Civil Union - "Seasick, Lovedrunk"

Civil Union - "Seasick, Lovedrunk"

At the time of writing this, I have not had the pleasure of seeing Civil Union live. One fact, I hope to change in the very near future. Seasick, Lovedrunk is a swampy, insane dirge of a record. The album is scary as hell. And I love it. Released through Christchurch boutique label Melted Ice Cream, Civil Union's debut feels lived in, considered, and perhaps most of all, conveys a…

Orchestra Of Spheres - "Te China Rockumentary"

Orchestra Of Spheres - "Te China Rockumentary"

I'm pleased to share with you an excellent production from Kristen Ng of Kiwese.co.nz, who booked, promoted and tour managed Orchestra Of Spheres & Lady Lazer Light on a nine-date tour of the country and documented it along the way - resulting in this short five part series in Beijing, Chengdu, Chongqing, Kunming and Dali. Ng stresses her interest in providing greater insight into the experience of touring…

Resources

I have compiled a number of free resources for local musicians to help cut through the mess & noise of being an independent band in NZ. Included is a (fairly) comprehensive guide to alt radio contacts, north & south island venues that are band friendly, local press contacts, international blog data dump, a fledgling directory of music video directors & links to local funding bodies. Please use this resource, and…

The Beths - 'Whatever'

A band of jazz school graduates....playing...powerpop? What is life. It's thoroughly encouraging to see an Auckland band favour songwriting and good times over hype & 'coolness'. Not to say this band ISN'T cool. I'm just saying they have a song about Rush Hour 3. Which takes some balls! The Beths are all about well chiseled arrangements, rockin' guitar, unrivaled BV's (now that the Everson's have left town), and…

The Nae Nae Express - 'Dream State'

The Nae Nae Express - 'Dream State'

The nascent momentum of any Nae Nae Express track hits like, well an oncoming train. Sorry. Extended Player, the first proper release from the band follows lead single Sea Anenome, whose infectious jangle manages to place the words 'polyps' & 'cnidocyte' in the same breath. The EP goes on to tackle subjects as varied as classic New Zealand train journeys, mental health, space, cricket & bees. Dream State in particular…

MERMAIDENS - 'UNDER THE MOUNTAIN II'

Wellington has always had a knack for churning out top-notch guitar bands. Except, you know for the last five years. That's why, upon seeing this band play and subsequently release this absolute fucking ripper, I'm glad to report Welly is well and truly, back. 'Under The Mountain' has the solemn, foreboding swagger of the very best BRMC material, coupled with haunting vocal harmonies and exceptional dynamic nuance. This newly minted…

Street Chant - 'Pedestrian Support League'

Street Chant - 'Pedestrian Support League'

I've written and deleted this post a number of times, and decided I simply cannot do any greater justice to this song than the songwriter themselves, who penned an excellent article, care of The Pantograph Punch. The song is awesome, btw.…

Centre Negative - 'Change Is The Most Sincere Kind Of Apology'

The opening track to Centre Negative's new album Emotion Is Cringey threatens the listener who compares his sound to that of Flying Nun's excessively-lauded catalogue with a swift death. This kinda set's the tone for the whole record - an emotionally charged, politics-on-the-sleeve challenge to lazy critics of New Zealand music (all), who will inevitably compare pop acts to Lorde, comedy to Flight Of The Conchords and guitar bands to…