The Others Way, Fri, September 2nd

Hi, So, if you haven't see this plastered over socials yet: Flying Out & 95bFM have joined forces again for the now annual Others Way Festival. I am in no way benefiting from this post but PLEASE - go to this. The lineup is absolutely world class, and all (mostly) homegrown acts. This is risky endeavour, across 10 (!!) venues in the ever-gentrifying alt. music hub that, somewhat defiantly remains K'Rd.…

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.…