LIVE REVIEW: The Clean @ Sydney Festival (19/01/15)

The Clean are one of those bands that possesses a mythical aura about them. Across multiple decades they’ve remained an underground act yet they’re constantly being touted as an influence on a multitude of bands as each indie rock generation emerges. Their own influences – Velvet Underground, Bob Dylan, The Beatles, The Byrds, Can, 70s punk and post-punk – formed their sound and in the … Continue reading LIVE REVIEW: The Clean @ Sydney Festival (19/01/15)

ALBUM REVIEW: David Kilgour & the Heavy Eights – End Times Undone

Now nine albums deep into his solo career, David Kilgour still keeps one foot in The Clean yet that trio is sporadic and seemingly unpredictable in terms of output and activity to the extent that his body of work with band The Heavy Eights is his primary focus and creative outlet. End Times Undone beautifully captures the same mystical lazy strum and innate homespun catchiness … Continue reading ALBUM REVIEW: David Kilgour & the Heavy Eights – End Times Undone

DS Favourite Reissues of 2013

As the trend of deluxe, remastered, expanded, repackaged and newly compiled album reissues continues we were treated to some superb releases in 2013. From classic to more underground acts there was a veritable treasure trove for music nerds. Here are some of our favourites. The Band – Live at the Academy of Music 1971 Songs: Ohia – The Magnolia Electric Co. Sly & the Family … Continue reading DS Favourite Reissues of 2013

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

NEWS: Flying Nun announce 30th anniversary celebrations…

New Zealand’s iconic independent (for most of its time) label is turning 30 and they’ve got themselves organised with a bunch of shows to celebrate the occasion. The Clean Nov 23 – Dunedin, Sammys Nov 24 – Auckland, Kings Arms Nov 25 – Wellington, SFBH Nov 26  –  Christchurch, The new Dux  De Lux   HDU Nov 11  – Wellington, SFBH Nov 12  – Auckland, Kings Arms Nov 18 – … Continue reading NEWS: Flying Nun announce 30th anniversary celebrations…

LIVE REVIEW: The Clean @ Factory Theatre, Sydney (09/03/11)

written by Chris Familton With recent tours from The Bats and The Verlaines, the prominence of 80s NZ bands has never been higher but the act many have been waiting for is of course The Clean – that seminal Velvets/krautrock/psych trio that pretty much kickstarted the NZ scene in the late 70s. San Francisco’s Sonny & The Sunsets opened proceedings with a fun and artful … Continue reading LIVE REVIEW: The Clean @ Factory Theatre, Sydney (09/03/11)

VIDEO: The Clean | Anything Could Happen (live in Brisbane)

So The Clean are playing around Australia at the moment and I got along to their Sydney show. It was only the 2nd time I’ve seen them play – the 1st was at the Strawberry Fields Festival in the mid 90’s just out of Hamilton, just as the sun was setting behind the stage as a pink glow and it looked and sounded fucking great. … Continue reading VIDEO: The Clean | Anything Could Happen (live in Brisbane)

The Imminent Arrival of The Clean…

In honour of The Clean’s first Australian tour in 20 years, here is an interview I did with David Kilgour last year plus a review of their last album Mister Pop. The good news is that currently the band are also in the studio recording some stuff for a probable EP release before they head back to their respective parts of the world. DAVID KILGOUR … Continue reading The Imminent Arrival of The Clean…

FEATURE: Life In a Chord | Flying Nun

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. At the start of the 80s very few would have predicted the impact (albeit on a lesser scale) that a label started … Continue reading FEATURE: Life In a Chord | Flying Nun

INTERVIEW: THE CLEAN

written by Chris Familton The Clean have been an intermittent project for 31 years now and through all that time they have grown in stature while more prolific musicians have been consigned to the back pages of history. Somehow the influence of the Kilgour brothers and Bob Scott has seeped into the consciousness of generations of aspiring garage and indie rock bands. Mister Pop is … Continue reading INTERVIEW: THE CLEAN

REVIEW: THE CLEAN – Mister Pop

1 2 3 4 5 Reviewed for The Dwarf The Clean are seemingly the name-check band of the moment in the indie rock world. Everyone from Jay Reatard to Crystal Stilts to Stephen Malkmus and Pete & The Pirates have been referencing the New Zealand trio who are now into their 31st year. Their latest album, Mister Pop, is their 8th, not withstanding a couple … Continue reading REVIEW: THE CLEAN – Mister Pop