It’s been a long time since The Chills last played in Hamilton—possibly greater than 20 years—so it was fantastic that they finally decided to drop by again. What were the high points? The low points? We review the show -> HERE <-
We review the new 'Creative Evolution' album by The Changing same.
Find our review -> HERE <- !
The Chills long-awaited return to Hamilton happens this coming Friday, September 14th, with a show at Altitude, the first date on a nationwide tour to celebrate the release of their highly anticipated new album, 'Snow Bound'. HUP posed some questions to chief Chill, Martin Phillipps, about the new album, his songwriting process, the state of New Zealand music, and some ideas of what Friday's show holds in store. Head on over to the FEATURES page to read the full Q and A.
HUP is stoked to be involved in a brand new monthly radio show, recorded in conjunction with our pals at The HUM 106.7FM!
'Tekau Nga Waiata Pai' is a Top 10 of recently-released music from around New Zealand. Episode 1 aired earlier this evening September 3rd, and will be repeated each week every Monday and Friday at around 5pm. Here it is as a podcast...
The HUM 106.7FM is a huge supporter of NZ music and has a fantastic playlist of classics and new music. We would like to encourage new music submissions by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Changing Same are releasing their second album, ‘Creative Evolution’, with a release party on September 5 at Nivara Lounge. We had a quick chat to Matthew Bannister about the points of difference between this and his other band, Sneaky Feelings, the evolution of The Changing Same through time, and more! Read there interview -> HERE <-
It's only a few days until the 10th Annual Circle Jerk! One band making its first appearance at the event is Dr Mesmer's Private Army. We talked to Kent Macpherson (Octave guitar/synth/field recordings) about the concept behind band's performances, aspirations, and the story behind the name. Click HERE to read the interview!
HUP's next show is next Friday, August 17th and features Auckland's Swallow The Rat alongside two new Hamilton bands, shoegazy noiseniks Landlords and lo fi indie heads Bitter Defeat. Just a tenner on the door first band around 9.
The compilation 'This Sporting Life - Alms for Children' was released recently by Failsafe Records, compiling the outputs of the two inter-connected Auckland bands. We had a talk to members Ben Hayman (bass) and Daron Johns (drums) about the release of the compilation, how they feel their songs have stood the test of time, memories of their time together, Hamilton gigs, and more! Read about it -> HERE <-
Failsafe Records have recently released 'This Sporting Life - Alms for Children', a compilation of songs by the two inextricably linked Auckland bands from the early '80s. We review the compilation -> HERE <-
HUP caught up with James Harding of Rangiora rock n' rollers Best Bets ahead of their show at Nivara Lounge this coming Friday, July 20th, with The Situations and Elephant Facelift. Head over to FEATURES to find out more about the band's history, the burgeoning Christchurch scene and James' love of The Situations!