Aotearoa’s Hans Pucket Release New Single ‘No Drama’

A great sound on this brand new single from Wellington, NZ band Hans Pucket. ‘No Drama‘ is the title track from their forthcoming new LP due out on on USA label Carpark Records on November 4th. The single brilliantly blends crunchy guitar rock with soft art-pop shapes and a widescreen indie retro-futurist aesthetic. There are strings, horns and one can pick out a faint hint … Continue reading Aotearoa’s Hans Pucket Release New Single ‘No Drama’

TOUR NEWS: The Golden Awesome announce Melbourne shows

Wellington, NZ band The Golden Awesome are heading to Melbourne for a handful of shows in October after they support Beach Fossils in their hometown later this month. If you’re a fan of dense, layered hypnotic rock music then you’ll want to get along and check them out. They continue the same psych lineage of bands like MBV, Lush, Ride and JAMC while also tipping … Continue reading TOUR NEWS: The Golden Awesome announce Melbourne shows

ALBUM REVIEW: Beastwars | Blood Becomes Fire

by Chris Familton Beastwars are something of a musical anomaly in that a group of men in their late thirties arrived seemingly fully formed on the Wellington scene before releasing their debut self-titled LP and rapidly building a strong, nationwide fanbase. The musical allegiance of their fans in the metal scene isn’t a surprise as devotees of the hard, fast and heavy dictum are notoriously … Continue reading ALBUM REVIEW: Beastwars | Blood Becomes Fire

EP REVIEW: Diving | Synesthesia

by Chris Familton Some bands sound like their names and in the case of Wellington duo Diving their chosen moniker makes sense as the point where you hit the water and enter a submerged world and an altered state. Your vision is altered, your ears hear things differently as sounds are filtered aquatically and the world on the surface feels like a distant place. Diving’s … Continue reading EP REVIEW: Diving | Synesthesia

NEWS: Real Estate announce Australian and New Zealand shows…

Real Estate came through with the jangly and sparkly, indie guitar pop goods on their second album Days that they released a few months back. They are already on the line-up for Golden Plains 2012 and now they’ve announced additional AU dates and a couple of shows in NZ as well… Friday 9th March – The Standard, Sydney Monday 12th March – Corner Hotel, Melbourne … Continue reading NEWS: Real Estate announce Australian and New Zealand shows…

Questions & Answers: Beastwars

Beastwars have their debut album out polluting young minds and are touring New Zealand to rabid audiences at the moment. The record stands as one of the great metal albums to come out of the shaky isles in quite a long time and we managed to catch frontman Matt Hyde for a few minutes between gigs for the inaugural interview in our new section Questions … Continue reading Questions & Answers: Beastwars

WATCH: Beastwars | Lake of Fire

New Zealand’s monolithic metal creatures Beastwars have had a massive year with a ton of packed out shows and the release of their debut album which is up there with the best heavy/metal records of 2011. Here is their first official video for the song Lake of Fire directed by Hamish Waterhouse. You can catch the band touring NZ through October and November, dates on their … Continue reading WATCH: Beastwars | Lake of Fire

NEWS: Wellington’s Homegrown Festival line-up announced…

Featuring all NZ acts Jim Beam Homegrown happens on February 18th 2012 on Wellington Waterfront. Below is the first line-up announcement with another 20 bands and DJs to be added at the end of October. Tickets for GA are $95, head HERE to get yourself sorted… Shihad Kora Blacklist Six60 The Adults The Black Seeds Black River Drive 1814 The Thomas Oliver Band AHoriBuzz Shotgun … Continue reading NEWS: Wellington’s Homegrown Festival line-up announced…

NEWS: Laneway selection to play Wellington show…

Wellington folks who can’t make the trip up to Auckland for the 2011 Laneway Festival will be mighty stoked this morning to wake to the announcement that a selection of the bands will play a show at the Wellington Town Hall on Tuesday Feb 1st. Line Up LADYHAWKE YEASAYER DEERHUNTER BEACH HOUSE BLONDE REDHEAD ARIEL PINK’S HAUNTED GRAFITTI Tickets on sale 8th Nov via Ticketek. … Continue reading NEWS: Laneway selection to play Wellington show…