Don McGlashan Unveils Single Go Back In Announces New Queenstown Show

Chris Cudby / Photo credit: Diane Smithers
/ Friday 12th November, 2021 9:57AM


Aotearoa music icon Don McGlashan (Blam Blam Blam, The Mutton Birds) has served up a deliciously catchy new slice of the cake that is his forthcoming album Bright November Morning. A summery studio collaboration with live bandmates The Others, aka the team supreme of Shayne P Carter (Straitjacket Fits, Dimmer), Chris O’Connor (SJD, Phoenix Foundation) and James Duncan (SJD, Dimmer), listeners can definitely hear hints of Straitjacket Fits / Dimmer guitar magic on ‘Go Back In‘, intertwining with McGlashan’s melodic beachside reflections on the notion of getting back amongst it.

McGlashan is celebrating the launch of Bright November Morning with a full-scale nationwide tour with The Others, announcing this morning a new Queenstown date on Friday 11th February to kick off the whole shebang. They’ll also be playing a clutch of festival dates, including Ōtautahi’s Nostalgia Fest on 12th February and Splore in Tāmaki Makaurau on 27th February. McGlashan revealed the origins of his shimmering latest tune…

“‘Go Back In’ showcases Shayne, James and Chris in all their propulsive, loose-limbed glory, and it’s about the joy of jumping up for another dance, another round, another helping. Those times when your appetite for life hits you like a sudden gust of wind, and knocks you off-course. I wrote it looking forward to a Summer when we can all sprint along a beach again. Hopefully, that won’t be far away.” — Don McGlashan

UTR proudly presents…

Don McGlashan & The Others

Bright November Morning

Friday 11th February – Sherwood, Queenstown [new date]*

Thursday 31st March – Opera House, Hastings

Friday 1st April – The Globe Theatre, Palmerston North*

Saturday 2nd April – Opera House, Wellington

Thursday 7th April – Theatre Royal, Nelson

Friday 8th April – James Hay Theatre, Christchurch

Saturday 9th April – Glenroy Auditorium, Dunedin

Wednesday 13th April – The Meteor Theatre, Hamilton*

Thursday 14th April – Powerstation, Auckland

Saturday 16th April – Sawmill Café, Leigh*

*Tickets available HERE via UTR
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Watch the lyric video for ‘Come Back In’, produced by Kristina Simons aka Tina Turntables…

‘Bright November Morning’ launches on Friday 25th February.

Dimmers I Believe You Are A Star Tour Rescheduled To March 2022

Chris Cudby
/ Thursday 28th October, 2021 1:00PM


As Aotearoa’s live music community grapples with the prospect of a forthcoming traffic light level system and vaccine certificates, Shayne P. Carter has announced new dates for his widely anticipated I Believe You Are A Star nationwide tour. Now confirmed for March 2022, once gigs are hopefully a bit more settled and safer for everyone, the run of shows will celebrate the 20th anniversary and vinyl reissue of Dimmer’s landmark debut long player. Carter’s all star live band for the occasion will include Gary Sullivan (JPSE), James Duncan, Nick Roughan (Skeptics), Louisa Nicklin, Neive Strang and Lachlan Anderson (Die Die Die), and they’ll be supported for every date by Proteins Of Magic who launched her stunning self-titled debut album in August. Notably, Dunedin’s event has changed location to the larger capacity Regent Theatre, scope out the full updated details for these majestic gigs below — all tickets remain valid and UTR ticket holders have been emailed direct with details (check your promotions and spam folders).

UnderTheRadar proudly presents…

Dimmer I Believe You Are A Star 20th Anniversary Tour

with support from Proteins Of Magic

Thursday 17th March – San Fran, Wellington*

Friday 18th March – San Fran, Wellington*

Saturday 19th March – Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū, Christchurch [all ages]*

Thursday 24th March – Regent Theatre, Dunedin [NEW VENUE]

Friday 25th March – Mercury Theatre, Auckland

Saturday 26th March – Mercury Theatre, Auckland

*Tickets available HERE via UTR 
Auckland tickets available HERE

Dunedin tickets available HERE

Take in the newly uploaded, moody computer animated vintage visuals for ‘SEED’ from I Believe You Are A Star…

Sulfate Announce New Dates For Godzone Album Release Tour

Annabel Kean / Photo credit: Courtney Rodgers / Wednesday 27th October, 2021 11:53AM


The wonderfully noisy Sulfate crew are powering through the seemingly endless chaos of tour postponements, today announcing brand new dates for their Tāmaki Makaurau, Pōneke, Ōtautahi and Ōtepoti shows. Peter Ruddell (Wax Chattels), Hariet Ellis (Na Noise, Dick Move) and David Harris (Princess Chelsea) will be fuelling the sweltering summer heat in February and March with their brain-melting sophomore album Godzone, that dropped to welcome ears back in September via Flying Nun Records. Along with the news of fresh tour dates, Sulfate have confirmed their original ripper bill of support acts has remained in tact, with Guardian Singles, The Spectre Collective, Wurld Series and more joining the Godzone party this summer. Check the full rundown below and lock in your spot — all tickets remain valid and UTR ticket holders have been emailed direct with details (check your promotions and spam folders)

UnderTheRadar proudly presents…

Sulfate – Godzone Tour

Friday 25th February – Wine Cellar, Auckland w/ Guardian Singles & Soft Bait

Saturday 26th February – Newtown Sports Bar, Wellington w/ Mystery Waitress & The Spectre Collective

Friday 11th March – Wunderbar, Lyttelton w/ Wurld Series & Zane 2000

Saturday 12th March – DIVE, Dunedin w/ Dale Kerrigan & Wet Specimen

Tickets available HERE via UTR 

Sulfate’s sophomore album ‘Godzone’ is out now on streaming services and vinyl via Flying Nun Records.

The Beths Announce New Dates For Whammy Residency Wellington Shows

Chris Cudby
/ Friday 22nd October, 2021 11:00AM


Aotearoa power-pop superstars The Beths have lined up all their ducks (or should we say pups?), revealing today brand new dates for both their epic run of Tāmaki Makaurau Whammy Bar residency gigs and their headline stint at Pōneke’s San Fran, including a new Friday night show (plus the all-ages gigs has changed locations from CoCA Massey). In what must have been a exceptionally nimble act of rescheduling jiu jitsu, the team of Elizabeth Stokes, Jonathan Pearce, Benjamin Sinclair and Tristan Deck will now be treating fans to their mega-catchy anthems in the summer month of January 2022 — all tickets remain valid and UTR ticket holders have been emailed direct with details (check your promotions and spam folders). You can experience a magical taste of what to look forward to with The Beths’ new concert film created by champs Sports Team, the band shared their excitement about their forthcoming shows…

"Honestly, when we finally get to play these shows… we are going to be very happy. The last few months have been a rollercoaster, and it’s been rough seeing the rest of 2021 crumble away. But next year is looking brighter and we can’t wait to play these songs for you.”

The Beths
w/ special guests

Friday 7th January – San Fran, Wellington [NEW SHOW / 18+]
Saturday 8th January – San Fran, Wellington [all ages matinee / 18+ late]
Tuesday 11th January – Whammy Bar, Auckland 

Wednesday 12th January – Whammy Bar, Auckland 
Thursday 13th January – Whammy Bar, Auckland  [sold out] 
Friday 14th January – Whammy Bar, Auckland [sold out]
Saturday 15th January – Whammy Bar, Auckland [sold out]

Tickets available HERE via UTR

Watch The Beths playing ‘Dying To Believe’ live at Auckland Town Hall…

UTR Promoter App New Improved Better Than Ever

Annabel Kean / C.C. / Tuesday 19th October, 2021 9:22AM


As Aotearoa takes baby steps towards restriction-free gig-going, we took the wee lull in live shows to create a bunch of essential updates to our official UTR Promoter App — that’s the app you see the door person use to scan your tickets at shows. The fresh version features new software tech that makes it run a whole lot faster and smoother no matter what the capacity, whether you’re using Android, iOS or even scanning with an iPad. This means speedy queues whether you’re seeing your favourite band at jam-packed festivals like The Others Way or Obey The Riff, or catching a local gem for an intimate Wine Cellar stand-and-sway.

The new edition of the UTR promoter app still does all the usual handy stuff like keeping an up to the moment record of ticket sales and attendees, and making on the night ticket scanning incredibly easy and user friendly. Now it’s a whole lot faster, and will be emerging from lockdown with a hot new look — inspiring!

For all you promoter types, update the app now (the new version is 2.0) and check out the fresh fit while you’re planning your next amazing gig and / or nationwide tour…

Android users
can download the promoter app HERE

iOS users can download the new version of the promoter app HERE

Please note the UTR promoter app is for show organisers — if you’re a ticket holder you’ll be wanting our all-in-one UTR app [available right HERE]

Don McGlashan Announces New Dates For Album Release Tour

Chris Cudby / Photo credit: Diane Smithers
/ Friday 15th October, 2021 9:00AM


With a new solo album on the horizon and venues across Aotearoa presently operating under various alert level restrictions, Aotearoa music icon Don McGlashan (Blam Blam Blam, The Mutton Birds) has announced his keenly awaited nationwide release tour has been rescheduled to early 2022. Featuring contributions from live bandmates / all-stars The Others — aka Shayne P Carter (Straitjacket Fits, Dimmer), Chris O’Connor (SJD, Phoenix Foundation) and James Duncan (SJD, Dimmer) — Bright November Morning will will now launch in late February 2022, to be followed by a bevy of headline events across the nation in March and April. Time-twisting lead track ‘Now’s The Place’ saw McGlashan reunite with his fellow Front Lawn bandmate Harry Sinclair on co-songwriting duties. He’s confirmed more great singles are indeed on the way, encouraging all to get vaccinated and look after each other during these hectic times…

"Hi all. We announced the Bright November Morning release and tour early, thinking that within weeks the restrictions might be lifted, but things haven’t played out as we’d hoped. After a lot of thought, we’ve reluctantly decided to postpone the tour and the album release. We’ve rebooked the release for late Feb 2022, and the tour for March and April. We hope you can join us then. Please stay safe everyone. Get vaccinated, and take care of each other. Watch this space; we’ll be releasing singles and giving updates on the album release." — Don McGlashan

UTR proudly presents…

Don McGlashan & The Others

Bright November Morning
Rescheduled Tour Dates:

Thursday 31st March – Hastings, Opera House

Friday 1st April – Palmerston North, The Globe Theatre*
Saturday 2nd April – Wellington, Opera House

Thursday 7th April – Nelson, Theatre Royal

Friday 8th April – Christchurch, James

Saturday 9th April – Dunedin, Glenroy Auditorium

Wednesday 13th April – Hamilton, The Meteor Theatre*
Thursday 14th April – Auckland, Powerstation

Saturday 16th April – Leigh, Sawmill Café*

*Tickets available HERE via UTR
Tickets available via

All UTR ticket holders have been emailed with details (check your promotions and spam folders)

Lineup Announced For Slow Note 2021 Festival

Chris Cudby
/ Tuesday 5th October, 2021 12:01PM


Te Whanganui-a-Tara’s all-ages Slow Note 2021 festival have unveiled some awesome news to keep us amped for brighter days to come, revealing the smashing lineup for November’s three day celebration of music and poetry. Performing across "a number of homely and humble spaces" in the capital will be such significant established and emerging musical figures as Cave Circles (the genre-spanning project of Riki Gooch), Flying Nun dreamscape trio Womb, taonga pūoro practitioner Rob Thorne, Te Papaioea duo Fruit Juice Parade, cyper-pop sensation Hybrid Rose, electronic production wiz Skymning, sci-fi psych rockers Ripship and many more. They’ll be sharing the bill alongside a selection of local poets, curated with the laudable aim of "bringing communities together through a shared ethos of connection and emotion". Delve into the details for this very special community event below…

Slow Note 2021

Friday 26th November to Sunday 28th November — Wellington, four venues and six stages


Cave Circles, Fruit Juice Parade, How Get, Hybrid Rose, Museum Stork, Recitals, Ripship, Rob Throne, School Fair, Sects in the City, Shannengeorgiapetersen, Skymning, SODA BOYZ, Soft Plastics, Synthetic Children, Veale Moss, Welcome, Womb, Zero Cool + more


Ash Davida Jane, dale, Eleanor Rose King Merton, Lou Annabell, Rhegan Tu’akoi, Ronia Ibrahim, Stacey Teague + more

Tickets available HERE via UTR

Watch the beautiful Martin Sagadin-directed video for Womb’s ‘Dust To Dust’, from their Holding A Flame EP…

Experience footage of Rob Thorne playing pūtōrino in the the Durie Hill Tunnel, Whanganui…

Press release:

The lineup for the much-anticipated all-ages festival happening in Pōneke later this year has been revealed.

Slow Note 2021 will bring together a couple dozen of Aotearoa’s most exciting emerging and established artists hosted across a number of homely and humble spaces throughout Te Whanganui-a-Tara.

This year, Slow Note will see artists such as ethereal three-piece Womb, taonga pūoro practitioner Rob Thorne and the breakbeat don Skymning grace various halls and spaces throughout Wellington.

The festival of music and poetry will unfurl across Wellington on 26-28 November at four venues and six stages. Eschewing any particular style or medium, Slow Note is focused on bringing communities together through a shared ethos of connection and emotion.

As an all-ages festival, Slow Note centers community and accessibility, with a view to inspiring reflection and creativity by recognising and appreciating the spaces and communities around us. Slow Note helps widen the path for those who want to discover, explore and connect with new ideas through art.

Valhalla Reopening For Live Shows This Week

Chris Cudby / Image: Planet Of The Dead / Photo credit: Bruce Mackay
/ Tuesday 14th September, 2021 9:39AM


Te Whanganui a Tara’s beloved home of heavy metal, subterranean dance ragers and so much more, Valhalla are leading the charge for the return of live music in Aotearoa once more, reopening their gates for seated gigs from this Wednesday onwards. Operating under the more restricted new Alert Level 2 conditions, capacity for these events will be strictly limited to 50 attendees, social distancing measures will be in place (everyone needs to be 1 metre apart) and masks need to be worn when not imbibing a thirst-quenching beverage. Valhalla have announced a fun twist on the latter with a mask competition being held for every Level 2 show, where the the "coolest / funniest / most unique masker wearer" wins a bar tab on them. NZ’s venues desperately need everyone’s support if our live music culture is going to keep thriving into the future — consider it your civic duty to head along to any / all of these killer shows happening at Valhalla this very week, we advise snapping up presales while you can…

Wednesday 15th September — Songs For Skeleton feat. Bad Hagrid, Rose Lubransky, Esbee and the Zooks; presale tickets available HERE via UTR

Thursday 16th September — NOISE>DRONE>REPEAT w/ Forgotten Architecture, Sluggernaut, Vital Artery, Daniel Beban ($5 on the door, doors at 8pm, first act on 8.30ish)

Friday 17th September — Mortal Vice, The Heathen Collective + extra special bogans

Saturday 18th September — Into Orbit w/ Planet Of The Dead & Mammuthus; presale tickets available HERE via UTR

Experience Planet Of The Dead’s epic video for the title track to their new album Pilgrim…

Sacred Reich and Vio Lence NZ Shows Postponed

Chris Cudby / Image: Sacred Reich
/ Thursday 2nd September, 2021 10:00AM


Metal maniacs across Aotearoa will have to wait a little longer than was first envisioned to experience the sonic onslaught of US thrash legends Sacred Reich and Vio-Lence live on our shores. Originally announced all the way back in August 2019, both bands’ hugely anticipated October gigs in Tāmaki Makaurau and Pōneke with local heroes Bulletbelt have been rescheduled to new dates yet to be announced — all UTR ticket holders will be emailed direct with updated details.

"Due to the continuing uncertainty with lockdowns and travel restrictions we unfortunately have to postpone our New Zealand dates again. We are definitely looking forward to returning so hang on to your tickets! We will make it worth the wait!" — Phil Rind, Sacred Reich

Here’s the low down direct from the organisers: "Sacred Reich, Vio-lence YCSS and Valhalla Touring, are all sorry to confirm that we have to postpone the planned shows in October 2021 to a date when things are more safer and borders have reopened. As we speak, touring has opened up overseas, New Zealand is not far behind, but with all these snap lockdowns and border closures, this current climate is just too risky for the bands, and of course YOU, the fans!!!! Not just for health and safety reasons, but also due to the risk of another snap lockdown, the uncertainty is too risky. With vaccinations now rolling out, we hopefully won’t be too far behind the rest of the world and we can get back to Thrashing it out . . looking like within the next 12 months. Please hold on to your ticket, it will remain valid for the new shows."

Sacred Reich and Vio-Lence

with special guests Bulletbelt

Tuesday 12th October 2021 – Valhalla, Wellington [rescheduled]

Wednesday 13th October 2021 – Whammy, Auckland [rescheduled]

All UTR ticket holders will be emailed direct with updated details

Watch the vintage clip for the title track to Sacred Reich’s 1990 album The American Way…

Experience Vio-Lence’s ‘Serial Killer’ from their 1988 classic Eternal Nightmare…

Clap Clap Riot Announce New Tour Dates Share Video For Its Alright

Chris Cudby
/ Thursday 26th August, 2021 10:15AM


As Aotearoa’s gig community keenly awaits for the coast to be clear again for live shows, Tāmaki Makaurau’s Clap Clap Riot have made moves to ensure fans don’t need to miss out on their forthcoming nationwide tour. Punting the ball down the road just a little bit further, they’ve gone and announced the newly dubbed Third Times A Charm tour, hitting the four main centres in the summer month of February 2022, and to sweeten the deal they’ve also launched a brand new video for latest anthem ‘It’s Alright’. Already a zippy punk rock banger, CCR get their personal bubbles on in the song’s sleek clip directed by Karlie Fisher and Sacha Stejko, and made with support from NZ On Air — providing an ace showcase for recent addition Alex Freer‘s (Tiny Ruins, Phoebe Rings) smokin’ skills on the skins. Don’t make them announce a fourth one, keep wearing that mask and head along to CCR’s Third Times A Charm tour at the new dates below — all UTR ticket holders will be emailed direct with updated details

Clap Clap Riot
‘Third Times A Charm’ Tour

Friday 4th February – Meow, Wellington
Saturday 5th February – Whammy, Auckland*
Friday 11th February – Blue Smoke, Christchurch*
Saturday 12th February – Dive, Dunedin*

Tickets available HERE via UTR*

‘It’s Alright’ is out now via major streaming services.

UTR Update NZ Shows Postponed Cancelled Due To COVID 19 Restrictions

C.C. / Image: Sofia Machray and Jordan Luck Band
/ Wednesday 18th August, 2021 11:56AM


Here we go again. As readers will no doubt be aware, due to confirmed community cases of Covid-19, (according to the government website) Auckland and the Coromandel Peninsula is at Alert Level 4, likely for a period of 7 days. The rest of New Zealand is at Alert Level 4, initially for a period of 3 days. This means a raft of live gigs originally due to happen this coming weekend are now being postponed or cancelled. Here’s a rolling list below of which UTR-related shows have been impacted thus far, follow the links below for more details — all ticket holders to UTR events will be contacted via email of the updated event info.

As Aotearoa’s longest-running independent ticketing and music news website, we’ve been significantly impacted by the new lockdown restrictions. Revenue from ticketing live shows enables the UTR team to keep bringing you the best breaking music news, interviews, playlists and so much more. Please consider supporting us HERE.

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 — please mask up

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

EVENT UPDATES (more to be announced):

Clap Clap Riot — Auckland show postponed, more info here

Doons x Sofia Machray — Wellington show postponed, more info here

In The Shallows — Palmerston North date postponed

Jordan Luck Band — Hamilton and Auckland dates postponed, more info here

Manuela, Max Earnshaw, and Geoff Ong — Auckland show cancelled

Nic & Reuben — Christchurch and Dunedin shows postponed

Nightmare Honey — Auckland show postponed

Scarlett Lashes — Auckland show cancelled

Storehouse — Auckland date postponed, more info here

Thunder and Marmite – Wellington show cancelled

Interview Crone Now! Here! This! tautahi Festival

Tash van Schaardenburg / Photo credit: Ted Black for his brand Cold Wave
/ Friday 11th June, 2021 1:30PM


Crone aka Emily Berryman and Lucy Reid are taking their chilling brand of experimental techno back to the South Island, to grip the dancefloor in their shivering drones and bone-rattling percussion with Audio Foundation’s Now! Here! This! Ōtautahi Festival. Based in Pōneke, crone are performing as part of a stunner line up of locals, and visitors Omit, K-group and Sewage.The kaupapa of the festival is collaboration, with Lucy Reid also appearing in collaborative sets throughout the festival which started last night with four more shows throughout the weekend at Otautahi’s Space Academy. Tash van Schaardenburg (Citacsy / Unisex Fuck Club) had a quick chat with crone in the virtual realm, before their upcoming gigs and the imminent launch of a new remix of their track ‘crush’ by Whanganui producer Body Beat Ritual

Now! Here! This! Ōtautahi – Space Academy

Friday 11th June – 8pm, tickets available HERE via UTR

Chris Spall / Maki Matsumoto / Nic Woollaston / Jake Kīanō Kinner
Motte / Ro Rushton-Green / Lucy Reid

Justin Dehart
K-group / Omit
Lucy Reid / Gabriel Griffin / Jonty O’Connor / Reece Mcnaughton / I.R.D / Mike Minchington / Luke Shaw

Saturday 12th June – Auricle Ambisonics, 2pm

Paul Toohey / Malcolm Riddoch / David Khan / Noel Meek

Nicole Reddington / Michael Kime / Helen Greenfield / Anita Clark / Ro Rushton-Green / Heather Webb / Nic Woollaston

Jake Kīanō Skinner / Geoff Low / Memory Burn

Saturday 12th June – 8pm, tickets available HERE via UTR

Rmf Thomas / Motte / Jonty O’Connor

Omit / Teen Haters / Emma Johnston
Poltroon / Sewage

Big Flip The Massive


Tash van Schaardenburg: Kia ora Lucy & Emily! I hope you’re both doing great. What’s the Pōneke electronic scene like at the moment?

crone: Kia ora! To be honest we’ve both been pretty low key so far this year. Third Party is a cool young and queer DJ club night serving up hyperpop and gabber. There are a few people involved, but the brains behind it is multi-talented DJ and VJ zozo, who has previously organised events as CLUBHAUS.

In terms of the live electronic scene, we are missing our fave collaborators Strange Stains, Ursula Le Sin, Oil Grace, ENT and Zero Plussed / Beneficiary 414127193, who have all relocated to Tāmaki Makaurau for the time being.

I did a bit of digging and found that you two had been involved in shows together as DJ & presenter / curator all the way back in 2016 for Radio One in Dunedin. How did crone begin?

Haha yes! Synthesize Me was an iconic weekly radio show featuring Emily, Bianca Prujean (Embedded Figures, Strange Harvest) and Renee Barrance (Ov Pain, Élan Vital) as hosts. I did a few guest shows and got my first Lumen Lux DJ gig when they asked me to play their club night.

Crone actually began as a solo project when Emily put a piece together for the Refining Light audio-visual festival at the Anteroom in Port Chambers, with help from Phoebe McKenzie on visuals. From there we started jamming with the idea of combining Emily’s penchant for dreamy melancholic synth, with my affinity for the physicality of club and noise music.

It took a little while to work out and our first gig was a disaster. Nothing was synced and my power cut out like 5 times! We still don’t really know what we’re doing lol.

Lumen Lux · MESH VII FUCK 2020 MIX


You’re also co-founders of MESH, which has played a significant part in how diverse and rich the Pōneke electronic music scene is currently — through it’s mix series and club nights. Maybe you could tell us a little bit about the vibe of the MESH collective’s work?

MESH started in 2018 when we both moved to Pōneke at the same time as our friend Jelly O’Shea, who was running DIRT online gallery. The idea was that it would exist as a sound-focused sub branch of DIRT, but its offline life has probably flourished more than its online counterpart.

The kaupapa of MESH is to build community and provide an accessible and empowering space for experimentation, with a focus on artists and audiences who often exist on the fringes and may not otherwise feel supported. We wanted to present this music in a way that welcomes new people in rather than alienates and shift environments through collaboration with visual artists.

The core collective has always been predominantly queer and so that shapes everything we do, even when we are not explicit about it.

We are on a bit of a hiatus at the moment though.

Crone has a new EP coming out soon. What can we get amped up for?

Second Skin is clubbier than our first EP, which had more of a drone / experimental feel. It’s still got the distinctive discordant sound, just more dancefloor friendly. Our single ‘crush’ should give a good idea of what to expect. There is also an amazing remix by Body Beat Ritual, which is due to be released very soon via The Brvtalist.

People that haven’t seen you live might not realise that Lucy actually plays a drum pad with a looper rather than a drum machine, I think that percussive physicality is really tangible in many of your songs. Do you find that your joint use of hardware influences the overall feeling of your music?

I’m happy that translates! We’re not hardware loyalists, but it has definitely influenced the sound, feeling and structure of our music. We often swing between the appeal of the unlimited potential of software and the immediacy, tangibility and restriction of hardware. We’ve been thinking about changing our set up for a while, but haven’t quite gotten around to it yet.

You’re playing at Now! Here! This! Festival at Space Academy on the 10th, 11th, 12th June, both as crone and also as musical collaborators. What can we expect?

As well as a crone performance, I (Lucy) have been invited to play a few collaborative sets with other artists. I think one even has six drummers! While improvised drumming is my first love, I haven’t played since BEARZONEXXX stopped jamming last year so hopefully I don’t drop my sticks.

Whenever I see crone perform, you are dressed in impeccable ‘sci-fi goth’ fashion. Maybe you could name drop a few of your favourite brands / designers for us?

It would be remiss of us not to mention our fellow Pōneke via Ōtepoti crew of JPALM, Vague Jewellery and Cold Wave. We love them all and their work!

Our most memorable fashion moment happened when we last played in Ōtautahi. Steven Park of 6×4 approached us on the dancefloor and said he had two matching dresses that would be a perfect fit for our vibe. We went around for lunch the next day and he gifted us these beautiful metallic pieces made of recycled material that he had ripped and burned. They are still our favourite thing to perform in!

Interview Julie Lamb Outfit The Barmy Jarmies Tour

Annabel Kean / Thursday 15th April, 2021 9:02AM


The Julie Lamb Outfit have taken the first step on their supersonic The Barmy Jarmies tour with a sizzling show at the Newtown Community Centre in Pōneke last Saturday. A key element to the Julie Lamb Outfit way of life is their community focussed, fun-forward values, making for performances that are more than just funk-pop tunes and horn sections. As bandleader Julie Lamb herself says, "Mischief, stories, sentiment, groove" are the four words that come to mind, and I’d say that’s what gives their octet an extra sparkle on their live tour stops. Lamb’s cheek and charm shine through in the below interview, have a gander and see where the closest Julie Lamb Outfit event is to you — touring their latest album How Humans Think plus brand new singles ‘That Brilliant Thing‘ and ‘Working On The Line‘…

Julie Lamb Outfit: The Barmy Jarmies Tour

Saturday 17th April – St Peter’s Hall, Paekakariki w/ Charlotte Kerrigan*

Friday 30th April – The Tin Hut, Featherston w/ Grafia
Saturday 1st May – Spaceship, Hastings

Friday 21st May – The Vic , Auckland

Saturday 22nd May – The Yot Club, Raglan

Friday 11th June – Whanganui Musicians Club, Whanganui*

Saturday 12th June – Butlers Reef, Oakura

Tickets on sale HERE via UTR*

UTR: Please describe The Julie Lamb Outfit in ten words or less.

Julie Lamb: Mischief, stories, sentiment, groove. Not always in that order.

Is it correct to say it is you who “steers the ship”?

That would be correct, but it is a benign dictatorship, and I am often told by the others how I can steer the ship better. #learning

How did the current lineup of Julie Lamb Outfit come to be?

In February 2018, my previous band came to an end after a productive and successful 6 years. Still having musical things to say, I approached some musicians I wanted to work with, and we formed the Julie Lamb Outfit. Originally, the new collaboration was intended to be small, but HOW CAN YOU FUNKY POP WITH NO HORNS??
Personnel have changed over time and we’ve become this funny, fabulous fit.

I read that the band meets up every Wednesday for dinner and then band practice. How long have you been doing that? Where do you go for dinner?

We DO! We have Hell Pizza takeaways every band practice. It’s an opportunity to sit, chat, unwind and create. We sit in the reception area at the practice space and laugh and eat and argue the benefits of coffee at night. I’ve done this forever as a way to shake the cobwebs from the muse. It’s amazing how everyday conversations can do that.

Can you tell me a bit about what the humans of the Julie Lamb Outfit do when they’re not doing Julie Lamb Outfit things?

I’d like to say, in a robotic monotone, that “No. This. Is. All. We. Do.” But we do such a variety of things. It’s where the ideas come from… We have a sailor, a car racing driver, a writer, an engineer, an accountant, teachers, a retail manager. We have mums, dads, aunts, uncles, sisters, brothers… I like to say our occupations are those things, our preoccupation, collectively is music.

Why is the album called How Humans Think? How does that come through in the songs?

The name came from looking for a common thread. Seriously, it was a cheat. Every album in the multiverse could be called this. Every song in an album includes a measure of human observation and emotion. But it gave rise to some brilliant artwork (Debe Mansfield) and as soon as the working title hit, it gave us freedom to talk about anything at all in our songs. We don’t leave many on the “cutting room floor” but giving a broad working title meant even fewer were dropped.

Will ‘Working On The Line’, ‘Age And Attitude’ and ‘That Brilliant Thing’ be on the next album? Got a title yet?

Good question. The original idea was to gather songs and toggle them together in an album. Once we hit the magic 8, we’d package them… but… I’m unsure if we mechanically need to do that. With the exception of getting together a bunch of lovely artwork, providing CDs as business cards and creating an excuse for a tour, (for us) do audiences want or need an album? I think if the songs tell similar stories and sit well together, it sure is a consideration, but we are writing these as singles (which satisfies the algorithm gods.) Originally though, we had a working title of Better Work Stories. So far the concepts would suit How Humans Think Now instead.

What stops on the tour are you most excited about?

Actually all of them, but for different reasons. We have 4 theatres on this tour. That means green (dressing) rooms and mirrors! No changing in toilets!
We are hitting new venues and towns… always nerve racking, and always an opportunity. And always lovely fun.

Do you have any tour traditions? What about pre-show rituals?

Separately, I suspect we all have little rituals. Mine are getting grumpy, making sure the bling is “correct” and panicking. Together, we have dad jokes, making bets on where and when Shan can sleep, (ANYwhere / when — it’s her superpower) decorating the stage and music stands. Honestly, the decorations take up more space in the van than the drum kit.
Post show… finding midnight food (harder than you may think).

Who are three of your favourite NZ acts at the moment? Why?

Personally, and in no particular order:
The Mean Bones. Ant Donaldson and Tom Callwood create the best funk grooves and layer a bunch of amazing vocalisations and horn work over the top. A gig at Meow two years ago remains my favourite live gig since.

Sea Mouse / The Skeletons. Or actually any other band Seamus Johnson fronts. Too brilliant for small stages. He’s the Ian Moss of NZ. Opens his mouth and captures the audience. Sweats and delivers.

Vorn. Clever, articulate, funny, on point. An under rated multi instrumentalist with a massive brain and enough humour to hide it. Such a good writer.

Julie Lamb Outfit’s latest album ‘How Humans Think’ is out now.

Estre Announces New Archetypes Tour Dates Shares Remix Video

Annabel Kean / Thursday 4th March, 2021 1:19PM


The thing with grey, cloudy skies (both literally and figuratively) is that you end up with a surplus of silver linings, which in our case is a wave of new tour dates for postponed shows. Seriously magical Pōneke artist Estère was supposed to be well underway with her Archetypes tour by now, and today we can share a collective sigh of relief as fresh dates have been locked in and announced. The Aotearoa-wide tour features Estère’s curated Archetypes show, in which she further explores the ideas in her latest album on stage, including appearances at Splore, Newtown Festival and Wanaka’s Festival Of Colour. Like many of us upon learning of the new lockdown, Estère turned to her personal creative outlets. If you’ve had the pleasure of scrolling through her Instagram feed, you’ll have seen Estère’s remixes of her own songs using what she has around the house — anything from a Tibetan singing bowl to autumn leafs. So once you’ve wrapped your eyes around the new tour dates, enjoy the ‘Pelican (Found Sound Remix)‘ below…

Estère – Archetypes Tour

Friday 26th March – Paisley Stage, Napier*

Saturday 27th March – Splore (ALL AGES)

Sunday 28th March – Jam Factory, Tauranga (ALL AGES)

Sunday 11th April – Newtown Festival, Wellington

Thursday 15th April – Festival of Colour, Wanaka

Wednesday 5th May – DIVE Music Bar, Dunedin *

Thursday 6th May – Wunderbar, Lyttelton*

Friday 7th May – The Plant, Blenheim (ALL AGES)*

Saturday 8th May – East St Café, Nelson*

Sunday 9th May – Roots Bar, Takaka*

Tickets available HERE via UTR

Muroki Drops Single Wavy Announces North Island Tour

Annabel Kean / Friday 26th February, 2021 11:29AM


Muroki (Masaya, Cloak Bay) has had a pretty full noise start to his solo music career. He caught the attention of Benee with his debut single ‘For Better Or Worse’ last year, which she then played on Elton John’s radio show before ringing him up as the very first signee to her record label Olive and inviting him to join her October tour. After a hot summer of festival spots, and a wee skating / broken arm incident, Muroki is back with his soulful third single ‘Wavy‘ and a North Island tour booked for March and April. The new track is warm and joyous, and comes with a super cool lyric video based off Simon Blanchet and Ariel Hughes’s single artwork, so you can sing along while you bounce and shimmy. Catch up with what Benee and Elton John have been listening to, and lock in a spot to see Muroki live with band…


Friday 26th March – Leigh Sawmill, Leigh*

Saturday 27th March – Whammy Bar, Auckland*

Saturday 3rd April – Colville Easter Festival, Coromandel

Friday 9th April – Parrotdog, Wellington (FREE SHOW)

Saturday 10th April – Raglan Club, Raglan*

Tickets on sale HERE via UTR*

Listen To Wet Specimens Debut Album Wet Dreamin

Chris Cudby
/ Wednesday 10th February, 2021 3:17PM


Ōtepoti songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Lucy Hunter fronts Wet Specimen, joining forces with guitarist / vocalist Reg Norris and
percussionist / vocalist Christopher Schmelz to melt minds on their seven track long-playing debut Wet Dreamin’. Teaming gloriously ear-scrubbing guitar noise-rock action with Hunter’s exceptional wordplay, in a manner that recalls (to me anyhow) shoulda-been-more-famous Christchurch legends / hepcats Space Dust, or maybe The Renderers in fuzz-out mode, Wet Dreamin’ is a clear winner from top to tail — elevated even further by brand spanking analogue visuals for album cut ‘The Dirt‘. Tuck into the good stuff and catch them playing with Ben Woods in their hometown and Oamaru later this month…

UTR proudly presents…

Ben Woods, Wet Specimen

Friday 26th February – Grainstore Gallery, Oamaru

Saturday 27th February – Dog With Two Tails, Dunedin

Tickets available HERE via UTR

Violet French Drops Spooky Single Video Pop Pop Pop

Chris Cudby
/ Wednesday 10th February, 2021 9:37AM


Ōtautahi tunesmith Violet French of Kool Aid fame wishes us all a "happy humpday" with the release of her spine-tingling third solo single ‘Pop Pop Pop‘. Launched alongside a vibey DIY clip directed by Luke Towart of The Horrible (who also plays organ on the track) depicting what I presume to be everyday life in Canterbury’s suburbs — eg. standing outside staring into your flat, afternoons spent with terrifying dolls, phone served on a plate, reality blurring out — French’s new tune is a haunting fuzzy ditty with a somehow upbeat heart. Do as the artist says and "get paranormal" when French performs alongside Ben Woods this March at Lyttelton’s The Loons, and don’t miss her own headline performance with The Horrible at Isaac Theatre Royal on 20th March…

UTR proudly presents…

Ben Woods, Violet French

Friday 19th March – The Loons, Lyttelton

Tickets available HERE via UTR

Mermgrown Festival 2021 Full Lineup Announced Hans Pucket Emily Edrosa More

Chris Cudby / Photo credit: Paige Warton
/ Tuesday 19th January, 2021 10:32AM


Summer just got 100% more fab with today’s revelation of the long-awaited full lineup for Mermgrown 2021, the inaugural all-ages festival creation of Mermaidens. Gearing up to knock your socks off at Pōneke’s Workingmen’s Bowling Club this February will be Hans Pucket, Emily Edrosa (performing solo), PollyHill, Black Spider Stomp and Freya Daly Sadgrove, joining an already stonkin’ bill featuring Motte, Zero Cool, WOMB, Ludus, and of course the Taite-nominated team of Gussie Larkin, Lily West and Abe Hollingsworth themselves. Mermgrown has been a long time coming and will be well worth the wait, as an earlier version was frustratingly cancelled way back in March due to dirty old Covid. There’ll also be a bar to help quench your thirst (non-alcoholic options will be available), yum food courtesy of Two Girls One Taco and even an art market — grip the full lineup details and secure your spot before it sells outs…

UTR proudly presents…

Mermgrown 2021

Featuring… Womb, Emily Edrosa (solo), Mermaidens, Hans Pucket, Motte, Zero Cool, Ludus, PollyHill, Freya Daly Sadgrove, Black Spider Stomp

Saturday 20th February – The Workingmen’s Bowling Club, Wellington (doors 1pm, all-ages)

Tickets available HERE via UTR (kids aged 13 and under get in free)

Watch the vid for Emily Edrosa’s super catchy ‘Drinking During The Day’…

Smash play on PollyHill’s new single ‘Mentors’…

PollyHill · Mentors

Mermgrown 2021 Wellington Festival First Lineup Announced

Chris ‘Sunhat’ Cudby / Photo credit: Paige Warton
/ Monday 21st December, 2020 12:00PM


The year’s not over yet folks. Mermaidens have gifted us something huge to look forward to in 2021, announcing their very own Mermgrown festival will be happening in Pōneke this coming February. After an earlier version was sadly cancelled back in March due to Covid, the Taite nominated team of Gussie Larkin, Lily West and Abe Hollingsworth have assembled a fresh bill of local buds to strut their stuff at their hometown’s Workingmens Bowling Club. The sonically adventurous initial lineup features Motte, Zero Cool, WOMB, electronic artist Ludus (who organised the excellent Artists In Residence compilation of lockdown tunes) and of course Mermaidens themselves — plus a bar, yum food to munch on and more big surprises on the way. How’s that for a summer cliffhanger? Grab tickets while you can for the inaugural, all-ages Mermgrown event…

UTR proudly presents…

Mermgrown 2021

Saturday 20th February – The Workingmen’s Bowling Club, Wellington w/ Mermaidens, Motte, Zero Cool, WOMB, Ludus + more to be announced (doors 1pm, all-ages)

Tickets available HERE via UTR (kids aged 13 and under get in free)

Experience the haunting sci-fi 2020 vid for Mermaidens’ ‘Bastards’…

Listen to Womb’s gorgeous new single ‘Dust To Dust’…

Press release:

Mermaidens are back to kick butt with Mermgrown Festival 2021! The one-day outdoor festival will take place on Saturday 20th February 2021 at the iconic Workingmen’s Bowling Club in Newtown, Wellington. Alongside Mermaidens, this year’s Mermgrown lineup features Pōneke heartthrobs WOMB, violin-witch Motte, very cool band Zero Cool, sonic spellcaster Ludus, and many more to be announced.

Expect some new bangers from Mermaidens, who scooped up nominations at the Aotearoa Music Awards and the Silver Scrolls this year. Mermgrown 2020 sold out within weeks of being announced, so don’t dilly dally – tickets are on sale now from Undertheradar.

There will be an art market curated by Mouthfull, merch for sale and lawn bowls for the sporting pros out there.

This event is not BYO – there is a bar with all the cheap drinks you could possibly dream of. There will be food from Two Girls One Taco & non-alcoholic drinks for purchase. You are welcome to bring a picnic – please no alcoholic drinks though.

Kids aged 13 and under get in free.

All ages are welcome.

Doors open 1:00pm.

UTR 2020 Roundup Festive Season Gig Picks

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


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

Listen To UTR’s 2020 End Of Year Playlist

UTR’s 2020 Favourite Music Moments



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


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


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


Weds 13th Jan: FRED – Nivara Lounge


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


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


Fri 8th Jan: Arthur Ahbez: Oakura Boardriders Club

Hawkes Bay

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

Palmerston North

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


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

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

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


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


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


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


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

Fri 18th Dec: LUNG – Space Academy

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

Wed 23rd Dec: French For Rabbits – Grater Goods

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

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

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

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

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

Sat 9th Jan: PIPSY – Wunderbar, Lyttelton

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


Sat 19th Dec: Xmas Rocks! Featuring Tehight

Sun 3rd Jan: Jordan Luck Band – Luggate Hotel


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


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

Te Anau

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


Sat 19th Dec: LUNG – The Crown Hotel

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

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

Fri 8th Jan – PIPSY – Dive

Sat 9th Jan – Julian Temple Band – ZanziBar


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

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

Live Photos Alien Weaponry Curlys Jewels San Fran Wellington

C.C. / Photography by Bruce Mackay
/ Friday 4th December, 2020 10:42AM


Waipu thrashers Alien Weaponry took over San Fran last night for a blood-pumping celebration of our thankfully unrestricted Level One era — which we shouldn’t forget operates in stark contrast to much of the rest of the world’s paralysed live scenes right now. The globally renowned team of siblings Henry and Lewis de Jong and new bassist Tūranga Morgan-Edmonds were supported for the Pōneke leg of their nationwide tour by windy city rockers Curlys Jewels — take in Bruce Mackay‘s electrifying snaps of the action (click on the thumbnail images below to view the full gallery) and catch them while you can at their Tāmaki Makaurau all-ages event at The Powerstation this Saturday…

UTR proudly presents…

Alien Weaponry – Level One Tour

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

Tickets on sale now via

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Interview Glass Vaults Sounds That Sound Like Music Album Release Tour

Annabel Kean / Wednesday 2nd December, 2020 11:43AM


Polish your dancing shoes, Aotearoa’s favourite ‘Flat White Boys’ Glass Vaults are taking their new LP Sounds That Sound Like Music on tour this month, and they’re on a mission to make your feet move. This is the third studio album from Glass Vaults crew Richard Larsen (aka Richard Dada), Bevan Smith (aka Introverted Dancefloor) and Rowan Pierce, and they’ve cranked up the tempo and maxed out the melodies — in collaboration with friends including Borrowed csInstant Fantasy and Charlotte Forrester of Womb. It makes a lot of sense when Larsen says they’ve "mostly been listening to 70s/ 80s post-punk, new-wave and post-disco bangers", and have even been working on "a banger of a Carly Simon" cover as a special tour treat. All this and more in the below interview with Larsen, who lifts the lid on the disaster-turned-success of the Sounds That Sound Like Music cover shoot, and what sparked their foray into viral TikTok dances. Scroll down for the hot goss, and get the low down on the tour here…

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

Annabel Kean: Kia ora Glass Vaults, long-time no interview! The last was in 2010. I guess this is the 10 year anniversary. Happy anniversary!

Richard Larsen: Hey Annabel! Great to catch up a decade later!… Where has the time gone?

In that interview we asked you what was the best concert you’d ever been to and Richard listed Bright Eyes, The Polyphonic Spree, Seth Frightening and Ragamuffin Children. Any updates on that?

Cuuuute! That Polyphonic Spree show at the 2004 Big Day Out was amazing, I still think about it a lot. I was lucky enough to catch The Flaming Lips in Berlin a few years ago which was also incredible, with a similarly outrageous production! But also, take me back to Camp A Low Hum and Puppies… nothing compares!

Who are your current favourite pop musicians?

Phoaaarrr, hard question. In terms of New Zealand "pop" music, I’m really into what Chelsea Jade is doing. She’s an incredible songwriter, artist and performer. Her album Personal Best is jammed full of pop bangers and the Personal Best tour was BEYOND!

Not exactly pop music but, M T Hadley has been a favourite of mine for the past couple of years. His off-kilter ballads are beautifully pessimistic. Other than that, we’ve mostly been listening to 70s / 80s post-punk, new-wave and post-disco bangers.

The album title ‘Sounds That Sounds Like Music’ could be philosophical, funny, or self-deprecating. Does it sit in any or all of those categories?

All of the above! It should be taken with a sideways smile and a healthy amount of self-deprecation.

Can you tell me about the photoshoot for the album cover? Did you guys get to play with the helium after?

Ha! Yeah, so Rowan designed that one. The golden letter balloons spell out the album title, Sounds That Sound Like Music, and we’d hoped that we could suspend them in space to read that way. In reality they floated around awkwardly… But in the end we’re really happy with the vibe of it, and it kinda suits the surreal / self- deprecation nature of it.

Whose idea was it to have a viral dance video for the ‘Oils and Perfume’ video?

Bevan and myself had become really curious about the resurgence of dance culture among teenagers, with the rise of Tiktok and Fortnite, which we witnessed as both of us work with children in our day jobs. Cultural movements and phenomena are really interesting to us. We’d written the song ‘Oils and Perfume’ as a kind of action song / ode to the Macarena in which the lyrics would direct and provoke a dance.

Rowan works as a performance designer, mostly in the realms of contemporary dance so contacted Melissa Sripromma a friend, choreographer and Tiktok-er who choreographed the dance for us during the first lock-down. We then sent her dance, which she filmed on her cell phone, to a bunch of dancer friends (both professional and DIY) to learn, and film it on their cellphones from within their bubble. These were then edited together to form the music video. It was a really joyous way of connecting during a super isolating/ weird time.

Does the band have any connections to Taupō and Arthur’s Pass before recording in those places? I have very fond memories of snowy train rides to Arthur’s Pass and freezing dips in Taupō.

Not specifically, other than going on holiday there as kids. More importantly we were just looking for neutral spaces, away from the routines of everyday life that we could set up and dedicate to writing and recording. Being away and isolated for a number of days was a really important aspect of the process, and meant we could dive deep into the project without the distractions of everyday life. The Taupō lake house came courtesy of my uncle who owned a great old A-frame house by the lake. The Arthur’s Pass cabin came courtesy of the wonderful Jessie Shanks (The Eastern). Both wonderful places which we are now connected to. We’re always on the lookout for retreat spots to make music…hint hint 😉

What tour rituals or traditions do Glass Vaults have?

When we’re together on tour or in the "studio" we enjoy daily flat white coffees and breakfast muffins. We love them so much we wrote a song about it called ‘Flat White Boy’.

Got any fun treats for the tour? Surprise guests, wacky covers?

We do have some surprise guests joining us on stage, and a much humbler version of the Polyphonic Spree / Flaming Lips style stage production which we love so much. We’ve also been learning a banger of a Carly Simon tune too. It’s going to be a wild party!

Whose ears are on that ears t-shirt?

I drew them!

‘Sounds That Sound Like Music’ is out now digitally and on vinyl LP.

Interview Alien Weaponry Level One Tour

Annabel Kean / Wednesday 18th November, 2020 11:12AM


Brain-blasting Waipu trio Alien Weaponry take their killer brand of Te Reo heavy metal on the road this month and next, celebrating the rare privilege of Aotearoa’s Level One lifestyle. Recent additions to the same management roster as Slayer and Gojira (RSE Group), siblings Henry and Lewis de Jong and new bassist Tūranga Morgan-Edmonds haven’t quit soaring since dropping their award winning debut album in 2018. Rightly saving his voice for the tour, vocalist Lewis de Jong joined me for a chat via email and dished the goss on all things Alien Weaponry in 2020. Wander down the page for the interview, and wrap your eyes around the full tour run down here…

UTR proudly presents…

Alien Weaponry – Level One Tour

Friday 20th November – Totara St, Tauranga

Saturday 21st November – The Factory, 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 now via

Annabel Kean: So cool that you recently performed at the Auckland Town Hall. How did you find playing your music in such a big venue? It can be pretty echoey in there.

Lewis de Jong: The Auckland Town Hall is one of the venues I’ve always loved. I went there for a couple of shows as a kid and always imagined myself playing on that stage so it was a surreal experience being able to play there. It is such a beautiful venue and the huge pipe organ looked awesome in the background of us playing. As for the echoes, well our FoH guy Hammerhead always makes us sound good.


Awesome cover of Troy Kingi’s ‘Mighty Invader’. Can you talk me through your process for that? Did you try out any other versions?

When we first started working on the song, we tried to find something that worked well without sounding the same as the original or just forced. Eventually we decided to take a different approach by using an already existing song of ours and working it into Troy Kingi’s Mighty Invader. It worked better than we could’ve expected.

What have you been up to during lockdowns?

I watched all of the last Air Bender with my partner Lexi, attempted to play saxophone, got my dreadlocks done, went skating almost every day.

What’s it like working with management who are based all the way in LA? Has it changed the culture of the band?

It’s been pretty smooth so far. We have still been doing what we are doing, writing the album and being Kiwis. Our new management doesn’t want to change the culture of the band, they like us the way we are, and I think that’s one of the things that made them want to take us on, because our culture – both Māori and NZ – is a bit different and unique. We won’t really be able to truly gauge the impact of the new management until we are able to tour overseas again, but wherever we are in the world, we have always aimed to be 100% professional, so nothing has changed in that respect.

Was this the first year you were all old enough to vote? How did you find that process? Reckon you’ll be writing any songs about the new government?

This is the first year that I have been able to vote. Henry my brother is two years older than me, so he was eligible to vote but there were no elections, so it was his first time voting too. As far as new songs go, we don’t know at this point what we are going to write about next, so you will have to wait and find out.

How have you found transitioning into life at level one? Do you have any fears around travelling?

It’s been great going back into level one, as I turned 18 during lockdown and didn’t get the chance to celebrate, so it’s nice to be able to go out with my friends. I feel pretty safe in New Zealand, but would definitely feel a little nervous if we were to go overseas right now.

I see you’ve already got a bunch of festivals lined up for next year. What are you looking forward to out of those? Which bands are you most excited to see and why?

I’m really looking forward to Nova Rock and seeing System of a Down, Killswitch Engage and Jinjer. Really excited to see Gojira at Mystic Festival. Also looking forward to seeing Metallica and Mastodon at Aftershock Festival. Most of these bands I’ve seen live before and they have been really good, but I’m especially excited to see Metallica and Killswitch Engage as I’ve never seen them live before.

Die! Die! Die! Share Video For 450

Amelia Berry / Friday 6th November, 2020 10:57AM


Soak up the joy and terror of springtime in Aotearoa with the new video for ‘450’ from Tāmaki Makaurau post-punk noiseniks Die! Die! Die!. Making up one side of their new 7” ‘I Seek Misery / 450’, the track brings Die! Die! Die!’s signature frantic grind to bear against the creeping existential threat of climate change. Shot and edited by Stjohn Milgrew, and created with the support of NZ On Air, the video adds a hopeful twist to the doom and gloom of potential global collapse, cutting between blooming flowers, the band, and gorgeous 1960’s Super8 Tāmaki / Pōneke home movie footage to imagine a more hopeful future.
If you’re in the South Island, you can still catch Die! Die! Die! on the tail end of their national tour, for everyone else you can watch the video below…

UTR proudly presents…

Die! Die! Die!

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

Watch the clip for ‘I Seek Misery’…

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

Listen To UTRs November 2020 Playlist

Chris Cudby
/ Thursday 5th November, 2020 12:38PM


Our UTR playlist is back with a mega-stacked November edition, filled to the brim with the finest new and recently released tunes from all around Aotearoa and beyond. Compiled and arranged by UTR editor / fusspot Chris Cudby, this month’s musical platter includes crucial tracks by Cut Off Your Hands, Emily Edrosa, Cave Circles, Stälker, Oneohtrix Point Never, Sharon Van Etten, P.H.F., Die! Die! Die!, Dick Move, The Bats, Crowded House, Amamelia, Sleaford Mods, clipping. and many more. To stay in the loop don’t delay in hitting that follow button here — open your ears to the vast array of great stuff featured below…

Interview The Phoenix Foundation Speak Out About Friend Ship

Annabel Kean / Photo credit: Ebony Lamb / Tuesday 3rd November, 2020 11:43AM


The Phoenix Foundation fellows are boarding their Friend Ship tour, rigging the sails, and navigating Aotearoa throughout November for eight album release shows. The album is their seventh, and has seen them return to the pop sentiments of earlier collections like Buffalo and Pegasus, and recruiting some of their favourite musicians for collaborative duties. One such collaborator, and Pōneke peer, Anita Clark (Motte) is joining the band for the tour and "violining up a storm like a one woman orchestra". Before they’re run off their feet sharing music new and old in gorgeous venues like Wellington’s Opera House and Ōtautahi’s Isaac Theatre Royal, Phoenix Foundation front man Samuel Flynn Scott caught up with Hans Pucket‘s Oliver Devlin. The pair dive into how Friend Ship was created and where it sits in the Phoenix Foundation’s oeuvre, as well as the best ways to enjoy peanut butter on toast. Check the full run of dates here, and scroll down a wee way for the full interview…

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

Oliver Devlin: Hey, kia ora, it’s Oli. I just got a chance to listen to the album this morning, and was getting my thoughts together… this is my first time interviewing somebody, so I guess bear with me.

Samuel Flynn Scott: Ok, I’ll be really difficult, I’ll make sure I give you no answers.

Haha, yeah. Just yes or no. Straight up.

Yep, really flat.

I just finished listening to the album, and oh boy, wow. That is a heck of an album you’ve got there.

Oh thank you!

It’s pretty stunning. Really nice way to start the day, sitting and eating my banana and peanut butter on toast and listening to some really beautiful music.

That’s a good toast combo. I’d sort of forgotten how delicious it was but I’ve been making it for my sons and then eating it myself. It’s just really good right? Banana and peanut butter.

Peanut butter is having such a cultural moment I feel, but I’m a wimp, I can’t deal with it by itself. Even with how delicious it is, I need a little bit of banana, a little bit of honey or something.

I think it needs some sort of lubrication. I don’t understand people who eat peanut butter on toast without butter. I feel like it’s really claggy if you don’t have jam or honey or something else to change the texture a bit… these are the important topics for UnderTheRadar.

Yeah, we could just keep talking about breakfast.

Yeah sure. But officially I don’t eat breakfast, supposedly. I’ve fallen off the wagon a bit lately. It’s a dieting thing. This is what bands hitting forty have to do now.

Oh okay, I’ll look forward to that.

Leading up to photo shoots and stuff, you gotta hit the intermittent fasting pretty hard.

That’s a great segue, I’ve got my notes here… You’ve worked with Nadia Reid, and Hollie from Tiny Ruins, and Anita Clark, and Amelia [Fazerdaze], and also the entire NZSO. There’s a bit of a theme there going across the album, well obviously friendship, but how did that come together? Collaborating like this, and bringing all these people into The Phoenix Foundation?

We were maybe half way through the record and I was living in Auckland by this stage and me and Luke [Buda] were having a big conversation about how we wanted to finish the record and what we needed to do to give it something special — not just make it another Phoenix Foundation album. And at that stage the NZSO thing, we were still working out how we were gonna do it, if it was gonna happen, and I’d just done the Neil Finn album, with the choir. That choir was people like Reb Fountain, Fazerdaze Amelia, Hollie from Tiny Ruins, and I just loved singing with these women. They have incredible voices and I was listening to so much of their music. I was listening to Fazerdaze, I was listening to Nadia, I was listening to Tiny Ruins. I was listening to Aldous. Most of what I listen to at the moment is New Zealand women. I didn’t used to listen to that much New Zealand music, and I didn’t used to listen to that much music by female songwriters, I don’t think. I’ve always been a huge fan of various female songwriters, but I wouldn’t say it’s dominated my listening, and the last few years it’s really like 80-percent of what I listen to crazily.

I think for a lot of people it’s just a real shift in energy in terms of what we want out of music or something, or just doesn’t feel stale. And so we wanted to tap into that, because that’s what we’re interested in, and it should make our album better and we get to work with some people that we like hanging out with and whose voices we really love, so it just kind of made sense on every level.

One of the songs on the album — is it Luke who’s singing about his life? And starting a band in high school and everything? [Former Glory with Anita Clark]

Yeah, so that’s very much a Luke lyric, because it’s about travelling to New Zealand from Poland and it’s all very — I mean, I love how explicit the lyrics are in that. I don’t mean explicit in a rude way, it’s just that they say what he went through.

That was a really beautiful moment for me on the album, after coming through that whole experience and how hard that must have been. When the band comes in at the end he’s like "Things got cool in high school, I started a band with my best friends". I was like, ‘Oh shit’.

They say you shouldn’t write songs about being in a band, that’s kind of passé or whatever, but I like funny songs bands write about their own little stories. And our one goes back a few years, so why not?

Were you all thinking about that while recording that song for this album? I suppose you’ve been celebrating 20 years of the band, you’re probably sick of being asked questions about the history of it.

Oh na, I mean it’s fine really. It is what it is, especially after doing the NZSO tour which was the 20 year celebration, it’s like, well, we kind of have to accept that at some point you move into a different sort of zone of what you mean to your audience. This is the really interesting thing about working with Nadia and Hollie, you know they’re about ten years younger than us, but they were listening to our music in high school, so the music we were making in our twenties had soundtracked some of their teens. Which is when we met as a band, it was in our teens, and we started to lend each other records and influence each other.

I can absolutely say the same for me as well. I was thinking, the first time I heard you guys was the Eagle Vs. Shark soundtrack.

Ah right! So many people heard us through soundtracks.

Your songs, and the instrumental songs from that album, and then The Reduction Agents were on there as well, and it felt like the whole scene that was going on here. It was quite exciting to come across this trove of all this New Zealand music all at once.

Yeah and most of that music probably, I’d say everyone knew Taika, other than the famous international acts on it. People talk about the ‘scene’ or whatever, but it was never like a ‘cool scene’, no one ever felt ‘cool’ in that world. I think we were all nerds. There was this place called, I think it was Cable Street and it was a warehouse where people like Taika, Age Pryor, Bret Mckenzie and Jermaine, they’d all be making music or putting on little play. You know you’d just go to parties there cos that was the cool, loose party, and you’d meet people there and it’s kind of how you’d end up on their soundtrack. And I kind of loved that time. At this point in my life I can’t connect with people in those ways, and I do miss that, because I’m not young and going out to random things, and because some of that culture doesn’t really exist anymore. Because people don’t have those warehouse spaces where a bunch of artists from different mediums can hang out and work together.

Do you think that your approach to music has changed a lot with that change of environment as well? Or does it still feel like it’s coming from the same place.

You know it does change at different times when we have different motivations. I think with this record we tried to tap into some of the motivations we maybe had sort of 10, 15 years ago. We talked a lot about really focussing things back to songwriting and lyrics on this album, cos I think we got quite caught up in performance. Because we got better as musicians and we got better as a band, and a lot of what makes Give Up Your Dreams a cool record is the way we’re interacting with each other, but we maybe didn’t put that much time into a lot of the lyrics. Whereas with this album, that’s what I said to Luke, that that’s what I’d like it to be about. And he kind of groaned a bit like ‘oh god, lyrics are so hard uh’. Then he came out with ‘Decision Dollars’ which is this personal song about being hungover, and then ‘Miserable Meal’ which people would have heard on the NZSO tour, and that’s again quite a personal song, quite a beautiful song.

Kind of Burt Bacharach-y sorta trumpets in there.

Yeah the arrangement by Claire Cowen which is really cool. And then him just writing about being a Polish immigrant coming to New Zealand and getting beaten up for his lunch money, until the one day he fights back and feels some sense of worth or something, buys a guitar, and meets the people that will become his lifelong friends. It’s like a little mini epic tale, I love it. He wasn’t that into making the lyrics the kind of be all and end all, but in the end he just nailed it. Great stuff.

How about yourself? How’d you find your lyrical writing on this album?

Well, I put a lot of hours into it. ‘Transit Of Venus’, again that’s a very personal story and I’m really just writing about exactly what was happening at the time. I did write that song with my wife when we were supposed to be doing the dishes together and I was annoying her by singing about the stars and planets through the window instead of drying the dishes.

You’re writing it in that moment?

I was writing it in that moment! I was in the kitchen.

That is so beautiful.

Yeah and she was like ‘that sounds really good Sam, but actually could you please do the dishes’.

And then getting to take that to the NZSO — is it Claire doing that arrangement as well?

Ah no that’s Hamish Oliver doing that one.

Yeah, and adding the celestial element to that.

It really does make sense.  I was really unsure about having such a big, bold, Hollywood film kind of arrangement on it, but I was completely wrong. It’s beautiful, it’s great. I’m so glad we did it.

The way that whistle manages to- it cuts through perfectly on top of that huge, mass of humans.

You’ve gotta make the whistling song right? You’ve gotta have a whistling song at some point in your career.

I’d just love to ask you about ‘Landline’ as well, cos that is a straight up, solid gold hit. Fantastic.

I sure hope so! But I won’t hold my breath [laughs]. But no no, I always think ‘aw yeah this one’s pretty catchy, this is going to be the one’, ‘this is the one that’s gonna work for people’. Then I’m like ‘aw no, no one likes it, once again’.

Do you feel a little bit like you’ve got some particularly beautiful gems on this album though? Do you have a little glimmer of something, some hope that there’s some pretty special music on this album? Or are you trying not to think about how it’ll come across to people.

I dunno. I feel like it’s a pretty solid album. I mean, I have my favourite albums, they’re probably Buffalo and Pegasus. I mean I really enjoyed making Give Up Your Dreams, that was one of my favourites to actually make, the process was really cool. But I’d put this up there with Buffalo I think, in terms of the songs. ‘Landline’ is a funny one, cos it’s so much poppier than the rest of the album, but I think it’s good in the context of the album, it’s just got a little bit more juice, and then those really really mellow ones like ‘Trem Sketch’, it allows those songs to be there as well. It kind of balances the force or something. So yeah, it’s a very poppy song, but it’s a song about reaching out and being there for your friends when they’re suffering from depression or anxiety, and also being understanding if they’re not available for you, or you’re not available for them, cos it kind of goes back and forth this thing about ‘being in the blue’. It’s very fun and catchy, but it’s also written from the perspective of someone who’s seeing a lot of mental anguish amongst the people that I love. It’s just amazing how all this shit, we’re writing about all this anxiety and stuff, and then it’s got worse and worse. The whole global situation’s got worse and all feels even more relevant than when we were making it. But ‘Landline’, weirdly, the themes on it are quite central to what the album’s about.

That’s the kind of pop music I love. It’s got enough under the surface to stick around really. It’s really got something to say, and there’s some pretty straight ahead lines in that song, but you know that it’s about something a bit deeper and a bit apocalyptic or something.

Yeah there’s a lot of apocalypse in the album.

I think that the messages that you’ve got on this album are just really perfectly timed for where we are right now, and maybe you got a bit lucky with that, or maybe you were feeling what was already going on.

Sorry, hang on one second Oli. ["I’m in the middle of doing an interview — it’s just there, it’s that building there"] Sorry, I’m directing my dad into a mechanic’s. It’s a very weird thing that I’m doing right now, at the same time I’m doing this interview, but this is life!

I’m wrapping up!

Hey I’ve been listening to a bunch of Hans Pucket, I mean I’ve heard you guys obviously through the years, but I thought I better listen to Oli’s music to prepare for this interview and I was really enjoying it by the way. Good lyrics, they’re fun.

Good lyrics! I’ll hold onto that one, thank you.

Lyrics are hard man.

They’re so hard. Maybe that’s why I had such a good time with it this morning as well. It’s a good thing to listen to right now, and thank you for that.

I can’t believe the NZSO’s on it, it’s amazing. I can’t believe that Nadia’s on it, Hollie, and Amelia’s on the track that’s on the 7”.

It’s amazing. I’m a huge fan of orchestral pop music as well, there needs to be more orchestras on pop recordings.

Now that I’ve done it, I know why there isn’t more! It’s really hard to make it all come together, but it happened, and the NZSO really came on board.

We have to appreciate it while it’s here. Anyway, I’ll let you go and hang out with a mechanic.

Thanks Oli, have a good day man.

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

Glass Vaults Drop New LP Sounds That Sound Like Music

Annabel Kean / Friday 30th October, 2020 11:37AM


If you’re on the hunt for something with music, sounds, and a beat that’ll put a spring in your step, look no further than Glass Vaults‘ glorious third studio album Sounds That Sound Like Music. Brought to life between a Taupō lake house and a cabin in Arthur’s Pass snowy mountains, the new collection sounds more like it was recorded at a hazy, synthy, dance party — but that could have something to do with the album’s first single ‘Oils & Perfume’ groovy matching choreography. Instant Fantasy, who makes a cameo in the ‘Oils & Perfume’ clip, features on peppy track ‘Pure Imagination’, contributing some of her songwriting talents and killer vocals. ‘Better Weather’ sits bang smack in the middle, making for a perfect respite and hydration break in the middle of a serious boogie sesh. Enjoy Sounds That Sound Like Music, and lock in your spot to hear those sounds live this summer…

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’ is out digitally and on vinyl LP today.

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.

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.

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.