We have seen The Goth and the Pixie play their final, and final final gigs, but now they are back with their debut album, ready for release (at a gig) on 3 November! We caught up with the Pixie to talk about the album, her shift to Melbourne, and the misinformation circling regarding the albums name! Red the interview -> HERE <-
‘Galveston’ is an Auckland band with pedigree. Featuring Jeremy Eade, Rick McShane and Sean Reid, late of Garageland, Chainsaw Masochist and Psychodaisies, respectively, the band played their first gig in December 2016. Hot on the heels of the release of their debut recording, ‘Messed Around’, we talked to Jeremy Eade about Galveston; their sound, aspirations, and the terrible names the band could have had if sanity hadn’t prevailed! See the full interview -> HERE <-
Die!Die!Die! play Nivara Lounge this coming Thursday (12th) in support of their latest LP 'Charm Offensive'. HUP has two tickets to the show to giveaway so we devised a simple but daft competition. To enter, simply make up an anagram from the words 'Charm Offensive' and post it either on our Facebook post about the competition, or by emailing us. We will select the most impressive anagram and a winner will be drawn on Wednesday 11th, the night before the show. Bon chance!
Have I ever been to a happier feeling gig than this one? I think not! We review Wednesday nights Shonen Knife gig at Nivara Lounge, Hamilton! See the review -> HERE <-
Shonen Knife put on a heck of a show last night here in Hamilton, supported by the very cool 5 Girls. If you're off to the show tonight in Auckland or Friday in Wellington you are in for a real treat. The brilliant Ngamihi Pawa was on hand to capture last night's action for us, head over to the PHOTOS page for a gander!
It's October already! Which almost certainly means you all woke up this morning freaking out about what you were going to to get your Nan for Christmas. Well, HUP might just have the answer.
Yes that's right, we've added a SHOP page to house the various bits n bobs that we produce from time to time to help fund this site and the various shenanigans that we organise. It's a terribly lo-fi shop in as much as you have to email us what you want and pay by bank transfer. Still. Better than nowt eh.
There's only three things in there at the moment, but more will be added soon, particularly as our other project, Gravel Streak Records, is involved in a new EP out later this month. Any bands wanting us to host their 'stuff' drop us a line and we will upload your merch no probs.
Anyway, happy shopping!
Around a month ago HUP was contacted and asked if we were keen to help arrange a Hamilton show for legendary Japanese punk band Shonen Knife. What ensued was the email equivalent of the biting off of a hand.
You see, this band has had a place in our hearts since the early nineties when John Peel would frequently play them on his BBC radio show. It was around this time that they toured with relatively unknown up-and-coming noiseniks Nirvana.
So, the the thought of them bringing their joyous racket to little old Kirikiriroa was just too tempting, and at the time of typing we are frothing at the proverbial in anticiaption of this coming Wednesday's show.
We caught up with founder member, vocalist/guitarist and songwriter Naoko Yamano to ask a few questions! Skip on over to FEATURES to read more!
Imperfect Offering, an Auckland-based Leonard Cohen Tribute, are performing at the Meteor Theatre, Hamilton on Saturday 7 October. The show is part of a North Island tour to commemorate Cohen after his death in November 2016.
There has been huge interest in Cohen's music since he toured NZ in 2009-13 and the nine-piece band, which includes violin and balaika, brings the genuine experience alive.
The show is selling very well so get in quick for tickets by following the link HERE!
Did you realise that Jamie Strange, Labour Candidate for Hamilton East, had a previous musical career of sorts? Neither did we until recently. Ian Duggan caught up with Jamie to ask a few questions about his previous forays into songwriting, music videos and his subsequent step into politics. Head over to FEATURES to read more!
'Koi Division' are a Californian band who describe themselves as “the only Fish Goth Joy Division parody cover band that matters”. After appearing on ‘The A.V. Club’ website a few days ago, the band have rapidly accumulated a shoal of new fans, myself included. I caught up with Ian Clownfish (vocals), Hook (bass, sea synth), Bernard Salmon (guitar) and Steve Moray (drums), for what I expect is their first overseas Q&A session! See there interview -> HERE <-.