Die! Die! Die! Double A Side 450 I Seek Misery Is Out Today

Annabel Kean / C.C. / Friday 23rd October, 2020 1:38PM

  
  

With their nationwide tour arriving just in time for the spooky season, Tāmaki Makaurau punk heroes Die! Die! Die! have unleashed their double A-side single ‘450 / I Seek Misery’ on bone-chilling blue vinyl. The crunchy new 7" is the fruits of a one-off, full noise session at Roundhead Studios, garnering a Buzzhowl release for the UK and Europe, while the band have self-released the double single for New Zealand’s die-die-diehard fans. Following 2019’s O EP, this is the second release from the trio since reforming the classic late period line-up of Andrew Wilson on vocals and guitar, drummer Michael Prain, and bassist Lachlan Anderson who returns as an APRA Screen Awards finalist for his work on The Dead Lands series. We’ve already given ourselves whiplash from rocking out to ‘I Seek Misery’ over the last month, now experience the searing ‘450’ via the stream below and catch the band live at one of their six forthcoming shows…


UTR proudly presents…

Die! Die! Die!

Friday 30th October – Never Project Space, Hamilton w/ Pumice

Saturday 31st October – Whammy, Auckland w/ Pumice, Memory Foam

Friday 6th November – Pioneer Hall, Dunedin w/ Francisca Griffon And The Bus Shelter Boys, Bliss Point

Saturday 7th November – Dark Room, Christchurch w/ Pretty Dumb, PGX

Friday 13th November – Secret Show, Whanganui w/ Pumice, Space Trash

Saturday 14th November – Moon, Wellington w/ Pumice, Mr Sterile Assembly, Fouler

Tickets available via Banished Music

Die! Die! Die!’s double A-side 7" vinyl single ‘I Seek Misery’ / ‘450’ is available now on transparent blue vinyl, self-released via the band in NZ/AUS and Buzzhowl in the UK/EU.

Linksdiediedie.bandcamp.com/
facebook.com/diediedieband/
buzzhowlrecords.bandcamp.com/
banishedmusic.com/tickets
diediedie.bandcamp.com/album/450-i-seek-misery

The Phoenix Foundations New Album Friend Ship Has Landed

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

  
  

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

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

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

UTR proudly presents…

The Phoenix Foundation – Friend Ship tour of Aotearoa

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

Thursday 12th November – Isaac Theatre Royal, Christchurch

Friday 13th November – Starters, Dunedin

Thursday 19th November – Totara St, Mount Maunganui

Friday 20th November – Sawmill Cafe, Leigh

Saturday 21st November – Powerstation, Auckland

Friday 27th November – The Cabana, Napier

Saturday 28th November – The Opera House, Wellington

Tickets available via Banished Music

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

Linksthephoenixfoundation.bandcamp.com
instagram.com/thephoenixfoundation
facebook.com/thephoenixfoundation

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

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

  
  

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


UTR proudly presents…

The Phoenix Foundation – Friend Ship tour of Aotearoa

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

Thursday 12th November – Isaac Theatre Royal, Christchurch

Friday 13th November – Starters, Dunedin

Thursday 19th November – Totara St, Mount Maunganui

Friday 20th November – Sawmill Cafe, Leigh

Saturday 21st November – Powerstation, Auckland

Friday 27th November – The Cabana, Napier

Saturday 28th November – The Opera House, Wellington

Tickets available via Banished Music

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

Linksthephoenixfoundation.bandcamp.com
instagram.com/thephoenixfoundation
facebook.com/thephoenixfoundation
twitter.com/phoenixfound
youtube.com/phoenixfoundationTV
soundcloud.com/the-phoenix-foundation
banishedmusic.com/friendship

Glass Vaults Drop Sizzling Single Video Boys On Boys

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

  
  

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


UTR proudly presents…

Glass Vaults – Sounds That Sound Like Music album release tour

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

Tickets available via Banished Music

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

Linksfacebook.com/glassvaults/
tiktok.com/@glass_vaults
glassvaults.bandcamp.com/album/sounds-that-sound-like-music

Diggy Dup Drops Video For New Devils Ft SWIDT Dre Skrila

Annabel Kean / Thursday 1st October, 2020 11:27AM

  
  

One month on from dropping his exceptional full length album That’s Me, That’s Team, Tāmaki talent Diggy Dupé shares a high-spec flex video for monster track ‘New Devils’. The song and visuals pull Dupé and collaborators SWIDT into the glitzy world of rappers posing under blinding lights with cars worth more than an Auckland house deposit, playing with the "the issues that come with success" that ‘New Devils’ tackles. But don’t go thinking Dupé has sold out, director Connor Pritchard‘s smoke and mirrors drop to reveal a relatable reality, featuring Instagram comedian Dre Skrila bringing the team hurtling back to the real world. Scroll down for the clip, and see where you can catch one of Diggy Dupé’s North Island album release shows after these words from the man himself…

"The song itself is tough, so I wanted the twist at the end to lighten it up. It’s like us showing people, hey we can do all that fancy car flexing type of videos and whatnot, but at the end of the day that’s not really us, we’re the blue-collar people. I feel like it’s an honest reflection of ourselves because, to be honest, if you see a fancy car in my video it’s definitely not mine haha!"

UTR proudly presents…

Diggy Dupé ‘That’s Me, That’s Team’ Album Release Shows 

Friday 2nd October – Moon, Wellington
Saturday 24th October – Whammy, Auckland

Tickets available via Banished Music

‘That’s Me, That’s Team’ is out now for streaming and digital purchase.

Linksfacebook.com/diggydupe/
soundcloud.com/diggydupe
instagram.com/dreskrila/

Watch The Phoenix Foundations Karaoke Video For Decision Dollars

Chris Cudby / Wednesday 30th September, 2020 10:48AM

  
  

We’ve all felt dusty at various times or even just the other day, wishing we’d chugged down some Powerade before hitting the hay to stave off the brutal after-effects of an epic night on the razz. The Phoenix Foundation know that feeling well and have unleashed what may be their most relatable song yet with ‘Decision Dollars‘, a collaboration with Hollie Fullbrook (Tiny Ruins) and the latest tune unveiled from the Pōneke gang’s long awaited latest album Friend Ship. Handling lead vocal duties on the woozy new power ballad, Luke Buda pours every drop of emotion into ‘Decision Dollars’ — accompanied by a swanky karaoke style clip created by audio-visual wizard Luke Rowell (Eyeliner, Disasteradio) with support from NZ On Air, encouraging us all to join Buda on his hung over tale of woe. He yearns for an "ice cold Coca Cola" while I recommend you try a cool refreshing 50/50 blend of orange juice and Sprite to get you physically and psychically back on track. We’re guessing ‘Decision Dollars’ may well be a fave anthem for the band on their forthcoming Friend Ship tour, hitting venues throughout Aotearoa this November…


UTR proudly presents…

The Phoenix Foundation – Friend Ship tour of Aotearoa

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

Thursday 12th November – Isaac Theatre Royal, Christchurch

Friday 13th November – Starters, Dunedin

Thursday 19th November – Totara St, Mount Maunganui

Friday 20th November – Sawmill Cafe, Leigh

Saturday 21st November – Powerstation, Auckland

Friday 27th November – The Cabana, Napier

Saturday 28th November – The Opera House, Wellington

Tickets available via Banished Music from 9am, Friday 14th August

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

Linksthephoenixfoundation.bandcamp.com
instagram.com/thephoenixfoundation
facebook.com/thephoenixfoundation
twitter.com/phoenixfound
youtube.com/phoenixfoundationTV
soundcloud.com/the-phoenix-foundation
banishedmusic.com/friendship

Alien Weaponry To Tour Aotearoa In November December

Chris Cudby / Tuesday 29th September, 2020 8:00AM

  
  

Inarguably the loudest trio ever to explode out of Northland, Waipu thrashers Alien Weaponry will be storming across Aotearoa on their long-awaited Level One Tour, happening in November and December. Now signed with RSE Group (Slayer, Mastodon, Gojira), brothers Henry and Lewis de Jong with new recruit Tūranga Morgan-Edmonds on bass are primed to take over with their earthshaking anthems sung in both te reo Māori and English that proudly "whakapapa back to stories of their ancestors", showcased on their breakout 2018 debut album . Recognised as a formidable force in international heavy metal, Alien Weaponry are already well-travelled tour veterans despite their youth, as demonstrated by documentaries Rū Ana Te Whenua: Alien Weaponry Shake Europe and Live At The Auckland Town Hall – I Roto I Te Reo Māori — the latter launched earlier this month to help raise awareness for Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori (Māori Language Week).

Maximising their lockdown time to write and record an upcoming album set to drop in 2021, these shows will be the first chance fans will get to hear the group’s new material live. You’ll be kicking yourself if you miss Alien Weaponry, with yet to be revealed special guests at the dates below…


UTR proudly presents…

Alien Weaponry – Level One Tour

Friday 20th November – Totara St, Tauranga
Saturday 21st November – Backyard Bar, Whatawhata, Hamilton

Friday 27th November – Ngaio Marsh Theatre, Christchurch

Saturday 28th November – Starters Bar, Dunedin

Thursday 3rd December – San Fran, Wellington

Saturday 5th December – Powerstation, Auckland (all ages)

Tickets on sale from 12pm, Thursday 1st October via alienweaponry.com

Watch Alien Weaponry’s video for ‘Ahi Kā’, filmed at Roundhead studios…

Take in Alien Weaponry – Live at the Auckland Town Hall – I roto i Te Reo Māori (Māori language version)…

Press release:

Waipu’s favourite sons Alien Weaponry are heading out on the road this November and December for the Level One Tour.

Fresh from a newly inked management deal with RSE Group (home to metal greats Slayer, Mastadon, Ghost and Gojira), Alien Weaponry are armed with new music and a crushing live show.

Known for their emphatic, energetic thrash metal songs that whakapapa back to stories of their ancestors, Alien Weaponry are set to conquer Aotearoa this Summer. Beginning in Tauranga, The Level One Tour will see Alien Weaponry on their biggest New Zealand tour yet, playing six shows throughout Aotearoa, finishing up at Auckland’s Powerstation, the first time the band have headlined the iconic venue.

Heralding in a new era for Alien Weaponry, this will be the first time on the road with new bass player Tūranga Morgan-Edmonds, a long-time friend of the band and former classmate of drummer Henry de Jong.

Whilst 2020 may not have been the touring heavy year the band had in mind, they have used this time to write and record a new album which is due for release in 2021. New Zealand fans will be the first in the world to hear new material from the forthcoming album live, alongside favourites from their award winning 2018 debut Tū.

The Level One Tour announcement comes two weeks after an iconic performance at The Auckland Town Hall was released for Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori. Recorded in February of this year, the performance captures the bruising spirit of Alien Weaponry live and was presented by the band in both Te Reo and English.

Tickets are on sale 12pm Thursday 1 October from alienweaponry.com. Fans are encouraged to move swiftly to secure tickets.

Linksalienweaponry.com

The Biscuits Edward Gains Announce South Island Shows

Chris Cudby / Monday 21st September, 2020 2:05PM

  
  

Finally hitting the South Island following what’s felt like an endless stretch of Covid-19 purgatory for our live scene, Tāmaki Makaurau trio The Biscuits and Tauranga tunesmith Edward Gains are saddling up for shows in Ōtautahi and Ōtepoti this October. The Biscuits didn’t let the pandemic stop them in their tracks during the rollercoaster ride that has been 2020, unleashing in July their fuzz-fuelled four song Albatross EP — catch them with support from PGX in Christchurch plus Francisca Griffin and Diana, promising "enjoyable and catchy tunes with appropriate layers of obnoxious racket" at the dates below…


The Biscuits & Ed Gains

Friday 23rd October – darkroom, Christchurch w/ PGX, tickets available HERE via UTR

Saturday 24th October – The Crown Hotel, Dunedin w/ Francisca Griffin and the Bus Shelter Boys, Diana, tickets available HERE via UTR

Listen to The Biscuits’ Albatross EP…

Wrap your ears around Edward Gains’ super catchy ‘I Wanna Live Like A Golden Retriever’…

Press release:

Dusting off some Covid cobwebs, The Biscuits (AKL) are heading down South with notorious trouble maker and dear friend Ed Gains (Tauranga). They’ll be playing on 23rd October in Christchurch at Darkroom with locals PGX; and on the 24th October at the Crown with Diana and the amazing Francisca Griffin and the Bus Shelter Boys.

Both evenings will be full of enjoyable and catchy tunes with appropriate layers of obnoxious racket.
Door sales as well as tickets available from UtR.

Linksfacebook.com/TheBiscuitsNZ
facebook.com/edwardgains

Die! Die! Die! Share Single Video I Seek Misery

Chris Cudby / Monday 21st September, 2020 9:44AM

  
  

Die! Die! Die! are back with a cacophonous first strike from their forthcoming double A-side 7" vinyl single ‘I Seek Misery’ / ‘450’, launching in conjunction with an extensive nationwide tour this October / November. Pummelling and raw lead cut ‘I Seek Misery’ is an explosive anthem exploring "addiction and also standing in your own truth… bringing about change to the current societal power dynamics in the ruins of a colonial empire" — brought to visual life by a starkly monochromatic video of the veteran noise-punk trio tearing through the song, photographed and edited by Stjohn Milgrew at Tāmaki Makaurau’s Tone Exchange, and created with the support of NZ On Air. Beloved by legions of fans across the globe for their electrifying live performances, you can catch Die! Die! Die! in action this spring, joined by musical buds including Pumice, Francisca Griffin and the Bus Shelter Boys, Memory Foam and more…


UTR proudly presents…

Die! Die! Die!

Friday 30th October – Never Project Space, Hamilton w/ Pumice 
Saturday 31st October – Whammy, Auckland w/ Pumice, Memory Foam
Friday 6th November – Pioneer Hall, Dunedin w/
Francisca Griffin and the Bus Shelter Boys, Bliss Point 
Saturday 7th November – Dark Room, Christchurch w/ Pretty Dumb, PGX
Friday 13th November – Secret Show, Whanganui w/ Pumice, Space Trash 
Saturday 14th November – Moon, Wellington w/ Pumice, Mr Sterile Assembly, Fouler 

Tickets available via Banished Music

‘I Seek Misery’ is out now digitally. ‘I Seek Misery’ / ‘450’, will be available on transparent blue vinyl, self-released via the band in NZ/AUS and Buzzhowl in the UK/EU.

Linksdiediedie.bandcamp.com/
buzzhowlrecords.bandcamp.com/
banishedmusic.com/tickets
facebook.com/PumiceNZ

Glass Vaults Announce Sounds That Sound Like Music Album Release Tour

Chris Cudby
/ Thursday 17th September, 2020 11:24AM

  
  

Releasing their avidly-awaited third studio album Sounds That Sound Like Music in October, psychedelic-pop explorers Glass Vaults are celebrating in style with a nationwide launch tour hitting the four main centres this summer. We’ve already heard the dancefloor-friendly, future-pop grooves of teaser singles ‘Flat White Boy‘ and ‘Oils and Perfume‘ from the core team of Richard Larsen, Bevan Smith, Rowan Pierce — who’ve upped the ante even further with fresh visuals for the former tune, continuing the group’s fascination with dance culture with footage of a 2016 Northern Soul event in Blackpool, courtesy of online archivist George ‘Jud’ Foster (who has a YouTube channel featuring over 5000 Northern Soul clips, plus more you can dig into here). 

Recorded all throughout our fine land "including a lake house in Taupō and a cabin in the mountains of Arthur’s Pass," Sounds That Sound Like Music features guest contributions from local heavy hitters Cory Champion (Borrowed CS), Erika Grant (Orchestra of Spheres), Tom Callwood (Phoenix Foundation), Charlotte Forrester (Womb) and Gemma Syme (Instant Fantasy). Preorder a limited edition yellow vinyl LP copy of the the record direct from the source here, rejuvinate your senses with the new clip for ‘Flat White Boy‘ below and catch Glass Vaults in action at the following dates…


UTR proudly presents…

Glass Vaults – Sounds That Sound Like Music album release tour

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

Tickets available via Banished Music


Press release:

Celebrating the release of their third full length album, Sounds that Sound Like Music, euphoric explorers Glass Vaults are touring New Zealand this December.

Over the past decade, Glass Vaults have produced a stream of music and transcendental live performances which have developed into a unique brand of psychedelic-pop. Their new album, Sounds That Sound Like Music, pushes deeper into the realms of dreamy disco-funk. STSLM was written and recorded at a series of retreats, including a lake house in Taupō and a cabin in the mountains of Arthur’s Pass, and includes guest appearances and collaborations with Cory Champion (Borrowed CS), Erika Grant (Orchestra of Spheres), Tom Callwood (Phoenix Foundation), Charlotte Forrester (Womb) and Gemma Syme (Instant Fantasy).

Linksfacebook.com/glassvaults/
tiktok.com/@glass_vaults

Supports Announced For Die! Die! Die! Nationwide Tour

Chris Cudby / Photo credit: Joseph Leary
/ Wednesday 16th September, 2020 4:00PM

  
  

In a year of Covid-19 curveballs, it’s reassuring to know Die! Die! Die! can be relied upon to deliver the goods. The veteran Aotearoa noise-punks have unveiled a top notch roster of support acts for their forthcoming nationwide tour. They’ll be joined by legendary sonic travellers Pumice (now the mind-meld of Stefan Neville and Jade Farley) for every North Island date, plus regional supports including Francisca Griffin and the Bus Shelter Boys, Memory Foam, Mr Sterile Assembly and PGX. The team of Andrew Wilson (also of Masks), Michael Prain and recently rejoined bassist Lachlan Anderson have a double A-side single ‘I Seek Misery’ / ‘450’ out soon and Pumice are launching their latest record Table in October, so there’ll be plenty of new tunes for fans to feast their ears upon — here’s the updated tour details…


UTR proudly presents…

Die! Die! Die!

Friday 30th October – Never Project Space, Hamilton w/ Pumice 
Saturday 31st October – Whammy, Auckland w/ Pumice, Memory Foam
Friday 6th November – Pioneer Hall, Dunedin w/
Francisca Griffin and the Bus Shelter Boys, Bliss Point 
Saturday 7th November – Dark Room, Christchurch w/ Pretty Dumb, PGX
Friday 13th November – Secret Show, Whanganui w/ Pumice, Space Trash 
Saturday 14th November – Moon, Wellington w/ Pumice, Mr Sterile Assembly, Fouler 

Tickets available via Banished Music

Listen up to Die! Die! Die!’s four song 2019 O EP…

Hear the majestic ‘Necklace on a Necklace’ from Pumice’s upcoming album Table…

Linksdiediedie.bandcamp.com/
buzzhowlrecords.bandcamp.com/
banishedmusic.com/tickets
facebook.com/PumiceNZ

Interview Diggy Dup Talks About New Album Thats Me Thats Team

Liam K. Swiggs / C.C.
/ Thursday 10th September, 2020 10:50AM

  
  

Fresh from the release of his long-awaited debut album That’s Me, That’s Team, Tāmaki Makaurau’s Diggy Dupé got on the line with Ōtautahi producer Liam K. Swiggs, aka the Belfast Bottlestore Bandit and founder of The Big Fresh Collective, for an in-depth chat. Widely acclaimed as an instant classic, featuring a stacked lineup of guests and collaborators including SmokeyGotBeatzRizván, Christoph El’ Truento, IllBaz and AP, you can join Diggy Dupé celebrating his new record’s launch at Karangahape Road’s Whammy Bar in September and Pōneke’s Moon in early October. Grip the details here and scroll downwards to read his conversation with Swiggs, who has been tearing up student radio charts in 2020 via his collab with And$um ‘Every Other Week’ and just this week received airplay on BBC Radio 1Xtra for his track ‘HEARTLAND VIP‘…


UTR proudly presents…

Diggy Dupé ‘That’s Me, That’s Team’ Album Release Shows

Friday 18th September – Whammy, Auckland

Friday 2nd October – Moon, Wellington

Tickets available via Banished Music

Liam K. Swiggs: Big ups to the bro; Diggy Dupé — Central AK’s finest — up The Warriors. Just wanna say a big thank you for taking the time to sit down and have a yarn with me on behalf of Under The Radar g!

Diggy Dupé: Yo, pleasure to be here my g!

Alright so straight to the business brother. That’s Me, That’s Team — one of the most anticipated NZ hip hop full length debuts in a decade. It’s been about that long coming too right — tell me about it bro!

This is my first full-length album — That’s Me, That’s Team. My name’s Diggy Dupé, born and raised in Grey Lynn, Central Auckland. Since my first official EP K.O.T.I.C (Kids Of The Inner City) released in 2017 I’ve been working on That’s Me, That’s Team, so it’s been a journey over a course of three years. Fuck, even before that I’ve like had to lay a foundation and gather up a network of friends and build a community and learn my craft and really practise it before all of that ever even happened. So you know by the time 2017 hit I was already well on my way…

And so those other years in-between the EP and now was still me, still doing me and still perfecting my craft, but within that time frame of three years, everyone started to notice… Coz I was always that guy that could rap his ass off but no one would know. I was always just Melo’s mate who would jump up for one little verse and everyone would be like “who the hell’s that guy!” and I’d just go back and drink with the boys at the bar you know – I was just that guy for so long… But I felt like I built such a solid foundation and core following from all those little one-off verses, when I’d jump up with Rizván and Melo and stuff like that. People would branch out further and be like “Oh yo, who was that guy? That’s Diggy, you dunno? That’s Diggz g, he’s like everywhere in Central”. It took a long time, but I’m glad I went the route that I did, because I feel like more core listeners really care about the music that I make and the moves that I make. I’d rather have that than you know, like a couple million shallow fans that don’t even know much about it you know — It’s really organic.

I checked the credits on the album my bro and this motherfucker is stacked man!!! Got the who’s who with the homie Rizván mixing the whole joint. Got AP, Spycc, INF, Rizván, and some more of the homies on the features alongside with beats produced mainly by the man SmokeGotBeats, but you got tracks with IllBaz, Christoph El’ Truento, SFT, Haz Beats goddamn man! How’d you go about rallying all that together man, it must have been quite the process?

Man it’s crazy because I’ve been working on this for so long. It’s just kinda gathered — snowballed together over time. A lot of these boys I know personally you know it’s just the industry it’s how it is and also like… Someone else would like co-sign me to them like Christoph. I think Tom Scott must have mentioned me while they were recording or something, my name must have popped up in their conversation because then Chris messages me like “Bro I’ll send you a pack of beats”. And from that, it’s where I got Cup of Tea & Toast (CT&T) and built a relationship from there. The bro Choicevaughn down in Wellington like crazy small story; his first cousin is like my bro JC (Jordan Cherrington) that directs everything… it’s just like this little web… and at the end of the day that’s like New Zealand.

But then think about that and think about Auckland, then think about the Auckland music scene… Everybody knows everybody and I feel that we’re all so close-knit that we all out for the same thing and that makes us more community-based. We all wanna share you know, like help each other progress and grow which is what’s been mean bro. With this album I got SmokeyGotBeatz from SWIDT and then ranging all the way to Christoph El’ Truento on the same project – who would have put that together on the same work of art? It’s nuts!

So no label — independent release — no fancy promo but you’re popping off on the socials. Tell me how you’ve gone about marketing itself and the process involved or not involved in that, and why you preferred that method than getting signed to a label?

I’ve been always one of those guys who’s always put the business aside and we can deal with that later. I wanna know you as a person and as a human and what you’re about; what’s your characteristics, what’s your values? And then maybe if we’re cool and maybe if I vibe with you, if the energy’s right then we’ll talk like business and stuff. You can’t really do good business with someone if you don’t think that they’re a good person and it’s not really business if it’s more organic and you just vibe and you click with each other. I guess with labels and stuff, I’ve just never really been approached or I’ve never really clicked with the right person. I’ve always done it with Rizzy or with my boys you know. It’s kind of like, well we’ve got this far like this so why don’t we just keep doing this and doing us. The shoe fits, the formula’s good, why would you mess it up?

It’s crazy the majority of the album is recorded at Rizván’s house in like his little room with his like newborn son in his lap, I’m just there recording on a little USB microphone. There’s nothing fancy about this album like everything’s all home made. Shout to Sniffers though I like recorded a lot of stuff at Sniffers studio coz of Smokey, but then for most of it bro it’s like down and dirty. I had to put the cushion inside the thing behind the microphone and close the door again, and then like wait for Rizzy’s baby to not yawn or not get bored of my raps [laughs]. It’s one of those things you know, it’s a mean feat but it’s realistic to all these other young artists out there. You see all these other people, like everything’s there for them and it’s still unattainable. Like bro I did it myself, we did it ourselves, my team, my group of peers. You gotta learn your craft.

Reppin’ Grey Lynn hard and a proud Niuean brother, can you talk to me a bit about where you grew up, your family and your heritage and also how you’ve blended that over into your music?

All day — I was born and raised in Grey Lynn which is pretty much a part of Central Auckland. For the rest of the country I just think people know like Ponsonby, they only know fucking Ponsonby and it has the whole stereotype of Ponsonby Snob. But what people don’t remember in the ’70s and stuff it was flooded with Polynesians, so my grandparents were some of those people who came up there to work and it was a slum bro it was a shit hole. I feel like it’s why I always talk about it in my raps. I try and educate myself and educate others about the history of Ponsonby and Grey Lynn, and those hardworking Polynesians that came over to work in all the meat works and all the blue collar hard working jobs, just to get kicked out in the middle of the night when the dawn raids were happening… The police were using Polynesians as a scapegoat and that’s where I feel like I get a lot of my energy from and a bit of my angst. Look inward.

Dear I say it — Covid-19 permitting — you’ve got a couple of album release shows lined up!

Yeah man, lord willing! The first actual performance is gonna be at Whammy Bar on the 18th of September and I keep telling people you have to buy tickets! I tell all my boys coz there’s no door sales! My crowd is like that crowd that will just pay cash up front like they don’t care if it’s $20 or $50 they’re just last minute they’re just drinking in the garage and they’re like oh fuck… let’s just go to the show (laughs). It’s like 100 capacity you have to buy a ticket! Then for the Wellington show, it’s at Moon Bar on the 2nd of October. I can’t wait to go there because all my life, I’ve never been in Wellington! Never! I’ve never gone for a trip — nothing. I’m just stuck in Central Auckland bro I’m just like CA, hard [laughs]. I heard it’s pretty crazy in Welly too!

Gotta say man you’ve come a long fucking way aye and always kept your cool my bro. Congrats on the debut full length That’s Me, That’s Team, it’s a fucking awesome collection of tracks man and thank you for taking the time to talk to me and Under The Radar!

Bro hard all day!

‘That’s Me, That’s Team’ is out now for streaming and digital purchase.

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Arjuna Oakes Cautionary Tale Single Release Shows Announced

C.C. / Tuesday 8th September, 2020 2:39PM

  
  

Arjuna Oakes rolled out late last week his seductively grooving new single ‘Cautionary Tale‘, and is following through with a celebratory pair of launch events this coming weekend at San Fran. As we’re all currently operating under Alert Level Two conditions extra wiggle room will be provided, while the Pōneke-based singer and multi-instrumentalist will be joined on stage by his band featuring James Macewan, Jo Jenkins, Harrison Scholes and drummer Sam Notman. The soulful late night croon of ‘Cautionary Tale’, offering sage words of advice for young people, teases the forthcoming release of a new EP entitled Recovery Pt.1 on 6th November — get ahead of the pack and catch Arjuna Oakes with band this weekend…

Arjuna Oakes ‘Cautionary Tale’ Single Release

w/ support from Rain and Shine Records (DJ set)

Friday 11th September – San Fran, Wellington, tickets available HERE via UTR
Saturday 12th September – San Fran, Wellington, tickets available HERE via UTR


Press release:

Due to being in lvl 2 and with high demand, Arjuna and band will be playing another show at San Fran on Saturday the 12th of September. The show will be 100 capacity and seated/socially distanced, there will be no door sales.

The single Cautionary Tale is off an upcoming EP entitled ‘Recovery Pt.1’ which will be released in November. Bringing an abundance of energy and creative musicianship, their live performances are not to be missed!

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The Phoenix Foundation Reveal Single Landline

Chris Cudby / Photo credit: Ebony Lamb
/ Tuesday 8th September, 2020 10:04AM

  
  

Every band has a telephone song up their sleeve and it’s always a goodie. As the world waits impatiently for The Phoenix Foundation‘s first studio album in five years Friend Ship to launch, the Pōneke gang have revealed a zippy new song tackling the time honoured theme of the humble landline phone — possibly still sitting in a dusty corner of your home waiting for parents or telemarketers to call. Embracing their upbeat side following reflective earlier singles ‘Hounds Of Hell‘ and ‘Tranquility‘, TPF’s ‘Landline‘ has plenty of pep in its step, making human connections with semi-outmoded telecommunications technology via a heaping helping of infectious hooks and pleasingly bleepy keys. Word on the street is there’s a swish new video for ‘Landline’ on its way too, listen up below and bop along to The Phoenix Foundation’s new hit at their Friend Ship album release tour this coming November…

UPDATE: The video for ‘Landline’ directed by Ezra Simons is now out, watch it below…

UTR proudly presents…

The Phoenix Foundation – Friend Ship tour of Aotearoa

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

Thursday 12th November – Isaac Theatre Royal, Christchurch

Friday 13th November – Starters, Dunedin

Thursday 19th November – Totara St, Mount Maunganui

Friday 20th November – Sawmill Cafe, Leigh

Saturday 21st November – Powerstation, Auckland

Friday 27th November – The Cabana, Napier

Saturday 28th November – The Opera House, Wellington

Tickets available via Banished Music 

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

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soundcloud.com/the-phoenix-foundation
banishedmusic.com/friendship

Die! Die! Die! Nationwide Tour Announced

Chris Cudby / Photo credit: Joseph Leary / Monday 31st August, 2020 4:00PM

  
  

What we could all collectively use right now is a killer punk show to blast the post-lockdown blues out of our systems. Die! Die! Die! have returned just in time to save the day with a six stop nationwide tour in late October and November — charging into summer with the one-two punch release of double A-side single ‘I Seek Misery’ / ‘450’. Reunited with bassist Lachlan Anderson on last year’s O EP, Aotearoa noise-punk veterans Andrew Wilson (also of Masks) and Michael Prain are an unstoppable force, and have done it all over a storied career spanning nearly two decades, six studio albums and countless frenetic live shows throughout the globe.

Andrew Wilson unpacked the themes explored on the forthcoming double-barrelled release, launching on transparent blue vinyl on 23rd October: “‘I Seek Misery’ is about addiction and also standing in your own truth… [as well as] bringing about change to the current societal power dynamics in the ruins of a colonial empire. ‘450’ is about the impending climate collapse that will happen if we reach 450ppm of co2 in the atmosphere, but you can dance if you want to – to the climate collapse!”


UTR proudly presents…

Die! Die! Die!

Friday 30th October – Never Project Space, Hamilton

Saturday 31st October – Whammy, Auckland

Friday 6th November – Pioneer Hall, Dunedin

Saturday 7th November – Dark Room, Christchurch

Friday 13th November – Secret Show, Whanganui

Saturday 14th November – Moon, Wellington

Tickets available from 9am, Wednesday 2nd September via Banished Music

Listen up to Die! Die! Die!’s four song 2019 O EP…

‘I Seek Misery’ / ‘450’, will be available on transparent blue vinyl, self-released via the band in NZ/AUS and Buzzhowl in the UK/EU.


Press release:

Engineered and mixed by Steven Marr at Roundhead Studios and mastered by Mikey Young, the double A-sided single will be available on transparent blue vinyl, self-released via the band in NZ/AUS and Buzzhowl in the UK/EU.

Post-punk power trio Die! Die! Die! return with a killer new single, ‘I Seek Misery’ backed with ‘450’. The single is the second release from the band since they reformed their classic line-up of guitarist/vocalist Andrew Wilson, drummer Michael Prain and newly returned bassist Lachlan Anderson. On last year’s ‘O’ the band harkened back to their noisiest, most frenetic punk roots. On the new single Die! Die! Die! keep up the high-energy noise but with melodic and shoegaze flourishes. The trio recorded both tracks in a single session at Roundhead Studios in Auckland. 

Linksdiediedie.bandcamp.com/
buzzhowlrecords.bandcamp.com/
banishedmusic.com/tickets

Diggy Dup Shares New Album Thats Me Thats Team

Annabel Kean / Friday 28th August, 2020 9:03AM

  
  

The long-awaited new full length album from Tāmaki Makaurau’s Diggy Dupé is self-assured and timeless, a triumph of Aotearoa’s hip hop community, and a clear example of the sentiment That’s Me, That’s Team. The list of album contributors alone is exciting, from frequent collaborators SmokeyGotBeatz and Rizván, to Christoph El’ Truento, ILLBAZ, and Church & AP‘s Albert Purcell. It makes sense then that That’s Me, That’s Team is one of those releases where choosing a select few singles would have been a tough task, as ‘That’s Team’, ‘CT&T’ and ‘Keke Boy’ are just three of a dozen blinding tracks, kicked off with a nostalgia trip audio clip from Diggy Dupé’s first birthday at the start of ‘That’s Me’. Other honourable mentions have to go to self-roast track ‘Hype’, where he has "a dig at myself and others like me" who fall for the hype, and ‘One Day’, with cockles warming trumpet and bars overflowing with charisma and wit. Enjoy Diggy Dupé’s debut, an album with enough mana to herald sunnier days, and catch him playing North Island release parties in September and November…

UTR proudly presents…

Diggy Dupé ‘That’s Me, That’s Team’ Album Release Shows

Friday 18th September – Whammy, Auckland

Friday 2nd October – Moon, Wellington

Tickets available via Banished Music

Join Diggy Dupe and his crew in the celebratory clip for ‘That’s Team’…

‘That’s Me, That’s Team’ is out now for streaming and digital purchase.

Linksfacebook.com/diggydupe/
soundcloud.com/diggydupe

Jack Berry And Friends Tour Announced Ft RIIKI Tom Verberne More

Annabel Kean / Friday 21st August, 2020 9:50AM

  
  

Surf-pop songwriter Jack Berry is packing his bags and inviting some of his best musical mates along for two stacked North Island shows this September. Joining the Ōtepoti guitarist on his Jack Berry & Friends mini tour is a shining selection of Aotearoa’s young up-and-comers, including "burnouts & meat raffles" band HOT LAPS, and synth, house and bass fiend Bontempo in Tāmaki Makaurau, as well as Tom Verberne, who recently dropped their sophomore album I’ll Watch You Do Anything, and will also make an appearance at Berry’s Pōneke show. Joining the Wellington ranks is pop princess RIIKI and indie newbie Eli Superflyy. Good times creators Low Strung and Dunedin imprint Garbage Records have locked in the following dates for these two slammin’ events…

 

Jack Berry & Friends

Thursday 24th September – Whammy Bar, Auckland w/ HOT LAPS, Tom Verberne & Bontempo

Saturday 26th September – San Fran, Wellington w/ RIIKI, Tom Verberne & Eli Superflyy

Tickets on sale HERE via UTR

Here’s the moody visualiser for Jack Berry’s ‘HOLLYWOOD’ from his mini EP DUMMY

RIIKI will put on an incredible show with catchy pop tracks like this one…


Press Release:

Garbage x Low Strung Present: Jack Berry And Friends Tour

Dunedin’s Jack Berry is going on the road once again, with new music lurking and some special friends joining him.. this will be a night to good to miss!!

Joining Jack Berry In Auckland is…

HOT LAPS:

Garbage records very own pop-punk act HOT LAPS will be there, fresh off their latest single Friends catch them with the crew.

Tom Verberne:

Tom is coming in hot off of the release of his sophomore album “I’ll Watch You Do Anything” in July and has plenty more lined up for the rest of 2020!

Bontempo:

Bontempo has a unique sound and is known for unleashing her selection of house grooves filled with deep smooth basslines and dreamy synths. Come Boogie with Bontempo and this stacked line up!

Joining Jack Berry In Wellington is:

RIIKI:

Wellington’s very own rising indie-pop newcomer RIIKI will be joining us with her new music freshly released which has and some very exciting plans that 2020 has in store for her!!

Tom Verberne:

Tom is coming in hot off of the release of his sophomore album “I’ll Watch You Do Anything” in July and has plenty more lined up for the rest of 2020! Catch Auckland’s Tom Verberne alongside this stacked line up

Eli Superflyy:

Fresh to the Wellington music scene Eli Superflyy can be described as Indie/pop driven with an undertone of melancholic moods. With an Ep already under his belt and more music to come, this Is just the start for Eli!

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facebook.com/Low-Strung-Productions-108752333952984/
facebook.com/garbagerecordss/

UTR Guide To Avoiding Ticket Scammers

Annabel Kean / C.C. / Tuesday 18th August, 2020 12:20PM

  
  

Ticket scamming — where fraudsters attempt to sell non-existent tickets via social media — has rapidly become an infodemic in itself during the Covid-19 era, especially as Aotearoa is one of the only countries in the world where live events have been able to take place unrestricted in recent times. A casual glance at some high profile Auckland Facebook event listings for this week (which are all cancelled due to Alert Level 3) reveals a seemingly endless array of bots trying to sell each other obviously fake tickets (to view a screengrab follow this safe link here), which would be darkly humorous if not for the fact they’re trying to rip you off.

The first lesson in Ticket Scammers 101 is to forgive yourself for any past or future swindles. Scammers and bots evolve very quickly, so even the most web wise purchasers are at risk of being duped. Recently, a fan of The Beths came across someone selling a ticket after the show had sold out. As a test, they checked out the seller’s name and email address online to make sure it wasn’t a scam, transferred some money, received a phoney (albeit convincing) ticket email — and then of course the seller disappeared. While clearly the best way to avoid stress is to buy tickets for shows via UTR before they sell out, if you do find yourself in a tight spot and must buy secondhand, we’ve compiled our best tips to check a sale is real before sealing the deal….

1.  Don’t buy tickets from people you don’t know (avoid stranger danger). At the very least, a friend of a friend.

2.  Don’t buy tickets for events which obviously can’t take place eg. live shows in regions experiencing Level 3 Alert (Auckland this week).

3.  Don’t look within a social media event listing for ticket resales (that’s where the bad guys lurk) — ask friends.


4.
  Legit check the seller’s social media profile — do they live in New Zealand? Do they have any friends? Scammers love to use photos of parents with their kids for fake accounts.

5.  Is the Facebook event the real one? Check who the event ‘hosts’ are, and double-check the band have listed the exact same event on their own page.


6.
  If the tickets were originally on sale via UTR, ask us! You can check your UTR ticket details via our Helpdesk. Alternatively, contact the original ticket sales outlet and they may be able to confirm if tickets are legit or not (we can’t check non-UTR tickets sorry).

Here’s a recent example of someone trying to sell tickets in the comments of The Beths upcoming Auckland show…


Red flags:


•  Selling more than one ticket (to get more money)

•  Not specifying what the event is

•  Asking people to message them privately

•  Profile indicates they’re not in New Zealand

•  They’ve got no photos and no friends

If you’re an events organiser:

If you’re a local events organiser, please keep an eye on, moderate or disable your Facebook event(s) comments section to help avoid potential grief for Aotearoa music fans.

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Weekly Roundup Friday 14th August

Chris Cudby / Image: Diggy Dupé
/ Friday 14th August, 2020 4:55PM

  
  

Unless you’ve been sealed inside a concrete bunker and have only just re-emerged, you’ll be aware Aotearoa’s thriving gig community was hit with dismaying news this week. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will announce upcoming Covid-19 restrictions at 5.30pm this evening, we’re crossing our fingers that restrictions this time won’t be as wide-ranging as the first time around. As mentioned in our news story on Tuesday evening’s announcement, we’ll keep you updated as more information comes to hand, as we did the last time around — all ticket holders to UTR events will be contacted via email of the updated event info.


How to help support our music community:

– For those who have the means to do so, we encourage ticket holders to consider opting to hold onto tickets, opting out of refunds and opting out of booking fee refunds.

– If you haven’t done so already, now is the time to download the contact tracer app and use it — download it here.

Here are the health and hygiene guidelines to help prevent the spread of Covid-19. 

– You can keep supporting your local record stores by ordering online. 

Looking ahead in the spirit of optimism — announcement highlights for the week included The Phoenix Foundation are embarking on their first nationwide tour of Aotearoa in five years this November celebrating the launch of their seventh studio album Friend Ship, Arch Hill rap phenomenon Diggy Dupé has a pair of North Island album release shows lined up for September and October, Aotearoa hip hop pioneers Upper Hutt Posse will join forces with Tāmaki Makaurau performance trio Whaea & the Rumble and rising Tūranga-nui-a-Kiwa (Gisborne) songwriter Miss Pou at Pōneke’s Moon this September, East Coast groovers SOJØURN are hitting Lyttelton’s Wunderbar and Dunedin’s Dive Bar (formerly known as The Captain Cook) for headline gigs in September, and veteran Pōneke folk-blues artist Darren Watson (Chicago Smoke Shop) is jumping in the van for an extensive musical journey across the nation in October.

We were stoked to share the latest instalment of our ongoing UTR Interview Relay series of artist-driven interviews, this week featuring Pickle Darling’s illuminating chat with Lil’ Chief Records co-founder Scott Mannion (The Tokey Tones), read their conversation here. We also featured what may well be the world’s first ever all-animated GIF album review! Take in the splendour of Amelia Berry’s “animated GIF fantasia” inspired by the music of Eyeliner’s first album in five years Drop Shadow right here.

While it’s looking fairly bleak on the gig front for Auckland this weekend, numerous live events are still happening throughout New Zealand this weekend under Alert Level Two restrictions. Check out the UTR Gig Guide and don’t forget we also accept livestream show listings (NZ only) — more details here.

NEW TRACKS:

Love Square Reveal Live At the Oven EP Video

Chris Cudby
/ Friday 14th August, 2020 11:25AM

  
  

We all could use a bit of mellowing out after a tumultuous few days for Aotearoa. Tāmaki trio Love Square are here to help with a healthy dose of smooth grooves on their brand spanking Live At The Oven EP, plus an accompanying live video for their take on "Cannonball" Adderley’s ‘Mercy Mercy Mercy’ filmed by Paul Taylor. Founded by Nick Atkinson (of Hopetoun Brown and Supergroove fame) with Finn Scholes (Carnivorous Plant Society) and new drummer Karen Hu, Love Square’s jazz-tinged three track instrumental offering was recorded live in Jol Mulholland’s studio (aka ‘The Oven’) — raising expectations to lofty heights for their forthcoming appearance at The Others Way multi-venue extravaganza this coming September, along with a forthcoming performance with DJ Tina Turntables at Piha Bowling Club scheduled for 22nd August (we’re keeping our fingers crossed for that one). They shared an evocative tale of how Hu came to join the band and the origins of their new EP…

“They say nothing good comes from a night in Kingsland drinking massive gins, but how else do you stumble across one of the finest up and coming young drummers holding down an unwieldy Afro-jazz band? Love Square founder Nick Atkinson found himself in exactly this position. While grappling with strange foliage planted between the icecubes of his enormous cocktail he noticed Karen Hu, an oasis of rhythmic calm behind her drum kit. After a quick introduction between sets Atkinson knew he’d found the key to a great trio. His key man Finn Scholes was already tripping over crescendos and sneezing cadenzas. The scene was almost set for an epic recording session.

When Nick and Finn aren’t crossing trackless alpine passes or circumnavigating Aotearoa in a small wooden boat, they’re playing horns. In fact they were both welded to their shrieking instruments and birth. Finn’s also been teaching Nick a few numbers on the piano and now this adventurous pair swap from keys to brass willy nilly! The trio, now complete, have just been added to The Others Way line-up and they’ve been playing steamy club dates in and around Auckland.

To capture this fresh exuberant sound our brave threesome descended one thousand stairs into the very heart of The Lab in Mt Eden, where they found Jol Mulholland in his poky, yet atmospheric mezzanine twitching beside his Pro Tools. Love Square’s fiery new line-up blazed out a fresh live EP in a matter of hours inside The Oven, as Jol calls his studio. Filmmaker Paul Taylor was on-hand to film the session."

You can catch Love Square playing at The Others Way festival on Friday 11th September, tickets available HERE via UTR.

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Covid 19 Restrictions Return For NZ Music Venues

Chris Cudby / Wednesday 12th August, 2020 10:13AM

  
  

In an emergency announcement at 9.15pm last night, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Dr Ashley Bloomfield revealed there were four cases of Covid-19 detected in Auckland’s community. They declared the super city region will shift to Alert Level 3, and the rest of the country will move to Alert Level 2, for a period of “at least three days” from noon today, while the scale of the community transmission is assessed. This development sadly brings to an end Aotearoa’s much-touted status of no cases of Covid-19 in our community (at 101 days), confirming last week’s statement from Bloomfield that we all need to be actively vigilant in preventing the spread of Covid-19.


What does this mean for Aotearoa’s music community?

Auckland: Live music venues are required to be closed from noon today (Wednesday 12th August) for at least three days. Gatherings of up to 10 people are only permitted for wedding services, funerals and tangihanga — more details on Alert Level 3 here.

New Zealand outside of the Auckland super city boundaries: Alert Level 2 alert restrictions are in effect from noon today. Venue capacities will be capped at 100 attendees / gatherings of up to 100 are permitted. All public venues are asked to keep records to enable contact tracing. Stores can continue to be open but social distancing is required — more details on Alert Level 2 here.

Frustratingly, this means Auckland live music events up to and including Friday 14th August will be required to be cancelled or postponed, and audience restrictions may impact ticket holders outside of the super city region. We’ll keep you updated as more information comes to hand, as we did the last time around — all ticket holders to UTR events will be contacted via email of the updated event info.


How to help support our music community:

– For those who have the means to do so, we encourage ticket holders to consider opting to hold onto tickets, opting out of refunds and opting out of booking fee refunds.

– If you haven’t done so already, now is the time to download the contact tracer app and use it — download it here.

Here are the health and hygiene guidelines to help prevent the spread of Covid-19. 

– You can keep supporting your local record stores by ordering online. 

One thing you can rely on is we will keep bringing you the very best local and international music news and more, during the latest curveball 2020’s thrown at us and beyond. We’re collectively crossing our fingers that restrictions won’t be required after this coming Friday — we’ll provide rolling updates for the above information as details become available.

Here’s the full announcement from last night…

Linkscovid19.govt.nz/

The Phoenix Foundation Announce Friend Ship Tour Of Aotearoa

Chris Cudby / Photo credit: Ebony Lamb
/ Tuesday 11th August, 2020 3:42PM

  
  

It’s been an action-packed day of announcements for The Phoenix Foundation, who’ll be embarking on their first nationwide tour of Aotearoa in five years this November, celebrating the launch of their seventh studio album Friend Ship. Spearheaded by the Taite-nominated songwriting talents of Samuel Flynn Scott and Lukasz Buda alongside Conrad Wedde, Tom Callwood, Will Ricketts and percussionist extraordinaire Chris O’Connor, the Pōneke sonic adventurers’ long-awaited record “stands for the power of friends and communities to carry us through life, for better or worse.” Featuring contributions from Nadia Reid, Hollie Fullbrook (Tiny Ruins) and Anita Clark (Motte), Friend Ship promises nothing less than “the full glory of the NZSO, a Polish choir, disco pop about archaic forms of communication and the true origin story of the band.”

With a fanbase including such earth-shaking figures as Taika Waititi (with whom the band have created soundtracks for Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Boy and Eagle vs Shark) and Jarvis Cocker (who featured them on his 2019 Sunday Service compilation), The Phoenix Foundation have doubled today’s excitement with the release of their lush single ‘Hounds Of Hell’ featuring Nadia Reid, and the news Friend Ship is launching in a variety of formats on 16th October. A spine-tingling cinematic epic reportedly stemming from a humble harpsichord motif, the new song’s proggy instrumental intricacies recall Ennio Morricone and Goblin’s works for Italian horror film legend Dario Argento at their most ornate. Accompanied by a vivid clip directed by Anita Fontaine, starring Samuel Flynn Scott and Nadia Reid (in a post-apocalyptic take on Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush’s collaborative hit ‘Don’t Give Up), and created with the support of NZ On Air, you can enjoy ‘Hounds Of Hell’ below and commit the following dates to your diary for The Phoenix Foundation’s Friend Ship tour…


UTR proudly presents…

The Phoenix Foundation – Friend Ship tour of Aotearoa

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

Thursday 12th November – Isaac Theatre Royal, Christchurch

Friday 13th November – Starters, Dunedin

Thursday 19th November – Totara St, Mount Maunganui

Friday 20th November – Sawmill Cafe, Leigh

Saturday 21st November – Powerstation, Auckland

Friday 27th November – The Cabana, Napier

Saturday 28th November – The Opera House, Wellington

Tickets available via Banished Music from 9am, Friday 14th August

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

Press release:

On the band’s first nationwide tour in 5 years, they will perform 8 dates across Aotearoa this November. Celebrating the expansive new album Friend Ship ; a post-apocalyptic love letter from the future to the present and the soundtrack to the swirling oblivion that is 2020.

The Phoenix Foundation have lived many lives. From high school distortion addicts to indie folk trippers to masters of motorik dream pop. It’s been five years since GUYD but that down time has been spent writing, recording, touring with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, creating the acclaimed soundtrack for Hunt For The Wilderpeople, building shrines to light, creating scores for VR, producing other bands, baking sourdough. Slowly, when they could, the six old friends found time to work together in studios, garages, forests, and sheds around New Zealand to put together the concise ten song set of that is Friend Ship. Featuring Nadia Reid, Hollie Fullbrook (Tiny Ruins) and Anita Clark (Motte) their 7th album is both a classic collection of Phoenixy songs and a new palette of sounds and characters.

Both Lukasz and Samuel’s songs delve into the dissatisfied confusion of contemporary content dominated life (a working title was The Age Of Anxiety). The album also features the full glory of the NZSO, a Polish choir, disco pop about archaic forms of communication and the true origin story of the band; Lukasz’s tale of moving to NZ from communist Poland and how hard that was until the arrival of cherry red strat in his life.

Friend Ship stands for the power of friends and communities to carry us through life, for better or worse. After 20 years the band has had its internal ups and downs but in this rather brutal time in history it’s our genuine friendships that can move us through to a potentially brighter, more equal, less pandemicy future. “I will answer when you call me on the Landline.”

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instagram.com/thephoenixfoundation
facebook.com/thephoenixfoundation
twitter.com/phoenixfound
youtube.com/phoenixfoundationTV
soundcloud.com/the-phoenix-foundation
banishedmusic.com/friendship

Diggy Dup Thats Me Thats Team Album Release Shows Announced

Chris Cudby
/ Monday 10th August, 2020 11:07AM

  
  

When Tom Scott took away the Vodafone New Zealand Music Award for Best Hip Hop Act in 2019, the Avantdale Bowling Club helmsman declared Diggy Dupé should have been presented the award years ago. Ushering in a new era for Arch Hill’s finest, Dupé’s upcoming album That’s Me, That’s Team is dropping in late 2020 and is sure to be a game-changer, and he’s celebrating with a pair of launch parties at Auckland’s Whammy Bar and Wellington’s Moon in September and October. The massively in-demand rap artist’s long player follows an exceptional run of releases and collabs, including Dupé’s 2018 Island Time EP, his socially conscious recent single exploring the impact of gambling addiction on our inner city Pacific communities ‘CT&T‘, and last week’s bumping cut ‘That’s Team‘ with AP. Grip the details for Dupé’s release shows below, following his festival appearance at The Other’s Way 2020

UTR proudly presents…

Diggy Dupé ‘That’s Me, That’s Team’ Album Release Shows

Friday 18th September – Whammy, Auckland

Friday 2nd October – Moon, Wellington

Tickets available via Banished Music

Watch the confetti-packed clip for Diggy Dupé’s latest single ‘That’s Team’ feat. AP…

Press release:

Diggy Dupé has come a long way from the teenage days of making music with his cousin ReddxRozay, using the most basic of tools that included a Motorola phone and sing star microphone. Only months ago, he was a finalist for Best Hip Hop Act at the 2019 Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards (alongside Avondale Bowling Club’s Tom Scott and Church & AP), for his 2018 EP Island Time.

Since announcing arriving on the scene with his debut EP K.O.T.I.C (Kids Of The Inner City) in 2017, Diggy Dupé has become a core member of the Auckland hip hop community. He’s in demand as a featured artist, appearing on many releases including SWIDT’s ‘Off The Top’, ChoiceVaughan’s ‘Dead Air’, Church & AP’s ‘Down In The Mud’ and many tracks by his friend and mentor Rizván.

His live performances include Northern Bass, You Are Us/Aroha Nui and SIX60’s 2019 Western Springs with IllBaz, performed alongside SWIDT, featured on David Dallas’ Red Bull 64 Bars, and a support slot for US Rapper Wiki. A personal highlight was playing in his neighbourhood at Grey Lynn Festival after the release of his first project.

While some of his peers represent South Auckland or the city’s Westside, for Diggy Dupé, inspiration and stories are always about being a Central Auckland Polynesian kid. Family, his Niuean heritage, gentrification and identity are recurring themes throughout his releases.

With his new tracks ‘That’s Me, That’s Team’ and ‘Keke Boy’ Diggy Dupé signals that he’s no longer satisfied with his status as an underground favourite. It’s no wonder that his full-length debut is one of the most anticipated local releases of the year.

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facebook.com/diggydupe/
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Same Name Confusion Drop New Single ESP Telepathy

Annabel Kean / Friday 17th July, 2020 8:50AM

  
  

Good luck trying not to dance to Same Name Confusion‘s captivating new number ‘ESP (Telepathy)’, the first release since their 2019 debut EP In Theory. The Pōneke team of pop-rock fiends took a new approach to recording this time around, recruiting help from James Goldsmith and performing songs with the entire band in studio. The result is a solid recreation of the killer live experience they’re known for, with full band call and response, Courtney Barnett-esque twangy vocals and Talking Heads everything else, you can almost hear the slap of bare feet on the Surgery Studios floor. At the end of the month, Same Name Confusion treat their keen fans to a nationwide tour in celebration of the new single, grab the info below, and have a TGIF boogie to ‘ESP (Telepathy)’…

UTR proudly presents…

Same Name Confusion

Friday 31st July – Dunedin, Starters Bar

Saturday 1st August – Christchurch, Space Academy

Friday 7th August – Wellington, Meow

Saturday 8th August – Auckland, Whammy Bar

Tickets available via Banished Music

Linksfacebook.com/samenameconfusion/
samenameconfusion.bandcamp.com/

Live Photos Guardian Singles The Spectre Collective Moon Wellington

Annabel Kean / Photographer: Trent Williams / Tuesday 14th July, 2020 3:53PM

  
  

Tāmaki Makaurau’s Guardian Singles are barrelling through their mid-winter North Island tour, with a whole debut album‘s worth of knee-slapping rock songs now in their repertoire. The band have already left Palmerston North, Whanganui and Pōneke in a post-gig daze, so they’re due back in town this weekend for two Auckland shows and one in Hamilton. Wellington-based photographer Trent Williams was one of the lucky ducks attending their Moon set on Thursday, and has kindly sent us his gorgeous snaps from the night. Here’s the rundown of Guardian Singles dates to come, and scroll down to click through pics from last week featuring psych-pop support act The Spectre Collective

UTR proudly presents…

Guardian Singles

Friday 17th July – Ellen Melville Center, Drive Island bFM (day show)

Friday 17th July – Whammy, Auckland w/ Ripship, Memory Foam

Saturday 18th July – Nivara, Hamilton

Tickets available HERE via UTR

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facebook.com/guardiansingles/
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Download The New Look UTR App Tickets News Gig Guide More

Annabel Kean / Tuesday 30th June, 2020 11:43AM

  
  

While some have emerged from lockdown with a flash haircut or a new pair of glasses, we’ve had an Extreme Makeover: App Edition. Our design team (Daryl Fincham) has given it a fresh lick of paint, made it even more intuitive to use, and easy on the eyes too. It allows you to access the latest music news and our handy gig guide in one spot, and all your UTR tickets are stored on there, so no pre-show stress searching through your emails or printing out a chunky A4 ticket (help save a tree and keep it green). Just open the app, click My Tickets, and Bob’s your uncle. For those on the other side of the desk, manning the stamps and asking the bar for change, set your sights on the UTR Promoter App for automated guest lists and a built in scanner. Both apps are free and available for Apple and Android users via all the usual spots.

Click HERE to download the UTR app for Android

Click HERE to download the UTR app for Apple

Linksundertheradar.co.nz/apps/

Guardian Singles Announce North Island Tour Share Single Being Alone

Chris Cudby
/ Friday 26th June, 2020 2:31PM

  
  

Now that live shows are finally back with a vengeance, Tāmaki Makaurau’s Guardian Singles are bringing the mid-winter rager to a venue near you – squeezing in the van for an six stop North Island tour this July. Fronted by Thom Burton (SoccerPractise, M0ppy) and boasting an all-star lineup that has included members of Coolies, Green Grove, Civil Union, Echo Ohs, Peach Milk and more, the band’s current ranks feature new recruit Yolanda Fagan alongside ​Guardian Singles veterans Fiona Campbell  and ​Durham Fenwick. With a winning self-titled debut album safely tucked under their collective belt and a well-deserved rep of bringing the party every time they hit the stage (and afterwards), you’ll be wanting to head along to these must-attend gigs…

UTR proudly presents…

Guardian Singles

Thursday 9th July – Moon, Newtown, Wellington

Friday 10th July – Lucky Bar, Whanganui w/ Unsanitary Napkin

Saturday 11th July – The Stomach, Palmerston North

Friday 17th July – Ellen Melville Center, Drive Island bFM (day show)

Friday 17th July – Whammy, Auckland w/ Ripship, Memory Foam

Saturday 18th July – Nivara, Hamilton

Tickets available HERE via UTR

Thom Burton opened up about second single from the record ‘Being Alone‘, “The song is a crudely drawn cartoon about addiction to excitement. Kind of like when the Coyote runs out onto thin air and only falls when he realises where he is.”

‘GUARDIAN SINGLES’ is out now on vinyl LP via Moral Support here.


Press release:

Fresh out of lock down Guardian Singles announce second single “Being Alone” from the band’s debut record released in January 2020. A full NZ tour had been booked unbeknownst to them at the time during Level 4 lock in April to support the album so they are excited to announce these fresh dates as well as a new band member! With bass player ​Perry Mahoney ​(Civil Union, Crash Material) residing in Melbourne and getting no closer to this Anzac bubble, Yolanda Fagan ​(Echo Ohs, Na Noise, Bozo) has stepped in to bless the band and join ​Thom Burto​n (Wilberforces, SoccerPractise), ​Fiona Campbell ​(Vivian Girls, Chain and The Gang, The Coolies) and ​Durham Fenwick ​(Green Grove, New Gum Sarn, Scuba Diva).

The album was recorded in the depths of Auckland’s ​Whammy Bar ​and mastered by ​Tom Healy​, with post-punk influenced by the likes of 1980’s bands Wipers, The Cure, Pylon and The Sound.

Linksguardiansingles.bandcamp.com/
facebook.com/guardiansingles/

Same Name Confusion Announce Nationwide Tour

Annabel Kean / Photo Credit: Alex Matthews / Thursday 25th June, 2020 11:00AM

  
  

Pōneke alt-pop crew Same Name Confusion have revealed a four date Aotearoa tour to get your blood pumping this winter. The high energy, high concept troop have been cooking up a tasty new single by the name of ‘ESP (Telepathy)’, which will be released late next month in the weeks before their celebratory tour. The song was tracked with Wellington recording hero James Goldsmith, and the full band packed into the studio to recreate their dynamic and dramatic live sound – a new approach since dropping their debut EP In Theory early last year. Don’t sleep on this one, find out where you can catch Same Name Confusion’s enrapturing stage show below…

UTR proudly presents…

Same Name Confusion

Friday 31st July – Dunedin, Starters Bar

Saturday 1st August – Christchurch, Space Academy

Friday 7th August – Wellington, Meow

Saturday 8th August – Auckland, Whammy Bar

Tickets available via Banished Music

Here they are rarking up The Factory crowd and bouncing off the walls to ‘Must Be Lucky’

Press Release:

Pōneke alt-rock outfit Same Name Confusion will perform four shows across Aotearoa in support of their new single ESP (Telepathy), out July 17. This is the band’s first release since their debut EP In Theory which included the Radioactive.fm #1 song of 2019 Must Be Lucky.

ESP (Telepathy) was recorded with James Goldsmith (Mermaidens) at Lee Prebble’s Surgery Studios in a bid to capture the band’s signature live exuberance on record. Lead vocalist Luke Courtney comments on the process:

“I can’t speak highly enough of James. I don’t think he’d made a heap of records similar to what we wanted to do but he’s such a professional; he did an amazing job retaining the energy of our performance. It’s a song that you can really move to; that was one of the changes we wanted to make for this release. We’ve also brought the full band onto the recording this time; with the band comes the excitement that is such a feature of our live shows.”

Same Name Confusion have quickly emerged as one of the most exhilarating live acts in New Zealand. Led Courtney’s off kilter delivery, the band’s theatrical and energetic performances have earnt support slots for Australians Skegss, Lime Cordiale and Spacey Jane as well as appearances at Cubadupa, Cross Street, and Tora Bombora Festivals.

Radio 13 said of their live performance: “It’s raw, energetic and eccentric…Same Name Confusion should be leaders of surreal performances and one not to be missed.”

Indeed this is one not to be missed.

Linksfacebook.com/samenameconfusion/
samenameconfusion.bandcamp.com/

SOJURN North Island Shows Announced For July

Chris Cudby / Photo credit: Photo CPL
/ Tuesday 23rd June, 2020 1:01PM

  
  

East Coast psyche-surf rock & reggae groovers SOJØURN are bringing the spirit of summer back to the recently re-opened Leigh Sawmill Cafe and Northland’s Mangawhai Tavern this July, supported at both shows by Auckland loop guru Leighton Fairlie and track spinner SuLu. The rapidly rising six-piece’s recent Summer Tape has racked up more than 100,000 streams and they’re promising a whole lot of new material is on the way following studio sessions in May – don’t miss SOJØURN heating up the dancefloor this winter…

SOJØURN w/ SuLu & Leighton Fairlie

Saturday 4th July – Leigh Sawmill, Leigh, tickets available HERE via UTR
Friday 10th July – Mangawhai Tavern, Mangawhai, tickets available HERE via UTR

Listen to SOJØURN’s streaming hit ‘Still A Mess’, from 2019’s Summer Tape…

Press release:

SOJØURN are back bringing their east coast blend of psyche-surf rock & reggae dub to the Sawmill. The 6 piece had a hissing summer playing shows and festivals across the North Island. Lockdown gave them an opportunity to write a bunch of new tunes, and after a stint back in the studio in May, the boys are back and fired up for some live shows.

Joining SOJØURN on the night is AKL Dub / Loop master Leighton Fairlie performing his blend of dub, roots, hip hop, drum and bass and acoustic. Smoking hot tunes.

Also super excited to have our very own MC for the night – DJ SuLu (Daniel Weetman / The Black Seeds) playing his best Funk, Reggae, Ska, Afrobeat, Hip Hop. Good times.

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instagram.com/sojourn_music/
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The Cakekitchen Trouble Again In This Town Album Release Show Announced

Chris Cudby
/ Thursday 11th June, 2020 1:36PM

  
  

Described as a "must-read" by Marc Masters for Pitchfork‘s Best Music Books 2019 roundup, Graeme Jefferies of The Cakekitchen‘s memoir Time Flowing Backwards details a life in music that "came very close to disaster several times.” Hot on the heels of that significant achievement, North Carolina imprint Ally Records have quietly released Trouble Again in this Town, the inimitable This Kind Of Punishment co-founder’s first new Cakekitchen release in four years. Entirely written and recorded on a portable 16 track by Jefferies, he’ll be playing a special Tāmaki Makaurau live event celebrating his new record’s release, performing songs from the album plus a selection of classic material at The Wine Cellar on Saturday 4th July. Grip the details right here and open your ears to Trouble Again in this Town below…


Graeme Jefferies

Saturday 4th July – The Wine Cellar, Auckland

Tickets available HERE via UTR

The Cakekitchen’s ‘Trouble Again in this Town’ is out now on limited edition vinyl LP and digitally via Ally Records.

Press release:

Graeme Jefferies of Cakekitchen plays the songs from the latest Cakekitchen album along with new and old material from his extensive back catalogue.

Linksfacebook.com/graemejefferiescakekitchen/
allyrecords.bandcamp.com/album/trouble-again-in-this-town