“This is neurosis in pop form”, Maeve Munro a.k.a Young Hellions, is the first to admit. It’s taken well over six months to complete and, like many musicians, it still doesn’t feel “complete”. But given the project has seen her locked away for months on end by herself, one could cite “cabin fever” as a reason for that anxiety.
Young Hellions picks up where her first single as a solo artist, “Best Witchcraft is Geometry” left off – a maximalist approach to her song-writing and an almost antithesis to her early works in Cat Venom. It’s Munro’s take on the dense sound of alternative pop bands of her youth – in hindsight referencing Placebo; one of her teen loves.
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“We don’t usually do reissues of records we’ve had no involvement in previously …and it’s not something that is going to particularly catch on in our neck of the woods. But in the case of Bang! Bang! Aids! and the undeniable influence they’ve had on not only some of the bands that frequented MUZAI Records but our lives as a whole, we’re making an exception.
Tales came out in 2006, and I saw the band for the first time playing a bar on Karangahape Road as part of Powertool Records’ Indie Club nights. I previously interviewed Rhys for the zine Powertool put out and so we knew of each other. Cue me playing Glassjaw during a DJ set, and we’ve been pals ever since. Read more ›
Having ventured across China in 2013 in support of their 7” split with Pairs, long-standing MUZAI originals god bows to math belatedly release the music video to Tightly Wound, the lead single of said vinyl release.
Directed and edited by Michael Prain (Die! Die! Die!), the video is a surreal, macabre take on Little Red Riding Hood – replacing the journey to grandma’s house with a nonchalant walk amongst the denizens of Karangahape Road in Auckland… stalked once again however by the big bad wolf. Werewolf, in this instance.
A juxtaposition of styles, with the caustic nature of god bows to math’s single the backdrop to a grim fairytale in Auckland, Tightly Wound marks the band’s third foray into the world of the music video – their previous effort being 2011′s Slow Decline (from their début album, god bows to math).
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Darkly enigmatic; two words that sum up the debut album from Dunedin two piece Astro Children. Awash with literary references and rife with the caustic energy many have come to expect from the band, Proteus is a shift away from the bubblegum… with their growing up demonstrating a wave of vitriol along the way.
With The Attic’s Lick My Spaceship EP showcasing the “lighter” side of Millie Lovelock (vocals, guitar) and Isaac Hickey (drums), Proteus marks the childhood friends’ shift into more hostile sonic regions. The bratty-yet-optimistic duo of old have, despite their relative young age, grown a little more weary of the world around them – what some may consider angst is instead genuine cynicism. It would be easy to dismiss Proteus as teenage growing pains, and much more easily asinine to do so. Read more ›
Currently finishing up recorded sessions for the follow up to Eeling, released as an art-book earlier this year, post-art-punk quartet Girls Pissing on Girls Pissing have announced a series of long-awaited performance over in Australia throughout the month of November.
Touring with local support Orlando Furious, the group play ten shows across Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney, Newcastle, Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast. Some of you may be familiar with some of the musicians performing alongside GPOGP – the likes of DEAD, Ivy St and Sarah Chadwick just a few to be sharing dates with them.
15th November: Old Bar, MELBOURNE (with CUNTZ and Ivy St.)
16th November: Grace Darling Basement, MELBOURNE (with Elizabeth Pistol Club and Penguins)
17th November: Footscray House Show, MELBOURNE (with OHMS and Sarah Chadwick)
18th November: Northcote Social Club, MELBOURNE (with DEAD)
21st November: Magpies Club, CANBERRA (with Beach Slut)
23rd November: The Square, SYDNEY (with MOB and The Friendsters)
24th November: White’s Records, NEWCASTLE (with Sadfaces)
29th November: Sonic Masala Show – Waiting Room, BRISBANE
30th November: Real Bad, BRISBANE (with Bent)
1st December: Time Machine, SUNSHINE COAST
Two of the most recent MUZAI releases have earned some strong reviews over the past week:
Undertheradar.co.nz gave Hollywoodfun Downstairs an 8 out of 10 for their debut album, The Mancunian Swing. Reviewer Ricardo Kerr stated that “They positively tear through the ten tracks on the album, leaving a path of destruction in their wake” and “this is no easy listening experience and the band are not pussyfooting around; Hollywoodfun Downstairs are simply demanding a response.”
Having been released earlier today, The All Seeing Hand have already been earning a wealth of attention with their sophomore release, Mechatronics. Featured on Radio New Zealand’s Music 101, it was another Radio New Zealand programme, The Sampler, which saw Nick Bollinger give a glowing review of the album – citing that it’s an exciting journey for those brave enough for some sonic exploration.
Martyn Pepperell of Fishhead magazine gave the album four stars, stating that “They’re still the band that we knew; they’re just more perfectly formed in every sense. From chaos emerges structure. From structure emerges narrative. From narrative emerges a sense of unrepentantly humanistic joy. The All Seeing Hand are in a moment. Be here, now.”
Undertheradar.co.nz also reviewed the album, giving it an incredibly 9 out of ten; “The All Seeing Hand are a unique voice, which is rare” Nich Cunningham writes. “Side stepping many traditional notions of music making while presenting their own distinctive music personality; they are without peer. Mechatronics is a brilliant and thoroughly engaging work.”
Both Mechatronics and The Mancunian Swing are available throughthe MUZAI Online Paradise.
If performing at the Auckland leg of the Going Global Music Showcase or being played on British radio isn’t enough to warrant your attention, then perhaps this will. Objectionist, a free four-track EP from machine-gun pop duo The Bemsha Swing, released today via the artist’s Bandcamp page.
Four brand new songs from another round of home-recording sessions, many have heard the first track of Objectionist as part of the Cheese on Toast anti-GCSB mixtape with the inclusion of “A Communiqué of Non-Consent.” Other may have heard tracks such as “King Mob” and “Painted Bruises” during their last live set (and consequently will during the band’s South Island shows later this week). Read more ›
Mechatronics is the second album by The All Seeing Hand, released on 12” vinyl, CD and digitally through a joint MUZAI Records/Tenzenmen venture across Australasia.
While the bands’ first album documented the band’s original incarnation as a turntable and drum duo Mechatronics presents the band in its new, three headed form.
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It’s been just over a year since Wellington industrialized space-rock group SUNKEN SEAS released their acclaimed debut album, Null Hour. Over the course of that time, events have conspired not only the shift the dynamic of their sound, but the dynamics of the band itself. Cataclysm, released September 7th, harkens on the temperament of the band; possibly even the general mood of a nation post-GCSB.
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