Reb Fountain Announces New Dates For IRIS Release Tour

Annabel Kean / Thursday 21st October, 2021 12:32PM

  
  

On the one hand, it’s a bit of a kick in the shins every time a tour has to be postponed because of Covid, but on the other hand, it warms my heart to see the music industry putting public health and wellbeing first by pushing shows back to safer dates. Having released her new album IRIS at the start of the month, Reb Fountain‘s celebratory nationwide tour was set to kick off next Friday, but today we can share the brand new, safety first, summer reschedule. In the words of Fountain herself, "I LOVE live music; performing, the mosh pits, the eclectic venues, the camaraderie, the transformative experience WE share when we come together" – all wonderful things that can be your sweet reality come February 2022, when the award-winning folk-punk performer takes her band and exciting new songs on the road, hitting some of the country’s most beautiful venues in the height of summer.

Tickets already purchased are still fully valid, and a few bonus seats have opened up too for those who missed out the first time around. Catch up on the new dates below, and read what Reb had to say about the postponement here…

"We’re in this together folks.

I LOVE live music; performing, the mosh pits, the eclectic venues, the camaraderie, the transformative experience WE share when we come together. The band and I can’t wait to bring IRIS to you all – in order to do that, large events have to be viable and your safety and wellbeing has got to be at the fore, so we’re moving our album release tour to February 2022.

All tickets will remain valid and the good news is further seats have opened up so don’t despair it’s not sold out quite yet. I love you and miss you and am so looking forward to seeing you there.

I don’t want you to miss out on live entertainment. But more importantly, I want you and your loved ones to live. You will most likely need to be vaccinated to be part of the audience for these shows so please for the sake of yourselves and one another #vaxforlive.

x r"


Reb Fountain

IRIS Album Release Tour NZ

Thursday 10th February – Opera House, Wellington

Friday 18th February – The Civic, Auckland

Thursday 24th February – Isaac Theatre, Christchurch

Friday 25th February – Glenroy Auditorium, Dunedin

General public tickets available via Live Nation

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


Press release:

The songs from IRIS will come to life in iconic New Zealand venues in February 2022. Reb and band – including Dave Khan, Earl Robertson, and Karin Canzek – have been astounding audiences around the country since the release of her criticality acclaimed, award-winning 2020 eponymous album.

Renowned for her spellbinding live performances, Reb’s IRIS tour is a show you don’t want to miss.

Book your passage, and join Reb Fountain and band for these exclusive performances, premiering her highly anticipated new album IRIS along with other favourite material.

Linksfacebook.com/rebfountainmusic
rebfountain.co.nz/

VAXFORLIVE Aotearoas Music Community Unite Against Covid 19

Chris Cudby
/ Friday 8th October, 2021 10:14AM

  
  

A small army of significant Aotearoa artists have thrown their weight behind the new #VAXFORLIVE initiative, urging everyone who loves live music to get vaccinated as soon as possible, to help ensure we can have awesome shows and festivals to look forward to this summer. You’d have to had been dwelling inside some kind of remote cave for the past 18 months not to know our live music community has been hugely impacted by Covid-19, and that the only way for unrestricted gigs to happen again is for as many people in NZ as possible to go out there and get the jab (I’ve done it, it was zero hassle) — book HERE if you haven’t done so already. Local icons supporting #VAXFORLIVE include Neil Finn of Crowded House, Benee, Supergroove, Theia, Ladyhawke, Reb Fountain and more. Read their words of encouragement below, check out a new vid from festival faves Shapeshifter promoting the urgent message below and please get vaccinated — it’s the most empowering and direct way you can support our live music community.

“Crowded House were truly blessed to play shows in Aotearoa NZ in March. Live concerts bring joy and freedom that lift the spirits of audience and artists alike. This summer NZ will be open again for concerts but you will need to be vaccinated against Covid. Come on everyone, we’ve had the vaccine, it’s safe and it’s keeping the ones we love safe” —
Neil Finn (Crowded House)

"Me kaha taatou ki te patu i a Korona ki te rongoaa aaraimate. Kia okaina ia o taatou, ka ora ai te ao puuoro.”
“We should all contribute to fight Covid19 by being vaccinated. Through this, our music industry will flourish again.” — Theia

“If you want to go to shows please get vaccinated! You’re not just protecting yourselves but others who may be vulnerable! This vaccine has been proven to reduce hospitalisations and deaths. I feel like I need to stand on this to protect my family, friends, band, my crew & my supporters, to keep all of them safe. Without the vaccine there wont be any shows! I’ve had mine! Get urs if u are able to pls.” — Benee

“It’ll be seven years since Supergroove last played by the time Electric Avenue rolls around this February. We’re hoping everyone get’s vaxxed so we can party together with Lorde and the rest of an almighty line up in Ōtautahi! Ngā Mihi Aotearoa.” — Supergroove

“For me getting the vaccine is all about protection – protecting the people who I love who cannot get vaccinated because they’re immunocompromised. Or because they’re ineligible, like my daughter who’s just about to turn 4. And after almost two years of not being able to tour internationally the vaccine gives me the best protection to be able to do the job that I love. I cannot wait to be on stage playing music again here in Aotearoa, and the best way for us to get to that summer of gigs and dancing is to be vaccinated. For our whanau, for our communities, and for ourselves.” — Ladyhawke

"We can reunite with #vaxforlive. My favourite part of music making is playing live but we gotta do it safely, and if you haven’t already heard, us artists won’t be able to do our work and you won’t be able to enjoy live music, festivals or the arts without getting vaccinated. I want to be part of incredible live shows where you, my friends – audiences and artists, venues and crew – are all as safe and protected as possible. We can reunite with #vaxforlive. I know what it’s like to feel hesitant about vaccines but for me getting vaccinated against Covid means that I am doing my best to protect my friends, whanau and myself. If you haven’t already been vaccinated please do it now. If you’re scared or hesitant it’s OK – book a consultation with your GP and they can advise you. We’re all in this together – I can’t wait to play for you really soon". — Reb Fountain

Linksbookmyvaccine.covid19.health.nz/

Listen To Reb Fountains New Album IRIS

Annabel Kean / Friday 1st October, 2021 8:58AM

  
  

Reb Fountain would have been one of the last live acts I saw before this current lockdown, and the vision of her performing atop the Michael Fowler Centre stage, where she had the entire crowd glued to her every move, arms akimbo, has been on loop in my brain since. Her new album IRIS, out this morning, might be the catalyst for my Reb-etition (sorry), replacing a dancing Fountain with an entire collection of new genre-bending folkesque tunes written in the isolation limbo since releasing her Taite Music Prize-winning self-titled album in May 2020.

Out via Flying Nun, IRIS begins with poetic track ‘Psyche’, spoken and sung over sparse snare and a hypnotic bed of teetering piano, like a gentle welcome to the darker tones to come. Besides clues from singles like ‘Heart’ and ‘Beastie’, it’s hard to guess what direction IRIS will shoot off to at any moment, and like the songwriting process Fountain described as trying to “catch the light refracting – the full saturation of suchness – and remain open to whatever emerged", IRIS spans a colourful folk-punk spectrum, held together by Fountain’s fantastical, storytelling lyricism. Best listened to loud and close, immerse yourself in the dark romance of IRIS — and with a closing track titled ‘Intermission’, I have an inkling there may be more to come.

Reb Fountain: "IRIS provided me an opportunity to speak my unspoken, to reflect what I have seen and experienced from within and to bear witness. These songs are a reminder of a map to a place we all know. They are a vision of our past, a memory of our future and high beam headlights whether you’re behind the wheel or staring down the barrel of their glare. They are a story of endless unrequited love and the hunt for tethering to a kindred spirit.”

Reb Fountain

IRIS Album Release Tour NZ

Friday 29th October — Hawkes Bay Arts Festival, Hastings
Thursday 25th November – Isaac Theatre, Christchurch*
Saturday 27th November – Glenroy Auditorium, Dunedin*
Friday 3rd December – Opera House, Wellington*
Saturday 11th December – The Civic, Auckland*

*General public tickets available via Live Nation

Reb Fountain’s album ‘IRIS’ is out today via Flying Nun Records.

Linksfacebook.com/rebfountainmusic
rebfountain.co.nz/

Reb Fountain Shares Single Video Foxbright

Annabel Kean / C.C. / Photo credit: Marissa Findlay / Wednesday 8th September, 2021 9:08AM

  
  

Another boundless track lands from Reb Fountain‘s forthcoming album IRIS, out in full this October 1st on Flying Nun Records. Fourth drop ‘Foxbright’ follows Fountain’s album singles so far ‘Heart’, ‘Lucuna’ and ‘Beastie’, each uncovering a new facet of the darkly beautiful folk collection to come. On the new offering Fountain flexes her effortless vocal range, a talent well complemented by the song’s journey from stark piano and acoustic guitar plucks to heart-squeezing, cinematic strings, all working towards building the mysterious world of ‘Foxbright’. The icing on the cake is director Lola Fountain-Best’s intimately minimal yet lush video for the ballad, made with support from NZ On Air. All going well, Fountain and her band will be taking IRIS on the road this November and December, making stops at some of New Zealand’s most iconic venues. Stay foxy, be bright, and listen to the new Reb Fountain…

Reb Fountain

IRIS Album Release Tour NZ

Thursday 25th November – Isaac Theatre, Christchurch
Saturday 27th November – Glenroy Auditorium, Dunedin
Friday 3rd December – Opera House, Wellington

Saturday 11th December – The Civic, Auckland

General public tickets available via Live Nation

Reb Fountain’s album ‘IRIS’ is out on Friday 1st October via Flying Nun Records.

Linksrebfountain.co.nz/
livenation.co.nz/
instagram.com/rebfountain/

Reb Fountain Announces IRIS Album Release Tour Shares Single Video Lacuna

Chris Cudby / Photo credit: Marissa Findlay
/ Wednesday 4th August, 2021 9:25AM

  
  

Fresh from packing out Auckland Town Hall as part of Flying Nun’s 40th Anniversary celebrations and touring with Crowded House, Reb Fountain has announced a whirlwind four date release tour for her forthcoming new studio album IRIS. Winner of the Taite Music Prize for her 2020 self-titled album, Fountain has also unfurled third single from the record ‘Lacuna‘ (meaning "a blank space or a missing part") — 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. Unifying our many selves – the sum of our parts." Created with support from NZ On Air, director Lola Fountain-Best‘s video for the song adopts a slyly playful tone, showing Fountain interacting with and activating Queenstown’s beautiful natural environment via some particularly slick moves and questing spirit.

Launching on 1st October, Fountain will be joined on her IRIS record release tour by live band including Dave Khan, Earl Robertson and Karin Canzek, all of whom contributed to the recording of ‘Lacuna’ with co-producer Simon Gooding. Fountain shed light on the album’s title…

“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

IRIS Album Release Tour NZ

Thursday 25th November – Isaac Theatre, Christchurch
Saturday 27th November – Glenroy Auditorium, Dunedin
Friday 3rd December – Opera House, Wellington

Saturday 11th December – The Civic, Auckland

Early bird tickets available for My Live Nation members from 11am, Thursday 5th August to 10am Friday 6th August

General public tickets available from 11am, Friday 6th August via Live Nation


Press release:

Reb Fountain has also announced her IRIS Album Release Tour of New Zealand.

The songs from IRIS will come to life in iconic New Zealand venues this November/December. Reb and band – including Dave Khan, Earl Robertson, and Karin Canzek – have been astounding audiences around the country since the release of her criticality acclaimed, award winning 2020 eponymous album. From touring with Crowded House, to winning the 2021 Taite Music Prize and knocking it out of the park at the Flying Nun 40th Anniversary gala Reb Fountain is a star of our Aotearoa music scene.

Renowned for her spell-binding live performances, Reb’s IRIS tour is a show you don’t want to miss.

Book your passage, and join Reb Fountain and band for these exclusive performances, premiering her highly anticipated new album IRIS along with other favourite material.

Linksrebfountain.co.nz/
livenation.co.nz/

Listen To UTRs July 2021 Playlist

C.C.
/ Thursday 8th July, 2021 9:32AM

  
  

We’ve made it past the halfway point of this crazy mixed up year that is 2021, thankfully (crossed fingers) not as much of a madhouse for our music community as 2020 was though. The fabled UTR playlist is back in a jam-packed July edition, assembled and sequenced by editor Chris Cudby — a candid snapshot of what we’ve been spinning on the office jukebox with your listening enjoyment and exploration in mind. July’s selection features fresh cuts from Aotearoa and beyond by Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Womb, Aldous Harding, Sulfate, Troy Kingi, Data Animal, Alien Weaponry, Dateline, Luke Buda, Reb Fountain, Ade & Connan Mockasin, crone, Mercedes Cambridge, deepState, The Fuzzy Robes and loads more. Press that play button below and if you haven’t already, go on and hit follow right HERE [Bandcamp purchase links for most tracks available HERE]…

Linksopen.spotify.com/playlist/3hA8wXUWRN41bfPlbX0eg5?si=5242c36c4797439c
buymusic.club/list/utr-utr-july-2021-playlist-bandcamp-links

Reb Fountain Announces New Album IRIS Shares Single Video Beastie

Annabel Kean / Photo credit: Steve Wheadon / Wednesday 30th June, 2021 8:39AM

  
  

Reb Fountain asks us to sit with our deep-seated flaws and monstrous truths in new song ‘Beastie’, the second single from her just announced forthcoming album IRIS. The first was ripper love song ‘Heart’, which has already racked up thousands of streams after dropping late last month, and the new release swaps out plucky, ethereal synth for straight up sexy bass and guitar from bandmates Dave Khan and Karin Canzek. Khan, Canzek and drummer Earl Robertson feature in the super stylish Lola Fountain-Best directed video, made with support from NZ On Air, in teddy bear camouflage, as Fountain’s own reflection, and as bearer of balloon animals, respectively. The 2021 Taite Music Prize winner herself dances through the multi-level set with a Christopher Walken-sized swagger, at times moving in a Frankenstein’s monster fashion, in keeping with the song’s beastly themes. As is the case with the entirely of IRIS, ‘Beastie’ was written during lockdown when she committed to crafting at least a song a day and is in part her response to the ‘Is that us’ rhetoric that followed the Christchurch terrorist attack. Fountain explains here…

“Botham Jean had just been murdered in his own apartment, mass incarceration and systemic racism in the criminal justice system had me grief-stricken, the massacre of worshippers in Christchurch broke my heart, the All Blacks would win, the All Blacks would lose and male violence against women would hit an all time high — and amidst all this I heard this phrase ‘Is That Us’. It was less a question, more reaching for belonging; would we buy that? Can we call it ours? Do we like it? Is this who we want to be? Can we collectively agree this is us? I wanted to consider it all …

It’s easy to relegate evils to the ‘shameful past’; harder to confront our own current inhumanity, especially if one’s identity comes with benefits or losses."

Watch and listen to ‘Beastie’, and take a moment to reflect…

Reb Fountain’s album ‘IRIS’ is out on Friday 1st October via Flying Nun Records.

Linksfacebook.com/rebfountainmusic/
rebfountain.bandcamp.com/

Flying Nun 40th Anniversary AudioCulture Interactive Map

Annabel Kean / AudioCulture excerpt by Gareth Shute / Photo credit: Stuart Page / Monday 28th June, 2021 12:28PM

  
  

We’ve teamed up with the fine folk at AudioCulture — "The noisy library of New Zealand music" — to help spread the word about their immensely informative, continuously updated and highly useful wealth of Aotearoa music history resources, freely available to all over on their website HERE.

In the 40th year of Flying Nun, our music community is unearthing more morsels of the label’s history than ever before, most notably from those wonderful brains at AudioCulture who’ve mapped out the key locations of Flying Nun’s fledging years in Christchurch. Music writer Gareth Shute (of Thee Golden Geese)  takes the viewer on a tour of Ōtautahi, from before label founder Roger Shepherd was even old enough to go to most bars, right through to 1987 — a year before Flying Nun relocated to Auckland.

If you were to follow Shute’s map today you’d be lucky to see half the pinned buildings, as many have since been demolished either from old age or more likely from the 2010 / 2011 earthquakes. However, there’d still be huge value in taking the journey with spots like the Waltham Railyard, Lyttelton Tunnel, Rapaki and other spaces outside of the CBD still intact, although you might need a car to see them all in one day. For a short term fix, simply peruse the map via your nearest screen and explore deeper with the links to AudioCulture’s plethora of expertly researched write-ups.

Shute includes all four of the Christchurch Flying Nun offices, including the bleak and drafty first location: "At the end of 1982, Hamish Kilgour (The Clean) received a grant from a job creation scheme and was able to help Roger Shepherd run Flying Nun full-time (Shepherd himself was still working as a record shop manager). The pair found an upstairs room on Hereford Street, although there were holes in the floor and walls so they stuck paper over it to prevent plaster spreading everywhere."

For the full AudioCulture feature of Flying Nun’s Early Years in Christchurch by Gareth Shute head over HERE


Flying Nun 40 Years Anniversary 
w/ Aldous Harding, Straitjacket Fits, Reb Fountain, The Subliminals, Superette, The Bats, Mermaidens, Wax Chattels, Voom
Saturday 24th July – Auckland Town Hall (Elemental Nights)
Tickets available HERE

The video for Straitjacket Fits‘ classic track ‘She Speeds’ was filmed in Christchurch, most notably the chorus sections which see the band hurtling through the Lyttelton Tunnel – a stretch of road I wouldn’t recommend driving through with your windows down, let alone wide open mouth singing in with exhaust fumes whipping your hair…

Another important locale in Flying Nun history is the Longfellow Street house, where The Chills, The Clean and The Bats all recorded in the ’80s. Most importantly I grew up there. No visit from MTV Cribs yet I’m afraid, so this’ll be the closest you get to a home tour…

Linksaudioculture.co.nz/scenes/flying-nun-s-early-years-in-christchurch
audioculture.co.nz/labels/flying-nun

Dope Lemon Mild Orange HTRK Green Grove Join Lineup For Elemental Nights 2021

Chris Cudby / Image: Dope Lemon
/ Monday 21st June, 2021 2:20PM

  
  

Australia’s Dope Lemon and our very own Mild Orange will have your citrusy songwriting fix sorted when they join the already super stacked lineup for Elemental Nights 2021, taking over Tāmaki Makaurau in July. The hugely popular pairing will be taking the edge off the mid-winter chill with their summery tunes, rounding off a first rate bill that also includes such mega-talents as Courtney Barnett, The Chats, Julia Jacklin, Mara TK, Connan Mockasin and the massive in itself Flying Nun 40th Anniversary celebration. Scope out the full lineup for Elemental Nights 2021 below, also including the just-announced new addition of Australian electronic duo HTRK and Aotearoa ambient innovator Green Grove as a warmup to the two night Catacombs festival programme (with the possibility of more local shows from HTRK to be revealed soon)…


Elemental Nights 2021 – Auckland

More details available over on the festival site HERE

Friday 16th July – Mara TK with special guest AJA, Titirangi War Memorial

General public tickets available HERE

Thursday 22nd July – CATACOMBS present HTRK w/ Green Grove , The Civic Wintergarden
Friendly Potential Mailing List presale HERE from 8am to 10am, Tuesday 22nd June

General public tickets available from 10am, Tuesday 22nd June

Friday 23rd July & Saturday 24th July – CATACOMBS
Featuring… Alice Agnes, C.FRIM, CS + Kreme (live), Grecco Romank (live), Keepsakes, Kraus (live) Lauren Hansom, NativeBush, Nice Girl, Silicon (live) and Sleep D (live)

General public tickets available HERE

Friday 23rd July – Julia Jacklin (SOLO), Town Hall Concert Chamber [sold out]

Friday 23rd July – Dope Lemon w/ Mild Orange, Auckland Town Hall

Presales available HERE from 11am, Tuesday 22nd June until 11am, Wednesday 23rd June

General public tickets available from 12pm, Wednesday 23rd June

Saturday 24th July – Flying Nun 40 Years Anniversary w/ Aldous Harding, Straitjacket Fits, Reb Fountain, The Subliminals, Superette, The Bats, Mermaidens, Wax Chattels, Voom, Auckland Town Hall

General public tickets available HERE

Sunday 25th July – Courtney Barnett (SOLO), Auckland Town Hall

General public tickets available HERE

Tuesday 27th July – The Chats, Hollywood Theatre (Avondale)
General public tickets available HERE

Friday 30th July – Connan Mockasin Unplugged, Bost’n ‘n Dobs’n Plugged, Hollywood Theatre (Avondale)
General public tickets available HERE

Watch the neon lit new video for Dope Lemon’s single ‘Rose Pink Cadillac’…

Vibe out to the hypnagogic visuals for HTRK’s woozy 2019 track ‘Venus in Leo’…

Linkscatacombs.nz/
aucklandnz.com/elementalfestival
livenation.co.nz/festival/elemental-nights-tickets
aucklandnz.com/elementalfestival

Second Lineup Announced For Elemental Nights 2021 Connan Mockasin Mara TK Catacombs

Chris Cudby / Image: Connan Mockasin / Photo credit: Sam Kristofski
/ Wednesday 9th June, 2021 3:10PM

  
  

An scintillating second round of events has been unveiled for Elemental Nights 2021, taking over Tāmaki Makaurau this winter as part of the Elemental Akl festival season. Joining the already all star lineup of artists will be Mara TK with special guest AJA, Te Awanga born songwriting sensation Connan Mockasin (unplugged), and the return of Friendly Potential‘s two night Catacombs extravaganza. Adding to the excitement, the full bill of next level electronic artists and DJs for Catacombs has been revealed, including Silicon, CS + Kreme, Grecco Romank, Keepsakes, Kraus, Nice Girl and more.

Take in the full details revealed so far for Elemental Nights 2021 below, featuring Courtney Barnett, Julia Jacklin, The Chats and Flying Nun’s 40th Anniversary celebrations…


Elemental Nights 2021 – Auckland

More details available over on the festival site HERE

Friday 16th July – Mara TK with special guest AJA, Titirangi War Memorial

Pre-sales from 12pm Thursday 10th June to 11am Friday 11th June HERE
General tickets from 1pm, Friday 11th June

Friday 23rd July & Saturday 24th July – CATACOMBS
Featuring… Alice Agnes, C.FRIM, CS + Kreme (live), Grecco Romank (live), Keepsakes, Kraus (live) Lauren Hansom, NativeBush, Nice Girl, Silicon (live) and Sleep D (live)

Friendly Potential mailing list pre-sales from 8am to 10am Thursday 10th June HERE
General tickets from 10am Thursday 10th June

Friday 23rd July – Julia Jacklin (SOLO), Town Hall Concert Chamber

General public tickets available HERE

Saturday 24th July – Flying Nun 40 Years Anniversary w/ Aldous Harding, Straitjacket Fits, Reb Fountain, The Subliminals, Superette, The Bats, Mermaidens, Wax Chattels, Voom, Auckland Town Hall

General public tickets available HERE

Sunday 25th July – Courtney Barnett (SOLO), Auckland Town Hall

General public tickets available HERE

Tuesday 27th July – The Chats, Hollywood Theatre (Avondale)
General public tickets available HERE

Friday 30th July – Connan Mockasin Unplugged, Bost’n ‘n Dobs’n Plugged, Hollywood Theatre

Pre-sales from 12pm Thursday 10th June to 11am Friday 11th June HERE
General tickets from 12pm, Friday 11th June

Don’t ask us to explain Connan Mockasin’s tantalising teaser vid from March this year ‘Air Ring’…

Linkscatacombs.nz/
aucklandnz.com/elementalfestival
livenation.co.nz/festival/elemental-nights-tickets
aucklandnz.com/elementalfestival

Reb Fountain Shares Single Video Heart

Annabel Kean / Photo credit: Kalvin Fountain-Best / Thursday 27th May, 2021 12:23PM

  
  

Hello and good day to Reb Fountain only, who has gifted us a gorgeous new song today along with one of the hottest music videos I’ve seen this year. The track’s called ‘Heart’ and will sound familiar to anyone who attended her album tour or caught her playing support for Crowded House over the summer. It’s also the first new release since ‘Hey Mom’ and the Taite Music Prize winning Reb Fountain came out last year, and features a super catchy chorus and some exciting, warped synth. Fountain says "Heart is a love song; not a happily ever after kind of love, more the type of love that makes beautiful music precisely because it is forever connected and apart". Made with support from NZ On Air, Reb’s daughter Lola Fountain-Best and costume designer Eve Armstrong-Coop, the video places Fountain in a luxurious "makeshift room in the middle of anywhere"…

Reb Fountain’s self-titled album is out now via Flying Nun Records.

Linksfacebook.com/rebfountainmusic/
rebfountain.bandcamp.com/

Elemental Nights 2021 Announced Courtney Barnett The Chats Flying Nun 40th Anniversary More

Annabel Kean / Image: Courtney Barnett / Wednesday 26th May, 2021 2:11PM

  
  

Someone pinch me, I think we’re about to take a significant step towards "normal" international touring. Announced this morning, this year’s Elemental Nights will feature Courtney Barnett, Julia Jacklin and The Chats performing in Tāmaki this July, as well as Flying Nun 40 Years Anniversary celebrations featuring a tonne of the legendary label’s artists new and old. Elemental Nights 2021, aka the coolest feature of Elemental AKL, will begin with Melbourne pop-folk princess Julia Jacklin at the Town Hall Concert Chamber on Friday July 23rd, then the following night Flying Nun takes over three Town Hall stages with Aldous Harding, Straitjacket Fits, Reb Fountain, The Subliminals, Superette, The Bats and EVEN MORE. Come Sunday the 25th, we solve the mystery of the missing Courtney Barnett Auckland show, as she’ll be serenading the dusty post-Flying Nun crowds at the Town Hall. Wrapping up the season are party starters and rabble rousers The Chats, rarking up the Hollywood Avondale scene on a Tuesday night. Presales start Friday, and general tickets roll out next Monday. Here’s the details revealed so far…

Elemental Nights 2021 – Auckland

More details available over on the festival site HERE

Friday 23rd July – Julia Jacklin (SOLO), Town Hall Concert Chamber

Pre-sales from 1pm Friday 28th May – 1pm Monday 31st May HERE

General tickets from 2pm Monday 31st May

Saturday 24th July – Flying Nun 40 Years Anniversary w/ Aldous Harding, Straitjacket Fits, Reb Fountain, The Subliminals, Superette, The Bats, Mermaidens, Wax Chattels, Voom, Auckland Town Hall

Pre-sales from 11am Friday 28th May – 11am Monday 31st May HERE

General tickets from 12pm Monday 31st May

Sunday 25th July – Courtney Barnett (SOLO), Auckland Town Hall

Pre-sales 12pm Friday 28th May – 12pm Monday 31st May HERE

General tickets from 1pm Monday 31st May

Tuesday 27th July – The Chats, Hollywood Theatre (Avondale)
Pre-sales 12pm Friday 28th May – 12pm Monday 31st May HERE

General tickets from 1pm Monday 31st May

Performing as part of the Flying Nun 40th Anniversary event, watch Aldous Harding’s video for ‘The Barrel’…

Press release:

Following the success of 2020’s inaugural festival, Live Nation in association with Auckland Unlimited, is proud to present Elemental Nights 2021 as part of Elemental AKL.

Thanks to the Trans-Tasman ‘bubble’ gateway, Elemental Nights is ecstatic to deliver an elite concert series showcasing an impressive line-up of local and international artists, including a dedicated evening in celebration of the 40th Anniversary of eponymous record label Flying Nun.

Tickets go on sale Monday, May 31 through elementalfestival.co.nz & livenation.co.nz

Please see various times below.

This winter, Elemental Nights will awaken some of Auckland’s most iconic venues with the sounds of Julia Jacklin (AU), Courtney Barnett (AU), The Chats (AU) with further artists soon to be announced.

Melbourne-based, indie pop/folk, singer songwriter, Julia Jacklin will give a rare solo performance drawing on songs from her extensive catalogue as well as her critically acclaimed, 2019 album ‘Crushing’.

The Flying Nun 40 Years Anniversary Concert will literally consume the Auckland Town Hall for one night only – delivered across three stages with standout performances by many of the label’s most celebrated artists including; Aldous Harding (solo), Straitjacket Fits, Reb Fountain, The Subliminals, Superette, The Bats, Mermaidens, Wax Chattels, Voom and more to announce.

Australian artist Courtney Barnett is a self-professed fan of Aotearoa and Kiwi’s just love her renowned on-stage banter and raw and personal songs. Barnett performs solo for Elemental Nights in addition to her already announced 13 date July national tour.

Punk rock band The Chats dial things up a notch returning to New Zealand with their signature sound they dub ‘shed rock’. Their single ‘Smoko’ has had in excess of 12 million views on Youtube and attracted the attention of rock royalty Dave Grohl, Josh Homme and Iggy Pop, the latter two artists booking the Queensland 3 piece to open for them on their Australian tours.

Designed, produced and promoted by Live Nation, whether you care to croon in unison, rock your heart out or dance vigorously, these one-off special shows should not be missed.

Live Nation New Zealand Managing Director Mark Kneebone said, “After the success of last year’s inaugural Elemental Nights, we are pleased to be able to create another spectacular line-up this year featuring international artists and a special ode to New Zealand music industry royalty, Flying Nun. We are proud to partner with Auckland Unlimited on this venture as we all work to create rich live experiences for audiences.”

Elemental AKL festival is back this July with a captivating programme of more than 30 free and ticketed
events, celebrating the culture, cuisine and creativity of Auckland. From July 14 to August 1, Elemental AKL events will transform eateries and bars, theatres and public spaces across Auckland into hubs of exciting experiences.
From high-end ticketed experiences to free events, the line-up features enlightening, surprising, thought-provoking, nourishing and unique experiences to feast your eyes, feed your mind and fill your heart. Elemental AKL is delivered by Auckland Unlimited, Auckland’s economic and cultural agency.

Auckland Unlimited’s Head of Major and Business Events Richard Clarke says it is fantastic to partner with Live Nation to deliver the Elemental Nights concert series as part of Elemental AKL.

“Elemental AKL is about drawing together a range of exciting events that encourage people to visit and get out and about in Auckland during the quieter winter months, and Live Nation has certainly delivered on that with this year’s line-up.”

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livenation.co.nz/festival/elemental-nights-tickets

Reb Fountain Awarded Taite Music Prize 2021

Chris Cudby / Photo credit: Frances Carter
/ Wednesday 21st April, 2021 9:49AM

  
  

The twelfth annual Taite Music Prize was indeed a glitzy and glamorous occasion last night, returning to Tāmaki Makaurau’s Q Theatre after necessarily switching to a livestream format for 2020’s Covid-derailed ceremony. This year’s awards felt reflective of the significant challenges faced by Aotearoa music industry over the past 12 months, acknowledged in MC Sarah Thomson‘s (95bFM) introductory speech. In many ways the public face of the Save Our Venues fundraising campaign to support independent venues across NZ during dire times for gigs, Reb Fountain was awarded the Taite Music Prize for her 2020 self-titled album, while representatives of the Whammy Bar community Na Noise took away the Auckland Live Best Independent Debut Award for their album Waiting For You, both up against stiff competition in an anyone-can-call-it kind of year. Notably, Na Noise drummer / keyboardist Christopher Varnham also has a Taite Prize under his belt for his work with Street Chant on their 2016 album Hauora.

Kicking off with a spectacular performance by Troy Kingi and band of ‘Ethiopia’ from his 2020 Taite Music Prize winning album with the Upperclass Holy Colony Burning Acres, attendees were also treated to a jaw-dropping live performance by Patea Māori Club of their 1983 te reo single ‘Poi E‘, recognised for their groundbreaking work as this year’s recipients of the IMNZ Classic Record Award. Presented to "a New Zealand person who assists our NZ musicians to grow and find their own unique pathways," this year’s Independent Spirit Award was given to Pete Rainey and Glenn Common of Smokefree Rockquest, for their contribution to music through 33 years of encouraging young emerging Aotearoa artists to make their mark. Rounded off with a commanding Na Noise cover of Taite winner Reb Fountain’s ‘Faster’, the 2021 presentation was a triumphant return following last year’s uncertainties for our music community. Roving UTR reporters Annabel Kean and Chris Cudby were there documenting the event, interviewing winners and asking punters to "rotate for the Taites" — check out our Insta-stories over here for the full low down (better move fast before they vanish).

Dylan Pellett, General Manager Independent Music New Zealand said, "It’s astounding to me that we can celebrate together tonight and show off the talented artists that live and create in Aotearoa. What a privilege to present this event on behalf of our membership and the wider music community. Top work everyone!"

RNZ’s Charlotte Ryan enthused: "Na Noise captured me with their psychedelic, hypnotizing guitars and vocals. Their sound and vibe remind me of bands from the past, singing cool pop songs with warped vocals and dark sonic undertones. Their debut was impressive, I’m excited to see what they do next."

Linksrebfountain.co.nz/
facebook.com/nanoiseband/
indies.co.nz/imnz/taite-music-prize-in-search-of-the-years-finest-new-zealand-album/

We Love Whammy Wine Cellar Fundraiser Compilation Launched Ft The Beths Marlon Williams

Chris Cudby / Image: The Beths / Photo credit: Mason Fairey
/ Monday 21st December, 2020 8:59AM

  
  

Wrapping up a dog of a year in style, the champs at 100% Good have launched a heroically stacked fundraiser compilation in support of legendary Tāmaki venues Whammy Bar and Wine Cellar. Featuring unlicensed tracks, covers or b-sides by such Aotearoa superstars as The Beths, Marlon Williams (covering Art Garfunkel’s ‘Bright Eyes’), Reb Fountain (who has also just announced a summer headline show in Whangarei), Princess Chelsea, Hans Pucket, French For Rabbits, Sulfate, Womb, Dad Jokes and many more, We Love Whammy & Wine Cellar is available for purchase over on Bandcamp here, with all funds going directly to the aforementioned crucial independent venues, who have helped launch the careers of so many of our finest local artists over the past 15+ years. The collection is curated by Anthony Metcalf, who was inspired to take action by the impact of 2020’s multiple lockdowns and ongoing event restrictions on our live community, as he explained…

"Whammy Bar and the Wine Cellar have been such important venues in the Auckland music infrastructure, and for many of these acts when they first started out. We need to make sure these venues are still around for the next musicians coming through."

‘We Love Whammy & Wine Cellar’ is out now digitally over on 100% Good’s Bandcamp page.

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facebook.com/onehundredpercentnz/

Premiere Reb Fountains Hey Mom From New Dont You Know Who I Am 7 Inch Record

Chris Cudby / Friday 6th November, 2020 9:58AM

  
  

Currently smack dab in the middle of a wide-ranging tour of Aotearoa, Reb Fountain has unveiled a special limited blue vinyl seven inch edition of her spellbinding Silver Scroll nominated single ‘Don’t You Know Who I Am‘, backed with brand new song ‘Hey Mom‘ — which we’re thrilled to host an exclusive stream of today. A melancholic and sparsely recorded piano ballad, ‘Hey Mom’ is an intimate showcase for Fountain’s gorgeous vocal talents, moving at its own stately pace while providing a moving reflection on the space between childhood and motherhood. Laid down in one take live at Sublime Studios, with Dave Khan on production, ‘Hey Mom’ is an exclusive vinyl-only B-side to ‘Don’t You Know Who I Am’ and will only be listenable here for the next 24 hours, but thankfully available to cherish forever on wax released in time for Bandcamp Friday right here. Don’t delay on hitting play on the tune below and join Fountain on her rapidly selling out national tour this month. We advise Aucklanders to nab tickets while they can for her third and final Mercury Theatre event with special guest Shayne P. Carter and Medulla


UnderTheRadar proudly presents…

Reb Fountain 2020 New Zealand Tour

Friday 6th November – Cassels Blue Smoke, Christchurch w/ Mousey
Saturday 7th November – Port Chalmers Town Hall, Dunedin w/ Mads Harrop [sold out]

Sunday 8th November – Sherwood, Queenstown w/ Dave Khan
Saturday 14th November – Mercury Theatre, Auckland w/ special guest Shayne P. Carter + Medulla [sold out]
Sunday 15th November – Mercury Theatre, Auckland w/ special guest Shayne P. Carter + Medulla [sold out]
Monday 16th November – Mercury Theatre, Auckland w/ special guest Shayne P. Carter + Medulla
Saturday 21st November – Leigh Sawmill, Leigh w/ Jazmine Mary [sold out]

Tickets available via Banished Music

Flying Nun Records · Hey Mom

‘Don’t You Know Who I Am // Hey Mom’ is out now on limited edition blue vinyl 7" — order your copy here.

Linksrebfountain.co.nz/

Benee Wins 2020 APRA Silver Scroll Award

Annabel Kean / Photo credit: Harry Were / Thursday 29th October, 2020 10:21AM

  
  

Effervescent Aotearoa pop star Benee aka Stella Bennett and co-writers Joshua Fountain and Djeisan Suskov walked away with the 2020 APRA Silver Scroll Award last night for their infectious hit ‘Glitter’. Plucked from Benee’s debut EP FIRE ON MARZZZ, this is her second Silver Scroll nomination, following finalist track ‘Soaked’ just last year, and her acceptance speech went along the lines of "This is nuts. Thank you very much. This is crazy". In a most responsible move, the awards went ahead online this year, featuring a series of exceptionally shot and pre-recorded performances of the 2020 finalists’ songs.

Julia Deans of Fur Patrol fame stepped into the music director shoes, curating the awards’ cover performance tradition in its 55th year. Standouts include Delaney Davidson rolling out a delightful bluesy, calypso rendition of Benee’s ‘Glitter’ with Ōtautahi’s All Girl Big Band, Disciple Pati‘s spin on Reb Fountain‘s ‘Don’t You Know Who I Am’, and a body-rattling performance from metal thrashers Alien Weaponry, who took on Troy Kingi track ‘Mighty Invader’. Cast your eyes over the glorious winners below, and scroll down to watch the full ceremony…

APRA Silver Scroll Award: Benee – Glitter

APRA Maioha Award: Rob Ruha – Ka Mānu

SOUNZ Contemporary Award – Te Tohu Auaha: Michael Norris – Mātauranga (Rerenga)

APRA Best Original Music in a Feature Film Award: Karl Steven – Come To Daddy

APRA Best Original Music in a Series Award: David Long – The Luminaries

Relive the magical evening in full here…

Benee and her award winning single in a psychedelic, Where The Wild Things Are world…

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facebook.com/apraamcosnz

Watch The 2020 APRA Silver Scroll Awards Livestream

Chris Cudby
/ Wednesday 28th October, 2020 9:30AM

  
  

Following intense speculation, the 2020 APRA Silver Scroll Award is being presented tonight, with finalists Reb Fountain, Nadia Reid, L.A.B., Benee (the pop star’s second year in a row as a finalist) and 2020 Taite Music Prize winner Troy Kingi in the running for Aotearoa’s highly coveted songwriting prize. While the traditional glitzy large-scale live extravaganza has been shelved this year due to ongoing Covid-19 concerns, you can still tune in online and enjoy the full presentation and this evening’s performances of the finalists’ songs, especially curated by 2020 Music Director Julia Deans (Fur Patrol). Alongside the main prize, also presented this evening will be the APRA Maioha Award, SOUNZ Contemporary Award, APRA Best Original Music in a Feature Film Award and APRA Best Original Music in a Series Award. The livestream kicks off at 7.30pm tonight — watch it below…

This year’s Silver Scroll finalists are:

• ‘Don’t You Know Who I Am‘ – written and performed by Reb Fountain

• ‘Get The Devil Out‘ – written and performed by Nadia Reid

• ‘Glitter‘ – written by Stella Bennett, Joshua Fountain and Djeisan Suskov, performed by Benee

• ‘In the Air‘ – written by Arapekanga Adams-Tamatea, Brad Kora, Stuart Kora, Joel Shadbolt, and Miharo Gregory, performed by L.A.B

• ‘Mighty Invader‘ – written and performed by Troy Kingi

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Weekly Roundup Friday 9th October

Chris Cudby / Image: Jordan Luck Band / Friday 9th October, 2020 4:11PM

  
  

The major news this week was Auckland has finally rejoined the rest of Aotearoa at Alert Level 1, as announced by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Monday, along with a message to New Zealanders to remain vigilant and keep using the NZ Covid Tracer app to help minimise potential future outbreaks. We couldn’t be more bloody stoked — we encourage everyone to make the most of our thriving gig scene, get out there and support our community this weekend.

We’re happily back to gig season a-go-go. Announcement highlights for the week included 2020 Silver Scroll finalist Reb Fountain revealed a third Tāmaki Makaurau headline date for her spring NZ tour, with none other than special guest Shayne P. Carter joining her for all three super city events, Ha The Unclear announced supports for their spring national tour celebrating their sparkly new single ‘Strangers’, Aotearoa thrashers Stälker are launching their second studio album Black Majik Terror at the windy city’s heavy music hub Valhalla in early November, party punks Dartz are hosting a hometown Halloween knees-up at Wellington’s San Fran, Pōneke dreamboats O & The Mo revealed a magical video for their latest single ‘Pistachio Moon’ and announced a summer NZ tour, country icons The Warratahs are revving up the engine for a very special headline show at Christchurch’s Cassels Blue Smoke in November, and Cut Off Your Hands announced a second Auckland send-off event at Whammy Bar in late October.


WEEKEND GIG PICKS:


Friday 9th October

Auckland: Cut Off Your Hands – Whammy Bar

Auckland: Sam Bartells – Anthology Lounge

Wellington: The Beths – San Fran

Wellington: Church & AP – Meow

Palmerston North – Swampfest20 – The Stomach

Christchurch: Soaked Oats – Cassels Blue Smoke

Christchurch: The Convincers, Lil Chuck – darkroom

Dunedin: You Should Be Dancing – Port Chalmers Town Hall

Dunedin: Goya, Soft Plastics + Friends – Dive


Saturday 10th October

Auckland: Reid & Ruins – Tuning Fork

Auckland: Church & AP – Hollywood Cinema

Auckland: Miguel Bd Performs Cartola – Ponsonby Social Club

Whitianga: Ebony Lamb, Gram Antler – The Monkey House Theatre

Wellington: The Beths – San Fran

Wellington: Julie Lamb Outfit – Eva Beva

Greymouth: Jordan Luck Band – Paroa Hotel

Queenstown: Soaked Oats – Yonder

Christchurch: Goya, Soft Plastics + Friends – Space Academy

Christchurch: Some Girls Sing The Stones – Wunderbar

Dunedin: Wax Mustang – Starters Bar

Head over to our Gig Guide for more listings!!

NEW TRACKS:

Aotearoa Music Awards 2020 Finalists Announced

Chris Cudby / Image: Album Of The Year, Best Group and Best Alternative Group finalists The Beths — Photo credit: Mason Fairey / Thursday 8th October, 2020 9:45AM

  
  

The freshly rebranded Aotearoa Music Awards have today truly opened up the floodgates, revealing finalists in 21 categories for the annual industry extravaganza formerly known as the New Zealand Music Awards (TAFKANZMAs). Artists up for multiple awards in 2020 include the mega popular Six60, finalists for five prizes following their landmark Western Springs headline event back in February, L.A.B. who are in the running for four awards, Tāmaki Makaurau’s The Beths are finalists for Te Kaipuoro Manohi Toa | Best Alternative Artist, Best Group and Album of the Year, breakout pop sensation BENEE is also up for three Tuis, along with South Island raised songwriter Reb Fountain who is finalist for Album of the Year, Best Solo Artist and Best Alternative Artist. Finalists for two awards this year include UK chart-topping South Auckland producer Jawsh 685, Nadia Reid, Paige and supergroup collective Mōhau.

As befitting tradition, this year’s main awards presentation will be a glitzy affair happening at Spark Arena on Sunday 15th November, broadcast live on The Edge TV, Three and streamed via ThreeNow. The accompanying Artisan Awards will be pre-recorded at Massey University’s School of Music and Creative Media Production in Wellington and other key locations around nga motu, and broadcast earlier on Three at 11pm, Friday 13th November.

AMA 2020 Finalists (by category):

1. Te Pukaemi o te Tau | Album of the Year

L.A.B – L.A.B III
Nadia Reid – Out Of My Province
Reb Fountain – Reb Fountain
Six60 – Six60

Tami Neilson – Chickaboom!

The Beths – Jump Rope Gazers

2. Te Waiata Tōtahi o te Tau | Single of the Year

BENEE – ‘Supalonely’

Drax Project ft Six60 – ‘Catching Feelings’

Jawsh685 – ‘Savage Love’
L.A.B – ‘In The Air’

Six60 – ‘Please Don’t Go’

Troy Kingi – ‘All Your Ships Have Sailed

3. Te Roopu Toa | Best Group

L.A.B. – L.A.B. III

Miss June – Bad Luck Party
 Six60 – Six60

The Beths – Jump Rope Gazers

4. Te Kaipuoro Takitahi Toa | Best Solo Artist

BENEE – Stella & Steve

JessB – New Views

Nadia Reid – Out Of My Province

Reb Fountain – Reb Fountain

5. Te Kaituhura Puoro Toa o te Tau | Breakthrough Artist of the Year

CHAII

Jawsh685

MELODOWNZ

Paige

6. Te Māngai Pāho Te Kaipuoro Māori Toa | Best Māori Artist

Maimoa

Ria Hall

Stan Walker

7. Te Kaipuoro Arotini Toa | Best Pop Artist

BENEE

Paige

Six60

8. Te Kaipuoro Manohi Toa | Best Alternative Artist

Mermaidens

The Beths

Reb Fountain

9. Te Kaipuoro Awe Toa | Best Soul/RnB Artist

Haz & Miloux

Lepani

Stan Walker

10. Te Kaipuoro Hipihope Toa | Best Hip Hop Artist

choicevaughan
Church & AP
Raiza Biza

11. Te Kaipuoro Taketake Toa | Best Roots Artist

L.A.B
Lomez Brown

Ria Hall

12. Te Māngai Pāho Mana Reo Award

Maimoa

Mōhau

Six60

13. Te Kaipuoro Tāhiko Toa | Best Electronic Artist

Lee Mvtthews

State of Mind

Truth

14. Te Kaipuoro Rakapioi Toa | Best Rock Artist

City of Souls

Devilskin

Villainy

15. Te Kaipuoro Kairangi Toa | Best Worship Artist

Mōhau

Kane Adams

Te Rautini


16. Te Kaipuoro Inamata Toa | Best Classical Artist

Andrew Beer & Sarah Watkins

Klara Kollektiv

Matthew Marshall

17. Te Kōwhiri o te Nuinga | People’s Choice Award

18. Tohu Whakareretanga | Recorded Music NZ Legacy Award

19. Te Toa Hoko Teitei | Highest Selling Artist

20. Te Rikoata Marakerake o te Tau | NZ On Air Radio Airplay Record of the Year

21. Tohu Tutuki o te Ao | Recorded Music NZ International Achievement

Additional Tuis presented in 2019:


22. Te Kaipuoro Taketake Toa | Best Folk Artist

Winner: Mel Parsons – Glass Heart

Victoria Vigenser & Lindsay Martin – The Gap

Paper Cranes – Voices

23. Te Pukaemi Toa o Te Moana Nui a Kiwa | Best Pacific Music Album

Winner: Olivia Foa’I – Candid

Church & AP – Teeth

POETIK – HAMOFIED 2 EP

24. Te Kaipuoro Tuawhenua Toa | Best Country Artist

Winner: Delaney Davidson & Barry Saunders – Word Gets Around

Katie Thompson – Bittersweet

Kendall Elise – Red Earth

25. Recorded Music NZ Te Kaipuoro Tautito Toa | Best Jazz Artist

Winner: Dixon Nacey – The Edge Of Chaos
ALCHEMY – ALCHEMY
Michal Martyniuk – Resonate

26. Te Kaipuoro Waiata Tamariki Toa | Best Children’s Artist

Winner: Anika Moa – Songs For Bubbas
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Captain Festus McBoyle

Chris Sanders

Listen to an official AMA playlist featuring the finalists for 2020:

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Reb Fountain Announces New Auckland Show For 2020 NZ Tour

Chris Cudby / Photo credit: Frances Carter
/ Tuesday 6th October, 2020 9:23AM

  
  

If 2020 has offered us anything, it’s been a whack-a-mole style schedule for live events in Aotearoa. With unrestricted gigs back in full effect all across the country from this Thursday onwards, Reb Fountain has revealed a third Tāmaki Makaurau headline date at Mercury Theatre for the 2020 APRA Silver Scroll finalist’s long delayed launch tour with full band for her much-celebrated self-titled latest album, which released all the way back in May. As if that wasn’t enough to stoke the flames of excitement, Fountain has revealed none other than 2020 Arts Foundation Laureate Award recipient and 2020 Ockham New Zealand Book Award winner Shayne P. Carter (Straitjacket Fits, Dimmer) will support her at all three Auckland events. That’s a high calibre lineup indeed, scope out the full updated tour details below…

"I first saw Shayne and Straitjacket Fits at the Carlton Mill Tavern in Christchurch when I was 16 – garnering entry with my fake ID procured from a pop-up booth in the square (it said I was 32 … go figure). That concert changed the course of my musical life. I’m a huge fan of Shayne’s and am honoured to be sharing these very special shows with him and you all." — Reb Fountain

UnderTheRadar proudly presents…

Reb Fountain 2020 New Zealand Tour

Friday 23rd October – Yot Club, Raglan w/ Dianne Swann
Saturday 24th October – Jam Factory, Tauranga w/ Dianne Swann [sold out]

Sunday 25th October – The Dome, Gisborne w/ Diane Swann
Friday 30th October – Opera House, Hastings w/ Ebony Lamb
Saturday 31st October – Meow, Wellington w/ Vera Ellen [sold out]

Sunday 1st November – San Fran, Wellington w/ Vera Ellen
Friday 6th November – Cassels Blue Smoke, Christchurch w/ Mousey
Saturday 7th November – Port Chalmers Town Hall, Dunedin w/ Mads Harrop [sold out]

Sunday 8th November – Sherwood, Queenstown w/ Dave Khan
Saturday 14th November – Mercury Theatre, Auckland w/ special guest Shayne P. Carter + Medulla [sold out]

Sunday 15th November – Mercury Theatre, Auckland w/ special guest Shayne P. Carter + Medulla
Monday 16th November – Mercury Theatre, Auckland w/ special guest Shayne P. Carter + Medulla
Saturday 21st November – Leigh Sawmill, Leigh w/ Jazmine Mary [sold out]

Tickets available via Banished Music

Experience the video for Reb Fountain’s ‘Don’t You Know Who I Am’ from her self-titled album…

Press release:

With one sold out show, and the second selling fast, Reb Fountain has announced a third and final Auckland show at the historic Mercury Theatre, for Monday, November 16th.

Iconic cult musician, Ockham NZ Book Award winning author, and Arts Laureate SHAYNE P CARTER (Straitjacket Fits, Dimmer) will be performing solo sets at all three Auckland shows, drawing from his revered musical catalogue.

Today, Reb has also announced supports for all nationwide tour dates. She is thrilled to be joined in Raglan, Tauranga and Gisborne by Dianne Swann and in Hastings by Ebony Lamb. Vera Ellen will be performing both nights in Wellington. In Christchurch Mousey joins the lineup and for Dunedin Mads Harrop. Reb will perform in Queenstown with Dave Khan as support and in Leigh with Jazmine Mary. Auckland’s Medulla will join all three Mercury Theatre shows.

The October / November album release shows will be the first full-band performance since the WOMAD festival back in March.

The highly-anticipated tour has been selling strongly nationwide since its announcement with many dates already sold out.

Fountain’s critically acclaimed self-titled new album is now in stores on LP, CD and digitally via Flying Nun Records.

Linksrebfountain.co.nz/
facebook.com/Dimmerband/

Julia Deans Announced As Music Director For 2020 APRA Silver Scroll Awards

Chris Cudby
/ Wednesday 2nd September, 2020 9:07AM

  
  

The Music Director for the 2020 APRA Silver Scroll Awards has been revealed, with none other than Fur Patrol songwriter Julia Deans stepping into the role of curating live performances for this year’s presentation ceremony. In conversation with 95bFM this morning, Deans said she was feeling "excited and terrified" about her new job, which is a prestigious position in its own right, stating "you don’t want to screw it up".

The top five finalists for the 2020 APRA Silver Scroll Award are Reb Fountain, Nadia Reid, L.A.B., Benee and 2020 Taite Music Prize winner Troy Kingi. The highly coveted songwriting prize (whittled down from a twenty strong shortlist via voting by New Zealand APRA members) will be presented at Auckland Town Hall on Wednesday 14th October — alongside the APRA Maioha Award, SOUNZ Contemporary Award, APRA Best Original Music in a Feature Film Award and APRA Best Original Music in a Series Award.

Julia Deans’ solo South Island tour is happily still on track to hit Christchurch, Dunedin, Invercargill and Queenstown (with Laughton Kora) this week, kicking off tonight at Grater Goods. Deans hinted via social media on Monday that something big involving Fur Patrol is brewing — roll that tantalising thought around and take note of the tour details here…

Julia Deans Solo South Island Tour

Wednesday 2nd September – Grater Goods, Christchurch [tickets available via www.gratergoods.co.nz]
Thursday 3rd September – Dog With Two Tails, Dunedin*
Friday 4th September – Tuatara Café, Invercargill*
Saturday 5th September – Sherwood, Queenstown w/ Laughton Kora∞

Tickets available HERE via UTR*
Tickets available HERE via UTR

Watch Julia Deans and Claire Cowan Quartet performing Opossum’s ‘Getaway Tonight’ at the 2012 APRA Silver Scroll Awards…

Press release:

APRA AMCOS NZ are honoured to announce that Julia Deans is taking the helm as Music Director for the 2020 APRA Silver Scroll Awards. The Music Director is responsible for all the performances throughout the ceremony (unexpected performances have become a much-loved part of the show) and we’re excited to see what Julia will dream up.

As well as being an icon of NZ music as both the front woman for Fur Patrol (PS. Some exciting news coming from them very soon) and a solo singer songwriter, Julia’s work reinterpreting the work of others across stage and opera productions like Brel, Both Sides Now, and Cav + Pag – Two Tales, as well as collaborations with artists from across the genre spectrum, give her a unique perspective for the role. She’s been involved in the Silver Scroll Awards multiple times in the past both as a finalist and performer, and has some brilliant ideas to celebrate the work of our music whanau over the past year.

On the night the five Silver Scroll finalists’ songs, as well as the winners of the Maioha and SOUNZ Contemporary awards, are reinterpreted by different artists, bands, and once-in-a-lifetime, one-off collaborations.

“The Scrolls MD job is one I’ve always thought I’d like to do when I grow up. Does this mean I’m a grown up now? So excited!”

The finalists for the APRA Silver Scroll Award were recently announced, while the finalists for the SOUNZ Contemporary Award and APRA Screen Awards will be announced this Saturday 5 September , and the finalists for the APRA Maioha Award will be announced ahead of Te Wiki o te Reo Māori on Saturday 12 September.

All awards will be presented at the Auckland Town Hall on Wednesday 14 October.

Linksjuliadeans.co.nz/
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Top Five Finalists Revealed For 2020 APRA Silver Scroll Award

Chris Cudby
/ Monday 24th August, 2020 11:01AM

  
  

The top five finalists for the 2020 APRA Silver Scroll Award were revealed over the weekend, with Reb Fountain, Nadia Reid, L.A.B., Benee (the pop star’s second year in a row as a finalist) and 2020 Taite Music Prize winner Troy Kingi all in the running for prestigious songwriting award. Whittled down from a twenty strong shortlist via voting by New Zealand APRA members, we’ll have to wait until this year’s presentation ceremony at Auckland Town Hall on Wednesday 14th October for the overall winner to be announced — alongside the APRA Maioha Award, SOUNZ Contemporary Award, APRA Best Original Music in a Feature Film Award and APRA Best Original Music in a Series Award. Crossed fingers this year’s musical director invites some thrilling local talents to cover the finalists (we still have fond memories of Ron Gallipoli’s show-stopping cover of Lorde’s ‘Green Light‘ in 2017), listen to all five songs below…

The top five finalists for the 2020 APRA Silver Scroll Award are:

• ‘Don’t You Know Who I Am’ – written and performed by Reb Fountain (published by Mushroom Music).

• ‘Get The Devil Out’ – written and performed by Nadia Reid, published by Kobalt Music Publishing obo Blue Raincoat Songs.

• ‘Glitter’ – written by Stella Bennett, Joshua Fountain and Djeisan Suskov, performed by Benee, published by Sony/ATV Publishing / Universal Music Publishing.

• ‘In The Air’ – written by Arapekanga Adams-Tamatea, Brad Kora, Stuart Kora, Joel Shadbolt and Miharo Gregory, performed by L.A.B, published by Kobalt Music Publishing obo Loop Publishing.

• ‘Mighty Invader’ – written and performed by Troy Kingi, published by Kobalt Music Publishing obo Loop Publishing.

Here’s Louis Baker and band playing Aldous Harding’s 2019 APRA Silver Scroll Award winning song ‘The Barrel’, for last year’s presentation ceremony at Tāmaki Makaurau’s Spark Arena…

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Top 20 Shortlist Revealed For APRA Silver Scroll Award 2020

Annabel Kean / Tuesday 14th July, 2020 8:23AM

  
  

The 20 song shortlist has been revealed for the 2020 APRA Silver Scroll Award, to be presented at the Auckland Town Hall on Wednesday 14th October along with the APRA Maioha Award, SOUNZ Contemporary Award, APRA Best Original Music in a Feature Film Award and APRA Best Original Music in a Series Award. As per, the competition for the prestigious annual songwriting award is hot, and the shortlist highlights the crème de la crème of new Aotearoa music. Bic Runga and Cass Basil’s new project King Sweeties makes the cut with their debut single ‘Let’s Just Stay In Bed’, alongside other fairly new acts Benee, Hamerkop and CHAII. Hip-hop favourites Church & AP and Team Dynamite are in the mix among other well-loved and well known talents Reb Fountain, Nadia Reid, Troy Kingi, Mermaidens and Ria Hall

Undertaking the huge task of narrowing 200 entries down to just twenty songs were fellow outstanding songwriters Amanda Cheng (Wax Chattels), Abigail Knudson (Missy), Cherie Mathieson, Delaney Davidson, Estere Dalton, Mark Williams (Slave, Fat Freddy’s Drop), Marlon Williams, Mel Parsons, Ned Ngatae (The Black Seeds, Fat Freddy’s Drop), and Shayne Carter. The shortlist will be whittled down further to five finalists and of course one winner, with voting now open to all APRA members. Take in just a handful of the brilliant songs to come out in the past year, and you can listen to them all in one place via the Spotify playlist below…

Best Thing In The Room, written by Lisa Crawley and Robert Kleiner, performed by Lisa Crawley

Bone Dat Needs Pickin’, written and performed by Steve Tofa

Don’t You Know Who I Am, written and performed by Reb Fountain

Get The Devil Out, written and performed by Nadia Reid

Glitter written by Stella Bennett, Joshua Fountain and Djesian Suskov, performed by Benee

Guilty Talk, written by Stephanie Brown and Fen Ikner performed by Lips

Hands, written by Bella Cook and Shannon Fowler, performed by Belladonna

I Might Disappear, written by Gussie Larkin, Lily West and Abraham Hollingsworth, performed by Mermaidens

In The Air, written by Arapekanga Hayden Adams-Tamatea, Brad Donald Kora, Hiriini Stuart Kora, Joel Charles Shadbolt, and Miharo Boaz Gregory, performed by L.A.B

Let’s Just Stay In Bed, written by Cass Mitchell and Bic Runga, performed by King Sweeties

Mighty Invader, written and performed by Troy Kingi

Remote, written by Annabel Alpers and performed by Hamerkop

Ruffle, written by Matthew Barus and Lauren Barus, performed by Terrible Sons

Superfan, written by Chelsea Jade Metcalf and Leroy Clampitt, performed by Chelsea Jade

Take, written by Finn Scholes, Tam Scholes, Siobhanne Thompson, Cass Mitchell and Alistair Deverick, performed by Carnivorous Plant Society

Trouble, written by Mona Sanei and Frank Eliesa, performed by CHAII

Walk, written and performed by Ria Hall

War Outside, written by Elijah Manu, Albert Purcell and Rory Noble, performed by Church & AP

Who?, written by Lance Fepuleai, Tony Tz, Harry Huavi and Stephen Atutolu, performed by Team Dynamite feat. Diggy Dupe

You Were Mine, written by Tamara Neilson and Joshua Neilson, performed by Tami Neilson

Last year The Takadimi Ensemble, with vocals from Skilaa‘s Chelsea Prastiti, performed a breathtaking rendition of Tiny Ruins ‘Olympic Girls’…

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Reb Fountain Nadia Reid Chat In Under Cover Web Series

C.C. / Tuesday 26th May, 2020 12:04PM

  
  

The Banished Music team must have been working overtime during lockdown, not only helping spread the word about the absolutely crucial Save Our Venues fundraising initiative to keep Aotearoa’s gig culture alive, but also putting together a second episode of their ongoing Under Cover: Artists in Isolation in Conversation web series of artist interviews. As with April’s first offering featuring Marlon Williams and Finn Andrews, the new fourteen minute segment showcases a conversation between two of our finest songwriters, Reb Fountain and Nadia Reid, reflecting on their shared experiences in releasing new albums at a time when the world turned upside down.

Along with unpacking the conflicted feelings resulting from tour plans being derailed by Covid-19, Under Cover with Nadia Reid & Reb Fountain captures the moment when they first heard New Zealand’s venues would finally be reopening again at Level 2 alert status, plus a smidgeon of cute pet footage. Both artists also performed intimate solo versions of tunes from each others’ latest albums, with Fountain playing Reid’s ‘Get The Devil Out‘ from Out Of My Province and Reid covering Fountain’s ‘Faster‘. Reb Fountain at last will be touring her self-titled Flying Nun record in October and November, scope out the dates here and experience the latest episode of Under Cover below…

UnderTheRadar proudly presents…

Reb Fountain 2020 New Zealand Tour

Friday 23rd October – Yot Club, Raglan

Saturday 24th October – Jam Factory, Tauranga

Sunday 25th October – The Dome, Gisborne

Friday 30th October – Opera House, Hastings

Saturday 31st October – Meow, Wellington

Sunday 1st November – Cannon Heath, Wairarapa

Friday 6th November – Cassels Blue Smoke, Christchurch

Saturday 7th November – Port Chalmers Town Hall, Dunedin
Sunday 8th November – Sherwood, Queenstown
Friday 13th November – Wine Cellar, Auckland

Saturday 14 November – Wine Cellar, Auckland

Saturday 21st November – Leigh Sawmill, Leigh

Tickets available via Banished Music

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Live Photos Reb Fountain Dave Khan The Wine Cellar Auckland

C.C. / Photography by Dave Simpson
/ Monday 25th May, 2020 9:51AM

  
  

The past weekend was a momentous one for our live music community, as the first round of post-lockdown live events kicked off across Aotearoa. Leading the charge was Tāmaki Makaurau’s The Wine Cellar, whose first gig in nearly ten weeks saw the welcome return to the stage of Reb Fountain and multi-instrumentalist Dave Khan. A leading voice in the Save Our Venues fundraising initiative to keep our gig culture alive during turbulent times, Fountain was celebrating the release of her self-titled album via Flying Nun Records and has big things on the horizon, with her previously delayed national tour now taking place in October and November 2020. Photographer Dave Simpson was there to document the historic seated show and enthused "there was a really special vibe and Reb was on great form." Take in his superb snaps here…

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Finn Andrews Returns With Solo Single Wide Winged Bird

C.C. / Friday 22nd May, 2020 9:00AM

  
  

Aotearoa’s bars and venues have at long last reopened and The Veils frontman Finn Andrews welcomes a hopeful new era with his poetic solo single ‘Wide Winged Bird‘. A delicate, piano-led ballad showcasing the artist’s impassioned vocal talents, today’s release provides a fine bookend to our seemingly endless lockdown period, as it was recorded in early March 2020 at Auckland’s Roundhead Studio’s just prior to all the bars being closed down. Tiny Ruins members Cass Basil (King Sweeties) and Tom Healy lend a hand with instrumentation, alongside Dave Khan on violin, who is also playing with regular Andrews collaborator Reb Fountain at The Wine Cellar’s grand reopening tonight. You’ll finally be able to catch the famously hat-adorned artist live again, touring the nation in October – he opened up about his feelings around the new song…

“There was an old folk tale I heard when I was a kid, and it began with: there once was an ocean, and in that ocean there was an island, and on that island there was a hill, and on that hill there was a house, and in that house there was a room, and in that room there was a box, etc etc… This song isn’t part of any new album campaign or anything, it’s really just a playful image that I hope will be of some small benefit at the moment while we’re all cooped up in our homes: a wide-winged bird flying over it all.”


UnderTheRadar proudly presents…


Finn Andrews (The Veils)

Friday 16th October – Mt Eden War Memorial Hall, Auckland  
Saturday 17th October – Meow, Wellington

Sunday 18th October – Cassels Blue Smoke, Christchurch

Friday 23rd October – Grainstore Gallery, Oamaru (SOLO)

Saturday 24th October – Dog With Two Tails, Dunedin (SOLO)

New date to be announced – Hastings

Tickets available via Banished Music

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Reb Fountain Shares Self Titled New Album Interview

Annabel Kean / Photo Credit: Frances Carter / Friday 1st May, 2020 9:04AM

  
  

Auckland songwriter Reb Fountain shares her self-titled album today via Flying Nun after more than a month of adjusting to lockdown life, writing a song a day, and rescheduling her extensive international touring that had to be axed. Reb Fountain is bold and self-assured, and the former member of The Eastern and Reb Fountain & The Bandits and says this album “felt like a line in the sand” – a collection born from a readiness to shine a light on her own experiences, feeling it was “time for me to step out and say here I am”. Lead single ‘Samson’ let slip the LP’s gritty folk sounds to come, somewhere between Lou Reed and Angel Olsen. It builds an image of Fountain as this commanding, insightful songwriter who shouldn’t be messed with. With each single release I had a new favourite, and listening to Reb Fountain in full now it’s the same deal – ‘Samson’ was my top pick until I heard ‘It’s a Bird (It’s a Plane)’, until I heard ‘Faster’, until I heard ‘Quiet Like The Rain’ and so on. Enjoy Fountain’s excellent new record, check where you can catch her live, and make the most of another fee-waiving day from Bandcamp…

UnderTheRadar proudly presents…

Reb Fountain 2020 New Zealand Tour

Friday 23rd October – Yot Club, Raglan

Saturday 24th October – Jam Factory, Tauranga

Sunday 25th October – The Dome, Gisborne

Friday 30th October – Opera House, Hastings

Saturday 31st October – Meow, Wellington

Sunday 1st November – Cannon Heath, Wairarapa

Friday 6th November – Cassels Blue Smoke, Christchurch

Saturday 7th November – Port Chalmers Town Hall, Dunedin
Sunday 8th November – Sherwood, Queenstown
Friday 13th November – Wine Cellar, Auckland

Saturday 14 November – Wine Cellar, Auckland

Saturday 21st November – Leigh Sawmill, Leigh

Tickets available via Banished Music


Annabel Kean: Whereabouts are you in your bubble?

Reb Fountain: I live in GI and I have a house and I live out the back of the house in a garage, and I’ve got my dog and my family, my kids here. So I feel really lucky. I’ve got lots of space. I’m super privileged to be in a house at all. All the changes happen so fast eh? It’s hard to adjust. Well, it takes time to adjust.

Oh yeah, I’ve been telling my friends and my flatmates to be easy on themselves, because everything’s so strange and everything takes a really long time at the moment.

Yep. It is. It’s hard to go easy because some days it feels alright and that there’s hopefulness, and other days it feels like you’ve just been hit by a truck and everything sucks and it’s hard not to take complete responsibility for that because it’s so new, it’s like we’re having to literally build the neural pathways in our head to process this pandemic. So bizarre.

How’ve you been spending your lockdown? I feel like there’s quite a lot of pressure to be productive and busy.

I feel like at this stage I should be a supermodel, really fit and have cleaned everything and created all this new stuff. It’s so hard not to feel like I should be doing more, I mean we all feel that way. I guess for me, when this happened it sort of came at the same time as losing some really big opportunities. We were going to SXSW and we were going to be touring. We’d played at WOMAD and were about to fly out, and that didn’t happen. So even though SXSW wasn’t happening, we were still planning on this big US / Canada tour. So I was feeling like being hit by a truck and quite despondent and my friend Dave who I play music with, he said, “Why don’t you try writing a song a day?”, do a Woody Guthrie, and I sort of took it away and went home and thought about it and two days before lockdown I started writing a song a day. And that’s not the only thing I’ve done at all, but it’s actually helped me feel like I’m being productive and grounded, and really helped my mental health, even though most of the time I leave it ‘til 10 o’clock at night to start, and I’m up too late and I have no idea what I’ve written and I’ve probably written a whole bunch of duds.

How many songs have you written?

I actually have no idea, because some days I’ll write a few and sometimes they’re parts of, and sometimes they’re whole. I just started yesterday going back from the top to try and write them down. They’re literally scribbled, because I’ll record something and then I’ll record the whole song, but there’s no time to really know it, and then I move onto the next day. And then there’s all these other things I do in a day, like hustling, trying to get some work, doing stuff for the album release, or walking the dogs and doing some exercise, and food and whatever it is, talking to family, and then it’s back to the next song again. I haven’t had a lot of time to reflect, so I’m just starting that process now, because I want to know what I’ve written [Laughs], and so it’s going to be a nice process of discovery. It’s exciting.

I imagine quite a lot of artists will leave the lockdown with a whole new collection of work. It’s pretty amazing how this has become an opportunity for a lot of people.

I think so yeah, there’s going to be an absolute massive explosion of art after this, it’s just whether or not we’re going to have the spaces and places to actually be able to share them with people. That’s one of my main concerns and why I wanted to spearhead the Boosted campaign for Wine Cellar and Whammy. To be able to support them as a space for us to come and play at and actually share things and one of my concerns particularly over the last week has been hearing this kind of rhetoric about the viability of businesses and kind of leaving it up to this neo liberal, market led outcome which is based upon whether something has this optimum cash flow and the reality is with creative spaces like venues, they’re not cash cows. They’re barely breaking even, they’re run for the love of it and the point is we need vibrant cultural, creative spaces for us as audiences and artists to grow together in. Those places may not seem like Spark Arena, but they’re the places that have grown artists like Nadia Reid, Aldous Harding, Marlon Williams, The Beths, myself. We wouldn’t be anywhere without them and it’s just felt like we’ve gotta do something, artists, we’ve got to stand up and show solidarity and start just letting people know these places are in danger.

Are you planning on doing any live streams?

There’s a lot of stuff on the air waves at the moment, so it does feel quite full and I’ve got some things I’ve been wanting to do in terms of the album release, but a lot of my focus of late has been, I’ve got this record coming out [laughs] in the middle of a global pandemic, and what does that mean? Since the time this started happening we’ve just been running on a treadmill, scrambling to make sense of what this means for us in terms of the international stuff we’re doing, in terms of the PR, in terms of the choices that we’ve made, changing tour dates. It’s been pretty weird and it hasn’t felt like there’s been a lot of space, and to be honest with you it’s been hard. The first couple of weeks I felt low, like, ‘how do I reconnect with people?’ and I just completely changed my trajectory, and I know I’m not alone in that. But I am at that point- like I’ve just had an offer from an international live stream that wants me to do stuff, and I’m quite keen to hook up with other people that are putting on artists and their content, and share in that community building spirit. For me, I love live performance and I want to work and I want to connect with people.


I love the spoken verses in ‘Samson’ and was wondering, was that influenced by spoken word poetry, or more the likes of Nick Cave and Tom Waits?

I don’t know where things come from, and I feel like there’s a plethora of influences in whatever you do, and none of us are outside of all of those influences, we’re always creating from that place of those different references that you have. Samson was created during the making of the record, and I came home from the studio and just sat down at the piano and felt this real sense of urgency of wanting to express things I hadn’t been able to, or that I felt were repressed, and they needed to come out right at that moment. I like the freedom to express yourself in whatever way you need to at the time, in fact it’s so liberating to release those limitations that you have upon yourself and whatever happened at that moment writing Samson was what needed to emerge, and the spoken word just came out. I love that song, I love performing it, I love the way that it came out on the record and I’m super proud of it. Particularly the intent behind it, which is just really honest and driving.


Is ‘Samson’ a real person?

[Literal crickets] Um, everything’s real [laughs]. But often it’s more complex, for me anyway. There’s ideas that come together – hang on, my dog’s just trying to catch a wasp, or a hornet, and I feel like that’s a bad idea. Oh I see, it’s stuck in a spider web, I’m just going to free it so that my dog doesn’t eat it. There we go, saved a life or two. I’m sure the spider’s unhappy about it, someone’s always unhappy.

Yeah, some musicians write songs that are total fiction, but with real feelings and experiences behind them, or some people are very raw and personal and specific.

I was never really good at fiction, and my friend Sam Prebble who does feature in part in the song Samson, he was amazing at shaping other people’s stories and creating a story, like The Explorers Club. I sort of marvelled at that, because for me I’ve always written from very personal places, but what I realised, particularly with my work with The Eastern, is how important it is to tap into that universal mainframe and connect on that level and see your stories as beyond yourself, and when you do that then you can really connect better with your audience.

That can be a way to help people project themselves onto songs, by making them just vague enough or just specific enough that they can mean anything.

Yeah it’s so hard, because at the same time you don’t wanna create vaguery, and I think sometimes we can do that to mask what we’re really trying to say. For me it’s about finding that balance between being really fucking clear about what I’m trying to express, but then I love that feeling of when you’ve been singing the wrong words to a song you’re whole life and you discover that it wasn’t at all what you imagined, and that’s the beauty, that we have our own impression or interpretation of a song, and that’s so powerful. I want people to have that, I don’t want to give them everything.

I was wondering about the cover art, that gorgeous photo. What do you see as the relationship between the cover art for the new album, and the album itself?

For me this album really felt like a line in the sand. I’ve been a single parent and a music maker for a long time, but music was always second or tenth place, you know? With this record from the beginning it was very considered and self driven in a way that felt really new for me and that was why I embraced having a self titled album because it felt like it was time for me to step out and say here I am. Not because anyone else needed me to, but because I was ready to and wanted to. In terms of the artwork, to be honest, we tried a bunch of different things. I’d wanted to be on the album cover because it felt important to represent who I was along with the album, but I was really struggling with it. How do you do that? How do you encapsulate who you are in an image? It took quite a lot of hard work and many tries to find the right thing, and I was so grateful to Frances Carter for this photoshoot.

Last year I sent you a few questions over email, and one of them was asking you about the strangest show you’ve done, and you just casually mentioned performing at a Smurfs convention. I’d really like to hear more about that.

Oh lord. It’s very difficult to answer that question without jumping down a rabbit hole. Maybe it’s good to keep the mystery around that particular Smurf incident.

Smurfcident.

Smurfcident, yeah let’s call it a Smurfcident. But yeah, I was always a Smurfs fan, just to be clear. I was always a Smurfs fan. But I’ll leave it at that, otherwise I’ll break the magic.

Reb Fountain’s self-titled album is out now via Flying Nun Records.

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Reb Fountain Reveals New Tour Dates Single Dont You Know Who I Am

C.C. / Photo credit: Frances Carter / Tuesday 28th April, 2020 9:37AM

  
  

It feels like we’re heading back on the right track, as the sun rises on the first day following Aotearoa’s Level 4 lockdown, and what better way to celebrate than with the latest single from Flying Nun songwriting sensation Reb Fountain? The Tāmaki Makaurau-based artist releases her self-titled album this coming Friday 1st May, the first day of NZ Music Month, whipping up anticipation even further with the smokey and intimate piano driven ballad ‘Don’t You Know Who I Am‘. The song’s quietness belies the power of its message, as Fountain sings her rallying cry of self-determination over stripped-back, blues-inflected instrumentation. Previously required to put immediate tour plans on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic, in happy news Fountain today has revealed a slew of fresh tour dates, taking her new record across the the length and breadth of the country in spring 2020.

Reb Fountain opened up about the origins of ‘Don’t You Know Who I Am’, inspired by the artwork of First Nation artist Benjamin Chee Chee: "A friend of mine had given me two prints by Benjamin Chee Chee, an Ojibway, First Nation artist, found at an op shop I fell in love with his work and when I came across his piece ‘Three Flying Geese’. It totally resonated with me and I sought the license to use it as artwork for my earlier album Little Arrows. I also got it tattooed on my forearm. It was during this time, in conversation with Benjamin’s estate lawyer, that I heard Benjamin’s story.

A young artist on the cusp of ‘success’ he was also Native American and in the 70s, growing up ‘Indian’ in North America was particularly harsh. While you had AIM, UNA and Red Power fighting for indigenous rights and restitution you also had extreme racism and brutality towards first nation people. One night–true to the times-Benjamin got locked up for being ‘drunk and disorderly’; for being native. In the cell he was heard, a little tipsy and full of bravado, bragging that he was a famous artist. ‘Don’t you know who I am?’ a proud swagger amidst rampant injustice. The next day he was found hung in the cell; an apparent suicide … his entire art studio was also found; completely empty … all his works down to his paintbrushes were gone."

UnderTheRadar proudly presents…

Reb Fountain 2020 New Zealand Tour

Friday 23rd October – Yot Club, Raglan

Saturday 24th October – Jam Factory, Tauranga

Sunday 25th October – The Dome, Gisborne

Friday 30th October – Opera House, Hastings

Saturday 31st October – Meow, Wellington

Sunday 1st November – Cannon Heath, Wairarapa

Friday 6th November – Cassels Blue Smoke, Christchurch

Saturday 7th November – Port Chalmers Town Hall, Dunedin
Sunday 8th November – Sherwood, Queenstown
Friday 13th November – Wine Cellar, Auckland

Saturday 14 November – Wine Cellar, Auckland

Saturday 21st November – Leigh Sawmill, Leigh

Tickets available via Banished Music

Reb Fountain’s self titled album is out digitally on Friday 1st May 1st via Flying Nun. Limited edition vinyl, standard vinyl and CD is set for release 26th June, pre-orders are now available from your local record store #supportyourlocal.

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