed and polished their fuzz-pop sound, with Emmie Ellis, Esther Gedye Taylor and Kristen Paterson‘s guitars, Ann-Marie Keating‘s keys, and the Frank Eggleton and Scott Hakkaart rhythm section serving stacks of warmth on the new Surgery studios recorded album. From instrumental ear worm ‘Surf’s Down’ to rumbling ballad ‘At The Water’s Edge’, Albumette will have you champing at the bit to see Tidal Rave live this month and next. Indulge in the angst and crunch of Albumette, and read up on the release tour here…


Tidal Rave ‘Albumette’ New Zealand Tour

Friday 13th August – Yot Club, Raglan w/ Lizard Prom, Yer Maw’s 5g Meatsuit

Saturday 14th August – The Wine Cellar, Auckland w/ Lizard Prom, Cootie Cuties

Saturday 21st August – Newtown Sports Bar, Wellington w/ Terror of the Deep, Bird Feeder

Friday 27th August – The Crown, Dunedin w/ Alpha Delta, Blue Cheese

Saturday 28th August – Wunderbar, Lyttleton w/ Solo Ono, Model Home

Friday 10th September – Snails, Palmerston North w/ Swampwitch, Solo Ono

Tickets available HERE via UTR

Tidal Raves’ sophomore album ‘Albumette’ is out now on streaming platforms.

Linkstidalravenz.bandcamp.com/
facebook.com/TidalRaveNz

Lake South Announces Album Release Tour Shares Single New Bourgeoizealand lucky

Annabel Kean / Tuesday 10th August, 2021 11:51AM

  
  

Pōneke alt-pop songwriter Lake South opts for twisted positivity on the lead track from his forthcoming third album The Light You Throw. As with the rest of the album, first taste ‘New Bourgeoizealand (lucky)’ was written in the height of lockdown and recorded about an hour North of their hometown at Waikawa beach. Named after and inspired by Richard Meros essay New Bourgeoizealand, the single is unapologetically sunny, until it’s not. For all the singing in unison, hand clapping and trumpeting, on the end of each chorus is tacked "I think we’re falling apart, we were doomed from the start", which is perhaps Lake South’s honest response to Meros’ essay — but that’s for you to decide.

An album written to be performed live, Lake South takes The Light You Throw and four-piece band on tour throughout October and November for a dozen spring shows. They’ll be accompanied by Miles Sutton’s latest project Welcomer for the bulk of the dates, with more support acts still to be announced. Details and tickets here…

Lake South ‘The Light You Throw’ Album Release Tour

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

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

Wednesday 6th October – Le Café, Picton

Thursday 7th October – Fairfield House, Nelson*

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

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

Friday 15th October – Ma Maison, Akaroa

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

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

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

Friday 19th November – Smash Palace, Gisborne*

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

Tickets available HERE via UTR*

Lake South’s third album ‘The Light You Throw’ is out September 17th via Home Alone Music.

Linkslake-south.com/
facebook.com/lakesouth

Tidal Rave Unpeel New Single Video Banana

Chris Cudby
/ Tuesday 3rd August, 2021 1:27PM

  
  

It’s good times ahoy for Pōneke jangle / surf / fuzz-poppers Tidal Rave, who are just about to launch their snazzily titled new record Albumette in conjunction with an extensive release tour of Aotearoa this month and next. The six-piece have unpeeled today the delectably catchy second single from their album ‘Banana‘, announced around lunchtime along with a fab vid directed by Hayley Theyers. Celebrating yet also questioning the role of the potassium-packed, smoothie-friendly fruit in Aotearoa’s late capitalist culture, the creamy yellow clip for ‘Banana’ features the whole gang stacking those ‘nanas high around the family breakfast table. Here’s the full low down from Tidal Rave themselves…

"The theme of the song "Banana" – expressing both the enjoyment of the banana as a convenient and nourishing food, while also pondering ethical dilemmas about exploitative labour practices by large multi-national banana growers – expresses the pleasure / guilt dilemma of western consumption that many of us grapple with."


Tidal Rave ‘Albumette’ New Zealand Tour

Friday 13th August – Yot Club, Raglan w/ Lizard Prom, Yer Maw’s 5g Meatsuit

Saturday 14th August – The Wine Cellar, Auckland w/ Lizard Prom, Cootie Cuties

Saturday 21st August – Newtown Sports Bar, Wellington w/ Terror of the Deep, Bird Feeder

Friday 27th August – The Crown, Dunedin w/ Alpha Delta, Blue Cheese

Saturday 28th August – Wunderbar, Lyttleton w/ Solo Ono + TBA

Friday 10th September – Snails, Palmerston North w/ Swampwitch, Solo Ono

Tickets available HERE via UTR

‘Banana’ is out now via major streaming services.

Linkstidalravenz.bandcamp.com/
facebook.com/TidalRaveNz

Raiden Freeman Announces Stay Sharp Album Release Tour Unveils Single Video

Chris Cudby
/ Wednesday 21st July, 2021 9:55AM

  
  

Aotearoa underground enigma Raiden Freeman aka Jack Mells (The Scrussian) has a new album rolling out in mid-August via the champs at Prison Tapes, to be celebrated with a rare run of North Island launch events. Entitled Stay Sharp, the long player’s latest single ‘Low Self Esteem Is A Symptom Of Narcissism‘ has been revealed along with an accompanying cinematic creation filmed / collaged together by Mells — a visual commentary upon and counterpoint to the song’s stylistically diverse yet always on-point musings. Raiden Freeman will be supported by friends and admirers including P.H.F., Ludus, Skymning, DJFK and more in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. We’re keen to see how the record’s release unfolds, as the artist candidly stated online: "my album rollout is very Kanye inspired i.e. I’m very obviously making it up as I go along".


Raiden Freeman Stay Sharp album release tour

Friday 10th September – Whammy Backroom, Auckland w/ Annabel Lee, P.H.F., Skymning, DJFK

Friday 24th September – The Stomach, Palmerston North w/ Synthetic Children, Ludus, Skymning, DJFK

Saturday 2nd October – Moon, Wellington w/ Bodyache, The Hectet, Skymning, DJFK

Tickets available HERE via UTR

Press release:

Wellington’s Jack Mells latest collection of eclectic music has crystallised in the form of an album, named Stay Sharp, set to release on August 18th 2021. In celebration of this event, he will be touring the North Island.

Linksfacebook.com/PRISONTAPES/
twitter.com/thescrussian
soundcloud.com/raidenfreeman

TOOMS Unleash New Single Dead Bird

Chris Cudby
/ Wednesday 21st July, 2021 9:34AM

  
  

Tāmaki Makaurau punk duo TOOMS have escaped from their Wine Jail HQ to uncage a grim new anthem named ‘Dead Bird‘, to whet your appetite for their forthcoming nationwide tour. Throwing down grunty robo-rhythms in an almost motorik manner as they pummel earholes into oblivion, tears will once again be streaming down your cheeks as TOOMS belt out their tale of nature’s seemingly futile quest for survival against mankind’s never-ending path of destruction. Definitely a cheerful notion to get you amped to face the day — listen up below and don’t miss Dorian Noval and Nich Cunningham letting rip in a town near you this August…


TOOMS NZ Tour

Friday 6th August – The Crown Hotel Dunedin w/ Cuck, Human Susan, Night Lunch*

Saturday 7th August – Darkroom Christchurch w/ Bin Day, Horn Of The Unicorn, Big Scout*

Friday 13th August – Snails, Palmerston North w/ Swampwitch & Unsanitary Napkin*

Saturday 14th August – Newtown Sports Bar Wellington w/ Fruit Juice Parade, Sure Boy, Pop OD*

Friday 20th August — Nivara Lounge Hamilton w/ Empress, Half/Time*

Saturday 21th August — Loserpalooza, Tauranga

Friday 27 August — Wine Cellar Auckland w/ Repairs, Pillcutter*

*Tickets available HERE via UTR

‘Dead Bird’ is out now via major streaming services.

Linksinstagram.com/toomssucks/
facebook.com/whatistooms
eugenetooms.bandcamp.com/

Watch Proteins Of Magics Animated Video For New Single Hopeful Symphony

Chris Cudby
/ Friday 16th July, 2021 12:44PM

  
  

Announced this week as special guest for Dimmer‘s I Believe You Are A Star 20th anniversary tour, Proteins Of Magic aka Kelly Sherrod has unveiled a majestic second single from her forthcoming self-titled debut album. Looking a little bit like a warped Tony Oursler artwork, Sherrod’s inventive lyric video for ‘Hopeful Symphony‘ continues POM’s sterling run of eye-popping self-made animated videos, starring "an intergalactic worry doll who sings an invocation for emotional protection." Back in Aotearoa with family following an extended stint in Nashville, Tennessee, the gig schedule for the former Punches co-leader’s solo project looks to be filling up fast indeed — you can experience POM firsthand at the following dates, with more shows to be revealed soon…

Proteins Of Magic

Saturday 24th July – Pyramid Club, Wellington w/ Miss Leading, Class War On The Dance Floor*
Friday 4th Sept – Snails, Palmerston North
Friday 15th October – Paisley Stage, Napier

*Tickets available HERE via UTR

All dates and ticket info from www.proteinsofmagic.com

UnderTheRadar proudly presents…

Dimmer I Believe You Are A Star 20th Anniversary Tour

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

Friday 17th September – San Fran, Wellington [NEW SHOW – no Proteins Of Magic]*

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

Friday 24th September – Mercury Theatre, Auckland [NEW SHOW] w/ Proteins of Magic

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

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

*Tickets available HERE via UTR 
Auckland tickets available HERE

Dunedin tickets available HERE

Proteins Of Magic’s self-titled album is out on Friday 13th August.

Linksproteinsofmagic.com/

Grawlixes Share New Album Love You To Death

Annabel Kean / Thursday 15th July, 2021 11:21AM

  
  

On Grawlixes‘ sophomore album Love You To Death, out today, Pōneke songwriting duo Penelope Esplin (French For Rabbits, Lake South) and Robin Cederman (Tahu & The Takahes, Prophet Hens) take it in turns belting out eleven monumental folk tracks. Their second album, the first being 2017’s gorgeous home-recorded debut Set Free, takes the Grawlixes voice and epic instrumentation to a new level, recorded with Lee Prebble, mixed by Tom Healy and mastered by Paul Gold (Sufjan Stevens, Grizzly Bear) with contributions from a wealth of homegrown musicians; strings maestro Alex Vaatstra, French For Rabbits’ Hikurangi Schaverien-Kaa and Ben Lemi (Trinity Roots, Dawn Diver), trumpet from James Guilford and Jake Baxendale on woodwinds.

Cederman reflected on how his songwriting gave away more of himself than intended on single ‘Dalliance’:

"My tendency back then was to avoid writing directly about my own feelings, so for the verses I made up a story about a somewhat-doomed relationship between two young women. One woman is a charming runner who ‘still rolls her r’s as a point of pride, and the other is a bit fixated on the past and uses words like ‘interminable’. Looking back now I think these characters broadly represent Penelope, who was a semi-professional athlete growing up, and myself, who was going through a reading phase and fancied my vocabulary at the time."

Currently ruling the top of the SRN charts, Grawlixes begin their Love You To Death album release tour next week, zig-zagging up and down the country with support spots from Adam Hattaway & The Haunters, Looking For Alaska, Albi & The Wolves and more. Snap up a ticket below, and hit play on Love You To Death…


Grawlixes ‘Love You To Death’ Album Release Tour

Thursday 22nd July – The Boathouse, Nelson w/ Emily Riordan
Friday 23rd July – Tim’s Place, Marahau w/ Emily Riordan

Saturday 24th July – Mussel Inn, Takaka

Thursday 12th August – Meow, Wellington w/ Violet Hirst, Vatican’t

Saturday 14th August – The Stomach, Palmerston North w/ Rusty Frames

Sunday 15th August – Common Room, Hastings

Thursday 19th August – Wunderbar, Christchurch W/ Adam Hattaway & The Haunters

Friday 20th August – Dive, Dunedin w/ Julian Temple Band

Saturday 21st August – Grainstore Gallery, Oamaru

Thursday 26th August – The Jam Factory, Tauranga w/ Stellarize

Friday 27th August – Nivara Lounge, Hamilton w/ Brandan De La Cruz, Looking For Alaska

Saturday 28th August – Wine Cellar, Auckland w/ Albi & The Wolves

Tickets for all shows (except Mussel Inn, The Jam Factory and Meow) available HERE via UTR

Grawlixes’ sophomore album ‘Love You To Death’ is out today via Home Alone Records.

Linksfacebook.com/grawlixesband
thegrawlixes.com/
grawlixesnz.bandcamp.com/

TOOMS Announce Nationwide Tour Debut Album

Chris Cudby
/ Thursday 15th July, 2021 10:34AM

  
  

Tāmaki Makaurau’s TOOMS are about unleash the aural equivalent of an intense telling off on their forthcoming winter tour, taking the already legendary duo of Dorian Noval and Nich Cunningham all across Aotearoa in August. Touring with support from the NZ Music Commission’s awesome Aotearoa Touring Programme, the noisy pair have also casually declared they’ll be launching their debut album later this year via the champs at 1:12 Records. They’ll be playing together in the South Island for the very first time, an auspicious occasion described by TOOMS themselves as "Surely an event for the whole family." Grip the full deets here and wrap your mind around those all-killer supports…


TOOMS NZ Tour

Friday 6th August – The Crown Hotel Dunedin w/ Cuck, Human Susan, Night Lunch*

Saturday 7th August – Darkroom Christchurch w/ Bin Day, Horn Of The Unicorn, Big Scout*

Friday 13th August – Snails, Palmerston North w/ Swampwitch & Unsanitary Napkin*

Saturday 14th August – Newtown Sports Bar Wellington w/ Fruit Juice Parade, Sure Boy, Pop OD*

Friday 20th August — Nivara Lounge Hamilton w/ Empress, Half/Time*

Saturday 21th August — Loserpalooza, Tauranga

Friday 27 August — Wine Cellar Auckland w/ Repairs, Pillcutter*

*Tickets available HERE via UTR

Check out TOOMS’ wild 3D animated video for ‘Blanket’…

Press release:

TOOMS regret to inform the community of their impending nationwide tour.

Tāmaki Makaurau two piece TOOMS will also be bringing their idiosyncratic minimalist punk tunes to the South Island for the first time. Everywhere, they will be playing their beloved selection of radio friendly unit shifters as well as new material from the forthcoming album, due out on 1:12 Records later in the year. Surely an event for the whole family.

Coming to a crawl space near you this August.

Linksinstagram.com/toomssucks/
facebook.com/whatistooms
eugenetooms.bandcamp.com/

Tidal Rave Announce Albumette Nationwide Tour

Chris Cudby
/ Tuesday 13th July, 2021 12:40PM

  
  

In a masterpiece of musicianly co-ordination, Pōneke jangle / surf / fuzz-pop sextet Tidal Rave have rallied the troops for a six date album release tour, celebrating the forthcoming launch of their snazzily titled Albumette via Fishrider Records. Recorded by Lee Prebble and Andrew Downes at Newtown’s fabled Surgery, the eight song Albumette was primarily written during the seemingly never-ending 2020 lockdown era, exploring such pertinent topics as "police incompetence, problematic capitalism, disconnection and in-between spaces." They’ll be joined by buds including Lizard Prom, Cootie CutiesTerror of the Deep, Bird Feeder, Solo Ono (featuring Tidal Rave’s Frank Eggleton) and the intriguingly named Yer Maw’s 5g Meatsuit — here’s the full lowdown…


Tidal Rave ‘Albumette’ New Zealand Tour

Friday 13th August – Yot Club, Raglan w/ Lizard Prom, Yer Maw’s 5g Meatsuit

Saturday 14th August – The Wine Cellar, Auckland w/ Lizard Prom, Cootie Cuties

Saturday 21st August – Newtown Sports Bar, Wellington w/ Terror of the Deep, Bird Feeder

Friday 27th August – The Crown, Dunedin w/ Alpha Delta, Blue Cheese

Saturday 28th August – Wunderbar, Lyttleton w/ Solo Ono + TBA

Friday 11th September – Snails, Palmerston North w/ Swampwitch, Solo Ono

Tickets available HERE via UTR

Open your ears to first single from Albumette ‘The Four Seasons’…

Press release:

Tidal Rave is excited to announce the release of their second album. ‘Albumette’ will be released in August 2021 through Fish Rider Records and the band will be touring New Zealand for the first time in its five year Existence!
The album was recorded by Lee Prebble and Andrew Downes at the Surgery in Newtown. Mixed by Lee Prebble and Mastered by Mike Gibson. The eight tracks were written by the four songwriters and the band, mostly during 2020 when Covid prevented them from touring their debut album Heart Screams(2020).

Albumette, is a garage, surf and indie pop, inspired journey. It explores themes like police incompetence, problematic capitalism, disconnection and In-between spaces.

Linkstidalravenz.bandcamp.com/
facebook.com/TidalRaveNz

Grawlixes Share Single Video Honey Bees

Annabel Kean / Wednesday 30th June, 2021 11:07AM

  
  

Today Pōneke’s Grawlixes treat us to ‘Honey Bees’ and its darling medieval-meets-modern day music video. The second single from forthcoming album Love You To Death is ‘Honey Bees’, and it’s as sweet and heartfelt as lead track ‘Immortalised’, with lyrics exploring themes of anxiety, writers block and how to battle them both. In the Tom van den Brink created visuals, lead vocalist Penelope Esplin (French for Rabbits, Lake South) is trapped by her own brain and protective plate armour, while Robin Cederman (Tahu & The Takahes, The Prophet Hens) is a friendly bumbly bee, doing his darnedest to draw Penelope out of her angst-driven shell.

Esplin and Cederman take Love You To Death on tour this July and August, bringing new bandmates Alex Vaastra, Emma Hattaway and Hikurangi Schaverien-Kaa along for the twelve-stop journey. Catch up on the dates and deets below, and meet Robin Bee-derman and Sir Penelope in the video for ‘Honey Bees’…


Grawlixes ‘Love You To Death’ Album Release Tour

Thursday 22nd July – The Plant, Blenheim w/ Emily Riordan

Friday 23rd July – Tim’s Place, Marahau w/ Emily Riordan

Saturday 24th July – Mussel Inn, Takaka

Thursday 12th August – Meow, Wellington w/ Violet Hirst, Vatican’t

Saturday 14th August – The Stomach, Palmerston North w/ Rusty Frames

Sunday 15th August – Common Room, Hastings

Thursday 19th August – Wunderbar, Christchurch W/ Adam Hattaway & The Haunters

Friday 20th August – Dive, Dunedin w/ Julian Temple Band

Saturday 21st August – Grainstore Gallery, Oamaru

Thursday 26th August – The Jam Factory, Tauranga w/ Stellarize

Friday 27th August – Nivara Lounge, Hamilton w/ Brandan De La Cruz, Looking For Alaska

Saturday 28th August – Wine Cellar, Auckland w/ Albi & The Wolves

Tickets for all shows (except Mussel Inn, The Jam Factory and Meow) available HERE via UTR

Grawlixes’ sophomore album ‘Love You To Death’ is out July 15th via Home Alone Records.

Linksfacebook.com/grawlixesband
thegrawlixes.com/
grawlixesnz.bandcamp.com/

Pickle Darling Announces Special Guests For Nationwide Tour

Chris Cudby / Photo credit: Christiane Shortal
/ Tuesday 15th June, 2021 9:00AM

  
  

Pickle Darling‘s ace new sophomore album Cosmonaut has been reaping praise from here to Timbuktu, including such globally influential platforms as Bandcamp Daily, who enthused: "Their mastery of starry-eyed songcraft recalls mid-’60s Beach Boys or Harry Nilsson." Embarking on their first ever headline tour of Aotearoa with band this July, Ōtautahi  songwriter and producer Lukas Mayo has today revealed which musical pals will be joining Pickle Darling for their extensive run of album launch dates. Fellow Cantabrian Mousey will perform solo for five stonkin’ shows and special guests throughout the country will also include Neive Strang, Fruit Juice Parade, Halcyon Birds, mini and Treenurse. Delve into our illuminating recent feature where Pickle Darling named their very excellent Top Ten Pickles HERE and secure your spot at the following dates…

“I am super excited to play these songs around New Zealand! I had to cancel my last tour so technically this is my first time doing a headline tour, ever. As well as the first time visiting some of these smaller towns!” – Pickle Darling

Pickle Darling’s Cosmonaut Tour

Thursday 1st July – Grainstore Gallery, Oamaru w/ Mousey (solo)*

Friday 2nd July – Bark, Dunedin w/ Neive Strang*

Saturday 3rd July – Tuatara, Invercargill w/ Neive Strang*

Saturday 10th July – Space Academy, Christchurch w/ mini*

Thursday 15th July – The Wine Cellar, Auckland w/ Treenurse*

Friday 16th July – Jam Factory, Tauranga w/ Mousey (solo)

Saturday 17th July – Nivara Lounge, Hamilton w/ Halcyon Birds*

Thursday 22nd July – Moon, Wellington w/ Fruit Juice Parade*

Friday 23rd July – Snails, Palmerston North w/ Fruit Juice Parade*

Saturday 24th July – Paisley Stage, Napier w/ Mousey (solo)*

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

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

*Tickets available HERE via UTR

Experience director Karin Yamasaki’s magical video for ‘Achieve Lift!’ from Cosmonaut…

Check out the vid for Mousey’s super catchy 2019 single ‘Extreme Highs’…

Press release:

Following the rapturous applause for the sophomore album, Cosmonaut, Pickle Darling is pleased to confirm the hand picked list of guests joining the
‘Cosmic Voyage Thru New Zealand’ album release tour this July.

Starting in Oamaru on July 1st, the 12 date tour is Pickle Darling’s first headline tour and with a full band including the talented Serena Close (Mousey) on synth, glockenspiel, backing vocals and Cameron Finlay on keys, tambourine, shaker, guitar, backing vocals, drum machine and a slew of friendly super talented friends guesting.

This will be the first time playing shows for Pickle Darling since their support slots for friends, The Beths, late 2020.

 

Linkspickledarling.bandcamp.com/
instagram.com/pickledarling/
ztapes.bandcamp.com/

Listen To Swallow The Rats Split Release w NYCs CLONE

Chris Cudby
/ Monday 24th May, 2021 12:20PM

  
  

Tāmaki Makaurau noiseniks Swallow the Rat‘s new release is at last out in the world, a split record with NYC sonic travellers CLONE, launched alongside a video for StR’s wigged out ‘Fall Away‘ created by Skye Ashbrook using evocative vintage imagery. Each group contributes four tracks per side of the limited edition, red transparent vinyl disc, and while our current border situation precludes any local performances from CLONE in the near future, StR are celebrating their transcontinental latest creation in style with shows in Palmerston North and Hastings locked in for next weekend. Hear both group’s tracks from the record and hit play on the clip for ‘Fall Away’ below…

Swallow the Rat LP release
Friday 4th June – The Stomach, Palmerston North w/ First Move, Pompom

Saturday 5th June – Common Room, Hastings w/ w/ Lizard Prom, Spooky Skeletons

Tickets available HERE via UTR

Swallow The Rat and Clone’s split release is out now digitally and on vinyl LP via Headbump Records.

Linksswallowtherat.bandcamp.com
clonebk.bandcamp.com/
facebook.com/swallowtherat

Bad Hagrid Drop Single Here Comes Haggy

Annabel Kean / Monday 17th May, 2021 1:21PM

  
  

Hogwarts’ resident naughty boys Bad Hagrid are soaring across the country as we speak, kicking down doors and making sweet musical magic. The Here Comes Haggy tour got underway the other week in the band’s hometown Wellington, and now the tour’s namesake has dropped: Psych-tastic single release ‘Here Comes Haggy‘. Both the title track and B-side ‘Kowabunga d00d’ tell chilling, organ-spiked tales; the first of the outrageous Bad Hagrid origin story, the second of government mind control and simulation paranoia, featuring the release’s best lyric "it might sound crazy but I saw it on Facebook". Hop aboard the Bad Hagrid Harley and prepare to have your mind blown…


Bad Hagrid – Here Comes Haggy Tour

Friday 21st May – Snails, Palmerston North w/ DARTZ, Skitz Hydro*
Saturday 22nd May – Space Monster, Whanganui w/ DARTZ, Space Trash

Friday 28th May – The Plant, Blenheim w/ Big Scout, Young Moon*

Saturday 29th May – Space Academy, Christchurch w/ Too Woke For Toast, Marsha*

Saturday 26th June – MOON, Wellington w/ King Fish, Benjis Palace*

*Tickets available HERE via UTR

Linksbadhagrid.bandcamp.com/
badhagrid.com/
facebook.com/badhagrid/

Grawlixes Announce Album Release Tour Share Video For Immortalised

Chris Cudby
/ Friday 7th May, 2021 10:11AM

  
  

You’ll be crying tears of happiness this winter when Pōneke’s wonderful Grawlixes unveil their brand new album Love You To Death, launched in conjunction with an epic ten date nationwide launch tour of Aotearoa. Founded by Penelope Esplin (French for Rabbits, Lake South) and Robin Cederman (Tahu & The Takahes, The Prophet Hens), and now including violinist Alex Vaastra, Emma Hattaway on bass and drummer Hikurangi Schaverien-Kaa, Grawlixes will keep punters toasty in a variety of intimate settings from Tāmaki Makaurau to Ōtepoti, joined for selected dates by Emily Riordan, Violet Hirst & Vatican’t, Rusty Frames, Julian Temple Band, Brandan De La Cruz and more.

In celebration of today’s announcement, the five-piece have shared a beautiful new video for ‘Immortalised‘, the dreamily grand, heart-melting first single from Grawlixes’ forthcoming sophomore album, releasing on 15th July via Home Alone Records — edited by Esplin and Cederman, with help from Ash Smith, from hazy vintage family footage that you can enjoy below…


Grawlixes ‘Love You To Death’ Album Release Tour

Thursday 22nd July – The Plant, Blenheim w/ Emily Riordan

Friday 23rd July – Tim’s Place, Marahau w/ Emily Riordan

Saturday 24th July – Mussel Inn, Takaka

Thursday 12th August – Meow, Wellington w/ Violet Hirst & Vatican’t

Saturday 14th August – The Stomach, Palmerston North w/ Rusty Frames

Sunday 15th August – Common Room, Hastings, support tba

Thursday 19th August – Wunderbar, Christchurch, support tba

Friday 20th August – Dive, Dunedin w/ Julian Temple Band

Friday 27th August – Nivara Lounge, Hamilton w/ Brandan De La Cruz

Saturday 28th August – Wine Cellar, Auckland, support tba

Tickets for all shows (except Mussel Inn and Meow) available HERE via UTR


Press release:

Grawlixes celebrate their sophomore album with a 10 date headline tour this July/August. The ten shows will see Grawlixes perform in intimate venues across Aotearoa, captivating audiences with a dynamic set ranging from floating atmospheric ballads to jaw-dropping rock’n’roll.

Grawlixes are an existential folk-pop band from Wellington, New Zealand, who will sear themselves in your brain with raw, wry and infectious songs about doomed relationships, not being invited to parties, and wanting to murder each other. Continuing the great lineage of artists who bring sadness to their sprightly melodies, Grawlixes’ music often deals in the melancholy with self-deprecating honesty and beautiful boy-girl harmonies, sung by co-founders Robin Cederman (Tahu & The Takahes, The Prophet Hens) and Penelope Esplin (French for Rabbits, Lake South).

Grawlixes signed to Home Alone records, following an extensive European tour supporting now label-mates French for Rabbits, throughout Switzerland, England, Germany and France. They released their debut album ‘Set Free’ in July 2017 to critical acclaim. And have since expanded into a stellar 5 piece band, featuring esteemed local musicians Alex Vaastra on violin (Julian Temple Band, Emily Fairlight), Emma Hattaway on bass (BoJack Funkman) and Hikurangi Schaverien-Kaa on drums (Dawn Diver, French for Rabbits).

Love You To Death will be released on July 15 on Home Alone Records and is available to pre-order now via https://grawlixesnz.bandcamp.com/album/love-you-to-death
The phenomenal album was recorded with Lee Prebble at The Surgery, in Wellington (L.A.B, Black Seeds, Trinity Roots) and mixed with producer Tom Healy (Julia Jacklin, Tiny Ruins, Finn Andrews) and mastered by Paul Gold of Salt Mastering in Brooklyn, New York (Sufjan Stevens, Grizzly Bear, Dirty Projectors). Love You To Death also features the resplendent colour palette of vibraphone, saxophones, clarinets and trumpets, with brass performances by Jake Baxendale & James Guilford. The result is lush instrumentation, captivating performances and clean intimate vocals. Grawlixes have never had more to say, nor said it more affectingly. The melodies and harmonies are lovely, the production crackles with colour, and the whole thing marks a new level of achievement.

Taranaki singer Emily Riordan writes moody alt-folk pieces influenced by her background in classical piano and modern artists such as Radiohead and Lana Del Rey.
Her debut EP “Waves”, a lo-fi electronic collaboration with producer Shxshi, was released in 2019, and in 2020 Riordan followed it up with the stripped back and raw EP “Untempered”, marking a return to her acoustic roots. Featuring understated instrumentals and mellow, delicate vocals, Emily Riordan’s songs are gently emotive and her live performances are intimate and captivating.

Taranaki singer Emily Riordan writes moody alt-folk pieces influenced by her background in classical piano and modern artists such as Radiohead and Lana Del Rey.
Her debut EP “Waves”, a lo-fi electronic collaboration with producer Shxshi, was released in 2019, and in 2020 Riordan followed it up with the stripped back and raw EP “Untempered”, marking a return to her acoustic roots. Featuring understated instrumentals and mellow, delicate vocals, Emily Riordan’s songs are gently emotive and her live performances are intimate and captivating.

Linksgrawlixesnz.bandcamp.com/
facebook.com/grawlixesband

Bad Hagrid Announce Here Comes Haggy Tour

Chris Cudby / Artwork by @mr.bynn
/ Wednesday 21st April, 2021 12:03PM

  
  

Pōneke psych-pop troupe Bad Hagrid are treating fans to a new double release, sporting the slightly ominous title Here Comes Haggy, dropping in mid May in conjunction with a launch tour taking them all throughout Aotearoa. Daring to venture as far south as Christchurch’s Space Academy, they’ll be joined on their Mad Max style sonic journey by heavy hitting local supports including DARTZ and Big Scout, plus they’ll be warming up with a special ANZAC weekend double headline extravaganza at their hometown’s Valhalla with Pass The Peas this coming Sunday. Grip the details below and stayed tuned for the launch of Here Comes Haggy on Friday 14th May…


Bad Hagrid – Here Comes Haggy Tour

Saturday 8th May – Rigged Flats, Wellington w/ Sweetspot, Tinsy Pam

Friday 21st May – Snails, Palmerston North w/ DARTZ, Skitz Hydro*
Saturday 22nd May – Space Monster, Whanganui w/ DARTZ, Space Trash

Friday 28th May – The Plant, Blenheim w/ Big Scout, Young Moon*

Saturday 29th May – Space Academy, Christchurch w/ Too Woke For Toast, Marsha*

Saturday 26th June – MOON, Wellington w/ King Fish, Benjis Palace*

*Tickets available HERE via UTR


Pass The Peas & Bad Hagrid – Valhalla ANZAC Day Special

Sunday 25th April – Valhalla, Wellington w/ Wet Bandits

Tickets available HERE via UTR

While you await the launch of Here Comes Haggy, here’s sterling recent footage of Bad Hagrid playing ‘The Fisherman’ live at Kaitoke National Park…

Press release:

You hear a noise in the dead of the night

It sounds like the roar of a motorbike

Outside glows a mysterious light

Something in the air just don’t seem right

Here he comes stomping up the stairs

You can barely see his face behind his shaggy black beard

You try to run but you’re frozen in fear

You ask what he wants and he says…

In support of the up and coming double release Here Comes Haggy, Bad Hagrid have dared to go south. We’re making it as far as Space Academy in Christchurch and popping into The Plant in Blenheim on the way. Before that were road tripping through Whanganui and Palmy North, with our hometown resting place of Moon, Newtown Wellington.

Linksbadhagrid.bandcamp.com/
badhagrid.com/
facebook.com/badhagrid/

Interview Andrew Fagan and The People Youll Be Fine Tour

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

  
  

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


Undertheradar proudly presents…

Andrew Fagan and The People

Wednesday 14th April – Nivara Lounge, Hamilton

Thursday 15th April – Two Mile Sailing Club, Taupo

Friday 16th April – Haumoana Hall, Hawkes Bay

Saturday 17th April – Meow, Wellington*

Sunday 18th April – Snails, Palmerston North

Tickets available HERE via UTR

*Tickets available via Plus1

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

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

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

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

How do you start your songs?

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

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

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

Mean, I love ‘Jerusalem’.

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

When was the last time you experienced nostalgia?

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

What are you passionate about other than music and sailing?

Staying alive and trying to enjoy myself

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

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

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

Some quick fire questions:

Flying Nun or Britpop?

Britpop

Same. The Beatles or The Rolling Stones?

Rolling Stones

Are dreams prophetic?

Not for me.

Musical thing you are most proud of?

The latest album.

What country do you want to travel to the most?

Tristian da Cunha.

Any irrational fears?

Snakes.

How misanthropic are you out-of-ten?

8.

Haha same. Favourite local artist?

Elliot Brown.

Shitty food weakness?

Trident hot ‘n’ spicy two minute noodles.

Linksfacebook.com/FaganAndThePeople/
plus1.co.nz/andrewfagan
instagram.com/lunavelanz/

1032 Drop Aequus Animus EP Aotearoa Tour Info

Chris Cudby / Monday 29th March, 2021 9:41AM

  
  

Usually based in London, Bridget Walsh is back home in Aotearoa just in time for the release of her multifaceted future-soul project 10:32‘s Aequus Animus EP. Now done with all the rigmarole of NZ’s quarantine requirements, Walsh will be making the most of our uniquely thriving live gig circuit with an extensive nationwide launch tour this April and May, performing in a special Aotearoa Edition of 10:32 with Tāmaki-based drummer Jess Hix. Recorded in 2020 at London’s Total Refreshment Centre with producer Lewis Mood and bandmates Lyle Barton on keys, Radovan Brtko on drums and Digby Lovatt on bass, Aequus Animus carries listeners on a multifaceted jazz-tinged journey through hazy late night grooves — elevated throughout by Walsh’s transportational vocal talents and wrapping up with the fusion synth pyrotechnics of ‘Hold The Fight’. Hit play on the stream below and catch 10:32 bringing the magic live at the following dates…


10:32

Sunday 4th April – National Jazz Festival, Tauranga

Thursday 15th April – The Boathouse, Nelson w/ VÏkÆ, EJ Barrett*

Friday 16th April – Roots Bar, Takaka w/ VÏkÆ, EJ Barrett

Friday 23rd April – Ponsonby Social Club, Auckland w/ Māia Huia + guests*

Saturday 1st May – The Yot Club, Raglan w/ VÏkÆ, TeamSquad
Friday 7th May – Snails, Palmerston North w/ VÏkÆ, EJ Barrett*

Saturday 8th May – Spaceship, Hastings w/ VÏkÆ, Ej Barrett*

Friday 21st May – Space Academy, Christchurch w/ guests*

Saturday 22nd May – Rogue and Vagabond, Wellington w/ Wallace*

*Tickets available HERE via UTR (waged and unwaged options available)

‘Aequus Animus’ is out now via major streaming platforms.

Press release:

London-based artist, Bridget Walsh, brings her project 10:32 home to Aotearoa this Autumn to celebrate the release of the band’s new record, Aequus Animus. Joined on stage by local drummer, Jess Hix, this Aotearoa Edition of 10:32 brings the band’s neo-soul, future-jazz and rnb sounds back to her hometown of Tāmaki Makaurau, after a year of London lockdown.

– – –

10:32 – @1032music

10:32 is the new project from London-based artist, Bridget Walsh, with Lyle Barton on keys, Radovan Brtko on drums and Digby Lovatt on bass Bridget is originally from Aotearoa, and has been touring with UK bands since 2013, taking the stage at a number of iconic global venues and festivals, including Glastonbury, Boomtown, Latitude, Subsonic and the Edinburgh Fringe. This will be her fourth NZ tour, with earlier credits including CubaDupa, San Fran, YOT Club and the Auckland Arts Festival.

Jess is a drummer and percussionist based in Auckland. She has toured nationally and internationally with a number of bands and groups, including The Backchat, Superhero Second Line, and Audio Farm, and is also a mentor for the Girls Rock! Camp Aotearoa. Her other musical credits include the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal NZ Navy Band and Strike Percussion NZ.

For fans of artists including Hiatus Kaiyote, Kimbra, Erykah Badu and more, 10:32’s booty-shaking soul-pop explores elements of hiphop, jazz, breakbeat, drum & bass and neo-soul, but isn’t afraid of a good old fashioned breakdown, or an epic synth solo. The band debuted at the Isle of Wight Festival in 2018, followed by a headline tour of New Zealand and studio sessions, shows and festivals in the UK, NZ and the USA.

10:32’s new EP Aequus Animus is out March 2021, recorded at London’s Total Refreshment Centre and produced by London-based Melbourne producer, Lewis Moody (30/70, ZFEX), amidst the 2020 lockdown.

Linkslovefrombridget.com/
instagram.com/1032music/

Solo Ono Now We Know Who to Blame Tour Announced

Chris Cudby
/ Monday 22nd February, 2021 9:34AM

  
  

Pōneke garage surf rockers Solo Ono will be splashing up a storm this summer, with shows lined up for their hometown, Tāmaki Makaurau, Te Papaioea and Ōtepoti. Celebrating the student radio success of their fuzzy new Now We Know Who to Blame EP, the team of Frank Eggleton, Birgit Bachler and Jordan Stewart are all set to bust out their catchy tunes alongside buds Terror Of The Deep, Psychic Paywalls, Skitz Hydro and Diana from this weekend onwards — don’t miss ’em at the dates below…


Solo Ono ‘Now We Know Who to Blame’ Tour

Friday 26th February – Newtown Sports Bar, Wellington w/ Terror of the Deep, Psychic Paywalls*

Saturday 27th February – Snails : Artist Run Spaces, Palmerston North w/ Hospital Sports, Skitz Hydro

Friday 5th March – Dive, Dunedin w/ Psychic Paywalls, Diana*

Saturday 27th March – Auckland (details to be announced)

Tickets available HERE via UTR*

Listen to Solo Ono’s Now We Know Who to Blame EP…

Linksfacebook.com/SoloOnoNZ/
soloono.bandcamp.com/

UTR 2020 Roundup Festive Season Gig Picks

Chris Cudby / A.K.
/ Friday 18th December, 2020 12:34PM

  
  

So that was 2020! It feels like something of a triumph to have made it to the end of a year that started with apocalyptic pink skies (due to the Australian bush fires), and only got even more dramatic. We’re thankful that our music community is still fighting fit after a topsy-turvy twelve months, which astoundingly included a moment when every single show in Aotearoa was either cancelled or postponed simultaneously. We invite you to celebrate our uniquely thriving local live scene this summer, and have put together a handy selection of festive season gig picks below for your convenience. Our editorial team are taking a much deserved break [back in the office on 11th January, send us your info here], but you can rest assured the champs handling the ticketing side of UTR will be manning the helpdesk [over here] right on through the new year — mad props to everybody working hard over summer. Huge thanks for sticking with us and to everyone for your support, catch you in 2021!


Listen To UTR’s 2020 End Of Year Playlist

UTR’s 2020 Favourite Music Moments


FESTIVE SEASON GIG PICKS

Auckland

Fri 18th Dec: Late To Chelsea Christmas Bash – UFO
Fri 18th Dec: 1:12 Xmas Party 2020 – Whammy Bar + Backroom
Fri 18th Dec: Infestive Festive Festivities – All Ages Show w/ Wax Chattels + More – Auckland Old Folks Ass.
Fri 18th Dec: Rock The Halls – A Not So Silent Night – Anthology Lounge
Fri 18th Dec: Grounded Sounds – Tuning Fork
Fri 18th Dec: Miloux – Ponsonby Social Club
Fri 18th Dec: Miles Calder ‘Lake Geneva’ Single Release Show – The Wine Cellar
Fri 18th Dec: SOJØURN – Leigh Sawmill Cafe
Sat 19th Dec: Melodownz: Auckland Live Summer In The Square
Sat 19th Dec: 95bfm, Wine Cellar And Whammy Bar Xmas Party – Whammy Bar and Wine Cellar
Sat 19th Dec: The Return Of Braingun – UFO
Sat 19th Dec: Newbop Quintet – Ponsonby Social Club
Thu 24th Dec: Bomp Stompin’ Boogie – Xmas Done Got Funky! – Cupid Bar
Wed 30th Dec: The Chills December Tour w/ Kita – Leigh Sawmill Cafe
Thu 31st Dec: Klang: Process /// NYE /// Whammy (Techno)
Thu 31st Dec: The Beach Ball w/ Marlin’s Dreaming, Soaked Oats, Frank Booker – Galatos
Thu 7th Jan: Sandtrap Six Feet Down Release – Leigh Sawmill Cafe
Thu 7th Jan: Michael Morris and The Slow Loris – Whammy Bar
Sat 9th Jan: Puppeteer, Deathnir, Indian Jones, Coffin Club – The Thirsty


Waihi

Tues 29th Dec: The Beach Ball w/ Daffodils, Marlin’s Dreaming, Soaked Oats – Waihi Beach Hotel

Tauranga

Sun 20th Dec: Grant Haua: Christmas Livestream (secret location)
Thu 31st Dec: The Hell Yea’s Eve Party w/ X-Ray Fiends, The Dicks, Blame-Thrower, Abysm, Rat Dickz – The Historic Village
Thu 31st Dec:
Kaleidoscope NYE 2020 w/
 Mini Simmons, Strangely Arousing, The Leers, Joes Van – Our Place

Hamilton

Weds 13th Jan: FRED – Nivara Lounge

Raglan

Sun 3rd Jan: The Beach Ball w/ Marlin’s Dreaming, Soaked Oats, Frank Booker – The Yot Club
Thu 7th Jan: Arthur Ahbez – The Yot Club

Gisborne

Sat 19th Dec: Hail To The Thieves – Smash Palace
Sun 27th Dec: Threat.Meet.Protocol, The Murder Chord, Blame Thrower, Dead Model, Hagseed, No Brainers, Unruly, The Rabbits – Smash Palace
Sat 10th Jan: Arthur Ahbez – Smash Palace

Oakura

Fri 8th Jan: Arthur Ahbez: Oakura Boardriders Club

Hawkes Bay

Sat 26th Dec: Cape Estate – Boxing Day Festival 2020
Fri 28th Dec: Earth Tongue – Paisley Stage
Sat 9th Jan: FRED – The Cabana

Palmerston North

Fri 18th Dec: Found Family Festivities w/ Persimmon, Malakai, Jake Hardout, Feilding’s Best Dancers – The Stomach
Sat 19th Dec: December’s Definitely Not A Xmas Gig – Snails

Wellington

Fri 18th Dec: Dark Ichor X Suggested Serving Size X Snowqueen – Aro Valley Community Hall
Fri 18th Dec: Aaron Tokona Tribute Buzz – San Fran
Fri 18th Dec:
Lake South Corporation™ Christmas Party – 1st Kelburn 1909 Scout Hall

Fri 18th Dec: Māoriland Presents Estēre – Maoriland Hub, Otaki
Sat 19th Dec: Ulcerate & Vassafor – San Fran
Thu 31st Dec:
Wind Up 2020 w/ The Masked Empress, This Silent Divide, Lung, Solo Ono, Vorsen, Tidal Rave – St Peter’s Hall (Paekakariki)

Fri 8th Jan: FRED – San Fran
Thu 14th Jan: Hadees Drudge, State Of Entropy, Sidewinder – Valhalla

Motueka

Sun 20th Dec: O & The Mo – Riwaka Hotel

Nelson

Fri 18th Dec: O & The Mo – The Boathouse

Takaka

Sat 19th Dec: O & The Mo – The Roots Bar

Christchurch

Fri 18th Dec: 0three Events Presents: Uglyside Live – Arcadia

Fri 18th Dec: LUNG – Space Academy

Fri 18th Dec: Jed Parsons And His Friends – 2020, You’re Fired! – Cassels Blue Smoke

Wed 23rd Dec: French For Rabbits – Grater Goods

Wed 23rd Dec: Space Academy Xmas Party: Transistors, Joe Sampson, Nervous Jerk, Model Home

Thu 24th Dec: James Reid and The Survivors – A Rolling Stone

Wed 30th Dec:
New Years Eve Eve w/ Axedmen, Sundae Painters, Violet French & The Horrible + DJ Dr Bruce Russell – The Loons, Lyttelton


Thu 31st Dec: Bailey Watson’s Beats and Bad Decisions EP Release Party – Arcadia

Thu 31st Dec: The Rap Up w/ Camo MC – Lu Lu’s Bar & Eatery

Sat 9th Jan: PIPSY – Wunderbar, Lyttelton

Thu 14th Jan: Michael Morris And The Slow Loris – darkroom


Wanaka

Sat 19th Dec: Xmas Rocks! Featuring Tehight

Sun 3rd Jan: Jordan Luck Band – Luggate Hotel

Queenstown

Sun 27th Dec: Julien Temple Band – Sherwood
Tue 29th Dec: Michael Morris and The Slow Loris – Loco Cantina

Cromwell

Sat 2nd Jan: Jordan Luck Band – The Victoria Arms Hotel

Te Anau

Thu 31st Dec: Julian Temple Band New Year’s Eve Bash – Redcliff Cafe

Dunedin

Sat 19th Dec: LUNG – The Crown Hotel

Sat 19th Dec:
Pieces of Molly – Spirit Man Tour – Dive


Thu 7th Jan: Paul Ubana Jones Plays: Uniquely Ubana – Carey’s Bay Historic Hotel

Fri 8th Jan – PIPSY – Dive

Sat 9th Jan – Julian Temple Band – ZanziBar


Invercargill

Thu 7th Jan: PIPSY, The Dense, Sam Cullen, Polarised – Southland Musicians Club

Head over to our Gig Guide for more listings!!!

Estre Shares Single Animal Pleasure Announces Archetypes Release Tour

Chris Cudby / Photo credit: Paascalino Schaller
/ Friday 11th December, 2020 11:28AM

  
  

Estère turns up the heat with her new single ‘Animal Pleasure‘, the steamy latest cut revealed from the Pōneke-based powerhouse’s forthcoming third album Archetypes, created with Massive Attack producer Stew Jackson. Riding the slinkiest of soul-funk grooves, Estère paints a vivid image of untamed carnal delights on her new single, launched alongside an extensive run of tour dates celebrating the release of Archetypes in early 2021. The formidably talented producer, artist, performer and composer is set to play all throughout Aotearoa in the sun-soaked months of February and March, including high profile festival appearances at Newtown Festival and Splore

Estère — Archetypes release tour

Wednesday 17th February – Dive, Dunedin

Thursday 18th February – Wunderbar, Christchurch

Friday 19th February – The Plant, Blenheim (all ages)

Saturday 20th February – East St Cafe, Nelson

Sunday 21st February – Mussel Inn, Takaka

Friday 26th February – Meow, Wellington

Saturday 27th February – Splore (all ages)

Friday 5th March – Jam Factory, Tauranga (all ages)

Sunday 7th March – Newtown Festival, Wellington (all ages)

Friday 26th March – Paisley Stage, Napier

Saturday 27th March – The Stomach, Palmerston North

Tickets available from 9:00am, Wednesday 16th December

‘Archetypes’ releases digitally and on vinyl LP on Friday 22nd January 2021 via Blue Riot Records. Preorders are available via Estère’s Bandcamp page here.

Press release:

It’s summertime in New Zealand, and "Animal Pleasure" is just as steamy as the weather predictions for the next three months. Estère’s beat-laden soul-infused delivery of her latest single unleashes her personal Lilith, laying down her up-front agenda for attending a nighttime soirée – a delightful tryst.

Animal Pleasure focuses on the archetype of sexuality, through a portrayal of lust and desire. Estère depicts herself as unabashedly on the hunt for some consensual satisfaction, a “pleasure high to remind you you’re alive” as she sings it. Estère says, “This song is about recognising my own instinct as a female, human, ANIMAL and acting upon it without fear or shame.” The playful mood of the track is conveyed through a sparse, hook driven guitar line that interweaves with infectious rhythm as well as Estère’s seductive vocals.

Often likened to both Little Dragon and St Vincent, in 2019 Estère’s songwriting and producing prowess grabbed the attention of esteemed Massive Attack producer Stew Jackson. Together, they created the future forward throwback album, Archetypes, featuring Estère’s soaring vocals, body-moving R&B grooves, dense production and engrossing narratives.

Animal Pleasure is the third single from Estère’s upcoming and highly-anticipated third album, Archetypes, to be released on 22 January 2021 through all streaming platforms and on vinyl through Blue Riot Records, in New Zealand.

Linksesteremusic.com/
estere.bandcamp.com/

PIPSY The Hopeful Sounds Tour Announced For January 2021

C.C. / Friday 4th December, 2020 3:58PM

  
  

Hailing from Otatara (a western suburb of Invercargill), PIPSY‘s Paul Pouwels McMillan kicked off the alt-pop songwriting project while in Melbourne Australia. Now back amongst Aotearoa’s thriving live scene, PIPSY are raring to go with a seven date summer tour lined up for January, including two gigs in support of kiwi music icon Jordan Luck and band on their Central Otago Road Trip. Featuring McMillan alongside drummer Jordan Cossill (Murgatroyd), bassist Hanna Ott (Filth Wizard) and guitarist Dylan Walker (Ragged), PIPSY will be rolling out tunes from a forthcoming new album as they travel across the North and South Islands — joined for the ride by Sam Cullen, Grawlixes and more. Grip the tour details revealed so far here…

PIPSY ‘The Hopeful Sounds Tour’

Saturday 2nd January – Victoria Arms, Cromwell w/ Jordan Luck Band*
Sunday 3rd January – Luggate Hotel, Luggate w/ Jordan Luck Band*  
Thursday 7th January – Southland Musicians Club, Invercargill w/ The Dense, Sam Cullen, Polarised

Friday 8th January – Dive, Dunedin w/ The Dense, Sometime Winner

Saturday 9th January – Wunderbar, Lyttelton, supports to be announced

Friday 15th January – Moon1, Wellington w/ Grawlixes, Housewitches, Murgatroyd

Saturday 16th January – The Stomach, Palmerston North w/ Persimmon

Tickets available HERE via UTR
Jordan Luck Band tickets available HERE via UTR*

Take in the clip for PIPSY’s ‘Why Can’t I Get What I Want, For Once?’…

Linksfacebook.com/pipsymusic

Dick Move Summer Album Release Shows Announced

Chris Cudby / Photo Credit: Mason Fairey
/ Wednesday 11th November, 2020 9:37AM

  
  

Not content with tearing up the charts and venues all across Aotearoa on the spring release tour for their Top 40 debut album Chop!, Tāmaki Makaurau punk posse Dick Move keep their foot on the accelerator with an extended December round of North Island launch gigs. The student radio faves have announced headline events in celebration of their shiny new disc at Wellington’s Newtown Sports bar and Gisborne’s Smash Palace, and will be letting rip next month in Palmerston North and alongside a legion of label mates at 1:12 RecordsChristmas rager in their hometown on the 18th. There’s lots of killer shows for Dick Move on the horizon in 2021 too, including a sure to be rowdy appearance at Punk it Up V — true fans will be memorising these dates and heading along to every gig…


Dick Move

Friday 4th December – Snails, Palmerston North w/ Swallow The Rat, First Move, Swamp Witch*

Saturday 5th December – Newtown Sports Bar, Wellington w/ Dartz, Gravel Pit, Jumping The Fucking Shark*

Thursday 10th December – Smash Palace, Gisborne w/ Sit Down In Front, The Rocket Jocks, Nicky Valentine*

Friday 18th December – 1:12 Xmas Party 2020, Whammy Bar, Auckland*

Saturday 6th February – Welcome To Nowhere Festival, Whanganui

Friday 19th & Saturday 20th February – Punk It Up V 2021, Galatos, Auckland*

Tickets available HERE via UTR*

Check out the vid for Dick Move’s ‘Jerk’ created during lockdown by the band’s Harriet Ellis…

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

Linksfacebook.com/DickMoverz
dickmove2.bandcamp.com/album/chop

Big Scout Unleash New Single Bloke Schultz The Wastrels

Chris Cudby
/ Friday 6th November, 2020 2:42PM

  
  

In heavy prep mode for their November tour of Aotearoa, Blenheim / Waiharakeke’s self-declared "alt-rock munters" Big Scout have dropped bolshy new single ‘Bloke Schultz‘ with cheeky bonus track ‘The Wastrels‘ just in time for Bandcamp Friday (from 9pm tonight NZST). Telling the tale of "an older gent, who survives WW2 and ball cancer, only to perish in his own home during a botched robbery attempt", and recorded / produced by Brian Feary, the brooding ‘Bloke Schultz’ delivers a knife-edge balance of deft instrumental dexterity and thundering riff-fuelled heft, while the zippy ‘The Wastrels’ tangles strings at a frantic pace. Don’t miss Big Scout bringing it on stage and in their element throughout NZ this month…

Big Scout Tour Aotearoa

Friday 13th November – darkroom, Christchurch w/ Happy Valley
Saturday 14th November – Framingham Winery, Blenheim w/ Soliseum, Team Scary
Thursday 26th November – Whammy Bar, Auckland w/ Repairs, Swallow The Rat
Friday 27th November – The Hop House, Tauranga w/ Repairs, Swallow The Rat, Rat Dickz
Saturday 28th November – The Stomach, Palmerston North w/ Repairs, First Move

Tickets available HERE via UTR

Linksbigscout.bandcamp.com/
facebook.com/Bigscouttheband

Big Scout National Tour Announced For November

Chris Cudby
/ Monday 2nd November, 2020 10:56AM

  
  

Blenheim’s self-proclaimed "alt-rock munters" Big Scout are getting ready to rampage across Aotearoa, with five fuzz-fuelled shows locked in for November. They’ll be unleashing a new "tribute to the battlers of NZ and their often weird pub yarns" named ‘Bloke Schultz‘ this coming Friday and will be joined for all North Island gigs by Tāmaki Makaurau punks Repairs, who dropped their emotionally raw debut album Repeat, Repeat to significant acclaim in September. Regional supports will include Swallow The Rat, Happy Valley, The Tacks and even more— whip out your diary and take note of the details below…


Big Scout Tour Aotearoa

Friday 13th November – darkroom, Christchurch w/ Happy Valley
Saturday 14th November – Framingham Winery, Blenheim w/ Soliseum, Team Scary
Thursday 26th November – Whammy Bar, Auckland w/ Repairs, Swallow The Rat
Friday 27th November – The Hop House, Tauranga w/ Repairs, Swallow The Rat, Rat Dickz
Saturday 28th November – The Stomach, Palmerston North w/ Repairs, First Move

Tickets available HERE via UTR

Open your ears to Big Scout’s latest release Flung / Everything Must Go which launched in February this year…

Press release:

Blenheim’s Alt-Rock munters, Big Scout take their rambunctious stuff out and around Aotearoa this November – the 5 date tour comes on the back of a string of singles (the last ‘Bloke Schultz’ to released late Oct). They’ll be joined by Tamaki Makaurau/Auckland post-punk trio, Repairs for each North Island show, and will also play with such friends and gemmies as Swallow The Rat, Avon Dads, The Tacks and more!

Linksbigscout.bandcamp.com/
facebook.com/Bigscouttheband