Dylan Dolby just wants to get the shopping done, but his acquaintances have other ideas.
Do you like shopping, or nightclubs, or listening to what radio announcers have to say? Well, there might be something in here for you! We take a look at the three experimental synth-based, largely spoken-word albums released to date by the Dolby Brothers.
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“The time has come to open thy heart/wallet” Bandcamp tells me, as I listen freely to Belladonna’s ‘Total Eclipse of my Brain’ EP one too many times. We have been a bit quiet at HUP recently, with seemingly little happening in the music scene to keep us excited, but here is an EP that has pulled me out of my unintentional slumber.
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Another Christmas means another book to read, and happily so - as few music autobiographies I have read have been as good as this one. We review Will Sergeant's (of 'Echo and the Bunnymen'-fame) "Bunnyman - A Memoir".
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HUP wrote a review of ‘Synth from the Dawn of Time’ by Wellington dino synth project ‘Thagomizer’ a few weeks ago, and described it as "Mesozoic mood music". Then, in November – in a move that got us straight in the feels – they released a new EP titled... "Mesozoic Mood Music"! We tracked down Thagomizer’s Caspar Kneale to discuss the Wikipedia rabbit holes the songs can take you down, the micro-genres of dino synth and dungeon synth, the most appropriate situations someone should listen to Thagomizer in, and more! Read about it -> HERE -<
In July, Auckland's Anecdata set out to publish 52 new songs in 52 weeks. These are currently stalled at 16 songs after the first 16 weeks, with lockdown causing some issues with his productivity. But, what better time than now to look back over the Anecdata's music, to choose my five favourite songs from past albums, as a gateway for potential listeners to what is quite an extensive back-catalogue!
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While having a dig through Bandcamp I unearthed a recent EP release by Wellington’s ‘Thagomizer’. I hadn’t heard of this artist, no, but their name immediately caught my attention, because I was familiar with the term ‘thagomizer’. Read our review of Thagomizer's 'Synth from the Dawn of Time’ -> HERE <-
Hamilton’s Hand of Glory are releasing their second album, ‘29 || 92’ – a follow up to their self-titled debut album from 1991 – through German tape label Thokei Tapes on the 23rd or 24th of October. I talked to the band to find out why this material had never yet seen the light of day, what the title referred to, what became of everyone… just simple things, really… but I was left as something of a bewildered mess. Did I even get the answers I sought? Did I?
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I’ve been listening to a couple of Belladonna’s songs quite a lot over the last few weeks; Hillcrest, released earlier this year, and Kiss Me, from last years ‘Salty Dog’ EP. Both I think are perfect slices of pop music, and both come with fantastic videos. I spoke with Bella Cook - the former Hamiltonian, now Wellington-based musician - about her songs, being a finalist in the 2020 APRA Silver Scroll Awards, unrequited love, and more!
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Auckland band Silk Cut, led by Andrew Thorne (Thorn, Splitter, Calico Brothers), has released their debut EP, ‘Astronaut’. We caught up with Andrew to talk about losing girlfriends in airports and rental inspections by alien landlords, all of which – of course – relate directly to the new release!
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It's almost exactly five years on from the last time we caught up with The Beths' Liz Stokes, ahead of a show at Nivara Lounge back in 2016. It's fair to say a lot of very good things have happened to The Beths since then, not least a hard-earned but much-deserved triple-whammy of awards at last year's Aotearoa Music Awards - Best Album, (for Jump Rope Gazers), Best Group, and Best Alternative Act for a second consecutive year. We caught up with Liz as she and the rest of Auckland came out of their latest level 4 lockdown, almost five years on from that 2016 show. Skip on over to FEATURES to read more!