Horn - 'Greedy Bitch'

Horn - 'Greedy Bitch'

Horn is a new project from Fran/Bar Group & darkroom alum Abi Macilquham. The song/video for Greedy Bitch is really great. Initially it has a sparse, laid back vibe that quickly ramps up to urgent & divisive - while throughout maintaining it's breezy feel (a pocket that Fran also inhabited so very well). This deftly honed arrangement is a testament to how engaging the track is from start…

Hans Pucket - Straight To My Heart

Hans Pucket - Straight To My Heart

Hate to start one of these bi-yearly posts with a negative but damn, this band gets a criminally low amount of press considering how fucking great they are. Hans Pucket have been on the indie radar for what feels like quite a while in this post-Spotify, where's the drop? world. With a first release on bandcamp on 2014, these guys have been quietly eking out the best indie-pop record I've…

Auckland Council's "Creative Communities Scheme"

It has recently been brought to my attention that applications for funding grants from Auckland Council’s Creative Communities Scheme are open. Funded by Creative New Zealand, the Creative Communities Scheme encourages communities to make arts and culture a part of everyday life for Aucklanders through music, dancing, film-making, weaving, poetry and theatre. As part of the scheme, Auckland Council and Creative New Zealand are inviting Aucklanders to apply for…

Protomartyr ~ Debut NZ Tour!

Protomartyr ~ Debut NZ Tour!

Really proud of this one! Protomartyr are one of my absolute favourite new bands out of the USA, and are incendiary live. If you are into post-punk, and wanna see what they're capable of, just check out their KEXP session from 2014 to get a taste. PR gaff below. It would be good to see come of you there! Tix from Undertheradar.co.nz. ~~ Noisey, Undertheradar & Mellum in association…

WOMB - 'Feeling Like Helium'

WOMB - 'Feeling Like Helium'

A great number of words spring to mind when listening to Womb. Ethereal. Enigmatic. Intimate. Spellbinding. Magic. They're more than that though - they are actually a really great band. There's something singular about a group that can play to a room and convey what they're about within bars of their first track. It has nothing to do with virtuosity, skill or vocal prowess, it's just...a vibe. Between the…

Fran/Bar Group - 'Same Name'

Fran/Bar Group - 'Same Name'

Hi, sorry to my seven(?) readers about the quiet blog of late...! First post of 2017 is about Christchurch' Fran/Bar Group. Comprising members of Wurld Series, Doprah, Ryan Fisherman & darkroom. There is so much to love about this song. Bucking the recent trend of pop-ready indie releases, Fran/Bar Group have released a song which successfully subverts a number of pop "commandments". The chorus to "…

Dance For Democracy ~~ A Gig For Chlöe

Dance For Democracy ~~ A Gig For Chlöe

Neck Of The Woods, K'RD Doors @ 7:30pm $10 - doorsales only Auckland's last mayoral election saw a pithy 34% voter turnout. This event is not a fundraiser for Chlöe, merely an acknowledgement of the amazing feat she is undertaking, not just only in the money-driven mayoralty race, but to engage those Aucklander's who feel so seperate to political discourse it is no longer an active part of their lives.…

Opposite Sex - "Supermarket"

Opposite Sex - "Supermarket"

Full disclosure, this is going to be a VERY biased review. Every now and again you see and band and go wow....I didn't know music could be like this. I remember Louis CK describing the first time he watched Putney Swope (1969), and revelling in the films hilarious, irreverent refusal to adhere to basic Hollywood tropes, and go as far to parody them. I get the feeling Opposite Sex,…