NEWS: The Chills announce new album Silver Bullets

Martin Phillipps has had his battles over the years, both with bandmates, his health and drugs, but the good news is that a new album by The Chills is being released on October 30th via Fire Records. Silver Bullets is the band’s first full-length since Sunburnt back in 1996. Check out the first single ‘America Says Hello’ featuring that characteristic propulsion of guitar and keyboards … Continue reading NEWS: The Chills announce new album Silver Bullets

FEATURE: Life in a Chord | Flying Nun Records

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Flying Nun, here is a reprint of a piece I wrote about the label last year… written by Chris Familton A record label at the right place at the right time can be integral to a music scene, often gaining revered status further down the track as history settles into place. Sub Pop, Motown and Factory are obvious examples. … Continue reading FEATURE: Life in a Chord | Flying Nun Records

INTERVIEW: Martin Phillipps of THE CHILLS

This is the full transcription of the interview with Martin Phillipps that appeared in The Brag and Beat magazines… How long has it been since you last played in Australia? It’s been at least 15 years, quite a while. I can’t remember if we played there on the Sunburnt tour – I don’t think so. It’s certainly a while back. I chatted to David Kilgour … Continue reading INTERVIEW: Martin Phillipps of THE CHILLS

NEWS: THE CHILLS Pink Frost 25 years old…

Pink Frost was recorded at The Lab studios in Auckland on 29 May 1982 with additional tracking and mixing in January 1984, the single finally seeing the light of day in June 1984. In recognition of 25 years passing since the classic dark indie pop saw the light of day Martin Phillips and the current lineup of The Chills will play a special show at … Continue reading NEWS: THE CHILLS Pink Frost 25 years old…

REVIEW: JAY REATARD – Matador Singles ’08

Jay Reatard is an interesting character.  His image and reputation is one of a non sophisticated garage rocker, thrashing out punk ditties on a flying v.  This perception is not a million miles from the truth but going from his output in 2008 it appears that there is more happening musically than many (myself included) gave him credit for. Matador Singles ’08 gathers the releases … Continue reading REVIEW: JAY REATARD – Matador Singles ’08